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A chain reaction of long term medical conditions. Most can be overcome with weight loss but the pain is holding me down.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
My biggest problem is Fibromyalgia. I know many people and doctors think fibromyalgia is a mental problem not physical. If that is the case, I need more answers. I was diagnosed with fibro in 2008. Over the years the pain intensity and duration have increased. I take duloxetine for the pain and depression. I didn't have depression until I endured Fibro and migraines. I have also been diagnosed with Venous Insufficiency. This makes the pain worse. It is rare for me to have a pain free day. Recently, The pain feels like it is in my bones. My doctors keep brushing it off as fibromyalgia. I have had x-rays of my legs and hips but nothing abnormal resulted. Between the fibromyalgia and migraine meds that i tried, I developed acid reflux. I have developed high blood pressure from the medications I take for fibromyalgia and migraines. I have tried several different medications for fibromyalgia, migraine and high blood pressure. It is a constant cycle of trial and error because everything causes a flare up of something else. For example, Hydrochlorothiazide caused me to have low potassium levels. Spironolactone causes the fibro to flare. I am now taking losartan for hbp but not sure how well that is working. I am taking meloxicam for bursitis in my hip but that is causing fibro to flare. I am also taking pantoprazole for acid reflux, advair diskus for asthma, flonase and azelestine nasal sprays for sinus and allergy issues (daily). I take tizanidine every night for neck pain from a neck injury. I take zolpidem at night to help me sleep. I sleep with a cpap machine so that I will continue breathing in my sleep. I use Xiidra eye drops twice a day for dry eyes plus o.t.c. eye drops because my eyes are still dry. I use metronidazole on my face every morning to treat rosacea. I have an exhausting treatment routine from the time I wake up until I go to sleep at night. Is there a life beyond all of this madness? It is frustrating. Several doctors have told me I need to exercise and lose weight. I have consistently gained weight over the years because of this medication treatment ritual. The one time I was able to lose weight was when I tried to stop taking all medications. That only lasted a few months because the pain was uncontrollable. The medication helps the pain but I don't get enough relief to push myself to exercise. Also, chronic fatigue from fibromyalgia. Is it possible that there is another answer?