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Is there a more effective medication than lyrica (pregabalin) for fibromyalgia pain?

Is there a more effective medication than lyrica (pregabalin) for fibromyalgia pain?

It is individual: Lyrica (pregabalin) at night can help pain and improve sleep in some fm patients. However, Lyrica (pregabalin) does not help others and can cause side effects that limit effectiveness. Since all fm patients are different, individualized treatment is necessary. Find a provider who will work with you to find the most effective treatment for your fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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I have a problem gaining weight on medications so is there anything else you can take for fibromyalgia other than Lyrica (pregabalin)? Thank you.

I have a problem gaining weight on medications so is there anything else you can take for fibromyalgia other than Lyrica (pregabalin)? Thank you.

Yes there are: Unfortunately, weight gain is common with many of the oral medications used in the treatment of FBS. Medications in the same classes have differing degrees to which they contribute on an individual basis. Following is a list of different classes and examples of each: AED- Lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, Topamax. TCA-Doxepin, amitriptyline. SNRI-Cymbalta, venlafaxine. Topamax often causes weight loss. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia pain require narcotic pain medication?

Can fibromyalgia pain require narcotic pain medication?

Rarely: Opioids are a last resort and are only considered an option if all traditional medications have failed. ...Read more

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Can a higher dosage of thyroid medication help fibromyalgia pain?

Can a higher dosage of thyroid medication help fibromyalgia pain?

Not really: There has been some association reported between hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia however this is a minimal effect and it is not helpful to raise thyroid medicine above the level of "normal" ...Read more

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What are the most current medications being prescribed for fibromyalgia besides lyrica (pregabalin) and celebrex?

What are the most current medications being prescribed for fibromyalgia besides lyrica (pregabalin) and celebrex?

Many options: Lyrica, cymbalta, savella (milnacipran) are all approved specifically for treatment of fibromyalgia. Gabapentin, amitriptyline, cyclobenzaprine, tizanidine, carisprodol, tramadol & fluoxetine in combination with Amitriptyline have all shown benefit for treatment of fibromyalgia in trials. There are other anticonvulsants, tricyclic antidepressants and muscle relaxers that may have benefit as well. ...Read more

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What do experts consider effective ways to relieve fibromyalgia pain?

Studied therapies: Experts would regard studies reported to be efficacious in the medical literature as effective for fibromyalgia pain. These would include graded physical exercise, especially aquatherapy, yoga, and medicinal cannabis. The FDA has approved Cymbalta, Lyrica, and Savella (milnacipran) as effective pharmacologics for at least partial pain control in fibromyalgia sufferers. ...Read more

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How effective is topamax/topiramate for fibromyalgia pain?

How effective is topamax/topiramate for fibromyalgia pain?

Not very: ? re Topamax (topiramate) for fibromyalgia (FM). FDA approves 3 drugs for FM. All others are shots in the dark. Chemicals have side effects that mask side effects of other chemicals. So avoid them all & go natural w. non-toxic treatments directed at multiple-factors that incite FM. Beyond Topamax (topiramate) are therapies of yoga, aqua therapy, biofeedback, medicinal cannabis, and mindfulness therapies. Study survivors. ...Read more

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How effective are lyrica (pregabalin) and tofranil for treating fibromyalgia?

How effective are lyrica (pregabalin) and tofranil for treating fibromyalgia?

Lyrica, (pregabalin) at times: Lyrica (pregabalin) may be beneficial, but I do not recommend tofranil. Restore sleep directly, reduce stress and consider electroprobe therapy or trigger point injections. ...Read more

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How effective are the medicines lyrica (pregabalin) and tofranil to treat fibromyalgia?

How effective are the medicines lyrica (pregabalin) and tofranil to treat fibromyalgia?

Lyrica (pregabalin) is effective: Lyrica is fairly effective. In my experience tofranil is not effective for the vast majority. Other options include gabapentin, Cymbalta and savella (milnacipran). ...Read more

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Do anti inflammatory drugs help with fibromyalgia pain ?

Why not?: Are NSAID's helpful in fibromyalgia? Dr. Shah of NIH has shown tender points to be anoxic, ischemic, replete w. reactive substances; ala inflammation. FM sufferers have elevated substance P in spinal fluid. FM pain loci match tendon insertions & hurt upon mechanical pressure. Tendonitis? Concept of FM as a cognitive disorder is theoretical; as is idea that is not, in part, a peripheral neuropathy. ...Read more

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How severe can fibromyalgia pain become?

How severe can fibromyalgia pain become?

Severe: It's an individual perspective. No one can understand anyone else's pain. Pain perception is as individual as a fingerprint. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have I got fibromyalgia pain?

How do I know if I have I got fibromyalgia pain?

See a doc: See a doctor familiar with this condition. This may be a rheumatologist, a physiatrist (specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) or a neurologist. Internists also make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with fibromyalgia pain?

Knowledgeable physic: Avoid narcotics, improve quality of sleep and find knowledgeable physician - rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What approaches work best to handle fibromyalgia pain?

What approaches work best to handle fibromyalgia pain?

Fibromyalgia: Pain management, preferably with as few pills as possible is of utmost importance. Here is the website of the American Academy of Pain Management: http://www.aapainmanage.org/ ...Read more

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Is there a cure for fibromyalgia pain?

No: There are treatments to lower the amount of pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. You must remember the best treatment for fibromyalgia is exercise and I am sure you get tired of hearing that but it works. There are differents therapies such as Cymbalta and savella (milnacipran) and the older medications that can be helpful. There are no cures for fibromyalgia. Keep a positive attitude.And do your best. ...Read more

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Do suppliments help with fibromyalgia pain?

Do suppliments help with fibromyalgia pain?

Possible: Research has been done looking at magnesium supplements as well as same (supplements containing Amino Acid derivatives) in fibromyalgia pain however results were inconclusive. Further research needs to be done. Discuss with your primary doctor about supplements as there may be interactions with other medication you might be taking. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia pain, is it okay to use melatonin?

Fibromyalgia : Fibromyalgia patients can take melatonin, but melatonin will not likely have any effect on the pain. ...Read more

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Can Gralise 1200mg help with fibromyalgia pain?

Can Gralise 1200mg help with fibromyalgia pain?

Sure!: the placebo effect is considerable with fibromyalgia. Frankly, it is hard to tell if even quite a good medication like gabapentin works beyond the placebo effect. It's generally quite safe. ...Read more

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Can severe stress cause all this fibromyalgia pain?

Yes it's possible: Its difficult to isolate what fibromyalgia is. Much easier to diagnose what it is not. Therefore it's difficult to assess what 'cause & affect' makes it worse as opposed to simply, 'guilt by association.' someone best described it as a water pipe. Pressure (good) makes the water flow but stress (bad) makes the pipe crack! ...Read more

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Can immunosuppressants be used to help with fibromyalgia pain?

Fibromyalgia: No. Immunosuppressive drugs are used to treat inflammatory or autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. There are 3 FDA-approved treatments for fibromyalgia that rheumatologists can use. I am happy to do a consult if you would like. ...Read more