Fibromyalgia Research UK
Making sure no one has to manage Fibromyalgia alone
What to do when your in pain
It is important for you and your doctor to distinguish between Your fibromyalgia pain and other kinds of pain. Having Fibromyalgia doesn’t make you immune to headaches, cramps, arthritis, or back pain. Medications can help you improve your daily life, however there are alternatives if you are allergic to medications.
Acute pain can happen anywhere on your body, and can feel like a dull too stabbing pain.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a stabbing pain in the face that can occur at any time. While it can be confused with dental pain, this pain is neurologic. It can usually be treated successfully with medications such as gabapentin etc; warm compresses to the skin, may help around the jaw. Resting the jaw will also help.
Burning, aching, creating a tired feeling, prickling, or “pins and needles” may be chronic rather than acute. The treatments are the same as for the acute pain, but some people also find benefits in cold compressions. Lots of rest is also required when your body needs it.
Pain and emotions
Pain can be intensified by the fear that you are getting worse. To feel pain is a fearful experience, and it is common for people with fibromyalgia to interpret their pain as a serious deterioration of their condition. In general, this is not the case.
Medication in combination with alternative therapies, hypnosis, yoga, meditation, or acupuncture, improve relief for many people. Complementary treatments are also great for people tht can not take prescribed medications. Even if pain responds reasonably well to medication, therapies such as massage, relaxation, music, and distraction can improve pain control and quality of life.
If you notice a new pain
If you notice a pain that has come on suddenly or if a pain worsens, you must call your Doctor and make an appointment. Having fibromyalgia doesn’t make you immune to new conditions and the quicker you can be seen the quicker your Doctor can act.
Why do doctors prescribe pain medication(s)?
People diagnosed with fibromyalgia often experience pain, As a result, managing and treating pain is an important part of a person’s overall wellbeing.
Treatment may involve the use of pain relief medications. For some people
with moderate to severe pain, the doctor may prescribe opioids.
Why is it important to know how to store my pain medication(s)?
Although opioids are very effective at managing pain, they are dangerous if a family member or pet accidentally swallows them.
Medications should be kept dry and in an airtight compartment, like the blister packs they come in.
BATHROOM medicine cabinets are the WORST place for medications to be kept because of all the heat and moisture. Heat and moisture damages your medications and may leave them less effective.
How should I get rid of any old or unused medication?
You can return your old medications to the pharmacist for safe disposal, it’s considered dangerous to put old or unwanted medications in the bin in case they are found and reused, flushing old medication down the toilet is a safe way to dispose of them but you may want to check that this ok in your area.
Always take your medications as you have been described.
Depending on your symptoms and level of pain, your doctor may prescribe other drugs that aren't specifically approved for fibromyalgia to see if they help you.
Each fibromyalgia drug has its own side effects, ranging from mild to serious, but you have to try a range of medications to find the right one or combination for you.
You may find that your Doctor suggests Antidepressants. Even if you're not depressed, these drugs can ease pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms. Antidepressants raise levels of chemicals such as serotonin and norepinephrine that help control pain.
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). They can help with pain, sleep problems, and sad moods. The main drugs for fibromyalgia are duloxetine and milnacipran (Savella).
My Doctor wants to take my medications away.
It has been noticed recently that Doctors are either taking away pain medications or simply wont prescribe them for fibromyalgia.
This is because they believe we are not really experiencing pain, but that our bodies is being told incorrectly by our brains that we are in pain.
another reason Doctors are being careful describing pain relief is because a Doctor was helping his patients in America with fibromyalgia by prescribing Narcotics, an was indicted, he was accused of negligent homicide after one of his patients died.