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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 3/15/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a note to say hello, and introduce myself to you all. I'm newly diagnosed with fibro after suffering in silence for many years, and finally getting a doctor to really listen to me and look into my symptoms. I am taking Savella, and have been for a month now. I have had really great relief from it. Starting on it was grueling, side effects were bad, but I stuck with it, and am pretty happy to have some relief. Is anyone else taking this? I think it is giving me migraines, and need to figure this out. I was told that Imitrex (for migraine relief) interacts with Savella, and am wondering how others are handling this. Any feedback is welcomed! I hope you are well today! At least as well as we can be :) Thank you so much!
Asacol 1200 mg. 3 times daily, Rowasa enema AM & PM,
probiotics, lots of hope and prayers! 52 years old, diagnosed formally 10-06. If it doesn't kill ya, it'll only make you stronger!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 3/15/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to our family, Missmissy! I'm also on Savella, 50 mgs 2x daily and one of the
lucky ones who didn't encounter any bad side effects. I make sure I drink plenty of water
and take Savella with food. The Savella has helped some and I take a muscle relaxer,
cyclobenzaprine for flares.

In the past, long before I took Savella I suffered from chronic migraines and took Imitrex.
Luckily my migraines are now only occassional and I'm able to ride them out taking Excederin.

If you haven't already, check out fibro 101 at the top of page one. Sherrine has compiled
some wonderful info for us fibromites. This is a great forum, lots of caring, helpful people
who understand because they are living it. Glad you 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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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17500
   Posted 3/15/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Missy, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us and joined in.  As Robin said, we do have wonderful people here that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do care about each other, too!  I think you will like it here.
I don't take Savella.  Some members like it and some don't.  The same holds true with Lyrica.  I have stuck with ibuprofen with food and extra strength Tylenol.  I also take malic acid/magnesium supplements and extra vitamim D3 to help with pain and fatigue, too.  Many with fibro are deficient in these vitamins and nutrients.  There are links about these in the Fibro 101 thread that Robin directed you to.  There is a lot of good info in that thread and you will learn a lot!
I'm sure others taking Savella will pop in and give you their experiences.  Meanwhile, don't hesitate to ask questions.  We are here to help you.  I'm looking forward to hearing more from you soon.
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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