I have been taking Cymbalta for 2 months now. It worked great at first but just suddenly stopped. I have been missing work ALOT. I am a singe mom struggling to get by and realizing that obviously... Cymbalta is not for me. I take 120 mg a day. I have tried Lyrica, Neurotin, and Amitriptyline with no success as well. I am 35 years old and I am depressed to the point I feel empty. I get terrible fibo flares and cannot fine a doctor to prescribe something for me when I am in this intense pain. I am consumed with guilt over the fact that I cannot do the things I would like to do with my three year old son. My last hope is Savella... Please let me know your experiences (both good and bad) with this drug. Thank you everyone! ~ Jessie
If you are taking 120mgs of Cymbalta and it is not working, then you have nothing ot lose by trying the Savella. My best friend takes it for her fibro and it works for her. You will need to gradually discontinue the Cymbalta before starting the Savella. If you taper too quickly, you will likely have withdrawal symptoms. I would definitely give the savella a try.
I must agree with Laurie about Savella, give it a go, see how you feel on it.
Also, I've a lovely case of fibro, and I just started Baclofen, and am amazed at how well it works on the pain!! It may make you a wee bit tired at first blush, yet that tends to wear off after a little while. The muscle pain and cramping are much diminished I've noticed and I actually get an entire nights sleep most nights now. Which is a boon and you probably are not getting a good nights rest, so ask for it as well.
Best wishes to you,
sweet lemon P.S. Let us know how the Savella works for you, if you would be so kind?
Unfortunately, Savella makes me VERY nauseous. Plus now that I don't have insurance I couldn't afford it anyway. I do know people who do fine with it. But for me, even tramadol works better. Although withdrawal from tramadol is horrible. If you don't ever run out, its ok, of course. But so far only tramadol has done anything for my fibro at all. Because of course they don't recommend treatment with anything stronger than that, even though it works for alot of people. Hope you find what works:)
I've had similar experiences. After several bad years trying Lyrica and Cymbalta I finally found some relief with a combination of Savella and Neurontin. Check with your doctor and try not to lose hope. As we all know, letting yourself get depressed just makes all the symptoms worse.
I started savella a few months ago. Also take Celexa and Trileptal and Tramadol, among others because I also suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia. Initially, savella made me very nauseous. This stopped within 2 weeks. I have noticed more relief from savella than I ever received from cymbalta or lyrica. My pain is not gone but it is somewhat diminished. Good luck to you. Always remember that what works for one person may not work for another; but then again; that's why it's worth trying.
I took Cymbalta for quite a while. Recently I started Savella titrate pack. I am experiencing nausea and bleeding but not severe. I've had fibro for 32 years and tried everything. Believe me I've learned that you have to be your own doctor. I see alot of types of doctors to try to make myself comfortable. Depression is the biggest battle because I can't accept that I can't do what others can do and it is never gonna go away. The amount of medicine I take is obscene but what do ya do? Don't be afraid to try other options. Enjoy your good days.
I have had severe RA for 10 years and take all of the strongest drugs for that then I started having sever muscle pain for a couple of years and finally gave into the idea that it might be FM. I started taking Savella a few months ago but I am going to quit it. My pain is remarkably better but I am so irritable that I am ready to ignite all of the time and I cannot sleep good and my energy level is zapped, again. I have been taking Vyvanse for fatigue for a year and it improved my life a lot but now it doesn't even seem like I take it. I am giving up pain relief for a better state of mind. I have been really depressed. I don't know if I switched over to lexapro or something if it would help my depression or if I should try to get off the serotonin drugs altogether. Any suggestions?
I would love to hear what you find out as I'm in a similar boat as you. I recently tried Cymbalta 30mg but after 18 days straight of headaches I've had to stop. Someone on another group suggested Savella and Effexor to me so I'm seeing my doctor about these today. I too am a single mom struggling daily with just the basics.
Savella worked great for me for a couple weeks and then I got shortness of breath, tachycardia, sweats, I could barely do anything because I was so out of breath. My pain was gone but I was afraid of having a heartattack so my Dr. took me off. I just started Lyrica with no relief. I hope Savella helps you without the side effects. It's great if you can take it.
I have taken every med that you listed as well. I am 27 and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I lost my job due to the pain and missing days. That's when I was last on cymbalta. I still take lyrica and a bunch of other meds but recently was switched from cymbalta to savella. And no joke, I have been having good days. It's been about three weeks now and I haven't had to stay in bed all day. Yet. Lol I don't want to jinx myself.
In other words I recommend it.
I am 65 years-old and have had fibromyalgia for over thirty years. I also have severe degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, especially in the neck, as well as a painful right kneecap that runs off track. Just in the past five years, I've gone from 5 ft.1/2 in. to 4 ft.10 in.. My MRIs show, according to my orthopedic doctor and rheumatologist, that I now have the neck of a 95 year-old. I am currently taking 400mg of Tramadol a day, Cymbalta, Ibuprofen and have recently added Methocarbamol, since Flexeril really "knocked me out". I tried Savella several years ago, but only took it once a day, instead of the prescribed twice daily. I can't really say whether or not the Cymbalta helps ease my pain. I then lost my job and medical insurance and the Savella was too costly. Cymbalta had become available in generic form, so I switched to that.
I now have Medicare and would like to switch to Savella (though I would need a letter of medical necessity) and take it as prescribed, to see if that works better. I was taking Vicoprofen and wore a Fentanyl patch several years ago, but my pain doctors stopped prescribing them rather abruptly, which I thought was unfair and unethical, not to be weaned off gradually. The Vicoprofen and Fentanyl definitely helped me, but now there's such a stigma surrounding opioids, that people like myself, who have never abused opioids and who suffer from horrible chronic pain, can't find relief. I have four grandchildren and another one on the way, and it depresses me to think I won't be able to run around and play with them like I want to. If asked what works best for me out of the medications I'm taking right now, I'd have to say Tramadol. The pain never goes away, but Tramadol "takes the edge off it". I have read about Ketamine infusions being used to treat pain and anxiety. I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried that, or any other drug that works well for them.
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