Hi was just wondering what meds people think helps best? I've just been diagnosed & have an appointment on Monday with the doctor to discuss meds
There are so many drugs out there that when I first started this trip we tackled the most painful first then moved outward from there one drug that didn't work for me was gabapentin for some it works but for me it made it worse and I gained 50 lbs which I cant get rid of. So just remember to talk about side affects and ask ask ask also a journal will help to keep track what might be a trigger
Hope this helps a little bit
For me I take Cymbalta which works for me and I take Tizanidine, amitriptyline which I just started taking because I don't get too much sleep you're trying to see if that will help me sleep which that I think they're going to have to increase my dosage they got me on 25 milligrams at night and it's not working cuz I still stay up after I take it I do a lot of sitting around because I can only do a little bit at a time so I look at it like if I can do one thing a day I've accomplished something I don't push myself at all because I've had this so long I can tell when a flare starts to come off on me so I just try to slow down and do a lot of standing to bed and sitting on my couch
The common drugs will be antidepressents, lyrica, tramadol, neurontin, muscle relaxers etc( none worked for me & side effects were a killer) Then pain pills may be prescribed last. Many of the meds prescribed may make you feel better or worse because we are all different. After 30 years of trying everything, I wish I would have researched the side effects more closely & had read more studies to see the actual petcentages of people helped by them. For example, only 1 out of every 3 people who take antidepressents gets some relief, people taking cymbalta - only 30% get some relief & lyrica is the same. Those are not good results when you consider the side effects that make the doctor orescribe more meds for those too. I hope you go to a good pain clinic- they have helped me the most🌹
Cymbalta helped my fibro symptoms greatly for about a year and then slowly stopped helping. Is it at least helping your fibro pain? If not there is no reason to take it... There are plenty of other things your can try for depression. Go see your Dr. and see if he can help you with that. I will warn you do not stop taking Cymbalta abruptly. That is the worst medication I have ever wean myself off of. I felt the effects of it 6 months after I weaned off of it. Mood swings..dizziness...seeing streaks of light in my vision...Its so hard to get off of...so slow slow slow if you ever stop taking it... Effexor was very difficult as well. I actually had a break down trying to get off of that one and had to take time off of work. I never took them for depression. I was always put on them for pain control in which Effexor did nothing..but of course I suffered depression from having all the pain and not being able to do what I wanted. I took Lexapro pre fibro due to a hard time in my life and had to stop taking it due to a pregnancy. It did help me back then...My OB GYN took me off that one abruptly and I cried for months...that stuff can be helpful but coming off of it really messes with the chemistry in your noggin. I hope this helped a little. Keep your head up. xoxox
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