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Mar 12, 2019 · Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) How does, did it work for you? in Depression & Anxiety

I take Pristiq. You are wise to worry about the withdrawals. On Pristiq alone, it helped my anxiety because everything was dampened, but I didn't notice mood improvement…just how much I cared, I guess. But I feel it if I miss a single dose – writhing sort of sensations all over that make you move. Once, I didn't have it for three days, and I was so emotional that I was sobbing like I was at a funeral by the end of it. So anxious. Hands and feet and brain stem burning. Back spasms. It wasn't pretty. I still take it, but now in conjunction with Wellbutrin. It's a good combination for me. They seem to offset each others' side effects. I don't know how much the Pristiq is really doing, but oh boy do I want to stay on it to avoid withdrawals. Good luck – I hope it works for you

EDIT: Ah, but good news – my doctor cut the Pristiq from 100mg to 50mg when I started the Wellbutrin. Zero side effects from stepping down. So there may be a nice tapering method to get off it.

Mar 12, 2019 · Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

Fibro, RA, chronic migraine, anxiety.

Mar 12, 2019 · Fibromyalgia in Chronic Pain

Question for all y'all experts: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2007 at the age of 21 (to complement my rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis at 19). I've had every drug anyone can seem to think of: Lyrica, gabapentin, pretty much every single antidepressant of every category, SSRIs and tricyclics, lithium, etc, and every version of painkillers: NSAIDs, opiates, plus prednisone and flexeril. I currently take Lyrica, gabapentin for breakthrough pain, flexeril, prednisone, and, uh, I think 4 SSRIs. Keeps me balanced and the pain managed most of the time.

The problem I have is that one type of pain has NEVER responded to ANY treatment, not even heavy opiates. It feels like: my long bones in my arms and legs, from the inside radiating out, have an excruciating migraine. The attacks are transient and last 5-20 minutes, and they are totally debilitating, They're close to a 9 on the pain scale. It'll just be one bone at a time usually, but sometimes both my thigh bones at the same time, and I'm worrying I might have an aneurysm from trying so hard not to scream. Doctors sort of weakly tried vitamin D and magnesium (which helped the regular fibro!) and nothing has changed. They don't have an answer, so they brush it off.

Has anyone experienced something like this? If so, have you found a treatment that works?

Mar 12, 2019 · Tapering off Lyrica gave me panic, nausea, extreme anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Focus on surviving. Your brain is doing awful things to you, but you can seize control back. Focus on self-care. Set reminders on your phone to eat…SOMETHING. Try to be out with your friends or family as much as possible, and if you can't, find places in public you can hang out during the day. Every time you feel something bad, remember: your brain is lying to you. Get your close people on board so they can recognize symptoms – this is not something to be ashamed of. Call in all the help you can get. Snuggle with your pets. I have found that benadryl helps with anxiety (and sleeping)(I am not a doctor and this should not be construed as medical advice). It's okay to be totally selfish right now – you would help your people through anything, and so will they if they understand the issues you're facing. There are a few alternatives to benzos for anxiety – beta blockers, antihistamines, etc. See if your doctor can prescribe some of that, and if he won't, just ask about OTC benadryl.

You can survive it. It's hard work, but it's so worth it.

Mar 12, 2019 · Tapering off Lyrica gave me panic, nausea, extreme anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

This is probably not helpful, but it's my experience trying to taper of Lyrica (200mg once a day for fibromyalgia)…I wanted to get off Lyrica because I thought it was causing weight gain (like 5 pounds…silly of me). So my doctor said to just take it every other day, and then every three days, and then done. I was taking gabapentin as well, as needed. I had no physical symptoms, but I felt really anxious at the time because I had a lot of work stress, and I never connected it to the Lyrica. Then this happened: a sudden drop off the deep end of depression, two hospitalizations, weeks out of work on FMLA leave, four serious and nearly successful suicide attempts in two months. About 3 months in, I said to my best friend something about "at least I'm not getting fatter" and she gasped, dialed my psychiatrist (I was under strict supervision by friends at this point), who dialed my rheumatologist, who called in a prescription for Lyrica to the distant state where I was trying to convalesce. My best friend drove me to the pharmacy at a highly illegal speed and watched me (still protesting weight gain) take a capsule. The suicidal ideation was gone within 24 hours. The depression lifted to a manageable medium over the course of a week or so. The anxiety took quite a while to improve, but I think I was just born anxious. My psychiatrist and rheumie have agreed that I need to be on Lyrica for the foreseeable future, possibly for the rest of my life (I am only 33). This stuff changed me so dramatically that my brain was not willing to live without it. The advice I have for people weaning off is to pay attention to what your brain is telling you – is it telling you lies? – and remember that it's probably Lyrica withdrawal…and know if your body has had enough and you need to restart Lyrica and figure out another path.