More about Lyn
Lyn currently takes eight medicines every day, uses two medicines only once a week, and takes another three medicines only when she needs them.
Lyn has had fibromyalgia since 1990 and takes Endep to help relax her muscles. Since then she has also had spinal stenosis and five years ago had surgery on her spine, which has limited her mobility. Lyn has experienced a lot of pain both from her fibromyalgia and spinal stenosis and pain management has been a big issue for her for many years.
After her spinal operation she was put onto OxyContin for strong pain, which she weaned herself off within six months. Shortly afterwards she had a relapse and was put on gabapentin by the hospital Pain Management Unit for her back pain, which helped until she had another procedure on her back. This resulted in severe pain and she was put back on OxyContin. About 18 months ago her new GP changed her from OxyContin tablets to Norspan patches (morphine-like patches which Lyn refers to as her morphine patches). As long as she sticks to her regimen of Norspan, gabapentin and Panadol Osteo her pain is under control and she can be active and do the things she wants to do.
A number of years ago Lyn was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which was first managed with Plaquenil alone, but last year she also started methotrexate because her arthritis symptoms were not well controlled. Methotrexate is a strong drug also used to treat cancer. Her rheumatologist gave her the methotrexate Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) to read so she could decide whether she wanted to try it, and a month later she started on a low dose, which has been gradually increased, and she can feel the benefit.
Lyn has a number of other conditions including Raynaud’s for which she takes Nordip, reflux which has been managed with Somac/Salpraz for many years and asthma, which seems to be less of a problem now, although she still keeps a Ventolin inhaler handy for asthma relief.
Lyn’s husband is a great support in helping her with her medicines. He has prepared a medicines list which she takes everywhere with her, helps pack her medicines into dosing containers and suggested she uses the alarm on her phone to remind to take her medicines, especially when she is away from home. Lyn also had a home medicines review which she found very helpful, especially as she found out that some symptoms she had put down to her illness were actually side effects of her medicines.
Lyn doesn’t really like taking so many medicines, some of which are quite strong. She has come to terms with this after researching her medicines on the internet, and speaking to her doctors and pharmacist, which has helped her to realise that all her medicines are keeping her stable and that she will be taking multiple medicines for the rest of her life. While Lyn doesn't like having to take so many medicines, her pain is now effectively managed, which allows her to do all the activities that make her life enjoyable and meaningful.