yep, here I am at the corner of oh hell and really?
I recently got a formal diagnosis of fibromyalgia and depression. Again.
The new doctor prescribed Cymbalta. I told Sweet Man after a week of being on it that it had given me a male brain. I couldn't remember what I had been asked to do and didn't remember that it was important. He laughed and said, "yes but you also haven't yelled in a week". Yep, that's true because I was afraid if I did I would make myself dizzier or the buzzing in my ears would be elevated to a level where my ears would fall off. I started off taking it at night because I do tend to have a "big" reaction and I might as well be laying down when that happens.
I know that anyone on an antidepressant has to give the mind numbing stuff at least three weeks before you can tell if it is going to work. That being said, I am starting my third week today and yesterday afternoon I couldn't move. I'm not making a funny now. I literally had muscle stiffness and weakness that was so severe, I couldn't sit, stand or move to another spot. When I called the pharmacist, a really nice man who I have known for 30 years, he said I shouldn't have to settle for a med that was causing more pain than it was solving. Said that this reaction was not untypical but also could be life threatening because our internal organs are also muscles and could have the same reaction as my neck, back, shoulder, arm and legs muscles. Said I needed to call the dr. to have him decrease the dosage but cautioned me not to stop taking the drug.
I have had a belly ache since day 2. Started this muscle stuff 6 days ago with a stiff neck which has moved down my back to my legs and onto my arms. My skin is a little yellow. All of these are listed as possibly severe side affects to the Cymbalta. When I called my Dr. I was told that he would get back to me today. This morning I was told to continue the dosage and he would see me at my scheduled appointment the 29th. I said No, I will not. To that his nurse said, "well do you think you need to see the doctor before then". Why yes, yes I do. So the earliest they can see me is Friday.
I'm in more pain with this than I usually am. And the statements I keep sifting through my brain are: Why did you do this to yourself, stupid woman? and Why did I trust another doctor? Along with What in the hell am I supposed to do for 2 more days?
If any of you has even a glimmer of an answer, let me know.