And it is not working for the despression or the fibromyalgia. I go to the dr tomorrow & was thinking of asking about savella or the pharmacist suggested pamelor..does anyone have any suggestions as to whether one of these might work better. I am so tired of hurting. I also take xanaflex when needed.
I have been on cymbalta for years and it has definitely helped my depression and pain, but everyone is different. I have a friend that takes savella for her fibro and has had much success with it. My sister takes neurontin (gabapentin) for her fibro and feels that it is working for her. How long have you been on the cymbalta? It takes weeks for medication to build up in your system enough to work. It can't hurt to discuss your options with your doctor. Your doctor should be able to evaluate the situation and make the best choice for you.
Good luck and let me know how it goes,
I was put on Cymbalta in Oct.2010. It was hard for me to tell if it was working. I began to have more depression and my mind felt unclear. I have stopped Cymbalta and just started Savella. My brain is more clear. Although it is a bit early to truely say, yes, Savella is working, I do feel better. Of course we have also had some warmer days. The cold kills me.
First, you have to say how long that you have been on Cymbalta. There are protocols now for people with fibro. THANK GOODNESS. In the 90's, you were considered a drug seeker or mentally sick. I went through the entire thing with my husband too. we almost got divorced. Now they admit, gee maybe all these women, and some men have all the SAME symptoms, now we can be heros. :-) Flexeril is the muscle relaxer of choice instead of xanaflex. I couldn't tolerate Flerxeril, and I was on Xanaflex for a long time. They have just come out with a med called Amrix which comes in 15 or 30 mg. You take it once each day at about 7-8 PM. This is flexeril slow acting. I started on the 30 mg, and now take 15. What a difference. Better than Xanaflex. When I really hurt, I just take the 30mg once in a while. The third medication that you must look into is either Lyrica, or gabapentin (neurontin). That takes care of nerve pain.
I LOVE gabapentin, and call it my miracle drug, but I also gained over 80 lbs on it from fluid. I can only take one a day now. Some people do much better on lyrica, but I couldn't deal with it.
Finally exercise, exercise, exercise. I'm not saying run a marathon, just walk down the block! This helps lift the depression MORE than any medicine can. I know that you don't feel like it, but I promise that it works! I you can't exercise on your own, (and believe me I understand), try physical therapy until you get in the habit. It also helps to go to psychologist to talk about how you feel, how your family deals with everything etc. One last thing, massage therapy is amazing. My insurance company paid for it for two years, and I really was functioning well, but now they don't pay,and there is no money left to pay for it, so I only get massages once or twice a year. If there is anyway to afford it, (my daughter bartered for me to get a months work :-) once a week), do it. Other people swear by acupuncture too.
You have to be proactive to get through this time and back into the life that you can have. Good luck, and believe me, I care. I have been there and back. Let us know how you are doing!
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