Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Diary Continued

Yesterday was not a good day for me. I got up and immediately took my tramadol (for pain) and felt great. I was ready for the day and had started planning and designing a new mosaic.

About an hour after I took the tramadol I made sure to eat a bowl of cereal so that I could take the Savella and not get the nausea. I took it around 9:15 a.m. and by 11:30 I was unable to keep focused in on anything. I felt tired and directionless and in a fog. Normally when I get up and take the tramadol I get several good hours in before I start to drain, but not this time, so it was either the Savella or my allergies getting to me as to why I was suddenly so tired.

I have the weirdest allergies of anyone I know. I never have the normal symptoms of runny nose and eyes, or sore throat from too much drainage. No, I get a stuffed up head that comes on so gradual that I don't even know that I am affected until I have too many days where I feel like I can't get it together. I feel foggy headed and just want to lie down. I can't always sleep because the tramadol does keep me awake, but I can't seem to get up and do anything.

I can't even dust my house without it affecting how I feel. I wear a mask to dust and am so careful not to let it get airborne but invariably I will end up in bed within a few hours after dusting because I am so tired I can barely function. It feels like someone drugged me it comes on so quickly. Scary.

I plan to see an allergist as soon as I can get this depression under control, but I don't want to do too much at once.

If the Savella continues to make me feel tired I will stop taking it as I do not need any more days where I am out of commission. I suppose my doctor would tell me to keep taking it for several weeks to see how it goes, but I don't know that I am willing to do that. I can usually tell very quickly if something is going to work or not.

Until next time:)


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear your struggling with allergies. I can definitely relate on that issue. I get the extreme fatigue and exhaustion as well. I also get really bad migraines, as well.

I hope you are feeling better soon!

Hang in there. Gentle hugs being sent your way!

Christine Burgess said...

You are so sweet. Thanks so very much Dominique.