• 5 months ago

    Please help...

    Hi there! I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by my PCP. He prescribed cymbalta and it has helped with the aches and pains but not with my fatigue and brain fog. Let’s talk about brain fog a little...I am a professional who needs to work and keep my job. I can’t focus..can’t remember and get so anxious with loud noises or if there are numerous people talking at once. I have a hard time focusing on just one thing. I can’t get through the day without taking a nap for a couple of hours. I feel like my life has changed. My PCP is not helping. I’m very concerned with my cognitive issues. Anyone else in the same boat? What has helped you?

Responses

  • 5 months ago

    RE: Please help...

    This is the fun with Fibromyalgia. It is terrible and for those of us that must work it can be a nightmare. Rest as much as possible. For me, I saw a pain specialist that believed my pain was real. This alone made me feel better. I was able to start exercising SLOWLY. I now must exercise to control pain and other symptoms but I feel better.
      • 5 months ago
        Thanks for your response. Are you having cognitive issues?
  • 5 months ago

    RE: Please help...

    Hello there,
    I struggle with that during the bouts. Inbetween everything goes back to "normal"... I mean the new normal...
    When I do have cognitive symptoms I have brain fog, run around like a headless chicken, not being able to finish any task. I suppose it's like having ADD... I'm forgetful, I have little blackouts where suddenly don't know what I'm doing... I think slower than normal and sometimes I can't find the words (I live in a multilanguage household where I speak Spanish with the kids, English with the husband, and they speak Swiss dialect with each other... doesn't make it easier :-) )
    On the positive side, it eventually goes away, until the next flare.
    It's curious what you say, I also have a problem in crowded spaces, I can't understand what anyone is saying. Haven't heard that before, I thought it was just me.
  • 4 months ago

    RE: Please help...

    I got diagnosed in 1999 and been on over 100 meds, be really careful on Cymbalta. It made made want to kill myself and that is the last thing in my personality traits, very very dangerous med. if you have any random thoughts of suicide get off of it then and there.
  • 3 months ago

    RE: Please help...

    Me too! It was awful! Being treated for Lyme helped me. I didn't know I'd been living with it for a long time because traditional tests often dont catch it and I don't remember being bitten, so I had to go to a Lyme doc when I realized it was happening.
      • 1 month ago
        What a relief to hear that others have the same communication issues! I’m also hard of hearing, which doesn’t help the situation. And like Fairytale, I have the little “blackouts “, which my coworkers call my “blond moments”. Unlike ya’ll though, I don’t have flares; my pain and everything that goes with it is constant. It is much much worse if I have to do a lot of physical activity, such as covering a shift for an absent employee. Then I hurt so badly it is hard for me to even get in the house when I get home. I make do with the same level of pain meds I’ve been on for the last 8 yrs just so I can continue to be treated by my PCP, but I don’t know how much longer I stand it. I have to work, would not be able to pay my bills otherwise, so even though working almost intolerable, I can’t be out of work for the year and a half it would take to get disability benefits. By the end of a work day I am so exhausted that I am unable to do much of anything at home. Do any of you have the same or do you all have periods of near normalcy?