Last week I went to a (yet another) new doctor. She seems nice. I got all my blood work done and everything looks good. My good cholesterol is awesome. Go yummy foods! And my other levels were right on track. The appointment was for my annual, so we didn’t get to talk in depth about new ideas for meds that might work better, but I made appointment in March to go over all of that. Maybe this doctor will stick around for longer than a year and I can get some things dialed in. That would be very nice.
The med that I talked with her about tapering off was Cymbalta. I am very tired (literally) of the side effects. I start on a reduced dose tomorrow, and I am interested to see how my person will react. Tapering off Cymbalta is notoriously hard, and I have no idea how my body is going to handle it. Fortunately, it is the only thing that I am reducing, so that might make it easier.
Things that I am looking forward to while getting off Cymbalta:
- More energy! This is one of my biggest annoyances. Right now, I need to sleep ten to twelve hours a night, and sometimes I still need a nap. I would like to not be so tired all the time, I’m sure my family would appreciate it too.
- No more night sweats! Man, this is really annoying. I feel like I’m menopausal and I just turned thirty-one. Plus, (TMI) I get heat rashes and I had to get a creme just for that. Yet another prescription. Boo!
- No more dry mouth. I drink a lot of water, and I still have dry mouth. This winter, my lips chapped so badly, that they bled. Often. Ick.
Things that I am NOT looking forward to while getting off Cymbalta:
- Return of the pain. My hips still hurt, it is much less than it was last winter, but on bad days . . . I have bad days and they aren’t fun. It will be a good baseline measure though, for future reference anyway. And it will give me an idea of my pain levels after a year of meds.
- The possible withdrawal effects. These include, moodiness, brain zaps, depression, and other joyful things. This could be fun.
- Having to do all this again with a different med.
So, I have the next month to see what happens. I will keep everyone updated, because talking about health issues is fun. Plus, I want people to become more aware of these “Invisible Illnesses.” We aren’t just wusses, you just can’t see how much our life can hurt. Sometimes, I think it would be easier if I was in a cast, or something else that was visible, but I am (mostly) happy with my life the way it is.
As always, thanks for reading and feel free to ask questions. I’m not shy.