Change for the better!

Has the addition of an antidepressant helped you?
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Yes, immensely - 41.7%
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Yes, somewhat - 8.3%
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Minimally - 8.3%
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Not at all - 25.0%
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Caused more pain and negative side effects - 8.3%
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tyno3
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   Posted 10/22/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
cool  Something has changed, for the better. The excruicating pain and stiffness I've been waking up with is diminishing. OK.'so what's helping? First, I've been on Zoloft, a hefty dose, started at 25mgs., each week went up by 25mgs. till now, I'm at 125mgs. daily. Pdoc says up to 150 is OK. Also, he took me off clonazapam 3x's daily and put me on valium 1 5mg. at bedtime. I'm sleeping much better. I still take 100mg. Amyltriptilene at bedtime as well. I no longer have the flexeril, which i don't think was doing much of anything. I do think I need anothe valium during the day to help tense muscles relax, however, I'll bring this up at next appt. I am more motivated by the zoloft so I'm more active, except the one day per week I don't do anything much but rest. I've done this twice in the last month. Write one day off as a mental health day, stay burried under the covers, only up to prepare meals for Dad, and I, run the dogs, tidy a bit, but mostly sleep. So, I can't exactly put my finger on what has changed, but something has. I also rub linament into sore aeas on back and hips, 2-3 times a day. Hope something here helps somebody else. 

Green Grove
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   Posted 10/22/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tyno3,

I have a question for you.  When the doctor backed me up on my clonzepam and then uped my dosage (2mg day) I started feeling worse.  How long have you been on clonzepam and at what dosage.  My doc seems to think that I will not be able to go off of it without valium. . . I really would like to know from somebody else that has experience with this med.  Please keep all of us posted on how this is working for you :)

Sam :)


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getting by
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   Posted 10/22/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tyno,

I just wanted to say that I am glad that you are doing better and I hope that it continues.

Have a wonderful day

Hugs, Karen...
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Green Grove
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   Posted 10/22/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
fibrofog :)  Forgot to tell you congrats on feeling better. . . I tell you when my manners go out the door, I'm a little loopy :)  Sorry Tyno tongue
Dream as if you'll live forever. . . Live as if you will die today. . .
James Dean
 


GamJill
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   Posted 10/23/2008 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tyno-

When I got hit with fibro six months ago I also got severe depression with it. Started on Zoloft and it pulled me out of the depression and it gave me energy. To me, it made a huge difference! I think it helps my pain also. 

What a difference it makes when you feel better and hope this continues! :-) Keep us posted.

GamJill

 


 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 10/23/2008 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Tyno I'm so happy you are feeling so great. smilewinkgrin I've heard several say that zoloft has made them feel better. I've been on so many ADs I can't remember if I have tried it. It could be the extra serotonin is making you feel better. So many of us are lacking in it.
 
I have been on ADs for 10 yrs for anxiety so I was on amitriptyline and celexa when I got fibro. I do think the amitriptyline helps with the pain. I have got to try cymbalta before I go back to rheumy next week. I have been so busy with new puppy and everything I keep forgetting. I'm hoping it might give me more energy and motivation. So I will have to get back to you on that.
 
I know the change in weather has made me feel better, not too hot and not too cold period, which won't last near long enough. The summer was hard on me this year we had weird weather with so much rain.
 
Whatever it is your doing I hope it continues for you. turn
 
luv and hugs
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mom1978
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   Posted 10/23/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
Speaking of amitriptyline, I was put on amitriptyline, for headaches, and I couldnt take it, it knocked me right out, like with a half hour, i would go to sleep, and i couldnt sleep because i had my daughter and things to do, it did not do anything for the pain, all it did was make me extremely sleepy right on the spot,
I am on prozac and lithium, i too have been on zoloft, doxepin, clonazapam, effexor, and a whole bunch more, now i have been on the prozac since I was pregnant, my doc put me on because i had severe depression when I was pregnant, and at the time i was not on an antidipressant, the doc put me on prozac cause he said it had the least side effects, and thats the last one that I have been on, i will never go off of prozac again, and the lithium just helps with my mood, its acting as a mood stabilizer, its a big help, so i was never given anything else for the headaches, i usually take advil liquid migraine extra strength, or advil cold and sinus, but I definetly cant take amitriptyline,
take care everybody,
kelly
30 year old female, currently being diagnosed with a possible crohns, or celiacs disease. Have lost 40 pounds, cant eat very much, distended abdomen, low b12, constant diarrhea, diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2006, also have PTSD, and have suffered from depression and bipolar episodes since being a teen.
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tyno3
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Green Grove: Sorry I took so long getting back. I was on clonazapam for about three months, but was switched to valium by my pdoc because I was worried about addiction. To be honest, I didn't think it did much of anything for me, but I was reading up on the benzos and it was listed as "highly addictive". That scared me. Also, when I ran out and didn't get to a doctor right away, I definitely had withdrawl symptoms. So, I requested to be switched to a "moderately addictive"benzo. They all carry that risk, but some,more than others. The pdoc switched me to valium. Then, I had two absolutely wonderful nights sleep, awoke without so much pain and stiffness. The only problem was the pdoc knocked me down to 1 tablet a day, and that didn't leave any option for anxiety and hypomanic attacks (I'm also BiPolar II). So that kinda left me hanging. The benefit of Valium for anxiety is that for Fibro sufferers, it is a powerful muscle relaxer. 

tyno3
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Mom1978: The amyltriptilene will knock you on your behind if taken during the day. It does improve sleep though if taken at bedtime. With a small child, however it could out you so out of it you wouldn't hear your baby at night, that's risky. Unless you have a "minder"who doesn't have trouble falling back to sleep who could respond to baby. Eventuslly, you may find a time that it could be useful for sleep. Also, I understand Trazadone, is also helpful for sleep. I sometimes have to take the amyltriptilene during the day when the pain is neuralgia, nerve pain, tylenol, any strength, aspirin, whatever, does nothing for that type of pain. Good luck. I know people who have been on Prozac for a long time and swear by it.
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