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A Health Update 12-10-2009

Dec 10, 2009 - 3 comments

I haven't done a health update in a very long time, so it's about time.

I am feeling so good lately that I just can't believe it.  It is like I am almost my old self again.  Work is good. home life is good, health is great at least MS-wise, what more can I ask for.  Still haveing breathing problems, but I can handle that for now.  

About a month ago I was talking with the MS nurse who told me about a clinical trial using Cymbalta for nerve pain caused by MS.  I was so excited to try it and was ready to sign the concent until she told me that I had to have an MS dx for one year to be eligible.  I felt myself shrink down to nothing when I heard that.   Why one year?  But the good news is that it is a drug that anyone can be prescribed, so she encouraged me to try it.  Come to find out, my neuro had prescribed it 5 months ago after he decided to take me off neurontin because my dosages were getting way to high and side effects were becoming a problem.  I did fill that script, but just couldn't bring myself to start on a drug that I saw as mostly an anti-depressant and made you gain weight.  I told the MS nurse that I have had a bottle sitting on my shelf for the past 5 months not sure if I really wanted to try it. She encouraged me to try it for one month and see what happens.  If it doesn't help, then stop taking it and move on to something else.

Well, I decided to take it and I am so happy I did. Within 2 days I had a significant decrease in the pain in my legs.  Every time I would lie down and worst of all every morning I woke up with severe pain in my legs.  That is now pretty much gone.  I still have tingling and numbness, but the pain is under control thank G-d.  Now that I am not in as much pain, I am not falling or having near falls nearly as much.  I am still wobbly and off balance, but I don't fear falling anymore.  I can feel the ground a bit better with my feet too.  

I know good things don't last forever, but for now I am grateful for some normalcy coming back in my life.  And most of all I am happy the pain is under control.  Life is good!

P.S - I have actually lost weight on this med and that is a definitely helping in so many ways.

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by michelleric, Dec 10, 2009
I am SO happy to hear this good news.  I am thrilled you are doing so well, and hope it is "contagious" to many on this forum!
Michelle

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by Lulu54, Dec 10, 2009
Wow Julie, that is good to hear.  I think DJ is also on cymbalta for nerve pain and has had very good results with it as well.

Now for the weight loss, how come none of those side effects work for me?  :-(  

seriously, I'm so glad to know you are feeling on top of your game.  Now the next update I want to hear about DH's plans...........

my best,
L

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by rendean, Dec 10, 2009

What great news! I'm so happy to hear you are feeling so well.

The Cymbalta intrigues me since I have severe leg pain, like it hurts down to the bone pain, wonder if it would  help. I've been on nortriptyline and Trileptal for this but I don't like the side effects.

How are the pulmonary issues? Doing well, I hope, since you didn't mention them.

So good to hear good news!!!

Ren


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