I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in early 2008. I did not believe this diagnosis at first and I sought out several "second opinions" before I believed it to be true. I am still dealing with this conclusion.
In 2005 I was diagnosed with LADA, a form of Type 1 diabetes, from which I have developed neuropathy in the backs of my calves. I have recently started having burning and stiffness in my hands, which is causing me a lot of anxiety and concern. I hate being in pain.
I was originally advised to take Cymbalta and Lyrica at the same time to combat these issues. I have been on an Insulin pump and injecting Novolog to control my blood sugars. The result of all of these medications was weight gain. Let me put it simply, I was not a happy mommy.
My new Internist has modified my medications and dosages. I have decreased my Cymbalta to 30 mg. per day. (I cannot go off completly as the withdrawal symptons of that medication were excrusciating). I have increased my Lyrica dosage as of this morning. I now take 100 mg. in the morning and 150 mg. before bed. I am in alot of Fibro pain.Not every day- but most days. I take Ultram for pain, but still have to resort to taking other stronger pain meds when I ache so much that I cannot take care of my home and children. I hope that the increased dosage helps, without increasing my weight again.
I must add that it turns out that my Thyroid was also losing production due to a hysterectomy 1 1/2 years ago. I still have one ovary as I did not want to be on full-on hormone therapy for the remainder of my life. I have been prescribed Tri-cyclene for the estrogene replacement and it seems to have helps raise my T3 & T4 production back into proper levels within the 2 months that I have been on it.
I wish I could go a day without any of this. I remember the days with no pain, tension in my body, and stress and all-day anxiety. I know I must take better care of myself and I am learning to deal with all of those issues. I often feel like an 80 year old in a 38 year old body. What can I do? Just educate myself and learn to cope, and control my pain.