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In 2014 I was suffering with constant joint and muscle pain. Regular headaches were debilitating. Exhaustion made me feel physically sick and fibro fog was pushing me closer to the edge. Lyrica was no longer working. Despite all of this I was managing a full time job in which my role was changing. I was looking after my home, although my husband Dean was doing much of the housework. My kids somehow looked after themselves. I was crawling in through the door after work and sleeping for an hour or two, then making tea and spending the rest of the evening laying on the sofa. If I had a migraine, I just went to bed until morning. I spent the weekends doing as little as possible in order to be capable of working the next week.
Enough was enough. I went back to my GP whom suggested Duloxetine. Again I was willing to try anything. I knew it was liscenced for neuropathic pain in fibromyalgia but I also knew there were horrible side effects.
After the first day I had a really good response for pain relief, but during the first week I had chills, sweats, nausea and loss of appetite. I felt wretched but pain free again. Knowing that the side effects wouldn\'t last, I persevered. Good choice!
60mg at night was my starting dose. The pain killing effect lasted about six hours so I was able to increase the dose to twice daily. I\'d stopped the Lyrica before starting Duloxetine but a small dose of 100mg was restarted as there seemed to be added benefit in the middle of the day, when the Duloxetine wore off.
So now I am taking Duloxetine, Lyrica and co-codamol. You\'d think I\'d have been completely out of it, but I tolerated them well. I was managing work and home again and the kids had their Mum back. I felt good, although fatigue and fog were still an issue. I was pacing myself and my diary became god. I set reminders on my phone for everything. It beeped, chimed, chirped and vibrated to remind me of everything including when to take my meds. I was still napping after work but it was more of a short power nap. I still had aches and pains but they were manageable and I wasn\'t having any headaches, AT ALL.
I then took the decision to start my MSc in advanced clinical practice. Dean was worried that I was taking on too much, in hindsight he was right but me being me, I knew best of course!