In low doses, this has had very positive effect on RA (stopping it in it's tracks, and even reversing it's effects in some cases) and also FM, ME/CFS. Research has confirmed this. My problem is that Naltrexone is a medication used to reduce alcoholism and drug addiction. Neither of which are conditions that afflict me but in order to obtain Naltrexone via the subsidized medication list (cost difference is $167-unsubsidized as against $4.60-subsidized), my Doc' would have to 'prevaricate' and indicate that I have either/both of those addictions/conditions. He is comfortable about doing this for me. Obviously, illness has severely restricted my income, has eaten up any savings I had, and has totally decimated my earning capacity, not to mention social life and every other damned thing. The cost of unsubsidized Naltrexone is almost beyond my financial means at the moment, and after nearly 6 years of trying numerous 'treatments' that have not helped, I get pretty desperate for relief. To 'cut to the chase' here. I'm really uncomfortable about this 'labelling' - particularly as it will be noted in my medical records. My concern is partly because certain family members have a history of spouting slanderous and/or libelous statements to the effect that I am both an alcoholic and illegal drug abuser. Over the last 6 years, add AIDS and "attention seeking" to that list! This has caused some anguish for me and serious damage to the relationships I enjoyed with some of those I still love dearly. Though most who are close to me have found all the above laughable (as do I when it gets altogether far too absurd) It still has the power to hurt both me and those closest to me. In short, I remain sensitive to this sort of nastiness and am rather nervous about going the route as suggested by my Doc' ... Logic tells me that this concern is ridiculous but emotionally there is quandry. "Stuck between a rock and a hard place" is not too far off the mark here. Suggestions would be very welcome.
Anonymous George: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Naltrexone I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Ankylosing Spondylitis (in remission at the moment). My GP has suggested I try the medication, Naltrexone.