OK- I have been dealing with anxiety for a while. This happened a few years ago as well. At that time I had a non stress test and a stress done. I had no blockages and a mild leaky prolapsed mitral valve. Last week I started on cymbalta. Yesterday evening when I came home from work all of a sudden I felt awful fatigue. I had to lay down on the couch and I fell asleep. When I woke up my heart was racing, my stomach was sick and I felt cold. I went to the urgent care where they decided to keep me there and evaluate rather than send me to the ER. My blood pressure was 150/105. My blood pressure is normally around 125/60. The doctor listened to my heart and decided I was reacting to the cymbalta. Tonight when I came home once again I dealt with that fatigue. What is going on?
Where you live, can you be seen by a Cognitive behavioural therapist? Learn about your anxiety, thoughts feelings and behaviours. Medications don't touch the root of the problem. CBT is excellent and anxiety can be controlled.
I took Cymbalta a few years ago for about 3or 4 months. I felt like I was wired all the time. I went online and found other people have had similar reactions. I also had heart palpitations and my blood pressure went up. The reactions that other people had had reminded me of the symptoms that I had read about in the book Adrenal fatigue: the twenty first century stress syndrome. Shortly thereafter I quit the drug cold turkey (would not recommend doing this). I had no problems but you might. I had my endocrinologist check my adrenal function. I did a 24 hour cortisol test and my total cortisol was around 8 (range 4- 50). A few months ago, I repeated the same test. My levels were in the low twenties.
I believe that cymbalta drains the adrenal glands. It does claim to increase norepinephrine. Too much adrenaline can cause your symptoms. I would talk to my doctor about prescribing a different medication.
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