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Improve US chronic pain care
We encourage you to support the White House Petition launched by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association and the Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force asking that the National Pain Strategy Report be funded and implemented.
I live with pain every day, all day and all night. I take pain medication, not for pleasure, but so that I can minimally function in a semi-normal manner. Every day, I lose just a little bit of mobility and function. Simple tasks become more painful and difficult. If the government insists on making it increasingly difficult for physicians to prescribe appropriate doses of medication for those of us in pain, it will make life very difficult for me and for others. I speak for all those of us who have lived with pain for most of our lives. We just want to be able to function every day and do those simple tasks that we need to do, like making the bed, washing dishes, cooking a meal. We are not trying to get high. We are trying to feel well. Posted by thesorceress
Discontinuing May Result in Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
Karen Lee Richards’ March 2014 admonition to “be aware of what you're getting yourself into” continues to resonate with many readers; we have more than a dozen comments this month regarding the brain zaps, the mood shifts, and other withdrawal-like symptoms when stopping Cymbalta. Florriesolano suggests that “lots of people have great difficulty with Cymbalta vs the generic form” and recommends not going “cold turkey” in stopping this medication. MommaNature is “so glad to have found this forum” and offers prayers for others’ suffering. RPT16 believes “this website seems to have the best information.” Divergirl signs her comment “Can't live like this – want my life back.”
As you know, we encourage you to discuss all of your medications and symptoms with your healthcare provider. You may also find these articles helpful when talking with your provider.
Cymbalta’s Withdrawal Symptoms Prompt Lawsuits
Fibromyalgia – The Savella Story
Most Effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia Among Least Used Says Report
Trying harder when you have a chronic illness
Thank you so much for this article. I agree being open & honest about illness is important, but difficult. Not everyone responds well, but finally being fully honest will help YOU! About comparing yourself to healthy people – I'd also say comparing yourself to others who are ill can be defeating. Everyone's experience with this illness and level of support is different, so let's stop comparing ourselves to each other, as well as those with other illnesses! Posted by Ani99
Remember, we encourage you to discuss all of your medications and symptoms with your healthcare provider.