Side Effects of Fibromyalgia Medications

Fibromyalgia Medications and Their Side Effects

I’m convinced one of the most painful experiences a fibromyalgia patient can go through is the time spent creating a treatment plan. We’re all on different medication, we’ve tried about 10 different pills and we’ll no doubt try about 10 more.

Once upon a time, somewhere between medication number four and five, I told my doctor the pills she had prescribed made me vomit. Not occasionally, but constantly. I asked her if we could try something else and she sighed, looking completely jaded. Then she said this:

“Sarah, you have a lot of pain, which means you need a high dosage of medication. Whatever you take, you’re going to have side effects and it’s up to you to decide which side effects you can cope with and which you can’t.”

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I hated that woman. There was no empathy, there was no support. I felt like I was supposed to apologize, take my old medication back and carry on puking.

The thing is, her words have stayed with me all these years and I think she might have been right. I’m currently taking amitriptyline, a tricyclic that’s common among fibromyalgia users and, like most medication, it has its good and bad points.

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