What can I say about narcotics? Doctors hold them close and virtually never let them go due to rampant usage as recreational drugs. They will try ANYTHING first – and as well they should, as it isn’t healthy to be on a narcotic diet for life.
Back when I was 13 and developed Fibromyalgia, all I had was plain old Tylenol. I most certainly swallowed those to the 8 a day limit regularly. I eventually got bumped up to NSAIDs, but they just made my stomach a giant mess without easing any pain.
I then moved to antidepressants, which eased the pain somewhat, but eventually my drug tolerance wore them down. I tried all kinds of epilepsy medication and antipsychotics, which the psychiatrists thought would ease this mental pain of mine (even though it was mostly physical…). I truly believe that some of those medications actually made me dramatically more ill.
Lyrica and Gabapentin were next on the list – I wasn’t a big fan of Lyrica as it gave me constant headaches, but Gabapentin eased some of the neuropathic pain. I stayed on it, and I still take 3600mg a day.
My pain management specialist looked into prescribing medical marijuana, but it was shot down by my psychiatrist.
After fussing and fighting with the system for 11 years, I was finally prescribed codeine contin and breakthrough codeine. I quickly built a resistance to this as well, so I could only take them about once every three days in order to get any kind of efficacy.
My new GP decided to go with oxycontin and breakthrough percocet. And you know what? It works for me. I only get about 6 hours of relief from a 12 hour pill, and can still feel a flare coming through the meds, but they help. Walking has become infinitely easier for me. Hope came back into my life.
Now, as I can’t afford oxycontin, I have to try the switch to morphine. Fingers are crossed that it helps.
I realize I may very well be on narcotics for the rest of my life, but I truly cannot function on the other medications. I know that many people with Fibromyalgia get no help at all from narcotics. It’s such a strange illness spectrum. But doctors should be willing to give it a try if it means a better life for the patient. It’s fairly easy to tell who is using the medication appropriately, versus those who are not.
I wish for you to all have health and happiness.
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.