Just started Cymbalta..where to from here?

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kimmy7
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   Posted 1/25/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I am on my fourth day of 30mg Cymbalta, treating depression/anxiety and unexplained bodily pain.
This is my worst day yet, thank goodness it is a public holiday here in Aus.
For three days I've been fairly unable to eat except a forced dinner when my father visited. Today my body is weak, I cannot seem to drink enough to compensate for the thirst and of course, nausea is at an alltime high. I haven't had a single hunger pang.
Can anyone give me any relief as to what they experienced day four? I feel a tad calmer, but not much, guess that's the only good thing. I can't really see people, I feel unwell and getting dressed is not a preference. I feel like I don't want to be alone, but that is my only option. I can't drive anywhere, feel too ill. Should I just be forcing sleep? I'm so confused, I don't know what I want to be doing. I'm thinking of deactivating from facebook for awhile though, I'm addictively checking it and it is making me feel worse about being in this situation..?
I see the doc again in two days. I want to give this a chance to work, just after some ideas that may make this bearable to see it through..
Thanks... 

getting by
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   Posted 1/25/2010 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kimmy,
 
And welcome to HealingWell.  Give your medication time to work.  It takes four to six weeks for an anti depressant to reach it's full effect.  And the side effects should disappear in a couple of weeks.  It is possible though that you will start to feel better before your anti depressant does reach it's full effect.  And I hope that you do.  But often we have to try more than one anti depressant before we find what is right for us.  It took me a few different kinds.  It isn't fun, but that is the only way.  So if this doesn't work, doesn't mean that something else wont.  Be patient, and in the meantime give yourself a break and allow yourself to feel bad if you do.  Don't beat yourself up over it.  That is easy to do.  We start to wonder if we are lazy, which we are not.  And yes we hibernate.  But don't let that go on for a long time, get into counseling.  It helps you to get out.  And gives you direction.  I just don't want you to be upset with yourself for feeling bad, that is why you should give yourself permission to do so for a limited amount of time.  Then you have to start fighting it.  Doing little things, setting small goals and trying to achieve them.  It is a work in progress.  But with counseling, you do have direction and somebody to work with you to get your life back on track. 
 
I hope that the medication works for you and that you don't have to try a bunch of different kinds to find what is right for you.  But you grow as you go.  And it is all a learning experience, and you will come out of it happy.
 
Best wishes to you Kimmy,  I hope taht you have a good day.  Happy Australian Day...
 
Hugs, Karen
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kimmy7
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   Posted 1/25/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks heaps, Karen.

I've done some research and with all your additional information, know that it is unrealistic to think they won't work or that the side effects are evidence of it not doing so.

I'm in such a noncommital mood, my job is also client facing on the road four days per week with communication every ten minutes.. so I'm just thinking ahead to the weekend when I can relax a little bit.

I'm going to get a referral from my GP for the counselling.. In the meantime it is making me feel bad being inside when the sun is shining, so I'm at least going to shower and go to the shops, something's got to make me feel better :S.
Happy Aus day to you too :) Kimmy x

THE HAPPY TURTLE
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   Posted 1/25/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
hi cymbalta 60mg. it does make you qweezy for a bit. it does pass. gastric complaints are common with this, it was on the box and my doc and chemist advised me of this. give it some time. with compassion, jamie.
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Linx
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   Posted 1/26/2010 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
Was on cymbalta for depression and at first had no desire to eat and lost weight however; when it kicked in I was doing so well. Life was "normal" for the first time in years. I found it to be very helpful and beneficial and was able to go back to work. I hope that it works well for you once it kicks in for you. I also had a therapist along with it which in the long run helped alot I think. Best wishes to you and I hope that you find it helpful. Linx.....

getting by
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   Posted 1/26/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Kimmy,
 
I am glad that you are giong to give the medication time to work.  I know that you probably want to see sooner results, but take the time and give it a chance.  I am glad that you are going to stick to it. 
 
I have never taken cymbalta, but I hear it is good for fibromyalgia because it helps with the pain.  You were saying that you had pain too, right?  You might want to get checked out for fibromyalgia, just my 2 cents worth there.  lol... 
 
I hope that you continue to feel better as time goes on.  Like we said, it does take time and patience.  I wish you all the best.  Keep posting and let us know what is going on.   WE really do care about you.  And I think your idea of going out to the shops is a wonderful one.  Get out in that sunshine!!!
 
Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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