New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 3/20/2009 11:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new here and thought that after creeping for the last couple weeks I would introduce myself.

I was diagnosed with fibro approximately a month ago, but have been suffering with the symptoms for much longer. It wasn't until I went to see a headache specialist for my migraines that he suggested I might have Fibro. Since then it has been confirmed that this has been what has been causing all my problems.

Since then I was started on Cymbalta. I honestly don't know if it is actually helping at all. For me it is hard to discern what is a symptom of Fibro and what is just normal. I really can't remember a time when I didn't live with some sort of pain or annoyance.

Lately I've been having a real problem sleeping. This has always been an issue for me, but it has gotten much worse over the last couple weeks. I am not able to fall asleep till about one or two and then I wake up 5 or 6 times a night. I spoke with my doctor and he is going to start me on Trazodone. I really hope it helps. I can't afford to be as tired as I am. I am working full time and going to school full time, so it is really important to get a good nights sleep.

Well I guess that is it for now. I am very happy that I found a place where I am understood. My whole life I've just been told I'm a hypochondriac and it is all in my head. It's nice to finally know that isn't true.


getting by
Forum Moderator

Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 41845
   Posted 3/20/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chauncey,

First of all, welcome to the HealingWell fibromyalgia forum! I am so glad that you decided to join us. Isn't it nice to know that you are not alone. One thing that everybody suggests is reading the fibro101 thread, if you haven't already. There is so much good information on there. It is the second thread.

Have you been taking cymbalta very long? Or just since your diagnosis? It takes about four to six weeks to reach it's full effect. So be patient with it.

I understand that trazadone is good for sleep. I hope that it helps you. I take ambien, though I can sleep actually 24/7, I just don't' get a restful sleep. With the ambien I feel more refreshed when I wake up, but I know it still isn't all that restful, but it does help.

I hope that you are having a good day today. I hope that it is sunny where you are. It is nice here, I just got done taking my dogs for a walk and it was wonderful.

Take care
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 726
   Posted 3/20/2009 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Chauncy, Welcome to the forum, it is nice to have somewhere to go where everybody knows & understands what you are going through.  (Now, I have the song from "Cheers" running through my head.  rolleyes LOL)  It is so hard to live each day with no validation that what you are experiencing is real.  You will find so much here, caring, concern, friends, information, knowledge & much more.  Come often as you can, you certainly have alot on your plate.  I hope you find the right meds to allow you to sleep.  I use Flexeril & Melatonin.  I get quite abit of sleep now, so if I am not flaring I do ok.  Take care, hugs, Denise 

 I have:  Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety  Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it.    Prov. 25:11

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 1014
   Posted 3/20/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Aboard Chauncey!!

Glad you chose to join us!!  We love our newbies!!!

I used to take Traz and it helps alot!!  I was recently changed over to Elevil.  I've never taken Cymbalta so I can't tell you much about that.

As for the hypochondria, alot of us have been accused of that and unfairly so.  We certainly understand that problem.  We're here for you and respect your problems.  I used to think I was a hypochondriac or a weenie or something.  I never understood why everything seemed to hurt me so much.  Was it my back?? Or was I light sensative or did I just get really bad headaches or was it the Lyme Disease... what the heck was it.  Now I know and trust me, I'm not happy about it, but at least I have an answer.

Sounds like you've really got a full plate going to school and working full time.  I don't think I could do that!!  I give you alot of respect for that!!

Again, welcome and I look forward to getting to know you!!

Take care,

Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - author unknown

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 3/20/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Chauncey!

I am new too, but have been lurking for quite a while now.  What kind of schooling are you doing?  I want to start LPN school in two years (then my 3 year old will start school).  I look forward to hearing more about you, and this is all there is about me.

I have had pain for about a year, which started in my back.  I went to my Dr. and he told me to go for a ct scan of my back and kidneys.  Of course that came up negative.  Following that it seemed to spread like wild fire....  To make a long story short, I finally got sent to a rheumatologist last week who confirmed I have fibro.  It has been a hard and bumpy road, but at least I have a dx now!  How do we go on living is what I want to know?  I'll be glad of the day, I wake up and feel free of pain and fatigue, without the aid of drugs.  I know wishful thinking, huh?  Oh well, if I don't have dreams what do I have? 

Glad to meet you, and welcome.


Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 6067
   Posted 3/20/2009 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chauncey and welcome. You have probably read enough on here to know your never alone with fibro on this forum. Sleep is so important to us and sometimes so hard to achieve. I know this isn't as easy for everyone as it is for me but I need peace and quiet in the evenings without stimulation and I stick to a schedule as much as possible. I also take amitriptyline and xanax at night to sleep, even with all that I don't always get restful sleep.
luv and hugs
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium and Osteoarthritis
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches and Tramadol
Co Q 10, Super B Complex, Extra B12, Multi vitamin

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 704
   Posted 3/20/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   


Welcome!!! I'm glad you found us. This is a great site for support and encouragement. I honestly do believe that unfortunately, unless you have fibro, you never really understand all that comes with it. That all in the head thing...sometimes you get mad, sometime you just roll your eyes and say shakehead . I also like the "you just don't have a high tolerance for pain" That is what makes this place so special, everyone here understands and nobody judges. I too am questioning if Cymbalta is doing anything for me. I hope that the trazodone helps you get some much needed sleep!!!



Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia,
Lyrica 200Mg X2/ Zolft 150 Mg/Ambein CR/Zantag (presc strength)
Taking it one day at a time.... 

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, November 24, 2017 6:38 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,897,663 posts in 318,037 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 157596 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Michelleinmiami.
353 Guest(s), 6 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
readingmom, astroman, John T, Progressing, quincy, straydog

About Us | Advertise | Donate
Newsletter | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer
Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Pinterest
©1996-2017 LLC  All Rights Reserved.