tired of being sick....and cymbalta

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   Posted 12/4/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
after 6 months on plaquenil im still flaring every month with rashes,ulcers & cns symptoms(headaches,dizziness,burning,tingling & vibration sensations)but with neg neuropathy tests. my dr keeps uping my pain meds or trying other meds every time i say i still have symptoms. she said try cymbalta before trying anything else. that wont treat my disease! how can i get my dr to understand that? my burning pain has been spreading throughout this past yr. i have been tested for fibro as well numerous times with neg results and my neuro said my arm reflexes didnt respond normally compared to the others......other than all that im wondering if anyone is taking cymbalta and what the side effects r or how well it works?
*Lupie Britt*
Plaquenil- 200mgs x2 in the mornings; Naprosyn- 500mgs twice a day; Flonase Nasal Spray- twice daily; Dexamethasone Nasal Spray- 3 wk intervals; vitamin- once daily; Protonix- 40mg once daily; Neurontin- 300mg once daily at bedtime; Zoloft-50 mg once a day; Cetirizine- 10 mg once a day; Singulair- 10 mg once a day; Dexamethasone suspension for ulcers;  excedrin migraine- as needed.

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   Posted 12/4/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Cymbalta is a life saver for me. I started taking it after my parents died and six months later i still couldn't stop crying. Now i find that it really does help me deal with lupus and chronic pain. I hope it works for you.

SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

prednisone, plaquenil, leflunomide, neurontin, synthroid, triamterene, actonel, niaspan, lyrica, tri-est, cymbalta, acifex

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   Posted 12/4/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have MCTD along with Fibro. We all tolerate meds differantly. It's usually trial and error
before you find something that works for you.

My rheumy initially put me on Cymbalta for my Fibro. I could not tolerate it, I was dizzy
and nauseas. I was then put on Savella with no bad side effects and it has been helping.
I know others who have tried Savella and couldn't take it. We are all differant.

Hoping you find relief!


MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 

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   Posted 12/5/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no experience with it but wanted to say I hope your doctor finds something that works well for you and you begin to feel better soon. Hang in there and keep us posted. Take care
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~

DX: Lupus, Sjogrens, Raynaud's, Hashimoto's and Celiac Disease
RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Folgard OS (B12), Vitamin D-50,000 IU, Tramadol (as needed) and magic mouthwash (for mouth sores)

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   Posted 12/5/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I too hav eno experience with cymbalta but wanted to encourage you to keep fighting to get your disease treated. I am sorry your reflexes were not normal and hope you find a cause and solution soon.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005- definate CNS involvement dxed late 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumatoid arthritis 2006, PTSD 2007, multiple allergies 2005, migraine, compression fractures T11 & T12, Sj√∂gren's, damaged periphrial nerves 2007, exema
Tx: plaquenil, Enbrel, Tramadol, Singulair, Skelaxin, Baby Asprin, Imuran, Prilosec, lasix, Evoxac, Celebrex, Darvocet when things get too bad, prednisone again, various vitamin/mineral supplements, cozar
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