First post here and have never joined a forum like this so please be gentle.
Long story short, after a lifetime of pain and misdiagnosis of arthritis, on Monday the clinical lead in rheumatology diagnosed me with Hypermobility and Fibromyalgia. I have so many thoughts and emotions about that right now from surprise ( thought I had arthritis) to validation (years of being told I was clumsy and lazy knowing there must be something wrong)
I’m married to a police sergeant and so he works long shifts, we have 5 children and I also have s full time job. Not working is not an option for me.
The doctor has prescribed Gabapentin and wants me to start tomorrow.
Firstly she didn’t quite explain the titration properly. And secondly, I’m terrified of starting it. Everyone I’ve spoken to about this drug has got a horror story to tell me.
I really don’t know what to do. I’ve been in pain for so long that it’s just part of my life. I’m so scared of taking something that will render me even more useless to my family.
Any advice? X