Advice needed

I have a mild form of Fibro and take 2 x 25ml of Amitriptyline at night this is for pain in my hips and back as otherwise I get out of bed in the morning crawling around the place on my hands knees. If the pain is really bad I take Naproxen and Codeine. Over the last couple of weeks I have had this pain in my arms at the top and achy wrists I thought it might go but it comes and goes my arms feel really heavy and the muscles hurt I am to think that this is part of fibro and I should be taken more of my medication?

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  • Good Afternoon :)

    This really needs to be something that you discuss with your GP as only they can tell you whether to increase your tablets or not! I do get pains in my arms and my wrists which is part of my FIbro but you should always get it checked out if you are unsure xx

  • Thanks I will I am just fed up of taking tablets all the time, I have taken my naproxen to start with and see if this kills the pain don't really want to take codeine as they block me up lol.

  • It could also be worth discussing with your GP or others on this forum alternative methods other than tablets; as I know a lot of us use other things as well xxx

  • I have to take Movical as with all my painkillers I need Dynarod without it. Yes I get achy arms, wrists and hands.x

  • Id get it checked out. It's so easy for us to think anything new is part of the fibro. Could be of course, but best to err on the side of caution.

  • Hi there..I certainly agree with the others..better safe than sorry..get checked out. I have similar symptoms to yourself..I noticed this morning after my gentle exercises..Pilates and a hot shower the sharp pains in shoulder blades subsided..but always check with gp before doing different exercises. .good luck

  • Hi there pleased to meet you, sorry your suffering so much. I would strongly advise you make an appointment to talk things over with your GP. You say you take amitriptyline for your pain ? This medication is not actually a pain killer.

    It is meant to help you get a better nights sleep in the hope when you feel more rested you may be able to deal with your pain better. Your doctor may think it is a good idea to up the strength of this medication. But please do not do this with out first talking with your GP

    Amitriptyline is a tricyclic antidepressant that is widely used to treat chronic neuropathic pain (pain due to nerve damage). It is recommended as a first line treatment in many guidelines. Neuropathic pain can be treated with antidepressant drugs in doses below those at which the drugs act as antidepressants. I hope this helps xx


  • Hi Pfoster

    Amitrypyline only works as an antidepressant at a certain dose.

    Below that it doesn't.

    Amitrypyline is usually the first medication that a Rheumatologist will prescribe when diagnosing Fibro.

    The reason for this is that it helps with low mood, sleep and pain.

    Do see your GP about changing any prescribed medication.

    Good luck!

    Lu xx 😊

  • As others have said, see your GP, as it may not necessarily be fibro. Please don't increase any of your medication without first discussing it with your GP. I hope that you get some relief from the pain soon. x

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