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    Cymbalta experience- did it help you? I'm starting it today...

    JayCS, I also have experience taking amitriptylene, as it turns out. Brand name is Elavil in the US. Again, it wasn't prescribed for fibro but rather for severe headaches - not migraines, but probably tension headaches. Doctor back then said it would help me get more restorative sleep and thus...
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    Guaifenesin

    I've taken Mucinex (guaifenesin) for more years than I can remember, as I have had eustachian tube dysfunction all my life. It thins the mucus and helps keep the ear tubes from plugging up. Not the kind with an added decongestant - I avoid decongestants completely due to high blood pressure...
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    Cymbalta experience- did it help you? I'm starting it today...

    I have experience taking Cymbalta for nearly two years, but it was prescribed to help with anxiety issues, not fibromyalgia (I have both). I was working as an administrator at a behavioral health facility (mental health), so when I spoke with our medical director about some issues I was having...
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    sleep problems and using a weighted blanket.

    Just watching TV commercials for weighted blankets makes me - all kidding aside - claustrophobic! I sleep year round with nothing more than a bedsheet or a light fleece blanket over myself. I also sleep hot, so the thought of being covered by a warm, weighted blanket is a non-starter for me in...
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    Remember Fibromyalgia is a Syndrome

    I just want to throw out a little hope that it doesn't always take forever to get a diagnosis. I'd been so achy/painy for so long, but I was in my 60s so I just figured it happens sometimes with age. But I suspected fibromyalgia as a possibility, as my pain was always bilateral, not just on one...
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    Fluoxetine and grief

    Sounds like you had serotonin syndrome. A very dangerous interaction for sure! Sorry you had to go through that. The same doctor prescribed both meds to you? I hope you got a new doctor! All the best for your future health!
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    Fibromyalgia upper arm pain

    The crepitus (snapping and popping) sound a lot more like a clue to arthritis than fibromyalgia, though the pain could be either. Since you already know you have arthritis in other parts of your body, it's not a stretch to surmise that it's now affecting your arms. I'd get an opinion from your...
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    Injuries not getting better

    I haven't personally noticed that random injuries are taking longer to resolve once I was officially diagnosed with FM, which isn't to say it doesn't happen. It just hasn't happened to me. However, the knee injury, especially, sounds like something you'd want a doctor to check out - maybe with...
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    Cymbalta

    Pata, just one more thought. Naproxin (like Aleve) and ibuprofin (like Advil) wreak havoc on my gut, too. I told my doctor that it feels like they're eating a hold in me and she said, "They probably are." She advised me to take an antacid whenever I take them - like Prilosec or something...
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    Cymbalta

    I didn't take Cymbalta for my FM, but I took it for a long time for anxiety/depression. The dosage I took is the same as for when it's prescribed for FM. I always had mild side effects with it, nothing earth-shattering, but annoying. Ultimately I chose to discontinue it, as it had ultimately...
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