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From Our Readers: Comments & Suggestions – 10/28/2015

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Alternate Medications When Stopping Cymbalta

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Due to the fact the Cymbalta is a wide acting SNRI, not a SSRI, one med may not work to get off it (as explained to me by my doctor). A combination of desipramine and venlafaxine worked for me the first time I got off Cymbalta. Sadly, I had to go back on it due to extreme pain coming back due to nerve damage and spinal stenosis. From what I can remember, to get off of 60 mg of Cymbalta, I took 3 50 mg desipramine throughout the day and one to two half 75 mg venlafaxine. I had very minor side effects from the venlafaxine that compared to the getting off of Cymbalta on your own are nothing. Good luck; hope this info helps someone. – thzim23

Savella – For Better or Worse?
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I was put on Savella. I thought it was helping a little, but not in the pain department. When I went to the cardiologist for cholesterol recheck, I told them I had a very high heart rate for over three months. The PA looked at a medical site and told me to stop the Savella immediately. My normal heart rate returned within a week or so! – aylo8292


I started on Savella after participating in a fibro study where I had to wean off of the Zoloft I had been taking for years. At the end of the study, the doctor suggested I try Savella instead. The Savella produced two dramatic results.

On the positive side, it stopped my pain in its tracks. I have never experienced a little by-acting medicine that so effectively took away my pain.

On the negative side, however, it sunk me into a very deep, anxiety-ridden depression full of guilty feelings. It also took away my appetite almost completely, leading to rapid weight loss. The depression was much more pronounced than anything I have ever experienced. Once I realized that the cause might be the drug, I stopped taking it. The depression finally went away but so did the pain relief.

My advice to anyone trying this drug is to share this potential side effect with friends and family and my very aware of any mood changes. – ashbell

Encouraging article! 
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Clarissa's words are the kind of thing we need to hear… more than the research info and other news on our illnesses. We need encouragement, a lot of it. That's why I love her FB group so much. Thanks for including her article here. – Danesh

Timely Information! 

Re:  The Pitfalls and Pearls of Resistance Training in Fibromyalgia Patients with Myofascial Pain Syndrome
This information is very timely for me. Having recently become T2 diabetic, I am extremely motivated in finally getting off this extra weight. Though a third of it is from the side effects of most of the medication I'm on.

However, wanting to exercise when you are in pain (and some days extreme pain) is right up there with wanting to be hit by a bus – because that's how you feel anyway. I'm starting with walking. So far, I've gotten one city block's worth.

When I am ready to start thinking about resistance training-like exercise, I will be better able to decide what I should or should not attempt. Thanks to this article.

So thank you, Celeste Cooper, for writing this article! – Shannon

Editor's Note:  Keep up the good work, Shannon!

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