Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just an update

I'm in too much pain to post much today.  In fact, I'm heading to a hot shower and going to bed this early while I await the moment I can take a pain pill again.  I figure sometime after 10 p.m. the Cymbalta will be out of my system enough.  Never taking anti-depressants again!

I decided to uninvite Cicero to the dinner for seven because I figure he'd be such a drag, moaning all the time about this senator and that senator and how the world is going to hell in a handbasket.  I decided, in his place, to invite Damh the Bard.  His music rocks and he has the British accent and long hair thing going on.

Now, I'm off for a shower, clean the cat box and go to bed.


  1. Oh yeah, he'll get the party rockin'! Get lost, Cicero!

    So you have to choose between pain medication and anti-depressants? That doesn't sound fair. Can't the doctor prescribe something that could work together?

    Either way, hope you feel better soon.

  2. Oh noes, the anti-depressant wasn't a good fit, huh? I'm so sorry. Man, this week has been a sonofabitch. I hope you feel better soon. I'm sorry you have to make a choice like this.

  3. I'm sorry about the pain honey. I'm sure you've already done this, but would a Pain Management Specialist be more educated on treating pain with other kinds of medications that will enable you to take an anti-depressant?

  4. Thanks to all of you for the concern and comments. Yes, it's an either/or situation for me as the pain pills and anti-depressants can cause me to go belly up with no warning. Unfortunately tramadol is the strongest non-narcotic pain pill I can take and I've tried the lesser stuff and it was like taking a sugar pill. I had no benefit whatsoever. The doctor had hopes that Cymbalta would work as it trains the brain to think about pain differently, but even if it did help with the pain, I couldn't endure the deep, dark despair I felt after just one pill. And I swore I wasn't going to try another day of that to find out if the pills would eventually work. I've never felt that depressed in my life. I understand why some people commit suicide on anti-depressants now. Fortunately I've never entertained thoughts of suicide and am old enough to realize it was chemical and would ease off as the drug left my system. It was frightening though.

    DM, my rheumatologist is trained in pain management and is really good at working with me and my pain but this really is the strongest thing I can take and behavioral therapy doesn't really work with fibromyalgia patients because of the way the syndrome manifests itself.