I was recently on cymbalta 60mg for fribro & depression. It was not working for either, mobic 15 mg a day for fibro, zanaflex 2mg 3 times day for fibro, restoril 30mg for sleep, adderall 20mg two times a day for adult adhd,klonopin .5 mg 3 times a day as needed for anxiety. I went to an actual psychiatrist & this is the changes she made due to my depression @ this time is not bothering me severely so to say so here goes. Took me off the cymbalta which was for the fibro & depression(it was not working for me, took me off the klonopin, took me off the restoril(it kinda-sorta worked), took me off mobic, she left me on adderall only. I was to taper off cymbalta. That day I was to drop down from 60 to 30 mg cymbalta, just stop taking the klonopin(this was an as needed med, so I didnt take it everyday), just stop taking the restoril(I have horrible sleep issues), stop the mobic & zanaflex. So I was to drop down to the 30mg cymbalta & take for only one week then quit. That was horrible. I had the worst withdrawels from the cymbalta or maybe the mixture of meds she took me off of. The klonopin not being taken regular I dont think really effected me coming off of it, I really think it was all from the cymbalta. I had severe dizziness & bad achy feeling. Anyway she wanted me to only continue on the adderall. So adderral is the only thing i would be on until I went back for my next appointment in a month. During this time I had severe anxiety issues, not sleeping much of any, etc. I went back for my monthly appt & told her of the bad anxiety issues I had began having & the worsened sleeping issues. She then continued my adderall & added elavil, I forgot the dosage it is a tiny green pill, I think the lowest dose it comes in maybe. It has helped some with my sleep. I made a change myself to try 2 of them @ night & this is working awesome. Since starting the elavil I havent been anxious or depressed. So this seems to be a keeper. My only prob now is the fibro pain which has been horrible here lately, mostly my lower back is what bothers me the absolute most. I discussed this with her. I know she is a psychiatrist & they normally wouldnt handle fibro but I was hoping she could help with it all b/c I hate having so many docs to go to. She mentioned pain management but said she didnt want to send me to one & them get me addicted to pain pills. I can understand that but I really need something for this pain. She also said she wasnt sure if a pain dr would "treat" firbo since it is not just one area of the body. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I might discuss with her next week @ appt about tryin for the fibro pain. I am totally against lyrica. I have heard bad things from a few people & do not want to gain all the weight I have heard from people taking it that comes with it.
I am glad the Elavil is working for your sleep and depression, but you need to tell the doctor you upped the dose on your own as at least she needs to prescribe more med before you run out early.
As far as the fibro, aside from opiate pain killers and Lyrica, there are a couple other meds to try. Savella is prescribed for fibro and Nuerontin (gabapentin) as well. I have a friend who has fibro and she had good luck with Savella without weight gain and my sister takes Neurontin for her fibro with some relief. The psychiatrist should be fimilair with both of these medications but if not you could talk to a pain management doctor that recognizes fibromyalgia as a real disease, unfortunately some do not.
Hope you get relief soon,
I just heard that believe it or not, Mucinex helps Fibromyalgia. Couldn't believe it myself, until I typed Mucinex into the search on top of the page. It links you to fibomyalgia. I like you have tried eveything in the book, but a going to the store as soon as it opens to try this. I have allergies so maybe it will do double duty! Hope so. I had never heard of it until another member brought it up. Wouldn't that be a miracle? Good luck to you.
I have Fibro. and Cymbalta didn't work for me. Nor did Lyrica. I actually became more depressed and had more anxiety. I am now on Savella and Celebrex. I am also back on the antidepressant I have been on for yrs, Paxil. I am not pain free, but I do know that these meds are helping. I forgot to take a Celebrex one day and the next day, I felt like I was hit by a mac truck.
You need to tell your dr. what works best for you.They don't know how you feel so if you found that increasing the one medicine helped, tell him/her. Also, I went to a pain dr. and he said he couldn't help me. He no longer treats people with fibro. bcuz of how it moves through out the body.
I hope this is some helpful information.
I just wanted to mention even tho' you are totally against taking Lyrica, not eveyone reacts to it! It would be worth a try. So what if you gain a few pounds. Wouldn't it be worth it if you were out of your pain? I took it & felt like a different person. I would still be taking it, but my ankles started selling really bad. That's not to say yours will tho' I think you shouldn't go by what others have told you about reactions. Everyone is different, & reacts differently. Good luck to you & let us know how you come out...
I also have fibromyalgia (FM) and have found that the Internal Medicine specialty has doctors who are willing and able to treat FM.
Another specialty is Rheumatology, a field that has published many studies on FM. My rheumatologist is willing to treat me for FM pain (and arthritis), but not so much for other symptoms.
The types of pain medications that work for me have changed over the 18 years I have had FM. Currently, prescription naproxen works as well as anything else, with no noticable side effects. (The brand name for OTC naproxen is Aleve.)
I feel for you and hope this helps.
Hi houseof bradford,
Just in case it will help, here's more feedback in the form of what I have tried.
You mentioned that lower back pain is hurting you most right now. The specific type of lower back pain may make a difference in what will help.
For sciatica pain, it helps me to sit in a dining chair and do forward leg lifts, slowly, as if I were using a strength training weight machine (i.e., bringing my feet up by straightening my legs at the knees), gently stretching those back muscles. I do it from 2 to 10 times, depending on how I feel. It may take a day or two to work the first time.
Many pain therapies are discussed on web sites like emedicinehealth, the Fibromyalgia Network, and CFIDS Association of America. A physical therapy I have used successfully is strain-counterstrain (or positional release) “myofacial release therapy” for the (stinging, stabbing) connective tissue pain in my muscles and joints. This is different than myofascial “trigger” therapy, which I have not tried.
Those web sites also recommend taking nutritional supplements such as magnesium and malic acid as possible therapies. I take magnesium (1,000-3,000 mg/day) to alleviate the achy, flu-like type of FM pain and get more energy. Of course, I cleared it with my doctor first.
And, just in case you have the means, the use of a hot tub/spa with numerous good jets is the best thing I have ever used for FM pain, hands down. I had to leave mine with my house in a divorce, but I used it nearly every day for 7 years. The pain relief was long-lasting and made it easy for me to take care of the water maintenance, etc., myself.
Keep exploring and you will find the answers you need!
I suggest trying Fibro Malic made by Trask. You can buy it a health food store. I, too, have fibromyalgia and it is helping me cut down on the pain and increase my energy level. It is an added bonus that it is over the counter and natural.
I have also heard that Mucinex 400-600 mg has helped others.
If you type in "Fibromyalgia" in the searchbox on this site it will show all the medications that people have tried as well as their reviews. Hope that helps! Good Luck!
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