Well I'm just back from the doctors getting a second opinion about taking Imipramine.
Having been off amitriptyline for 19 months I think I'm going to have to give in and go back on meds. I think I must have been in some kind of remission pain wise but I've had a very rough time with lack of sleep ,anxiety & depression. I've tried changing my diet, reducing wheat and dairy which did help ,I've also tried various supplements and I think they have had some benefit but when I had a bad fall 8 weeks ago the pain came back. I think I've been kidding myself! Fibromyalgia isn't just about the pain it's also a lot to do with mood and sleep. When I didn't have all 3 I though I was better but no, I've been deluded! I thought there must be an alternative to being on meds but I think I can now firmly say No there isn't in the long term despite all the articles you can read on the internet.
I've spent a small fortune on supplements in the last 20 months but the truth is Fibro can't be cured only managed and you have to listen to your own body because it affects everyone differently. So on reflection although I had no pain for 11 months my mood was dreadful, I was depressed and anxious and I slept badly. I actually feel like I haven't been myself for a long time. The lack of sleep probably meant that I was vunerable to something like the fall setting me back. If you can get a good nights sleep it makes all the difference.
So looks like I'm going to start on 10mgs of Imipramine the catalyst being the lack of sleep. I can't rely on sleeping pills any longer because I need a good sleep every night not just twice a week.. It's ironic that I'm probably going to be going back to shift work in the new year whilst all the time I've not been on meds I've just been doing a boring sedentary job. Well suppose I'm going to need my sleep, hope I get thru my Occupational health medical and being on Imipramine doesn't put a spanner in the works. Anyone else come to the same conclusion as me? Nwg x