hi everyone. thanks for letting me join.
I like to garden, play guitar , sew , hike and fish..and work on our fixer upper house, ie. paint, help my hubby..
when this started i felt like i lost a friend... me! still do. depressed.
over the past few months i have been looking for a reciprocating educational and helpful support community. this is the 3rd i have joined..
Guess i need lots of support!
so i will meander here looking for knowledge....
and basically my story is i started having stabbing ankle and wrist pain in August of 2011.. then full body episodes in Sept 2011..
I was seeing a new to me Dr right before this started. I didn't like her.she didn't know what to do and would not prescribe pain meds ...so i stayed in bed crying for 3 months. gobbling advil and lorazapam because i was so upset..getting even test done to man..
went to naturopath and tried supplements for 2 months..nada.
finally got a good Dr.Dec 5th and he gave me pain meds for relief thank you Dr!..i was out of my mind in pain...
He also started me on Cymbalta...i have been on Cymbalta (30 AM/ 60 pm ) for 5 months . went well ....for a few months
then added lyrica for the past 3 . only 50 mg a day (25 am 25 pm ) because when i tried to go up to 75 i got bloated and the edema started.
I have not had as many full body pain episodes i call Attacks because it is not a flare up.. they were / are full fledge scary things.. so the drugs are helping but my mind is now messed up. I am getting more depressed and am so tired i can't do too much. even taking a nice bath is tiring.
1. i will have pain with energy..(arm and wrist and can't do much and get mad)
2. i will have no energy and less pain and too tired to get out of bed.
3. once in a while i will have energy and less pain and i do stuff and feel almost normal.
4. next day i pay..
I have no appetite and eat like an english muffin and a yogurt/bananna smoothie throughout the day and then a small dinner.
I want to go off these drugs and just deal with the pain..try something new.
I want to go off the Lyrica because i don't even think i am on a dose that is enough to give relief and i have vision problems i think.
I want to go off the Cymbalta because something changed in my depression
(never took antidepressants before because they always made me feel like a zombie)
The Cymbalta was good for a few months. it helped me not be so upset about my condition.. perhaps i will go down to 60 again?
I am starting to feel like a Zombie. shuffling through the house moving slow ..air head.
(when my back and neck are in a flare i walk like Groucho Marx!!)
I can't fall asleep and when i do i sleep for 10 or 12 hrs and wake up like i am coming out of anesthesia.
sometimes my naps are from 4pm to 7 pm. totally tired.
so that's my story.
i need advice on this drug stuff.
thanks for listening