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    pksndk81 posted:
    after several years of searching for answers for my deep muscle aches I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am still not completely sure that this is the problem but all signs point to this. over the years I have taken hydrocodone and valium down to nsaids and muscle relaxants. I have lbeen dealing with this chronic pain for so many years. it is more my familly that thinks it is all in my head cuz they think I am too young to be experiencing pain everyday like I do. I also have slight curvature in my spine, arthritis in my lower back, bursitis in my hips, well you name it everything from my shoulders down to my knees and my toes. My doctor says my pain leads to stress and depression. I also suffer from anxiety. right now I am being treated with cymbalta which I hear is the only anti-depressant that helps control anxiety and pain associated with fibromyalgia. For the past year I have been taking cymbalta which is quite expensive for me cuz we have one of those high deductible insurance's ridiculous. I have to pay for everything out of pocket till a 6,000 deductible is met.(unless it's preventative care) along with the cymbalta i take tramadol. This is a drug that is similar to a narcotic but it's not. it somehow controls how your body reacts to pain as fibromyalgia is an overactive nerve disorder. just a few days ago my doctor also added wellbutrin to my diet per say to help with my seasonal depression.. so now it is cymbalta which she says I will probably always have to take it till something better comes along for fibromyalgia, tramadol, naproxen, and wellbutrin. I am told that I need to keep my eye out for symptoms of serotonin syndrome. what? ok. now I know there has to be some other treatment for fibromyalgia pain. I have to say that the tramadol is one of the best pain meds I have been on though. I get no buzz or high off of it. It just helps me feel better. I just wish I didn't have to take the cymbalta too. It's too expensive. Anybody out there that suffers fibromyalgia pain I would love to hear about your treatment.
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    annette030 responded:
    There are drugs very similar to Cymbalta that are generic and much cheaper, ask your doctor.

    I use gabapentin a much cheaper precursor to Lyrica that is available in generic also. For me it actually works better than Lyrica.

    I have found over many years that there is rarely only one drug that will work for a condition. The drug companies would like you to think that the only drug that would work is their brand name drug that is not available in generic, I have found this not to be true.

    Please talk to your doctor, be honest with him about the financial end of things. Look into WalMart and other stores' generic drug programs, and drug companies' consumer assistance programs.

    Take care, Annette
    pksndk81 replied to annette030's response:
    thank you for your input. I will talk to my doctor again which will be the second time to explain my financial hardships. hopefully she will listen to me this time and quit trying to to push the drug maker of cymbalta.
    annette030 replied to pksndk81's response:
    Try to remember that your doctor may have well in excess of 100 patients, so she is unlikely to remember financial details about you.

    Just ask her each time you see her to please suggest the cheapest possible drugs for you as your budget makes new, expensive drugs out of reach. I always ask for generics first. You might take WalMart's list of cheap drugs with you, I think Target has one too. Many doctors are woefully ignorant about drug pricing, it is not an area they are taught about.

    Take care, Annette

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