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Apr 03, 2016 5:52 PM

Hi just joined found out I have fibromyalgia suffer with pain all day and night can't sleep just started med Cymbalta for condition today

Apr 04, 2016 12:20 PM

Welcome to the community family! How long have you been having symptoms before they diagnosed it? I started symptoms in 2007-2008 but wasn't dx until 2012. Even with treatment you may hurt, most of us do. I'm allergic to most pain meds & react to many psych meds, so I reserve my Tramadol for severe days. They tried me on cymbalta but I had to come off due to suicidal thinking. It did help for 6 months, with pain & sleeping, but then things went south and I came off. Many here have had very good results with cymbalta. Hopefully you will too!

Last year I was dx with Sjogrens, a third autoimmune disease (w/ fibro & hypoparathyroidism). I was put on Plaquenil and my daily avg pain dropped from 7-8 to 3-4. I have muscle relaxers for my back & night leg cramps, and really bad fibro at night. I'm on antidepressant & anxiety meds, which many of us are, due to what all we are trying to deal with. I use warm showers, gentle stretches, try to walk for exercise as much as possible, heat (rarely ice-use chilled rice filled socks instead), and a TENS unit before it quit. I also try to stay positive, and I rely on my faith a lot. Before I joined the community I was really down in the dumps about my "new normal" lifestyle. Since I joined I'm learning to cope.

We are all alike in chronic pain. But we all differ in how we cope and what methods we use. I hope you find the community very helpful & resourceful. I've learned so much from so many. Just an FYI... Autocorrect lives to pick at most of us. 😉 Hugs & prayers you will find the methods that work best for you! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Apr 04, 2016 12:35 PM

Welcome! Fibro is one of the pains in my patoot as well. I agree, heat is far preferable to cold as far as pain relief, although I have found Biofreeze gel to be nice on certain areas.
Fibro is different on everyone, so the treatment is different too. I don't have as much fatigue now that I have a cpap machine, but words fail me sometimes. Yesterday I described a long, retracting tape measure as as "zing zing tape". Poor hubby had no clue, but I thought it was a fine description!
Even though it hurts, regular gentle exercise helps with the pain. Yoga, Pilates, even a walk in the sun keeps us feeling less ouchie.
I hope you can get some answers and make some friends here.

Apr 04, 2016 6:21 PM

I love the new name for that thingamajig... Zing zing tape! 😉

Apr 05, 2016 6:39 PM

FlappysLady81 I been having pain for bout 2 years before being diagnosed

Apr 05, 2016 8:48 PM

Keep logging details of what helps, hurts, disappears, or new. It may take some time to adjust to the cymbalta. I play relaxation music to try and help my body relax while I'm trying to go to sleep. Tonight looks to be a rough one for me. I've been hurting for days but didn't know I had bursitis until PT this morning. Going to try some extra voltaren around that hip area at Bed. Hugs & prayers tonight is a little better for you! 🙂💕🙏🌼

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