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   Posted 11/28/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone, thank you so much for welcoming me in my earlier post! I read the fibro 101 post and it was very informative! I also got a lot of info from my mom's friend who had transcribed a fibro meeting with a doctor who specialized in fibro! I got a lot out of everything. I feel a bit stuck right now because I lost my insurance when I had to drop to being a part time student. Before I lost it I was going to a doctor who tested me for just about all those things mentioned (of what it could be if it wasn't fibro), and those tests all came back negative. He had hinted around giving me an anti depressant and that shut me down immediately. I read someone on here say they wish they had gotten their prescription sooner because of the connection between low seratonin levels and fibro but I just cannot bring myself to accept them. When I was younger I had a friend whose brother committed suicide after he tried to be weened off of his anti depressants.... I understand how much good they do... my dad even took them at one point and it helped sooo much, but I just believe STRONGLY it should be a last resort. It's a philosophy I've come to terms with over the years... I was given so many drugs that year I was sick, and so many of them had bad effects and were just thrown at me because they didn't have any other answer. Now I only accept prescription drugs if I absolutely HAVE to have them. Is there a way I can avoid this? Do they have to put me on anti depressants to rule out depression and diagnose me with fibro? And also, until I get insurance back and am able to finally put an end to all my searching... should I go ahead and treat this like fibro? I honestly, after reading everything, think that I have it.

You all are wonderful! Thank you!

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   Posted 11/28/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   

Some antidepressants can help with the pain and fatigue. Some help with the anxiety that makes fibro worse. Maybe you could make it a last resort, but it wouldn't hurt to try. A lot of us take antidepressants and they do help. I take some myself and they have helped me. Also can help you concentrate which helps with fibro fog. So don't rule them out all together, just see what happens.

I know that we all get sick of taking pills. But that is almost a given when it comes to fibro. You need meds for pain, energy, to go to sleep, and for depression or anxiety.

There are other ways to relieve anxiety such as meditation. That really helps. Also the malic acid combo has helped a lot of us. I also take vitamin D which really helps with the mood.

I hope that the doctor finds what will work for you. And I hope that you get feeling better soon.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 11/29/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Ms Sunny! I do understand what you are talking about, in terms of not taking too many meds. I understand that in your past you have seen others have negative experiences with meds. But- remember- this is about you, not anyone else, or anyone else's experiences. As Karen said, these meds do have the power to help. Many on this forum take Cymbalta, Lyrica, Prozac, Zoloft. Other meds are for sleep aids, muscle relaxants, blood pressure, anxiety, headache, etc. It is your decision about what meds you take, and I am proud of the way you research
FM and its complications. I am not trying to convince you to take anything, I promise. I am giving you a little information from someone who has been dealing with this from age 15. You can count on our support for any decisions you make. I want to encourage you to consider something new that has the ability to make your life better. Please continue to post here and know that you will have support!

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   Posted 11/30/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
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.
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