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ANTIDEPRESSANTS HELPS FLARE UPS?????

Sep 18, 2015 1:07 PM

I asked for a reference to see another Doctor, a specialist, and I'm handed yet another script for "more pills". I really want to feel better, not become a drug addict. I even took my phone with me that has my daily pain entries. He snickered at that. I wanted to walk out but then it could take up to 6 or 8 weeks to get in with a new one.

Out of curiosity, has anyone asked their Doctor "What can I take to help during flare ups"?. He gave me a prescription for depression.

Any help would greatly appreciated.

Sep 18, 2015 3:10 PM

Poor u may b see a different dr if hes going to snigger cheeky so in so!!!! My gp increases my pregablin when im flaring up & rest,rest & rest, i try to eat healthy but goes out window at times but my daughter bless her chops up small pieces of fruit & greek yogart think each person different try different things that may work for u may be things that smell nice around ur place too lavender etc but defo have honey i have fresh ginger, hot water & lemon & for me it helps a little & ride it out but most importantly " Avoid " stress!!!! & i know what u mean re drugs i think my body is having a NO more time as i can b ok 1 min then BOOM!! feel so poorly not suprising amount we are all on i guess may b look on a fibro website for ideas too? x

Sep 18, 2015 4:56 PM

Tinyboo, just as a matter of reference, doctors use antidepressants for other than their intended purpose. As I'm
Sure you're aware that many medications have multi purposes. I was put on Zoloft for my depression and after a while they raised the dosage. (They did that AFTER I was put into Cymbalta and it didn't work for me). The one thing I can tell you is that when I am in a flare, I will take one of my breakthrough medications along WITH the medicine I take for primary pain (with Dr. permission, or course). I hope the doctor is able to assist you in getting your flares under control before you have one. All the best to you. I'll be praying that the flare is cut short and you can get back to some sense of normalcy. 💕🙏🏻🌻

Sep 18, 2015 7:39 PM

Tinyboo, I was placed on cymbalta for the fibromyalgia and depression (it's used for both). Unfortunately I had a severe reaction of suicidal ideations and personality changes. The psych doc (at that time) did a saliva genetic test to see why I have problems with so many meds, pain meds mostly. Turns out I have a MTHFR gene defect, and I don't absorb & metabolize B Vitamins, and another gene defect where I don't metabolize benzodiazepine meds. She put me on an antidepressant is used decades ago. Then I changed docs and he ran blood labs on my serotonin levels. My levels were too is until he raised the antidepressant dose twice. He explained serotonin and B Vitamins, and D vitamin levels affect pain neuroreceptors. All of mine are deficient so I'm on supplement vitamins and triple dose antidepressant now. I am say it has helped with some pain. But not many people have the issues with meds that I do.

It's possible it could help you. But I'd definitely search for a new uncondescending doc. Good luck, and you're in my prayers. 🙏🌼

Sep 19, 2015 3:46 AM

I was on an antidepressant called Citalopram and I went to a sleep specialist because I have insomnia and she told my doctor wrote to her and said that I was on the wrong antidepressant for the sleeping pills she also gave me and I was to change something else I forgotten the name. I was told to go off of the antidepressant for a few days this is just a procedure. I went home for getting my pills and my sister forgot to pick up my pills And so it wasn't until a week and a half later that I hadn't taken my antidepressant pills. I went into the most painful flare-up in about 6 months. I definitely think that antidepressants help in my flare ups and of course sleeping pills help with my sleep.

Sep 19, 2015 5:54 AM

I have trouble with anti depression meds as they flare up another condition but it is suppose to be helpful for both depression and pain called endep. Well that's the aussie name. Not sure what the u.s name is. I think most of us know what it is like having meds shoved down your throat all the time. In my research into all of this i did learn that sperm has 3 natural antidepressants so something to think about. Lol. If we can't laugh at the silly things like this what can we laugh at. In my opinion the best thing you can do during flare ups is rest with small streches if possible. Got to keep moving within your pain range. Good luck mate.

Sep 22, 2015 5:04 AM

Stretches are great ...belive it or not massage helps my aches too .... sometimes. Not the debilitating pain but chest in feet hands and shoulders

Sep 22, 2015 7:08 AM

I am already on cymbalta but my dr. also adds an old antidepressant amitryptline .. the dose has been upped to 25mg in morning and night and i do find it numbs the pain and sensitivity quite a bit. So yes antidepressants do help with flare ups if they are the right ones.

Sep 25, 2015 3:52 PM

Sometimes it's reassuring to find out that you are not the only one out there who is afflicted with an illness, but others are combatting the samething

Sep 25, 2015 4:23 PM

My Neuro put me on Cymbalta last month to take two at bedtime. To help my Fibro flares. I felt like it was helping but I know that it was. I'm out now and had a rough night last night. I hope you can get a different Dr who won't sinker when you talk to him.

Sep 25, 2015 4:48 PM

There is so much attention given to the misuse of these meds those in true need are overlooked, the scrutiny that you have to go through is ridiculous. It took me all summer to get medicated ,after jumping through hoops such as injections which I had severe reactions to and various duplications of refferals toxicology test results etc. I wish some of these law makers had to wait months to get relief instead we get treated like criminals with all the scrutiny we have to go through. Then they have the nerve to ask if you're depressed REALLY? Do you have a choice?

Sep 25, 2015 7:30 PM

Fallen, US name for Endep is Elavil. Going to ask about that one in December when I see the psychiatrist. Pain keeps me awake most nights, but my current antidepressant does nothing for my discomfort or sleep.

Nov 05, 2015 11:06 AM

Well just got back from the hospital needed to adjust meds.Have been on antidepressants, I truly believe that it's two different dances,it may help you cope but not change your pain .Wish you well

Nov 05, 2015 11:12 AM

THANK the doctor for the snicker. That means the doctor is probably not too open-minded.

I wish I knew which doctors were like that. Sorry, Boo, but you are crazy if you ever talk pain with that joker again.

Nov 05, 2015 12:50 PM

I've heard a lot of u mention breakthrough medication.. What exactly is consider a breakthrough.... All I have is tramadol 100 and I've just started lyrica today

Nov 29, 2015 3:06 PM

Going to my pain mgt MD was asked whether I wanted oxycontin/hydromorphone/or morphine for my RS

Nov 29, 2015 3:29 PM

Tiny, honey, been there. What I did was set up the new pain Dr. Appointment and continued to see old pain doc until the appointment. Some docs act like that when they don't know what to do with you, some just have no compassion, and some act like that for who knows why. You deserve to see a doc who treats you right. It's pretty common to be on antidepressants when you have chronic pain, but it's his attitude that's the issue. Good luck sweetie, I'm pulling for you.
Newfibro, a breakthrough med is a med prescribed for pain that your normal pain med isn't handling. There are many different meds used for this but generally it is a short acting pain reliever not an extended release drug. Hope that helps sweetie!

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