Sunshine, I understand your fear of meds cause I have a med phobia. I have been on amitriptyline for 10 yrs and it is one that is hard to get off of. I take celexa too and you can quit it cold turkey. I think it is some of the older ones that is hard to get off of. I have three docs wanting me on cymbalta but the more I read on here about how hard it is to get off of I don't know if I want to be on another anti-depressant that is hard to get off of.
However, I tried to cut back on the amitriptyline back in the spring and went into a fibro flare from hades so I do believe it helps with the pain. Cymbalta may help with the pain even more and it might give me more energy but I won't know unless I try it. So it's like what to do, what to do??? My fear may be stopping me from feeling better and that would be upsetting since I struggle everyday with the fatigue and motivation. I really do feel that I don't have enough serotonin even on the two anti-depressants I'm on.
We can up the brain chemicals with exercise and positive thinking so you might want to look into natural ways to up the serotonin if you are totally against taking anything.
luv and hugs
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