I saw a regular doctor- not attached to any workers comp business, and within fifteen minutes the doctor told me it is very likely that the main source of my pain now is fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia can not be tested for directly but is conclusive by a matter of elimination of all other possibilities. I am still waiting for my follow up appointment to get those results which will next week!
This was all such a huge relief- I haven’t gotten any information this clearly objective or essentially useful whatsoever. I went… around six months without any contact from my workers comp inurance while working with a repetitive-motion caused injury that may have been a precursor or just the beginning of fibromyalgia symptoms.
The doctor really emphasized that less medications are better as he introduced Cymbolta to me, a unique “anti-depressant” that instead of being just an SSRI like most other anti-depressants it is a SNRI. This affects the neurotransmitters that signal pain.
I asked him if I would be able to stop taking ibuprofen, alprazalam, tramadol, percocet, and norco regularly which he said yes. He explained that I needed to take the Cymbolta for a while for it to build up in my system - which I am really afraid of. This is what scares me about this family of drugs. I expressed my fear to the doctor and he lowered the dosage to the lowest dose possible and told me to contact him if I react badly. Basically- here’s a bottle of pills, lets see what happens..
The world of pharmaceuticals DISGUSTS me
However, while doing some online research on Cymbola I read some commentary from a fibromyalgia patient with my symptoms that was feeling better in a week! In two months it will be TWO YEARS of chronic pain. There are good and bad experiences with Cymbalta and fibromyalgia.. and really I want to keep my brain a bit clearer than that.
I hate the idea of taking a drug long enough to build up in your system making you incredibly dependent and used to the drug. These drugs are so mind and mood altering to a point I am afraid of almost losing myself in it. I have the bottle of pills now, but I haven’t opened the bag.
“The medical field does poorly with the treatment of fibromyalgia in general,” says Brian Walitt, M.D., M.P.H., a co-author of the review and an expert in pain syndromes at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. “Chasing [a cure] with medicine doesn’t seem to work.The people who seem to me to do best sort of figure it out on their own by thinking about things, getting to know themselves, and making changes in their lives to accommodate who they’ve become,” concludes Walit
Amy Marie Perkins says
January 31, 2013 at 10:26 AM
"…Cymbalta’s side effects outweighed any benefit at all. As a matter of fact, there were not ANY benefits of Cymbalta either.."
Alisa Moran says
January 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM
"I’ve tried all three [Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Savella) and each was bad in their own way. Cymbalta was the worst though, it gave me pains I didn’t have before and zombied me out. Glad I’m off all of them. Now I take some nortriptylin and that helps the best. Still have lots of pain, but the nortriptylin and some viccoprofin and I can move better with less pain.
January 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM
"I have been taking cymbalta for years and it seems to make things bearable not perfect but I can function or maybe it is a combination of all the meds I take there are too many of them if you ask me.. If I don’t take my meds I can’t move or function so I take them and am thankful I can function. Guess I am not really sure which ones do it or what combination just thank full it works and I don’t mess with the combination as long as it works."
^^Wish she would have included what other medications she is taking
January 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM
"I took Lyrica and their side effects were terrible. I am on low dose of Cymbalta and the pain is just barely tolerable. My doc will not change or upgrade it."
January 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM
"I agree that Cymbalta and Savella are the worst drugs out there! I never felt as sick as when I took just one of those, at the lowest dose also!"
^OH GREAT ;)
Fuck that, I’m going to go roll more eerly joints with this cinderella 99 and take some dabs