So it’s been 5 weeks since I started my new medication and I had a check up today with my GP to check my progress and work out our next step.
The Amitriptyline is an anti-depressant, but I was given it for my headaches, along with Cerelle which is a contraceptive pill. I thought it was a strange choice for headaches and pains, but they are working!
I have only had 2 headaches in 5 weeks, which has been amazing.
My leg pains have decreased, they are still there but much more manageable.
I’ve not had any pins and needles or numbness in my hands and fingers.
Insomnia is no longer a part of my life! From the first day of taking the Amitriptyline I slept all night! I was starting to forget what that was like! I ran out of tablets for a day (typical me and my forgetfulness!) and that night I couldn’t sleep. Im not sure if it even works that quickly, I remember from my training that anti-depressants take around 6 weeks to work, so its unlikely that it was due to this, but I took a tablet the next day and slept all night again.
My brain fog has cleared altogether. No more zombie mum on the school run!
Fatigue is at an all time low, which is amazing. I feel my age again and not an old lady! I managed to watch a whole film without falling asleep! Result!
So with all this good news, my GP said she wants to keep me on the same meds and doses and give it another month, then to go see her again.
She mentioned about a condition called Fibromyalgia, which I have heard of before. It is a chronic condition of widespread pain and profound fatigue. My GP gave me some information to take home and read before my appointment in January. She said the next step will be to be referred to a specialist who can assess and possibly diagnose.
Lots of mixed feelings tonight. It’s so nice to possibly put a name to how I have been feeling and to validate thats it isn’t all in my head. But another diagnosis of a chronic condition? Really? Mother Nature sure gave me a shit body!
I’ve read on so many of my Thyroid groups about how common this condition is, especially in people who have Thyroid problems. Comforting I suppose, but frustrating to think that 5 years ago I was so healthy and never had any problems, now it feels like my body is falling apart!
So I will carry on with the millions of tablets I take each day and wait for January. At least on these meds I can look forward to Christmas with my not so little family, without worrying I’m going to fall asleep or be in too much pain.