Random Inkings

February 28, 2008

Just what I don’t need

Filed under: Random — Little Miss @ 12:56 pm

Which is worse? Pain or swelling of the feet and lower extremity? I think the latter. Maybe because I’m vain. I don’t know. One of the common side effects of Gabapentin, I now find out, is edema in the extremities. SHEESH. This really ticks me off. I worked so hard to finally have ankles and feet again and now they are blimping up all over again. I have a decision to make: Either live with the swollen feet and wear orthopedic shoes forever and have my feet hurt when walking, or live with chronic pain of fibromyalgia. I’m very close to stopping the drug. I just can’t go through all that again when I’d found a ray of hope. I don’t know…. I don’t know.



  1. You poor thing. This is always how it seems to be with fibro. There’s always a tradeoff that seems almost as bad as the benefit. Sigh…

    Comment by moonbeammcqueen — February 28, 2008 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  2. I think I’m going to quit the meds because the benefit isn’t THAT great and I’ve struggled for 7 years trying to get my ankles back to what they should be – different drugs, vitamin D, all that making them so bad. And the swelling in the ankles and lower extremeties is almost as bad as the fibro pain. So… easy choice, I guess. I’m definitely going to let my doctor know but I’m stopping the meds tonight and we’ll see how I do. If I was 50 pounds lighter, I’d probably not worry so much, but right now, 5 pounds is like 500 to me. ARGH.

    Comment by Little Miss — February 28, 2008 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  3. Sorry to hear that, Claire. I don’t like it when my ankles are swollen, either! My legs are about the only part of me that haven’t gained any weight and dern it all, I want them to stay that way! So, I understand completely! (But please talk to your doc, too!)

    Comment by Bev — February 29, 2008 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

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