Posted 11/1/2016 1:46 PM (GMT -6)
Hi, Daughter, and welcome! Fatigue and cognitive memory problems are definitely issues with people with fibro. But there may be ways to counteract these!
First off, have you checked to see if her medications could be causing more fatigue or memory problems...not only the cymbalta but also any other medications she is taking? Some of these medications do so check it out at drugs.com and possibly your pharmacist.
Some supplements might really help your Mom too. Many people are deficient in magnesium and magnesium malate has been shown to help people with fibro. Low magnesium can cause muscle pain, cramping as well as fatigue. I take magnesium malate twice a day and am doing well in the fatigue and memory department.
Another thing many are deficient in is vitamin D. So many people are indoors a lot and wear sun screen when outside. There are very few foods that have D in them. I live in sunny Florida but yet was deficient in vitamin D. I now take 5,500 IU of vitamin D3 daily and now am not deficient. I do continue to take this to keep my levels in the right place. My doctor checks my D levels periodically. Like magnesium, a deficiency in vitamin D can cause more pain and fatigue.
Both magnesium and vitamin D3 are said to help with fatigue and memory issues. I know they have helped me.
I take ibuprofen with food Tylenol, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin that has helped me a lot with pain. I also walk daily as a gentle form of exercise and I pace myself when doing thing. All of the above has helped me be in control of fibromyalgia.
I also take folic acid. This helps with memory also. These are simple things she could try. She should pass this by her doctor or pharmacists first but many people on this forum use these supplements along with their medications.
I wouldn't suggest she throw in the towel yet. Her career is something she could handle if she gets the fatigue and memory under control. But she does need to relax and not stress over this because stress just makes the pain and memory problems worse! It's good to live as normal a life as she can. She obviously doesn't want to retire just yet so suggest these supplements and also take one day at a time. Many with fibro do continue to work.
I don't work now but have had fibro for 29 years and raised three children, traveled a lot, and just have lived my life to the fullest. I find ways to work around fibro to do the things I want to do. Your Mom migh be able to do that too.
Be sure to have her read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and she can lean a lot there. There are links about vitamin D3 and magnesium malate and how they work in our bodies. All of Fibro 101 is good so I hope she reads it. I also hope she comes here herself and asks questions. It's good to know you are not alone with this illness and we have a wonderful group of members who love to help one another and, as a bonus, really do care about each other too
I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your Mom better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.