Medication change

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Well first time, here goes. I was diagnosed with FM in 2012. I have been to a pain clinic, the consultant has advised duloxetine instead of excitalopram, which I have been on for years. I have read a bit about duloxetine and it is scary. Also coming off of excitalopram is as my GP said hell on earth. Can anyone on here help me understand. I am in pain all the time, I'm lonely, scared, emotional. Just need some outside the family advise. Thanks 

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    I know how you feel hun i am of to see a pain specialist on the 15th of this month i am scard to go see him i know how it feels to have know one to chat to even though i have quite a big family  none of them seam to understand i feel alone it is very hard to explaine to them how you feel  i have only had fibro since january of this year and its a strugle. This is the only place i can talk to people. They all say they understand and they will help but know they dont. I have  go out in a power chair as i vary fare sometimes i have to be in a wheelchair round the house. I have had two ops on my spine so that dosent  help  things and i have spondalites to so if you need a chat anytime just message me and we will chat hope you will be ok sending best wishes to you 

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    Duloxetene(sp), this that brand name Diuladid? I went from oxycontin to Diuladid and it was much stronger. Powerful stuff.

    I am very concerned about your pain. Its bad enough knowing it is finite, but seeing no end in sight must be very discouraging. Please don't take this wrong, but sometimes antidepressants are helpful as they can help you deal with chronic pain.

    As far as getting off your current pain pill, none of them are very fun. I gave up pain meds abruptly after long time use. Dumb me, I gave up benzodiazopines AND cigarettes (smoked since 13-was 59), both cold turkey. All at the same time. I suffered and became deedly depressed. I did not realize any one of these these drugs can cause melancholy. What did I do wrong? Time and time again I was told tapering makes the process easier. If you want to quit pain pills after long term use, I would really consider professional support. My opinion only, addiction specialists are what I call"lunatic fringe". Your treating physician is qualified to do so.

    However, it sounds like you are going from one pain med to another. If so, I wouldn't be so concerned. I would venture to say it may be seamless.

    This is a tough time for you. Sounds corny, but you should really try to keep your spirits up. No shame in getting outside help.

    I didn't mention 2 hip replacements, one after a spontaneous fracture. Bad arthritis. At night, I sometimes use medical marijuana. Helps a lot. No, I am not a "druggie". Wishing you warm feelings.

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    Have you considered supplements for the FM condition....I use only supps and ibuprofen 2 two times per day and pain rx which is an herbal pain supp.

    MSM in higher doses thru the day calms pain for me. I've been using it for years.

    B vitamins and Inositol for sure help with nerve pain and keeping calm.

    Magnesium is critical for FM folks.... I don't like those dangerous hard core drugs.....

    A lot of folks I know on another FM group use primarily supps for the FM stuff....and make sure thyroid is working as it needs to be. joy

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    I can't really offer any advice as I'm pretty new to all this but I can say I understand how you feel and that you are not alone. It's helped me a great deal coming on here so keep posting and you'll get lots of support xx 
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