Jennifer, I've thought about
asking for something for my headaches, but hated to be on another med, so for now, I take a hydrocodone which helps. I can't take anti inflammatories either because of rashes and I'm also not supposed to take them for my kidneys.
I took Cymbalta for a short time and had a bad reaction to it. Did your doc say anything about
side effects from tapering off of it? I have no idea if your headache could be from decreasing your Cymbalta or if it's something else. I can't take any of the newer antidepressants, but I can take the old tricyclic antidepressents, which can help headaches when taken at a low dose. I take 50mg of doxepin at night and my headaches are less frequent and the doxepin helps me sleep.
It's a real balancing act trying to find just the right meds and the right dose of meds to help. It can be a frustrating process too. Hang in there.
Diagnosis: UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; UC 2008; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
Meds: Plaquenil 400mg; Prednisone 5-10mg; Tramadol 100mg 3-4x daily; Doxepin 25-50mg; Prevacid; Evoxac; Steriod Cream and Mouth Rinse for tongue and mouth ulcers; Hydrocodone 5/500 prn for severe pain; Artificial tears
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