Some people are willing to try one medication or therapy to resolve their fibromyalgia symptoms, but if that one particular drug or treatment doesn't give them any relief, they decide that there's nothing they can do but learn to live with the chronic pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia. Don't make this mistake!
In the case of drugs, physicians can prescribe many different types of medications, such as painkillers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and other medications. There are also many individual medications within those types, which may help you. For example, if one painkiller doesn't work or causes serious side effects that are intolerable for you, a different painkiller with few or no side effects may help you. And if one antidepressant doesn't ease your symptoms, a different antidepressant may give you the relief that you truly long for.
Give the medicine that your doctor prescribes a fair trial of a week or two (unless you have severe side effects), and then, if you see no improvement, tell your doctor it's just not working. Ask her what your other options are. If she recommends another medication, seriously consider her suggestion. Keep in mind that many people with FMS need more than one medication, and that you may need to take two or more drugs to gain control over your FMS symptoms.
An array of other therapies may improve your symptoms as well, such as acupuncture, icing or heating the painful areas, using Botox injections, and many other options. Some people may try one form of therapy, and if they get no relief, they give up. But another therapy could provide them with considerable symptomatic relief. (Read about acupuncture and icing and heating in Chapter 11; turn to Chapter 12 for more on alternative remedies such as Botox injections.)
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