The fatigue is such an issue when you have children (and a job working with children ). My four year old has a lot of anger towards me now that I don't play with him as much, take him to the park, etc. It's tough. Cymbalta has helped my energy level some. I'm also taking a ton of vitamins, minerals, supplements. When I first got ritalin, oh my. I got my life back. I started grocery shopping again--major, major deal for me. I was on it for a year before it stopped working. I went into a flair and tried upping my dosage but nothing helped, not even provigil. I'm coming out of this flair, I think, but find that ritalin is still ineffective. I've started adderall and that is helping. It's not like when I first started ritalin though. I don't have the energy to grocery shop. I had to get through some rough GI side effects the first couple of days but it was worth it. I don't think I could work without it. Also, I had free samples of Provigil, which is expensive in the states, which kept me alert, again not like the ritalin in the beginning but it caused acne. It's funny which side effects we choose to endure and which ones we will not tolerate isn't it?
From what I've read, antidepressants elevate the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine. Low levels of these chemiclas are associated not only with depression, but also with pain and fatigue. Increasing the levels of these chemicals can reduce pain in people who have fibromyalgia. This information was from an arthritis site. Your doctor will probably try a different antidepressant. Many members do get help with them.
Thanks everyone. I'm off to bed. Busy day tomorrow since my hubby works Saturdays