Medication Decision...Wellbutrin...Savella???

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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 8/23/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I am usually over at the fibro section, but am having such a time with my depression, and one of the moderaters suggested I come here for a bit.  :)  Anyhow, I have been on Paxil 30mg. for about 2 or 3 years.  Since 1995, I've tried Zoloft (6 or 7 years), then Paxil, Cymbalta, and back to Paxil.  I think Effexor might have been in there.  Anyhow, I have been visiting different area doctors to try and find one who will take me seriously.  I have seen 3.  I am depressed, I've gone in and out of that dark, seemingly endless tunnel.  Now, I'm in the phase of being here, but not really living, plus, the fibro pain and fatigue.  Dr. 1 said to taper off the Paxil and start Wellbutrin.  He is not impressed with Savella, which I mentioned to him. Dr. 2 said take Paxil, more Lyrica, more Tramadol, Tylenol, and Aleve.  (he's off the list now.)  Dr. 3 says to taper off Paxil, and start the Savella packet. 
I'm scared to death, confused, and wishing someone would just tell me what to do.  Dr. 1 also mentioned that since I didn't do well with Cymbalta, I wouldn't do well with Savella. 
Now, I have the Savella pack, and it says it is not an antidepressant!!  :( 
Should I move on to the Wellbutrin...(since it is another drug class from others I've tried), or try Savella.  I want to have my life again.  Can anyone help?
Also, the Dr. 3 kept asking if I was suicidal.  No, I'm not now.  That doesn't mean that I don't get down far enough to think about it.  I read that antidepressants could worsen this...I thought they were supposed to help.  As an added note.  Suicide has become common in my family.  I don't want to get to that dark place.  .
 
I appreciate you reading my post.  I know that no one can make a decision for me...just would like an opinion. 
 
Thank you so much,
DonniesGirl cry


Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression
 
Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Tramadol, Paxil
 
 
 
Even though the journey's long,
and I know the road is hard,
there's One who's gone before me,
He will help me carry on...

Post Edited (DonniesGirl) : 8/23/2009 11:00:35 PM (GMT-6)


getting by
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   Posted 8/23/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donnie'sgirl,

Why do you have so many different doctors telling you what to do? That isn't right, do they know about eachother? Only one doctor should be prescribing the antidepressants. Savella, I think, is for fibromyalgia. I understand that it is new for fibromyalgia. I am not sure what it does. I am not sure if it is for the depression or for the pain. But hopefully it will work for you if you take it. I would let one doctor know what the other is saying. Let them all know that you are confused with them all telling you different things and see if they can agree on anything. I am sure that there are many different routes to take here, but you need to keep them straight.

I hope that you feel better.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


DonniesGirl
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 8/23/2009 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Karen,
The first Doctor I mentioned is my regular family doc. The others are ones in the area I have gone to for second (and third) opinions. My regular doc. just seems to try the same old thing, and doesn't take me seriously anymore. The second, I found out is mainly a "pill" man. Just add more pills to the mixture! The third is very well schooled in my kinds of ailments, but I'm just not sure what to do. I like my reg. doc. I've gone there forever, I'm just not sure if he's helping me anymore.
I'm so mixed up. I guess I'm wishing that someone could say something, or that I'd read something that would just be the magical answer! :) Oh well...

Thank you for your reply!
Hugs to you!
DonniesGirl
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression
 
Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Tramadol, Paxil
 
 
 
Even though the journey's long,
and I know the road is hard,
there's One who's gone before me,
He will help me carry on...


THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 8/24/2009 2:36 AM (GMT -7)   
hey donniesgirl. you know what is best for your body. i too have been on the merry go round of meds. pristiq and seroquel, although seeing doc wednesday, pssible cfs, bloods-complete, interested to see iron count. may reinstate the abilify, we will see. thanks for posting. take care, and follow your body, for me this is my gut!! with loving compassion. jamie
 
dx, mdd, severe borderline personality disorder.

getting by
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   Posted 8/24/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand that Savella is new for fibro. You might want to give it a try. Just make sure that the doc knows what other meds you are taking so that there isn't any bad interactions. I am getting a magazine from the fibromyalgia network. They are doing a survey on Savella now. You might want to get this magazine too. It is expensive and you only get four newsletters a year, but they are very informative. You can google fibromyalgia network newsletter and will be able to find it if you are interested. It is through the arthritis foundation that I found it.

I hope that the savella works for you, let me know if you try it.

Often when you have fibro, you get depressed and the antidepressants can also help with pain. I hope that this is the case for you. For fibro, I take norco, soma and adderall. They all help me a lot. The adderall keeps me from sleeping all day long. I spent two years in bed when first diagnosed. And the adderall saved me. I am now able to work a part time job. The norco helps with the pain and the soma is a muscle relaxer. I get really tense in the neck and shoulder area. Then I get headaches from that. Kind of like migraines.

I really hope that you get this sorted out and that you find medications to help you. Keep posting as we are all here for you.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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