OK - can anyone who has taken Lyrica and Cymbalta in conjunction with each other please give me your experiences --- and how long you've been taking them?
I've been temporarily "diagnosed" with neuropathic pain issues (think Fibromyalgia).
Waiting on some final test results to rule out any other Autoimmune Disease - but I believe I'll be finally diagnosed as Fibromyalgia.
My Rheumatologist / Internist has prescribed Lyrica and Cymbalta together.
Now - with that in mind - I need to tell you that I finished Treatment for Hepatitis C, with Sustained Virologic Response (what is considered a cure) - with Interferon and Ribavirin --- I finished it last year in March/February. But have had pain for the last 3 years, which I associated with Hepatitis C, etc.
I ALSO HAVE ADVERSE REACTIONS TO MEDICATIONS and have ADHD.
Adverse reactions to include:
++On methlyphenidate (literally "speed") I eat everything in the house and get sleepy.
++On Percocets 10/325, I wake up and don't feel pain... But I don't get "high" like other people seem to.
++Coffee puts me to sleep or just makes my heart race...
++Valium makes me grumpy.
Now, with that knowledge - and knowing that outside of prescribed medications that I DO NOT TAKE DRUGS, nor do I drink very often (champagne at weddings, maybe a glass of wine or two a month - or if I go out with the girls once a month, I might have a margarita kind of drinking...)
My concerns are:
---Long term effect(s)
---Long term side effects
---Temporary side effects
---WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY DO?
---Is there a noticeable difference in pain --- if so, how much?
Is it worth it to me to try out the LYRICA - Cymbalta combo she's prescribed?
If so - what should I expect?
And TRULY --- how bad is the weight gain? (Because I'm already pretty chunky... LOL!)
I'm pretty funny about medicines and I'm a bit "scared" to try anything "new". Especially New to the market.
Ps. Thank you for your time