Update on Pain & Medication

I just realized that I never wrote a follow-up post to my last post about how I’m managing my pain. Oops! The arnica has been wonderful! I use it anytime the pain starts to be unbearable, and within a few minutes the pain eases off and I feel much better. Between the arnica and my diet, I’ve seen a big improvement in my fibromyalgia. This does not mean I function normally or even well most of the time, it just means I’m not miserable ALL the time. And that is a big improvement and I’m incredibly thankful for it! Hopefully once we start GAPS I’ll have even more improvements to report.

Update on Meds. and Pain Management

It’s been 39 days since I first posted that I was going to experiment with going off my medication (Metaxalone) for fibro. It went really well for awhile, but at about the one month mark I started having problems. I did take another dose of Metaxalone a few nights ago because my body was knotting up really bad. I was also having to take Tylenol a lot more frequently than I cared to, for pain and for bad headaches, which could be caused by my body cleaning out the Metaxalone. Honey wanted me to try arnica, so when we went to Whole Foods a few days ago we picked up a little homeopathic tube of arnica montana. I think it’s helping, or at the very least it makes it bearable. Honey grew up on homeopathics, so he’s had to tell me stuff like you can’t eat before/within 30 minutes of taking the pills, no caffeine near taking the pills, and not to touch the pills with your hands if you can help it.

Taking something homeopathic feels better to me, psychologically, because I feel guilty when I go the¬†pharmaceutical¬†route. All the research I’ve done, as well as what I’ve experienced, has forever tainted my ability to trust modern medicine. It’s really frustrating to me that today’s doctors can’t write out prescriptions (to my knowledge) for vitamins, minerals, etc. and people’s insurance will cover it, but rather insurance only covers pharma. medications. *big sigh. But that’s another topic for another post, probably for another day.

Medicine

Since my diagnosis of fibromyalgia in January of 2011, I’ve tried a multitude of medicines and supplements. The prescription that finally worked was Metaxalone, the generic form of a pain reliever and muscle relaxer called Skelaxin. Without it, my body turns into a knotted ball of pain. The side effect of taking a muscle relaxer is that it can make me drowsy. It didn’t use to be as much of a problem, but now I’ve really began noticing how much the medicine slows me up once it really kicks in. It’s been my dream to go prescription free and use all natural methods to treat my fibro., but seeing an herbalist is at least $100, plus whatever treatments they prescribe, all without the help of insurance. For someone who’s living paycheck to paycheck (totally relying on my partner to support me), that’s just not in budget. Perhaps if I receive disability aid, then I’ll be able to afford an herbalist’s help.

This all came to mind because of how things worked out today. I was feeling pretty good, was busy cleaning up the kitchen, and then my medicine kicked in and I had to go sit down because I felt so out of it. I really think the side effect is getting stronger with time, and perhaps the medicine is becoming less effective at treating my pain.