After realizing there was no easy answer I have stopped taking Cymbalta all together. Since the capsules cannot be pulled apart and put back together to reduce the dose the answer is to just stop.
I woke up twice screaming from nightmares. Not something that I ever had to deal with until now. I am very over-sensitive to sound…Become easily annoyed with things like dogs barking. Hopefully this will get better as the medication gets out of my system. I still have the nagging headache, stomach pain which feels like I have been kicked, the brain zaps that are slowly getting better, the over-sensitive skin with period of feeling like I am on fire, and the increased over-all body pain. HAving to deal with these symptoms makes dealing with daily life more difficult.
During this process I am continuing to take the vitamins and mineral supplements. It may be a lot of pills but I have noticed that about 15 to mins. After I take them the over-all pain and fatigue become slightly better. I am currently taking:
- CFS/Fibro formula Multi vitamin- These contain a higher dose of A , B, E, Folic Acid, Magnesium, and Calcium)
- Natural Triglyceride (EPA and DHA)
- Malic Acid- Shown to reduce the musculoskeletal symptoms
- Amino Acid (Arginine, Ornithine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Lysine, Glycine,Leucine, Valine, Threonine, Tyrosine, Histidine, Phenylakanine, and Omega 3)
- Digestive Enzymes ( Lipase, Protease, and Amylase)
After some research and learning about what other patients have done to reduce the withdraw symptoms of Cymbalta I decided to try taking Benadryl. I will say it has helped reduce the over-sensitivity of my skin as well as decreased the itching which felt like I had a million spiders crawling on me.
I am forcing myself to excersise to help deminish the symptoms as well. Even if I am tired I am going for at least a mile walk.
I will continue to share the symptoms and the process. It is my hope that through my sharing of this experience others will strongly consider other avenues before taking medications like Cymbalta. Also, by sharing what works and what doesn’t may in the long run help others find the right regime.