Rheumatology (including Arthritis)/Negative blood workup, helped by Medrol. Rheumatologic problem or fibromyalgia?
millie wrote at 2006-10-29 04:46:26
HI! I'm an RN and I have what I(self-diagnosed . . . sorry, that's how nurses are sometimes!) believe to be fibromyalgia - lots of aches and pains which are worse at night. I've taken a low dose of elavil at night for years and it helps some. I recently ran out of it and when I went to my family doctor with worsening pain and probable sciatica, she prescribed Medrol dose pack to "jump start" my pain relief. I was amazed! I was pain-free the entire time I was on the medication. Been off it for several days and the pain is back to the level it was before (darn!). I don't like taking medications and won't take anti-inflammatories because they irritate my stomach, but I was impressed with the Medrol dose pack. I found this site looking for more information - hate to be on a maintenance dose of prednisone (because of the side effects) but I'm tempted to ask my physician about it - I think I could easily stop taking the elavil if a lose dose of prednisone helped. Good luck. Don't be afraid of the Medrol dose pack - I didn't experience any side effects in the short time I was on it - didn't even gain weight. And I felt wonderful.
JDsSquirrel wrote at 2013-06-23 14:29:29
Hi I am a Fibro sufferer. I recently was diagnosed with psoriasis too. My closest childhood friend is a fibro sufferer too and gets rashes. She is being checked for lupus but I haven't heard if she has results back or not. I feel for you at such a young age. I do think I was starting into fibro about your age but really started feeling a more chronic pain when I was in my early 30s. I agree see a rheumatologist. If your hospital/clinic has a specialist in fibromyalgia (fibro) then use them. I've been diagnosed since 2002 but rarely have positive blood tests. Just 2 weeks ago I saw my rheumatologist and the blood work done then came back no rheumatologic disease present. I have multiple rd's including fibromyalgia, sjogren's syndrome, ibs-d, psoriasis, arthritis (in the spine) and I can't remember if there is more. All I know is I hurt daily. The Cymbalta has helped. Cymbalta for psych trouble has a max dose of 60 mg but for pain mgmt. it can go to 120. I'm on 90 and most of the time it helps...but not always. I am basically maintained at a managed pain level but not pain free.
Good luck with getting your diagnosis and treatment. Good luck with your life.