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Marie76
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   Posted 11/4/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I have a question and it may seem weird. I'm on amitriptyline at night and cymbalta. I'm on low doses but the docotr just increased my cymbalta to 60mg about 2 weeks ago. It's weird because before the pain reacted really well with 30 but now that I'm on 60, I hurt more, what's up with that?

Also today my whole back and the front of my ribs feel tingly. Is that the meds or another symptom? I read that tingliness is a sign of withdrawals which can't be since I haven't missed a dose.

Last question: does anyone get random stabbing pains? Sometimes I feel like someone is stabbing me in the leg or side with something sharp.
Fibro/CFS


patsie
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   Posted 11/4/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marie,

I cannot comment on the drug issue but I certainly can on the "stabbing" pain. Mine is very rapid and at times feels as though a bee has stung me. It can be anywhere on me and is quite annoying. I have really gotten used to it. A year ago I never thought I'd make the statement that I am used to pain but I am. I can honestly say I no longer panic with things and for some reason they seem milder. Who knows???

Welcome and hope to hear from you again. Patsie

cat8201
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I had brain "zaps" & a world of symptoms with cymbalta. Myh eyes would even stay dialated. It was AWFUL!! But that was me. I got on a forum & realized there is a world of symptoms w/ that medication. That is the worse med I have ever taken. .....but that is just me.

Marie76
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies. I didn't have much side effects the second time I tried it. The first time, it made me so sick! But I've been taking it at night and it's better. I felt great (pain wise) on 30mg but since I got bumped to 60, I feel like crap. The reason he bumped it up was to give me more energy but now the pain is back. I don't get it.
Fibro/CFS


getting by
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marie,

Does your medication have any stimulant properties to it? If so, you will have more energy, but you will have more pain. Anything that stimulates the central nervous system will cause you more pain. Such as caffiene, amphetamines, etc.

I guess one just balances out the other. And you take the good with the bad. Hopefully this will go away with time. I will keep you in my thoughts.

Hugs, Karen
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Marie76
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
oh crap, he didn't tell me that. I guess I'll have to take it in strides. I don't feel like I have more energy but I need to give it more time.

That does make sense though.

Thank you so much!
Fibro/CFS


Chutz
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Marie!

Well....this really stinks, huh? You certainly would think that as he gets you nearer to an 'effective' dose that you would feel better, not worse! I thought of a couple of ideas. No idea if they apply to you or not but here goes....

Has anything else changed in your world? Did the weather change around the time he upped your dose? Is it colder, wetter, drop in barometric pressure? Any other stresses in your life in the past 2 weeks? More physical activity lately? Getting the same amount of sleep? Any of those can make your pain level go way up!

Also, it's possible you are sensitive to this medication but at the first and lowest dose it wasn't enough to make you react...but you did get a few benefits. Now at a higher dose your body is kicking you around!

I would strongly suggest you call your doctor to be on the safe side, and let him know what's going on. There's no reason you have to keep taking the pills if they are making you worse but ALWAYS call your doctor before changing any of your medications. I'm just giving you ideas from my experience, not medical advice. Always let a doctor know if you plan on changing your routine. Some must be reduced slowly.

Let us know what happens and what the doc said. There's no way he can know if it's the right dose for you unless you call and tell him.

Warm Hugs,
Chutzie
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Marie76
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah i was going to call him today but I got side tracked. I'll call him tomorrow to find out.

I don't think I've been doing more. The weather is wacky here but that's Oklahoma for you. 40s one day, 70s the next.

We had talked about vitamin B12 shots but I have plenty of vitamin B12 in me so it's not going to help. I can deal with the pain but I need the energy. booo.

I'll let you know when they call me back, they aren't always the best at calling me back the same day.
Fibro/CFS


MWM
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   Posted 11/4/2009 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marie,

I also have stabbing pain, possibly as you describe. I can do a decent job of ignoring the "normal" pain most of the time, but when it gets like that everything just stops until it passes, I can't think or function at all. It's always in my legs/feet or arms. Sometimes it is only seconds, sometimes will last for 15 minutes.

I have struggled with pain for 20 years, but this is new within the last 4 years. My dad has a rare type of neuropathy- which supposedly is not genetic- but I do wonder. If you find anything that helps I'd be interested to hear. I haven't pursued diagnostics or pain management out of pure stubbornness, but I think it might be time.

Good luck to you withthe medication problem. Undoubtly frusterating. :(

Marie76
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   Posted 11/4/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I know what you mean. The pain is one thing but this stabbing stuff really makes me stop and when I'm driving, it's not cool at all!

I hope you find find answers MWM.
Fibro/CFS


Jhemi
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 223
   Posted 11/4/2009 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes...stabbing pains here also...my feet mostly...and I yelp like a whipped puppy...
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