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I have severe aches, pain and stiffness in my whole body after I wake up and during sleep.

By March 27, 2011 - 8:38pm
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I am not able to sleep for more than 2 hours at a time, and each time I wake up, it is nearly impossible for me to get out of the bed, much less walk around. I limp around for about an hour after waking and keep the aches all day and all night long. I was told it is fibromyalgia, but the medication Lyrica and Savella do not help me at all. What could this be and, what can I do about it? I seroiusly feel like I am 90 years old and I'm only turning 49. Please help.

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I was diagnosed with arthritic lymes and fibromyalgia. The pain I experience is not just in my flesh bilaterally, it is also in my bones. I was wondering if you have also had a proper test for lymes disease. The standard testing is inadequate, so it is important to get what they call a western blot done which measures the antibodies you produce against lyme infection. Lymes disease is more prevalent than most realize, and it seems to be the culprit behind a lot of illnesses.

September 26, 2011 - 4:15pm

You might also try a sleep study to check for sleep apnea. Surprisingly many people with Fibromyalgia also have sleep apnea. It is not going to take all the pain away if you get treatment for apnea but can help tremendously.

April 19, 2011 - 1:24pm


Have you tried other forms of treatment along with the medications prescribed? Fibromyalgia can benefit from some sort of physical therapy along with what your doctor has prescribed. If you don't feel like your meds have ANY effect on you whatsoever, you should consult with your doctor to either change the med or change the dosage. Here are some other treatments for fibromyalgia

The goal of treatment is to relieve or control the symptoms. Treatments include:

Physical and Behavioral Therapies
Physical therapy (gradual aerobic exercise and stretching regimen)
Heated pool treatments—Aquatic training in warm water (eg, strength, aerobic, and relaxation exercises) may help improve symptoms.
Application of heat to painful areas
Alternative treatments, such as massage , acupuncture , relaxation training , trigger point therapy, biofeedback
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Lifestyle Changes
Eating a healthful diet
Learning to cope with physical and mental stress
Doing regular, moderate, low-impact exercise with your doctor's approval
Try gentle exercise that does not strain painful areas, such as:
Swimming, preferably in warmer water
Doing regular stretching exercises
Maintaining a regular sleep schedule
These medications may help to improve symptoms:

Weak opioids (eg, tramadol , paracetamol)
Antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline , fluoxetine , duloxetine , milnacipran, moclobemide , pirlindole)
Pain relievers (eg, tropisetron, pramipexole , pregabalin )
Sodium oxybate (eg, Xyrem), a central nervous system depressant

Don't forget to visit our fibromyalgia page for more information!


March 28, 2011 - 6:18am
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