Out of meds for 2 weeks

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   Posted 4/26/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Since I'm new at all this (dx a year now)- I have been taking Cymbalta but nothing else. When I first started it - I felt like a new woman.
Well I went to call to refill - oops - have to call dr - well she was out of town - I didn't push it - it just got dropped then.
I know Cymbalta is not a drug you just quit - I know you are supposed to titrate down - luckily, I did that because they had doubled my dose and that was too much so I had started titrating down myself.
So i have been out for 2 weeks  - I am in sharp pain - not "numbed" pain - know what I mean?   I have to keep moving - I don't dare sit here too long. I can deal with that for the most part - but at night - when I'm done, I'm done.
Burning skin - crawly skin - and one spot on my shin has an invisible ant hanging around. Perhaps the ghost of one i stepped on....feels like a hair brushing up on it
Swelling - a general "spongy" feeling 
Anger/ resentment, suddenly dwelling on stupid crap from the past - my husband is picking up what I'm putting down and just staying out of my way because altho I'm grouchy and short - he's not sure when the volcano is going to erupt - kids too for that matter. They do know tho - and they are really bearing with me.
Forgetting completely where I was again yesterday - now the snow is gone and the grass is growing but - that shouldn't really throw you off , right ? LOL 
I have noticed bursts of strong anxiety rather than just a general electric current of free floating anxiety - I realize some med withdrawal is going on too tho -
This morning, I made the mistake of making coffee with 2 hands -  dumped the water in the trash instead of the grounds from yesterday - the grounds looked at me a little funny when the left hand asked what the hell the right one just did because they both know I'm out of it.....
Hypersensitivity - light/sounds !/ smells
Facial numbness was the first to show up - numb lips, tingling - bursts of ringing in the ears
General beothchiness - my FIL looked at me and KNEW - he stared at me and knew - I was off my meds - LOL !
Also carb - esp simple sugars - craving - carb craving is a part of fibro or no ? I'm still reading the fibro 101 threads.
So yeah, I'm pretty sure it's real - and I need meds .
I think I'll remember to make a doctors appt Monday *rolls eyes*
It's pretty bad when the birds chirping happily in the spring rain or the sound of your child's gut busting laughter irritates you -
It is my spiritual strength and the belief I am carried when I cannot walk that is getting me thru - I have no idea how the rest of them here are getting thru - so far looks like fishing and ducking low on the radar. LOL !

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   Posted 4/26/2009 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey girl..some sounds like med withdrawal but most sounds like just good ole Fibro.  I am trying to get off Lexapro and what a nightmare...brain zaps whenever I move my head...sometimes I just go grab a pill because I can't stand it.  But the crawling skin, feels like there are hairs on my hands, pain that never cuts me a break no matter what I do...mainly some kind of 'sciatica' thing happening that makes me wanna puke!

Are you going to be able to get your Cymbalta prescription refilled?  If that's what you need to get you going again, I hope you don't have a problem getting it.  My doc went on vacation for two weeks but thankfully the nurse was still in the office and gave me some samples.

Carbs?  That's my diet!  Gotta have that chocolate! Yes...Fibro.

Feel better!



fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 4/26/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
samples - I hadn't thought of asking - girl you are brilliant !

This is gonna sound funny, but since I cut back on work so much - and just paid medical insurance premiums, I can't afford to fill it.

Also pretty bad when your premiums cost so much you can't seem to use your benefits.

I get paid again on the 30th . *sigh*

I'll be divorced and friendless by then - LOL

Those brain zaps are trippy !

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   Posted 4/26/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, samples can get you through. It is a bummer when you need your meds and the doctor is out. You would think that they would let you know that this is going to happen.

I am sorry about your insurance situation. I go through the same thing. Even with co-pays, it is hard to afford all the meds that I need. I was thinking about trying mail prescriptions, but am afraid something will happen to them. Plus you have to come up with a lot of money all at once. Even though you save in the long run. Getting at the pharmacy seems safer.

I hope that you can get some cymbalta, I have heard it is a hard med to go off of. I am sure that you will feel a lot better when you get back on the meds.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 4/26/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Someone in your doctor's office should be able to call in the prescription.  Also, I'd report this to the manager of your drug store.  I've run out of meds and they will give me like a three day supply so they have the chance to call the doctor's office and get the renewal themselves.  You shouldn't have to do that!  And, this is a med that  you need to be weaned off, to boot!  Please report this and get help.


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