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Cymbalta pain management

May 05, 2018 9:47 PM

Hi , I’m completely new to all of this - the lifestyle change as well as taking too many pills for my taste. I find being on a pain pill that also helps with my depression - masks about 60% of the pain during the day allowing me to do more. Be a mom, a partner and run my business. But I find when I try and just do what I have to do - I’m in worse pain the next day to where the medication masks 10%. My question is:
Do you think pain medication is the right move since it limits the pain signals your body is giving you so you don’t over due it? Even though the pain is worse for us then those not dealing with this - I never took Advil because I needed to be in tune with my body. Now I’m on antidepressants - anxiety meds - pain pills and OCD medication - ugh!! Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks.

May 05, 2018 10:53 PM

Personally, I think if the meds work for the individual, then they are the right choice for that person.

In my case, I'vee lived with chronic pain since I was 10 and I'm now 19. Advil and Tylenol didn't do anything for my pain. I was prescribed Celebrex at my last rheumatology appointment and have been taking it for 2 days. Today has been the first day in the past 9 years that I can remember being this pain-free. I will never be able to fully accept that I need medications to live and improve my quality of life, but I'm so thankful for advances in medicine.

May 06, 2018 8:30 AM

I've learnt to balance all 3 of my pain management aids. I've learnt how far to push myself and know what I can get away with in line with my meds, learnt to take 5 minutes at the end of the day for some fibromyalgia yoga with incense and oils or a hot bath with Epsom salts to help ease my muscles and have found a medication routine that works for me and my lifestyle (work/kids). Its definitely a learning curve. Take care Hayley 🌈

May 06, 2018 11:44 AM

Thank you both for your response. I’m just so used to moving 100mph this is such a huge change. The pain meds come with their own set of symptoms like dry eye which has dramatically altered my vision and dry mouth - added fatigue - increased fibro fog - so it’s hard to decipher what’s the illness and what’s the pain meds. Only time will tell. Thanks!

May 06, 2018 6:42 PM

I had a life changing event Nov 26th and rod n screw L4 surgery March 1st. Know it could be so much worse but still hard to adjust. Was lucky enough to be hardy till now, just turned 60.. time will help...but so far pain is tough and I'm still adjusting. I'm so inspired by you and all with kids on the house on top of everything else. I think you just have to keep tweaking as you go. Till this experience I had no idea that pain was a change agent with a mind of it's own. Wishing you the best!...all of you.

May 08, 2018 8:08 AM

Cymbals was the first med I was prescribed. I took it for about 8 months and never noticed any change so stopped. A word of caution, even if you wein off this medication as suggested by Dr, you WILL experience terrible withdrawal. I have eliminated all pharmaceuticals from my regime and only take vitamins, supplements and natural products like medical marijuana. I have lost 50 lbs (gained from all the medication) and I am more mobile than I was 2 years ago.

May 08, 2018 2:04 PM

I see there is a dual effect helping depression and pain then you should not consider to stop it prematurely. Any kind of antidepressant should be stopped with caution and under physician guidance which is advised to gradually taper the dose most of the time and moving to alternative option gradually as a drug sparing choice to control the symptoms if not controlled or experiencing annoying side effects. This will prevent you from withdrawal effects and take care of disease. If weight gain is issue you can try dietary modifications and exercise as a first trial to counter weight gain before thinking to stop the medication.

May 08, 2018 4:15 PM

I was on Cymbalta and it actually gave me suicidal thoughts. Thankfully Lyrica has helped, but only along with pain medications, & other therapies. Growing up I was always extremely active. Between school, working & being a tri-star athlete I too was always going at 100mph. But at 20 years old I was diagnosed, & now 11 years later, I'm still trying to figure out the best way to live with this horrible disease. I went years without taking any meds and just trying to deal with everything myself, but that didn't work. I hate having to take meds (it is a lot of them), but if that is what helps & improves my quality of life, then that's what I'm going to do.....along with water therapy, chiropractor, massages & yoga. We all have to find out what helps us deal...I'm still trying to figure out the best combination. But stay positive everyone. We got this - we are fibro warriors.

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