I was recently diagnosed with fibro, although I've been struggling for years. My primary just suggested Prozac and wrote me a prescription since I also have been struggling with major depressive disorder for many years. Before I was diagnosed with the fibro, my former primary had prescribed me Effexor, which I hated and stopped taking. So it's been a good four years since I've been on any medication. I've been feeling so bad lately emotionally that I was just like screw it I'll try it. Has anyone else used Prozac for fibro and if so what was your experience?
The only time I tried Prozac was before my fibro Dx but I had to stop because of the side effects. I have persistent MDD and every time my former psychiatrist weened me off antidepressants it was only a matter of weeks or months before suicidal ideation would start - so finally when that psychiatrist was retiring she asked me to please accept that I will just always need antidepressants. For most of the past 15 years I have been on Wellbutrin at varying strengths. I also have generalized anxiety disorder so at one point Effexor was added to the Wellbutrin but I couldn't handle the side effects. A rheumatologist diagnosed fibro about 10 years ago and then my family doc retired. For a while there was a doctor who filled in after my GP retired and she thought I should be on cymbalta instead of Wellbutrin due to the fibro, but she was not willing to switch it because she knew she would not be around to monitor. I was given lyrica for the fibro and continued Wellbutrin. I have not had a family doctor in several years now. I have to rely on walk-in clinics or the emergency room. If cymbalta really is a better choice I would really like to know so I can go find a doctor somewhere and insist they let me try. Meanwhile I had a referral to a chronic care facility that mainly deals with fibro. That doc basically said he can't treat me because he thinks my correct diagnosis is polymyalgia rheumatica. I am waiting for a new rheumatology referral but it was requested last June and so far I do not even have a date. Given that it may be another year before I see a rheumatologist, the doc at the chronic care place just put me on 20mg of prednisone/day.
I would love to hear anyone else's medication thoughts and if there is anything else I can add, ask away.
Nightid I'm really sorry about all that. It sounds very stressful. I've been extremely lucky, my rheumatologist actually suffers from fibro herself so she diagnosed me right away, although they're still testing me for lupus too. I don't really think I have lupus, but my blood tests have been real funky.
What about any alternative approaches? I've been doing acupuncture and I've been on a real strict diet, but I mean I can't tell too much different at this point. I was trying to hold out for medical marijuana, but like I said before my depression had plumented after this bomb was dropped on my life so at this point I'm just really in a mixture of experimentation.
Do you mind saying what kinds of things were showing up in your blood work? Interesting, one of my mother's original diagnosis was lupus, but that was eventually ruled out and she was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disorder.
I had a positive ana, ana titer 1:1280, pattern homogeneous, vitamin d deficiency, high c3c, and thats pretty much it. I don't see the rheumatologist again till the end of May so I don't really know how to decipher a lot of it.
I tried lyrica and if made me feel.. scary. So my doctor put me on a small dose of naltrexone and it seems to be helping. I'm also on Prozac for depression and anxiety, I was unaware that was a treatment option for fibromyalgia