Monday, January 10, 2011

Relief from Fibromyalgia

It's hard to believe I haven't posted anything lately and today I want to share with you something other that decorating. I don't usually like to get into medical issues on a decorating blog, but if this post can help just one person I'll be happy. I've dealt with pain for the past 8+ years after being diagnosed with seronegative spondyloarthropathy, this is the name given to a group of chronic or long lasting diseases also called Spondyloarthritis (SpA), (spon-dyl-oh-arthritis) or spondyloarthropathy (spon-d-low-are-throp-ah-thee) and Seronegative" refers to the fact that these diseases are negative for rheumatoid factor, the symptoms are
inflammatory back pain, inflammation where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone, peripheral arthritis, arthritis of the small joints, heel pain, fatigue and iritis.


None of the medications my rheumatologist had me try helped at all, and each year it was getting more and more difficult to accomplish just the every day tasks of life. Just working a full time office job became a challenge, let alone trying to do a normal activity like shopping. If I was on my feet for more than 30 minutes I was in extreme pain.


Now onto the reason why I'm telling you all this, I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia also, and after reading the symptoms list, I had every symptom listed, I was the typical fibro patient. Just when I was getting used to the fact that I wouldn't have a normal life or be able to function like a normal person my doctor prescribed CYMBALTA. The FDA just recently approved it for fibromyalgia patients and I can't begin to tell you how much this drug has helped me have a normal life again, the pain is gone, I can bend over and pick things up, I can walk for hours and not hurt, I can do anything I want to do.


Everyday I'm still amazed how my life and body did a 180 pretty much overnight. I starting feeling relief in just a few days and so far I haven't experienced any side effects. I still have issues with my arthritis, but nothing I can't deal with and I know not every medication works for everyone, so if you know someone suffering from Fibromyaligia or you yourself have this condition and feel like there is no hope of feeling good again, I urge you to talk to your doctor about CYMBALTA. Sorry, I realize I sound just like a commercial and I certainly don't want too, but I just had to share my experience with you. Like I said, if this post can only help one person feel good again it was worth sharing.

40 comments:

  1. PRAISE GOD! I have Fibromyalgia, too. I will be checking into this. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. What a blessing! I am so glad that you found a medication that works so well for you.

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  3. Glad to see you found something that works for you! So many times Fibro is a junk term that doctors use when they don't really know what is happening, so I am glad that your physician really kept at it:)

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  4. Yes, definitely a blessing to find an answer and a solution to your pain. Wishing you continued good health!

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  5. That is so wonderful that you found something that works!! My mom has dealt with lupus for the past 10 years, and I know how frustrating it is to deal with a chronic illness!

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  6. I am so happy for you and think it was so sweet of you to pass that info. on to those that it might help. Decorating blog or not, that was I'm sure very helpful for someone! You, my friend, just did your good deed for the day! Theresa xoxo

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  7. I was more than happy to read this blog post knowing that you are on your way to living with minimal to no pain. Good for you and thanks for sharing!

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  8. I was concerned when I saw that you kind of went MIA in blog land. I am so glad you found some type of relief for your Fibromyalgia. I know for me, just getting older is hard on the old body. I will keep my fingers crossed that the medicine continues to help. Glad to see you back, even for a brief post.

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  9. I have been diagnosed with fibro for 13 years. I am so glad that you have found a med that works for you. I wasn't able to use this med due to side effects, but I am always glad to hear when someone has found relief.

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  10. Oh my sweet friend..I was so saddened to learn you had suffered for so long, but so very pleased you now have experienced a turn-a-round. From Darkness To Beautiful Light. Sending you Love and Prayers Today..and thank you for sharing this story. There's just no telling how many you have helped along the way.

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  11. I love Cymbalta. I've been on it since 2006 and it is a life saver! Also, they have a program for people who can't afford their prescription (like me) called LilyCare where they send your prescription to you in a 3 month supply.

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  12. I have the non-rheumatoid arthritis also...and have had many flares of iritis over the years. Cymbalta does not work for me...but there is another (old-timer) drug out there that does-it is Indomethicin...and although they don't like to prescribe it anymore it does work for me. The side effects is that it is very hard on the stomach so I always take it with Tums or another stomach aid.

    It is amazing that a small pill can keep us pain free and mobile, isn't it?

    Also, and I don't think enough people know this-but I was part of a study for people with inflammatory issues...citrus fruits and tomatoes and peppers (any of the nightshade plants-which includes potatoes) cause many people's symptoms to worsen. When I gave up citrus and tomato based products it was like a miracle happened. I cut my meds in half and don't have nearly the flares I used to have. It is hard to do but worth trying for those that suffer.

    Thanks, Trixie, for bringing this topic to light. Hugs-Diana

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  13. I am so glad to hear you have found some relief. I hope you continually get better and are able to get back to doing what you love and excel at....decorating and creating!

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  14. I never would have guessed that you would be in that much pain with how amazing you are. I am so glad you have found something to turn everything around.

    HUGS

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  15. I'm so happy that you have found something that helps you... and thanks for sharing with everyone! What a great blessings!!!
    Daphne

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  16. I have been taking Cymbalta for almost 3 years now for fibromyalgia. It has worked wonders for me too. My mother takes Lyrica, but she still has more problems with fibro when taking it than I do taking Cymbalta. The only side effect Ive come across is that I have hot flashes with it. I can handle that as long as they pain is lessened to bearable :)

    Pam

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  17. I am so glad you have some relief. You must feel so different!!! I hope it only gets beete

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  18. I couldn't be more thrilled for you! And although I don't have these types of symptoms, you'll help more than you'll ever know about. So glad you shared. May your health continue to improve!

    Donna

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  19. I just sent your blog link to my best friend in Canada. I sure hope this can help her. . THANK YOU!!!

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  20. Trixie! Thank you for sharing, and I'm so glad you are on a path to a pain free life! I suffer from sever psoriasis {which most people don't consider disabilitating} but my body was covered about 80% in scabs and scales. It was extremely painful, like you said, just for every day function. I couldn't get on the floor and play with my 2 year old because my skin was so tender it would rip open. And I've just recently {after many many & expensive} attempts at various treatments & drugs, found something that worked for me. And almost instantly my life was back to normal! It wasn't until I was healing and feeling better that I realized how depressed I had become because of the psoriasis. So I totally understand how you must be feeling now! It's wonderful to feel well again! {Yikes, sorry, didn't mean to write a novel, and I've never really shared my struggle in writing before, apparently I have a lot to say! haha}

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  21. Hi Trixie, I just came across your blog after viewing another one, I cannot believe you are the second person I found in the art world with Fibro. I have had it for many, many years along with a bladder condition. The dr. feels they are related. For the past year and a half I have had severe pain in my leg and the dr. I saw for that told me my discs were rupturing and pressing on the nerve, so I had back surgery, well guess what? I am in the same amount of pain after having had the surgery only two months ago but this time it is in the groin and upper thigh, I have had seven MRIs and am going for another one of the pelvis, because he thinks there might be a stress fracture, I personally believe it is a combination of osteoporosis, bursitis, and the fibro. I would appreciate it if you could let me know what the side effects of Cymbalta are, I take so many meds, I don't know if it would be good for me or not. If you like, you can stop by my blog, here is the address:
    http://www.Exclusivelyoursdesigns.
    blogspot.com Thanks so very much and I look forward to hearing from you. Francine

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  22. I am so glad you are feeling better and have found something that can help you. My heart goes out to you

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  23. Its great that you found this drug . Maybe someone else will see your post and benefit as well,I am following your blog,you are welcome to follow mine as well,Blessings jane

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  24. What a blessing you found this drug. Best to you.

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  25. How wonderful that you've found a medication to bring you relief and allow you to feel alive again. I suffer with Fibro also, as well as several other chronic syndromes and diseases. Cymbalta is one of the many meds I take, daily, but my level of pain relief isn't as great as yours is. As you said, what works for one person does not always work for another. But we must never give up searching and trying new things...
    I'd like to share with you and your readers... in addition to Cymbalta, there are two other medications that have been approved by the FDA for Fibromyalgia. They are Lyrica, and Savella. I've tried both, and sadly the side effects were pretty horrid for me. Thankfully, though, they are very helpful for alot of folks. I'd like to also remind everyone to remember, and not be embarrased, to ask your Dr. for samples of any medications you may be prescribed to take. My Dr. always has a shelf full, and I have not had to purchase Cymbalta for the past year!
    Thank you for sharing with so many people. May your journey towards good health continue to be positive.
    ~blessings~
    pearl

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  26. Trixie, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue many years ago. I also suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic Urinary Tract Infections, as well as respiratory infections. In short, my health was a mess and I was only in my thirties. Well, by the grace of God I discovered that my problems were linked to Candida (yeast, fungus) overgrowth. I began to take natural supplements and changed my diet and my whole life changed! I still have my struggles when I eat too much sugar or don't stay on my probiotics, but 99 percent of my symptoms are gone. I'm am RN so I had heard of and tried so many things also. There is a lot of info out there now, unlike several years ago. One website that helped me was knowthecause.com. Hope this helps someone to feel better and I'm so glad that you're finding some relief.

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  27. Trixie, I too have Fibromyalgia and I take Cymbalta. I am so glad that it is working well for you. It has been a life saver for me.

    I think it is great that you wrote about having Fibro and I am sure that it has helped more than just one person.

    Traci

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  28. WOW! Thank you for this blog post and going out there "on a limb" to talk about a personal struggle.

    I also have fibromyalgia and some days are very difficult. I run a etsy shop, work part-time and my creativity has been a lifesaver!

    I am on Lyrica but I think I will look into switching to Cymbalta. Thanks so much for sharing and I found you through a blog hop! I think God wanted me to get there. Sometimes the pain can be very depressing!

    Thanks, Cherie

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  29. I'm so glad to hear that you have found relief. I, too, have fibro and found Cymbalta to make a huge night and day difference for me in my pain. I eventually had to stop taking it due to side effects but still recommend it to others with fibro. It's definitely not for everyone, but many do find such significant relief.

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  30. I wouldn't go anywhere without Cymbalta!! I have been on and off of it for 3 years. Don't make the same mistake I did, and stop cold turkey - not fun.
    It really helps my fibromyalgia too.
    Glad you found it helps yours.
    Rhonda

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing! I have fought psoriasis for a few years, then 2 years ago I was rear-ended and had back and shoulder injury. One year and 2 months after that accident I was again rear-ended (both times sitting at a stop light), the doctors are telling me that 2 extensive injuries like that along with chronic autoimmune disease (psoriasis) has caused fibro.
    I go to the pain specialist again in 2 weeks and am going to ask about your new medicine! I only pray at this time about getting back to being pain free!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  32. I have fibro too - it's been a bit rough during my pregnancy since I can't take any meds. Have you noticed any side effects with Cymbalta?

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  33. I have fibromyalgia too. Cymbalta was the greatest thing ever.. unfortunately I am allergic to it and broke out into serious hives that would not go away after about 2 months on it.... Glad that is working for you!

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  34. Hi Trixie,
    That is so wonderful that you have found a med that works for you!
    This last July 2010. I came down with Uvitis and had at least 20 different blood tests run and xrays. My RA count is extremely high..and I do have many of the symptoms of RA. So I do understand your pain..
    You sweet girl,I am so sorry you have be going through this.
    Thank goodness you have found some relief.
    Have a sweet day and really big hugs, Elizabeth

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  35. Congratulations on finding a diagnosis and some relief!

    I deal with arthritis, disc degeneration, and now heart palpitations. It's hard to fight and not let it slow ya down.

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  36. I love your house. The blue paint in your living room is the perfect color of blue! I love your lamp base as a table idea. First time I have ever seen that one! I am hooked.

    Benita

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  37. I too have FM (for 37 years). I heard of Cymbalta but have been reluctant to ask for it because of side effects. However, the weather changes in PA lately have made me want to try it. I also want to tell you about Zero Pain, a topical roll-on cream sold by Frankie Avalon (yes, the movie star). It works wonders for me. You can go to frankieavalonzeropain.com for info and prices. Thank you for the advice.

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  38. So happy you found something that work for you. I also have fibro and some days can barely function. I have not tried Cymbalta and am so happy you mentioned and that it has given you some relief. Blessings.

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  39. Hi, I just found your blog thru The DIY Show Off blog. I absolutely LOVE your kitchen.

    I have had fibro for 17 years (I'm 53). I have found that I have to keep moving....even if I don't feel like it. I am a legal assistant, and work at my parents bar on Friday nite and Saturday. Believe it or not, that helps a lot!! The only thing I am currently taking is Amitryptyline to help me sleep....and it's a life saver =)

    I'm glad that you found something to help you and that works for you. I've found also, that everyone is different that has it. It's hard sometimes because appearance wise, I look okay...but am hurting...and a lot of people don't understand it. There are several books out there that are very helpful. It's also great if your husband/bf/significant other will read the book with you...so that they understand what you are going thru. When I read the first book ~ I was like....OMG...I'm not crazy!!! HA!

    Hang in there ~ you will have good days and bad. But like I said....even if you feel like crap and want to stay in bed ~ you gotta keep moving <3

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  40. Just recently started following your blog and just today came across this post. I, too have fibro and recently started taking cymbalta. It has worked wonders for me also. After many years of trying different things, I had pretty much given up finding anything to help. Thank you for sharing this- I know it will help many people- though I know it won't help everyone, I tell anyone who mentions fibro about cymbalta.

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