- doing a little: in a lot of pain
- doing a lot: in a lot of pain
- doing nothing: in a lot of pain
- doing a little, after a rest: in a lot of pain
- having enough rests between things: in a lot of pain
- sleeping: if I can sleep, still in a lot of pain
- dead: ...still...in...pain
Anonymous asked: Hi. Sorry to be a bother but how is the amatrip- thingy med working for you? My gp just perscribed it for headaches (ME) & limb pain (fibro).
Hey, you’re not bothering me at all, I’m pretty sure this is one of the politest messages I’ve ever had.
I’ve been on it for about a year, I was originally on it at 50mg, and I take it an hour before I go to bed. I’m on it for ‘helping me sleep’ and just for general pain, there’s nothing specific pain wise. I’m afraid I couldn’t tell you whether or not it works, because I’m on other meds for pain (tramadol, naproxen, lyrica), and I’m also on other meds for sleep (two types of melatonin, phenergan and I think there’s something else, but I can’t remember which). I really wish I could help, but either one of these meds work, or they all work together. I recently upped the dose to 75mg, and again to 100mg, which did help with the pain, but that was also when I started on the tramadol, so again I couldn’t tell you which, but at the higher dose amitriptilyne is also an anti-depressant, so that helps too.
I’m sorry it took me so long to get back to you, I got in late from work, and I’m sorry I couldn’t have been more help, if your doctor is willing to prescribe it for you, depending on whether or not you have to pay for your meds, I would suggest you prescribe it, I only ever had one side effect, which ever way round it was, I was either eating the entire pantry, or wouldn’t eat anything at all for like a week, there were two meds which were contradicting each other. You might as well see if it helps you at all, and if not you can always come off it.
I used to take it for my chronic nerve pain at 50mg per day and it never worked like one tiny bit! Also due to the “high” dosage I was at, when I came off the med I had really bad “withdrawal” symptoms such as constant headache, nausea and extreme dizziness. Wouldn’t recommend it at all.
something to the think about, just in case.
I’m currently on amatriptyline as my “main” medication for fibromyalgia. I’m only taking paracetamol with it as the doc wouldn’t prescribe me any tramadol. I’m finding it’s working for sleeping as I’m sleeping right through the night whereas before I’d wake up around 3am for a few hours. I’m not sure how much it’s helping with general nerve pain though - I still get bad flares of pain. The one thing I will say though is that I take mine at 8pm, and when I went up from 20mg to 30mg it made me sleepier in the morning for a lot longer, so I’m going to knock the time back to about 7pm to take it.
Honestly, I’m pretty sure it’s doing little to nothing for my fibro pain, but it’s definitely helping with sleeping.
I take amytriptiline for pain through sleep, for the pain resulting from RA. I am on other pain meds like gabapentin, and have found it works well combined. I am able to sleep through the night on most nights.
I will say you have to keep remembering to take it, and not to take it on and off- if not you go into a low form of ‘withdrawal’, among other things you get insomnia.
I’ve been on amatriptyline for about a year now for both my nerve pain and my issues with not sleeping. I have had my dose put up to 100mg at night and I have to say that it helps immensely with my pain at night but not my sleep. I am on about 7 other types of pain killers for my nerve damage including morphine but I still am in agony pretty much every minute of every day. Sometimes I can’t even wear socks but since I started the amatriptyline I am able to put the quilt over my legs which I wasn’t able to do before I started it. Sorry I can’t be of more help! Feel free to message me if you want, Amber x