Lyrica Oxy Contin, Full Time Job, Fybromyalgia, Cold Turkey, Pain Meds
I am a 52 year old female that has been diagnosed with Fybromyalgia since I was in my 30's. I have been mainly on pain meds all my life, and am up to 5 80mg oxy contin a day. I do nothing- I read how others do nothing either, and I don't feel so alone. ... more »
I am a 52 year old female that has been diagnosed with Fybromyalgia since I was in my 30's. I have been mainly on pain meds all my life, and am up to 5 80mg oxy contin a day. I do nothing- I read how others do nothing either, and I don't feel so alone. About 3 months ago my doctor put me on Lyrica- and I could tell a big difference- I am afraid of cutting down on my pain meds, but I am working towards that. The only problem I am finding is my right knee stays swollen. It is pretty big and stiff. My doctor said that was a side effect, which after reading found out it was true. My doctor told me I could live with the swelling, and keep taking it or don't take it. She acted like there was no medical problem with my knee swelling other than just bothersome. I have a friend that is a nurse, and she said she is concerned because of my knee. I am confused. I want to keep taking this because it does make a difference, I still live in fear of going to many places afraid I will get worn out or start hurting, but most of that is just fear. I have had this since 1982. Does anyone out there experience swelling, and did you continue taking the medication? I smoke which I know is a no no- and I would love to quit, but right now, I SMOKE. Any advice on what I should do? I think I can cut my pain down to 3 a day once I wean myself off the oxy, as you know, you sure cant cold turkey that medication. I have to work a full time job which is TORTURE- trying to make it to work every day is a chore in itself. I even hurt taking a shower. I sometimes get feeling sorry for myself- I would love to join a support group, which I think would help my mental issues with this dreaded disease or whatever it's now called. Thank you for listening.