Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Hope in the Form of a Pill

Last month, the FDA approved the first drug for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Pregablalin, or Lyrica was already out on the market to treat seizures, and generalized anxiety disorders (something else I suffer from--anxiety, not the seizures). So after much research and a visit to my physician, I'm now going to be trying out this new medication to see if it will help me with the chronic pain I live with daily.

I'll take my first dose tonight, and it should take about a week to actually kick in. I'm ecstatic to have something new to try, since the best treatment so far has proven to be acupuncture, which is time consuming, expensive, and difficult to fit into my schedule. If it doesn't work, the next step will be to refer me to a rheumatologist.

Today is a bad day for me in terms of pain. I have a feeling down my spine as though someone had knotted all the muscles into a rope. My neck feels like concrete and the tightness is creeping up my scalp and making my head ache. My shoulders are painful, tender, and stiff. They're better than on Friday, when I had difficulty pulling my exercise top off over my head at the gym, because I couldn't bend them far enough to be effective at pulling it up.

I'm ready for something to make it go away, or at least make it more tolerable.

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