Bronwyn! (bramey) wrote in tiredgirls,

Cymbalta aftermath?!?

Hi guys. Thanks to those of you who sent encouragement to me on last Friday, when I went to the ER with chest pains. No one said it directly, but the fact that they gave me Ativan sort of says it for them - it was probably an anxiety attack on top of an Imitrex + high blood pressure = chest pain kinda thing.

Which leads me to my question. I've been off of Cymbalta for, oh, 3 weeks now. Granted, I have had some mega suck events happen in that time, which caused my usually high level of stress to skyrocket. I've noticed though, that it's hard for me to maintain my equilibrium. Emotionally, that it. I can be perfectly rational, but my body wants to cry and sob and give me chest pains and nightmares and awful tension and and and. . . you get the idea. Yet, when I had to take my seizing kitty to the emergency vet and have him euthanize her, I cried for a while, but I wasn't a puddle of despair. Then, I was still taking the Cymbalta. Now, she was sick and I'd been sort of prepared for it, but really. A best friend of 14 years doesn't pass easily, you know?

If I didn't have this stuff before Cymbalta, is it possible that the Cymbalta evened out an only slightly uneven keel while I was on it, and now that I'm off I'm listing WAAAAAY over into the water?

Seriously, I feel trapped in my body, anxious all the time, totally not myself. By now, I don't really remember what myself is supposed to be like.


In other news, I've been seeing a Neuropsychologist. Her (right - Our) goal is to find some relief or control over my insomnia and my pain through behavioral modification. I learned enough to improve my sleep, at least, before this latest round of anxiety shit and uncontrollable migraines got started. . . but now she's given me a workbook on pain management. It's the beginning of learning how to take responsibility (not blame) for my pain, and maybe decrease it somehow.

I am very skeptical, but that's expected, apparently :-/
I trust her because she did help me learn how to sleep - if that isn't just the stupidest thing I've ever admitted.

Rambling, I'm sorry. I lost a lot of sleep last night to this anxiety. My resting bp was 120/103. Not good.

/Cross-posted at migraines and tired girls. I apologize to those of you seeing this twice.
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Other than some non-medication coping mechanisms I use when I'm out of migraine meds, I'm not sure if I have anything that would help you. I know a lot of them are pretty much like trying to use a flyswatter on a tiger, but if you want them, let me know.

*fingers crossed*
If you have the time and wherewithal, please post your favorite coping mechanisms. Pretty please.

I'm sure a general posting might help more than just me.

I am getting started on a pain management program "Managing Pain Before It Manages You". I'm already rebelling, and I haven't even started. Gotta work on that.
I do yoga, and I find that doing some of the yoga breathing helps me focus away from the pain when I have to do things, like say, drive myself home. ( has a good instruction.)

I like to alternate using a cold compress on my forehead and warm pads on my shoulders and neck - the cold numbs my head, and the warm pads help me relax my shoulders.

I use some accupressure points as well -

And lastly, if I have someone else with me, I stand, and have them stand behind me and rest their upper arms on my shoulders with their elbows bent (so their hands on their shoulders) and have them let the weight of their arms push down my shoulder blades - then you have them tilt your head with their hands (for instance, they put both arms on my shoulders, then lift their right arm (leaving their left arm on my shoulder) and tilt my head gently to the right. then they do the other side). It's a technique my massage therapist uses for loosening up my neck.

I also find that laying down on the ground and putting my feet up the wall helps, too. (they show it with a bolster under your hips - I don't like to use a bolster.)

(I'm a yoga teacher, too.)
Wow. Thank you so much.
i am on Cymbalta now to help me from getting sleepy during the during and it was great at first, but is becoming increasingly less effective. at first, i just hd samles and when i ran out, it was aweful. i really dread the days to follow if i ever stop taking it now..