Hello, I am newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I'm a 32 year old female with endometriosis and anxiety/depression. My rheumatologist has mentioned a few medications that may help gabapentin, lyrica and/or cymbalta. I have taken SSRIs in the past and I am not a fan of them. I am wondering if anyone would like to share their experiences with me regarding these meds or if they are taking anything along the more natural path? What has worked and not worked for them?
I had bad weight gain with both Lyrica and gabapentin so I didn't take them too long. Cymbalta just made me tired all the time. I recently found a cream for Fibromyalgia and Neuropathy that works really good. My Pain Away Fibro Cream. It's homeopathic and I really like it. I can put it on during a flair up and it actually calms it down enough for me to get to the time of my next pain pill. I have tried just about every cream out there and this is the first one that really works for me.
I was diagnosed earlier this year! I don't take any meds even though I was prescribed gabapentin.. after doing my research about these meds, I decided to find more natural ways to cope. Again it was MY choice.. I eliminated and cut out all the foods that would cause inflammation and pain, started taking supplements along with acupuncture, massage (when possible) chiropractor treatments, Oh and one I highly recommend is having a Tens Unit!
I almost died from lyrica. Gabapentin gave horrible violent nightmares. I tried most other anti depressants and anti seizure meds with zero relief and even worse side effects. I did cave in and started taking Valium (this week) as needed before bed cuz my TMJ is beyond tolerable and my anxiety due to overstimulation is really bad. I do not take opioids. They do not work for most people and studies show long term opioid use makes chronic pain way worse. I’m not about to get on that merry go round. Other than that I walk 20-30 minutes every day. I break it into 10-15 minute sessions. I take supplements for fibromyalgia. I also eat gluten free, mainly whole food diet with lots of veggies. I do low sugar fruit like blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. I also drink a lot of green, white and roobois tea and structured water. I meditate daily. I always go to bed at same time even though I don’t sleep much. I rest as I need to and don’t feel guilty about it. I say no if I don’t want to do something. I don’t explain myself to anyone, don’t need to. I also only plan 1-2 major events per week or else it’s too much. I use topical pain cream that I made with essential oils and DMSO. It actually helps the pain. I think that’s about it. Everyone treats fibromyalgia differently. I choose to be as natural as I can. I’m actually going to see a functional medicine doctor in a few weeks to see if she can determine root cause if my fibro. I’m hopeful that she will figure it out and I can treat the actual cause, not just the symptoms.
Personally, I think you should go for gabopenrin as me and many of my family members take it or have taken it in the past. It helps you very well and I think it would be great for you to try and see how you get on x
I currently take gabapentin and cymbalta. I can't say the cymbalta works better for pain than other anti anxiety/antidepressant meds, however it's supposed to help prevent migraines so I take it. It does help with the anxiety about what might cause next flare/crash. Gabapentin helps my occipital neuralgia quite a bit but I take 800mg 3x a day which is annoyingly difficult to remember. Good luck on your Med journey. I'm probably going to ask to try lyrica.