By the grace of God, I found this site. Let me introduce myself. My name is MissEm, and I need your help and support. Quick bio here: I was diagnosed in my mid twenties with Reactive Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. I'm currently 47. I'm extremely sensitive to most, if not all meds, making treatment for my Fibromyalgia extremely difficult. A little over a year ago, my physician prescribed Amitriptyline 10 mg for my worsening Fibromyalgia symptoms. The goal was to eventually reach 50 mg a night for pain relief and better sleep. The maximum of 30 mg was all I could tolerate and not without the usual side effects associated with this drug! I've recently noticed over this past few months a gradual decline in my overall feeling of wellness. Historically, this usually marks the onset of a drug loss of efficacy in my system...in layman's terms...the drug don't work no more!
Two weeks ago, I awoke very early one morning with all the signs and symptoms of a full blown panic attack i.e. perceived shortness of breath, tightness in chest, feeling of being strangled, severe anxiety, feeling that I'm going to die, etc. I landed in the hospital. All test results were normal. I have never been diagnosed with a Panic Disorder, nor am I an anxious person. I attributed this episode to the Ami failure in my system, and quit the med "cold turkey". Bad idea. My life has been a living hell for the past two weeks. While some of my immediate symptoms were alleviated, a whole host of others cropped up. I am now suffering with intermittent, undulating bouts of:
shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheaded, chest pressure, heart palpitations, intermittent cough, scalp tingles, insomnia, anxiety, feelings of dread, nausea, insanely itchy skin, the feeling of being strangled followed by an intense pressure in my head, headaches, irritability, abdominal discomfort, extreme temperature changes in my body, muscle pain, paranoia, fatigue, want to jump out of my skin, and feel like I'm going to go crazy.
I feel worse than awful as the symptoms come and go with intensity. Some days were better than others. This past couple of days has been horrible. I want to die. I have considered reintroduction but am terrified because my nervous system is already over-sensitized. Any thoughts, comments, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Right now, I just want to cry...