Has anyone had any luck getting a regular doctor to order Free T-3 and 4 tests, like at Kaiser? I don't know how to find a good neuropathist, or if I can afford one. But I just have to find out if this is a thyroid problem that can be treated with NTH!View Thread
Sorry to come in so late. I have been taking Cymbalta for a couple of years, and I can't remember if it made a big difference for me or why my doc added it to my drug regimen.
I am drowsy most of the time, unless I can stay very busy. Eventually I have to rest, and then I often doze off. I am lucky because I don't "work" in the traditional sense, but it has really interfered with my motivation to exercise.
I have a class I loved at 9 am, but I had to quit because it was getting expensive after I missed 3 months entirely. I want to start up again, so I've asked my doc about weaning myself from Cymbalta, in order to see if it is actually necessary for me.
If you can, start taking it when you have a couple of days off work. You will need to figure out just how drowsy it makes you. I need to take it around 7 pm.
Other than that, I haven't noticed specific side effects, but it has been awhile since I started it & I take so many other meds as well.
You must be so overwhelmed! I'm so sorry you find yourself in a very difficult situation. Regardless, you CAN find ways to help yourself.
I understand you cannot afford expensive medicine with 5 kids to feed, you are one of the "working poor" who might find Obamacare to be advantageous. I don't qualify, so I don't know what it does or does not cover. Maybe your State doesn't participate? Find out!
It have heard in the past that Walmart will dispense generic medications for only $4. CVS or Walgreens had $5 Rx's for generic.
You need to get your doctor to send prescriptions to one of these places. If you have a doc who has prescribed for you before, you should not have to go in to see him/her, you should be able to get a message to him/her. You should not have to visit very often if your condition has gone on for a long time, unless something happens that the doc needs to address.
You should never stop medications cold turkey, that really worries me, especially anything you might take for depression.
Have you checked your local area for food disbursements from the Food Bank? That is an important and it sounds like a necessary resource for you, with 5 kids. You may qualify for Food Stamps, and the kids may qualify for insurance from your State. Wish I know more specifics, but maybe someone else on this site will have helpful info about that.
Swallow your pride, we all need help sometimes. There ARE programs out there to help, and there's no shame in that. Your local churches may give out donated clothing.
You will feel like closing up inward because of depression, so I urge you to take action NOW. Once you start to find resources, you will feel more encouraged and supported, and will feel comfortable seeking out other resources.
If you have children, is any of them old enough to babysit, do laundry, yardwork, or other things nearby to ease your economic situation some? At 15, a teen can get a work permit & work up to something like 18-20 hours per week, I believe.
Just some thoughts off the top of my head.
There is help, remember that. It won't be easy, but with the internet, it should be easier to find than ever.
For a long time I have suspected a link between FM and the thyroid. I asked my Primary Physician to prescribe for hypothyroid, to try and see if it would help my symptoms, in an effort to get off the many powerful medications I am on. He has refused to prescribe off label.
Now there is the study (Mayo Clinic?) showing that the hypothalamus is believed to be the cause or responsible for the cause(s) of FM.
Although I have tested within the "normal" range, I am on the low end, and I have read comments from others that state there are better tests to be done than the typical (T4?) one, which does not always identify thyroid problems.
I don't have specific articles or information in that regard, only vague references to others "having done research", etc.
Is it unreasonable of me to ask my doctor again to try thyroid low dose pills? How about other tests that could show something the typical test does not?
It is frustrating to feel that researchers are getting very close but still don't have specific answers for a "cure." I have had this terrible condition (FM) for at least 17 years (or all my life???)View Thread
Thanks, I just noticed your post, and have passed along the information. My friend has been cryptic about what she does or does not know, or what she has explored, so I get the feeling she doesn't want to talk to me about it.
Seems odd, as I am in a better position than most to understand almost exactly where she is coming from. I almost get the feeling she thinks somehow that I am somehow patronizing her when I confirm that I have had the same experiences, as if FM couldn't possibly be so severe as what she goes through!View Thread