I was seeing a therapist because all my doctors recommended I go. They did not help, I asked the last one about CBT. She said it would not help 🙄 she probably didn’t want to lose a patient..... it didn’t work, she still lost my business because I didn’t like her answer 😕
@A MyFibroTeam Member, You had a rough ride with Cymbalta and so did I. Yes, I do understand your irritation with doctors that prescribe it. A lot of times the doctor only knows the things that the drug rep tells them in a 2 or 3 minute mtg while the rep unloads a ton of samples for the doctors to try on their patients. I saw this time and time again in the years I worked in the medical field. I don’t fault anyone taking Cymbalta and finding it helps relieve their symptoms. We all need help dealing with this awful syndrome of symptoms and pain. And many people on this site find relief taking this drug. I’m glad it helps them. My advice is simple. If you haven’t started it research it throughly. If you need to discontinue it do it very very slowly. Even withdrawing from a small daily dose of 60 mgs over an 8 month period I had really nasty withdrawal symptoms.
@A MyFibroTeam Member, I was on cymbalta for 2 years, it didn’t help with any of my symptoms from fibro except for my anxiety. It worked great for that, but after 2 years it stopped working. My doctor weaned me but weaned me too fast, I started going through horrible withdrawals. Bad enough for my husband to consider calling 911. We were watching a movie when all of a sudden the room was spinning like I was on a carnival ride. I sat on the floor with my head in a bucket with dry heaves. Then uncontrollable crying started. I was sobbing, dry heaving and the room would not stop spinning. My husband wanted to call 911 but I told him I thought I was going through withdrawals. I read about them and knew the hospital wouldn’t know what to do, that or they wouldn’t believe they were withdrawals. I got on my iPad and found a wonderful closed group on Facebook called “cymbalta hurts worse” thankfully when I joined they accepted my request and answered my question within minutes. I was told to go back on the lowest dose I was on when I stopped taking cymbalta. That was 20mg’s, it took about 12 hours before I started feeling better. It took me 4 months to wean from the 20mg’s without having withdrawals. It really pisses me off that doctors hand these psych meds out like candy with no regard to their patients health. Most of the doctors don’t have a clue what these meds can do 🙁
Oh, also in the 2 years I was on cymbalta I was getting what I thought were symptoms from fibro. Once Cymbalta was completely out of my system I felt better. Those symptoms I was getting was from the Cymbalta. I don’t remember a lot of things that happened in those 2 years I was on it, it really impaired my memory. Now when I talk with my family and I say “I don’t remember that” I find out it happened when I was on cymbalta. I call it “my cymbalta years”
The generic Cymbalta
along with Melatonin
have done wonders for my sleep. For the first time in decades, I get some deep sleep and sleep for several hours.
What a difference it makes!
@A MyFibroTeam Member I’m so sympathetic about the anxiety/medication issue that you have dealt with over the years. The Mayo Clinic site outlines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/cog...
You might read that and evaluate whether you think that might be an option for you rather than taking antidepressant medication. If I run across any other information I’ll get it to you. Hugs, Angie