Hi Tanya...I alternate between Tylenol and Advil all day long when the pain is bad. I am allergic to most narcotic pain killers...they lower my blood pressure to a dangerous level so I really don't have an option. I am thinking about asking my Doc about tramadol. I take Lexapro also but it doesn't seem to do anything for the pain.
Good luck in finding something that works for you. I don't know much about Cymbalta. I think it has worked for some people.
Seems like so many people respond to different drungs in different ways. The Cymbalta made me incredibly sleepy and woke me up in the middle of the night (go figure) and did nothing for my pain. Tricyclics made me completely zombie-like, I was so tired, and they didn't help with the pain. I have a prescription for cyclobenzaprine which helps with the pain, but completely knocks me out, so I only take it when the pain's really bad.
Darn near every drug makes me drowsy, though, so me saying that things make me sleepy probably doesn't mean a whole lot.
I take the amitriptyline. Prescribed 10mg at bedtime. I take half of one. Sleep like a baby and wake up at 5:30 or 6:00 feeling rested. Also started the malic/magnesium. Voltaren for pain also.
Hello I have to say I have had FMS for over 16 years now and have truied every drug as it has come on the market some with good results and others that I have been allergic too. After a while no drug seems to work some for longer then others so my list of drugs would read like a chemist shop. But now I am only taking one drug which suits me and my Doctor why put a heap of drugs into my system that do not help. So the only drug I am taking is Baclofen. For me it was trial and error to find the dosage I needed but it works I AM NOT TAKING ANY PAIN KILLERS AT ALL I am sleeping and waking with no soreness at all I take it when I would normally take a painkiller, and so far it is working.My Doctor told me there is a new drug in Europe that will be available here in Australia in about 6 months it is a simple injection. Reports tel her it works really well so I am looking forward to that. As long as I DO NOT GET SIDE EFFECTS FROM IT Lyrica was reallyt bad my feet swelled up and I was put into an arm chair for days in a effort to get the swelling down.
I take nothing at night at all I fine that the tablets I am taking make it easy for me to fall asleep at night and if I wake up I will drift off again so for now my body is getting a rest so if I have a really bad flare up my doctor can give me a fresh lot of drugs but we now know what puts me to sleep and how many of each tablet I need to take i have a wonderful Doctor who listens to me and asks for my input about my needs she leaves a lot of it up to me now. So I am blessed by having a doctor who has FMS which is great she also uses me to try thing out for the other FMS patients she sees.
Kathy remember to keep on smiling