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Found something that may help my Fibro, but financial prohibitive to continue...UGH!!!!!

Jul 11, 2016 11:15 AM

Fibro dx in 2011. Tried the Lyrica, Flexiril, Meloxocam, and Hydrocodone. So far the Flexiril 10mg at bedtime and Hydrocodone 5mg - 7.5mg once a twice a day are the only things that have helped and that's just to get the pain tolerable so that I can continue to work and my mind not be anymore cloudy than it already is for the fibro.

I have tried acupuncture many times over the years and loved it. It has helped my stress and my acute, short term limited pain (from injuries, etc). I tried it once several years ago with no luck. I decided to give it another try. Went to a different clinician and WOW the improvement is heaven. From the very 1st treatment the pain was more than 75% improved. I have had 4 treatments over the last month and each session will last for the whole week. I was able to decrease my Flexiril and my Hydrocodone by half of what I was taking. The problem is it's $70.00 a session and my insurance won't cover it. My Flexiril is $10 for a 3 month supply of 90 pills and my Hydrocodone is $2 for 60 pills a month. Our system is SOOOO screwed up!

Jul 12, 2016 9:20 AM

I'm so happy for you Tarymc! Hugs & prayers it keeps improving! 🙂💕🙏🌸

Jul 12, 2016 11:11 AM

Glad you have found some relief. Yes, the system is very broken. Just wanted to share something about flexeril. This has happened to a couple of people on the board and it happened to me too. I kept having intermittent atrial fibrillation and the flexeril was the trigger. Please be aware of any fast rhythm you may feel or sudden shortness of breath. Atrial fibrillation can cause a stroke. Just wanted to share my experience. Stay safe.

Jul 13, 2016 8:45 AM

Thanks to you both and best wishes to you both. Thanks LMB for the heads up. I have been on the Flexeril for several years and would love to get off it. I do take drug holidays from it periodically to keep my risk of tolerance of the drug lower. I do monitor all side effects. 25+ years as an RN and 8 years as a Nursing Educator I've seen this drug (as well as all the others I take) reek havoc on patients body's. I wish I could get off all of them. Honestly I worry about my poor liver more than anything, but at 58 atrial fib is also on my watch list.

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