All I can say is I wish these doctors that think it is perfectly fine to stop SSRI's, Lyrica, Savella etc. cold turkey and start something else without any wean should try it themselves and see if they can drag themselves to work..sleep...move their head or eyes without getting zapped...I know you went from Lyrica to Cymbalta which are in somewhat the same drug class, but many people still will have a reaction to the change. My Doctor told me that I was on such a small dose of Lexapro (10 mg) that I shouldn't have any withdrawals. I weaned slowly anyway and after a month of being completely off, I am still having symptoms. Never ever again.
Many people take Malic Acid/Magnesium, Ibruprofen alternating with Tylenol for pain and this combination makes it bearable. Also mosit heat and hot baths. Fibro pain is different for everyone and what works for one person may do nothing for someone else. Sorry you are feeling so badly and your frustration is valid as many of us have gone through the trial and error method. I hope your rheumy can help you.
Hi, Sunset. I'm sorry you are having such a rough time right now but things will get better for you. We have heard over and over again about Lyrica stopping being effective after a while. That doesn't happen with everyone but it has happened with many so you are not alone there. Also, many have stopped Lyrica because of side affects too. You need to keep trying meds until you find what works best for you.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 to help control my pain and fatigue...just like Donna said. There are links about these in the Fibro 101 thread. If you never read that thread, this would be a good time to do that. You will learn a lot. It's the first thread on the forum.
Also, you do need to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too long, you will be stiff as a board. When your muscles hurt, it's tempting to lay still and not move. Well, that's about the worst thing you can do. There are some good gentle stretching exercises that help and you also need to do some gentle exercises. I walk and swim. When I started out walking, I couldn't go very far but now I walk a mile every morning before breakfast. Many times I don't feel like walking but I make myself and I always feel better by the time I get home.
Moist heat is good for fibro. Hot showers and baths feel wonderful. Get a Bed Buddy. You can find these at Walgreen's and other places or you can make one by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of long grained rice, and tying a knot at the end. Pop it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat and feels great on those muscles.
Also, pace yourself. You can do much of what you used to but not in the same time frame. Do a little and stop for a few minutes and move on.
Lastly, try to think more positively. You are so down right now, and I don't blame you. But, try to look forward to each day with hope and anticipation. Focus of something besides how you feel and the pain seems to fade some in the background. Set a small goal for tomorrow and accomplish it. You will be surprised how great that will make you feel! A positive attitude does help with pain and, when the pain lessens, your depression will get better, which will let you count your blessings and look forward positively...and on and on. I think you've gotten the message.
I do hope you start to feel better soon. Let us know how you are doing because we really do care. Hope to hear more from you soon.