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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/31/2010 3:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel like I am in a vicious cycle and can't find my way out!  I finally got off the Cymbalta so that I could continue on with  Effexor, which I needed desperately for depression.  I guess they are in the same family group, so can't take them together.  Since starting on the Effexor, I then had to get off Ultram because they can cause Seritonin Syndome, which can open you up to seizures.  smhair Don't need that! So I called my MD and said I needed something more for daytime pain, as Ibuprofen wasn't quite helping the body aches that hurt all over.  She came back with Norflex and more Vicodin, which I needed, but couldn't take during the day when I needed it most.  The Norflex hasn't helped my pain very much, and the Effexor hasn't helped my depression. And more fatigue has set in, so my pot of cautious optimism is getting kind of empty. I feel like I am on a roller coaster that keeps going round and round and never stops to rest.  Am starting to lose energy to fight this.  I don't think I am having a flare, but feel like my whole system is out of balance.  I had a long talk with the pharmacist and after looking over everthing I have tried and am trying now, he could not really suggest anything other than to keep trying.  I have never felt so out of control with this disease as I do now. 
Anyway, thanks for listening....

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 7/31/2010 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Twinklestar, I'm sorry you are having such a rough time. Many chronic illnesses are such roller coasters, only we're not allowed to get off. I'm hoping that your meds will start/continue to stabilize your depression and help moderate your pain.

Sending soft, gentle hugs and a dose of optimism to help fill your pot back up - Austen :-)
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of  heart." - Jane Austen

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 7/31/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry you are at this stage. I was there several months ago and it just didn't seem like there was any combination that was helping and that I had no where else to go. My doctor is awesome but when he told me to just keep taking what I gave you(had been on it for about 3 weeks already) I thought, this is nuts, he's crazy, I can't handle this. Went on and after about another week I started to level out and now, not out of pain , I'm at a tollerable place. I have flares and hate dealing with them and like everyone else, I wake up every day and wonder what the pain of the day will be.

Keep in touch with your doc and hang in there.
Gentle Hugs
Diagnosis:  Fibremyalgia, Chronic Myofacial Pain, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Joint Disease, Connective Tissue Disease, Lupus, Osteoarthritis, Anemia, Issues caused by being severely double jointed. Vitamine D Difficency.
Meds:  Vicadin, Meloxicam,Omepraxole(high dose previced) Vitamin D 50K , Ambian, Savella,Lyrica, Tramadol, Cyclobenzopine, Voltaren Gel, and Pennsaid Drops.

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   Posted 7/31/2010 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Twinklestar,
I don't believe that we have met, so I would like to say welcome to the forum.
Give your effexor a good four to six weeks to reach it's full potential.  It takes a while but is a good antidepressant, so it is worth the wait.
How much vicodin do you take?  I take 10mg norcos and I take 2 three times a day.  Vicodin is a good pain killer but it is at the lower end of the scale so you might need more or stronger mg.  Norco is the same medication as vicodin, but stronger. 
I take medication for fatigue also.  I take adderall which really helps.  You may want to talk to your doctor about that, though the vicodin might give you some energy.  Remember to take as prescribed and don't get behind, as it is harder to fight the pain that way.  You need to stay on top of it.  Prevention is the best cure. 
Have you been told about the "fibro101" thread?  It is the first thread on the forum.  I think that you will find it very interesting.  It has a ton of information in it and I think that you will enjoy reading it. 
Keep posting and letting us know how you are doing.  We are all here for you.  I do hope that you feel better soon.  
Hugs, Karen
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