Leg pains are very common in FM, including referred pain, nerve pain, restless leg syndrome, and muscle spasm pain. Other causes of leg pain can include disc problems, pinched nerves, peripheral neuropathy, vascular disease, joint disease etc. [Could p]rior work injuries could be involved? Please have your doctor look over any new or persistent pain problems.
Antidepressents are known to help FM pain in many people. There's been an accumulating body of medical evidence demonstrating how different antidepressant meds: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (like Effexor) and tricyclic antidepressants, can help decrease FM pain.
It's common for patients not to first realize how much a med may be helping until they go off of it. They may understate or underappreciate the med's pain-relieving benefit while on it, but realize it must have been working because the pain level escalates once off the med.
Discuss with your doctor possible additional medicine strategies.
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