New and Happy member

I have recently been diagnosed, tho know I have had Fibro for years. I also have PTSD. It has been difficult to get anyone to hear me that this pain is different than the arthritis pain.
Finally started going to Pain Management, was finally heard, and here I am.
I have been on Hydrocodone for years. It still works, so am ok with this. Dr just added Cymbalta. Have only been on it for about two weeks. Can’t really tell yet if it’s helping.
Because of my PTSD, am also on meds for anxiety and depression. GP cut back my Celexa because of the Cymbalta… playing the ‘let’s balance all the meds’ game…
Happy to be here and hoping to learn more and feel supported on the really bad days. Thank you for reading.

I am glad to hear that you found something that works for you. I am also on psychiatric medications for PTSD, General Anxiety Disorder, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Bipolar One Disorder. I also suffer from chronic insomnia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Osteoarthritis. I have had over 18 surgeries and still suffer from Fibro. No medication I have tried helps with the pain of Fibro. I have tried everything I have ever heard of except medical marijuana. I had some success with Cymbalta for a few years then it just quit working. It did take about six weeks to finally work well.

I have found this site for Fibro to be a good source of encouragement. I am glad to see that you are here on this site. I hope that you find out that you are not alone in your struggles with Fibro. The people here on this site are very understanding and are more than helpful. May you be blessed in your efforts to fight Fibro in every aspect of your life.

Thank you for the warm welcome. I am also on meds for anxiety, depression, and pain meds for arthritis and previous injuries. I am hoping the Cymbalta helps, I currently am not feeling as much ‘burning’ as before. We have had another small cold front come thru and the cold gets me every time.

Have had a major trigger of a home intrusion… that left me symptomatic of PTSD symptoms… which is what sent me running to the Pain Dr. The Firbro was worse than it’s been in a long time.

I do meditation, use essential oils and a heating pad, take Hydrocodone, Baclofen, and now Cymbalta. I sleep too much. When it’s bad, seems that’s the only relief I get, and so I joined here… I am missing out on life. I need to at least walk more than I do… can’t afford to get any more depressed so seeking people who understand.

Hope I can learn some tricks and other things to manage the pain better. It is consuming my life.

Thank you again for the welcome. Much appreciated.


You are more than welcome! Depression is a cruel taskmaster and so is Fibro. Keep reaching out and try not to isolate yourself all it does is makes you more depressed. Find friends who are sympathetic to your efforts. I went to counseling for many years dealing with the effects of pain and depression. I learned that the people that I associate with can make a big difference in my dealing with it all. If you have faith seek out a good community of like minded individuals to be a part of. It has made the world a different place for me.

GOD bless!!!