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Alhea Marie
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   Posted 1/30/2010 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I have just recently started seeing a doctor for the severe pain and other problems I have been having for over a year. He said they sound like fibromyalgia symptoms. I was just recently prescribed cymbalta. It hasnt even had the chance to work yet and with all I have been reading I am afriad. Also I do not like the fact that my doctor puts me on an anti-imflammatory diet...(which mostly I do regularly just by eating the foods that are on the list)...and other than that and the cymbalta he did nothing. He says he thinks my pain is associated with depression but i dont think so its been going on for a couple years and has gotten real bad lately. I do not want to ask for narcotic pain medication as I am worried about how they will treat me but I cant even live day to day and get my boy to and from school. I go back for a follow up in two weeks and I need to get him to understand how hard the pain makes it for me to live day to day Untill the cymbalta kicks in...(or doesn't what does he expect me to do for the pain. HELP.

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   Posted 1/30/2010 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope Cymbalta works for you. It did not work at all for me. Don't be afraid to tell your doctor, if after you've taken it for awhile it doesn't work. Maybe for you it will work - that would be a great thing.

Do tell your doctor how much pain you are in. Don't be afraid to do that. It's strange that a doctor would say you have fibro symptoms, but then tell you your pain is from depression. That doesn't make much sense.

You will get a lot of support here. Please keep coming back.
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   Posted 1/30/2010 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, and welcome!  I do not suffer from depression but I do have fibromyalgia.  Many on the forum do have depression but I think it's from being in pain all of the time!
Some like Cymbalta and others don't.  I'm sure you will be hearing more from the members soon.
I use ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 for my pain and fatigue.  These have kept me in control of the pain. 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibromyalgia including links about malic acid and vitamin D supplements.  You will learn a lot there.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in!  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and I hope to hear more from  you soon.
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   Posted 1/30/2010 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with fibro about a year ago and it's been getting steadily worse. I tried Cymbalta but it made me so ill after taking just one pill I couldn't take anymore. I have a prescription for percocets for bilateral epicondylitis that was a result of repetitive strain injury. The percs definitely work for my arm pain but they really don't do much for any of the fibro pain. My doctor wants to try me on Lyrica but I'm not really wanting to try it after I've read about all the side effects. I already suffer from the fibro fog and the thought of it getting worse scares me, and 30+ pounds of weight gain would send me over the edge. I'm going to try it in the spring when I'm not stuck in the house all the time. Has anybody taken this stuff with good results and no side effects?

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   Posted 1/30/2010 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alhea and Shannahsmom and welcome. Alhea, it sounds like your doc believes fibro is caused by depression, there are those that still believe this is all in our heads. Yes, many do have low serontonin levels and are on anti-depressants. I had depression and anxiety problems long before fibro but there are many that have never had problems with depression but they still have fibro. You may want to consider finding a doc, it doesn't matter what kind, that really believes in fibro. My GP is the one that dxd me after we had gone through all the testing for anything else it could be and I had my first real flare. I also go to a rhuematologist every six months, I have a couple auto-immune disorders and osteo arthritis also. When picking my rheumy I talked to his nurse to find out what his take on fibro and myofacial pain syndrome (MPS) were, didn't want to waste my time and money on a doc that thought this was all in my head. He leans more on it being an auto-immune disorder but that is just one doc's opinion.
I have never taken lyrica although I did take a few neurontin (which is in the same family) and didn't like the way it made me feel. My rheumy  doesn't try to get you to take lyrica unless you want to cause of all the side effects. I have a medphobia so decided to pass on it and all the other things they have come out with for fibro. I do have vicodin that I can take if the pain gets to the point of being unbearable but I use it very sparely. I always try heat, stretching, distraction and all our little tricks before I resort to vicodin but that is my way of handling fibro. What works for one doesn't always work for someone else.
I'm sure many others will have lots of advice for you.
luv and hugs
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   Posted 1/30/2010 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the family, Alhea and Shannahsmom, As you are probably aware fibro can
feel differantly from day to day. Your pain levels can vary. Finding a med that works is
trial and error. We all tolerate meds so differantly. Many of us are on a SSRI or SNRI, it
is supposed to help with serotonin levels.

I have tried Cymbalta, and couldn't tolerate it. My rheumy put me on Savella (SNRI) and it
took almost 2 months before I thought it made a differance. I also use a muscle relaxer
when I'm flaring. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a common muscle relaxer prescribed. I
had no weight gain taking the Savela, and in fact lost 10 pounds I was trying to lose.

Exercise is very important when you have fibro. Your muscles will feel more stiff and achy
if you don't exercise on a regular basis. Gentle stretching and walking are good, many enjoy
water exercises. Find something you enjoy. Heat is a fibromites friend, it feels good!

I am so glad that you both have joined us!

hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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