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Monday, May 16, 2022

Fighting Fibro: Back to the Doc

As I'd mentioned in my last post, I made an appointment to go back to see my doctor, and I'll share about that below, but first... here's how my weekend went and what I learned (completely by accident!)

On Friday, I'd gone grocery shopping in the morning and ran some errands, then I came home, put everything away, made lunch, ate... and then promptly fell asleep for about 3-ish hours. Woke up, had to run a couple more errands, made some dinner, and then went to bed fairly early. Know what I didn't do, though? I never took my fibro meds. It wasn't intentional--I'd simply forgotten to do so. And this is where things get interesting...

Saturday (5/14/22) -- My BFF Emily is here visiting for the weekend. She's currently (and temporarily) in MO for work, so I haven't seen her since I was out there in February for my book signing. We'd made plans to get together today, and I wasn't going to let anything get in the way of that. I woke up around 8 a.m., did not work out, but showered and got ready to meet up with her. I was feeling great, too! I didn't wake up tired. I wasn't in any pain. My entire head (brain / mind) felt clearer than it had in I don't remember how long. I didn't feel like I was having trouble focusing on stuff. I felt like my old-self, and that felt so good I wanted to cry with joy. I spent the entire day shopping with Emily and my girls. I even came home with dinner and did a little housework after. Granted, I was in bed around 8 p.m., but I hadn't napped at all--and what's better was that I hadn't wanted to--and I slept through the night! The only real thing that was different was that I hadn't taken my meds yesterday. 

Today, I intentionally didn't take my fibro meds because I want to see if this was a fluke or if my suspicions are correct and it's the medication making me feel so crappy lately. 

Sunday (5/15/22) -- Woke up around 7 a.m. not feeling tired or achy at all, so that's fantastic! I didn't work out, but I did spend a solid two hours cleaning the house/office, and that's equivalent to a workout. I've been doing laundry and working a bit, preparing for the upcoming week. Overall, I'm feeling really good and most importantly: Positive! I can see a light at the end of this tunnel, finally, and I'm hoping things just continue to improve. I'm excited to see my doctor tomorrow and discuss all of this with her. Maybe I've finally reached a point where I can manage the pain and fatigue without any meds, which would be amazing. But even if not, at least I'm prepared to advocate for a change in my meds. 

And yes, I realize how dangerous and bad it is to just stop taking prescription medication cold-turkey like this, but desperate times and all that. By the time I see my doctor tomorrow, it will have only been 3 days that I haven't taken the meds, and I'm really not showing any negative effects of being off it. Anyway, I'll update again after I talk to my doctor. 

Monday (5/16/22) -- Woke up around 3 a.m. drenched in sweat, which I'm guessing is a symptom of stopping my meds like I did. Eventually fell back asleep, and when I woke up a few hours later, I was feeling great. Had lots of energy. Worked out, and then began crossing things off my to-do list. However, by noon / 1:00 pm, I was starting to feel a little weird. Dizzy. Lightheaded. Queasy. Again, I figured this was all due to quitting cold turkey. 

Anyway, I saw my doctor and explained everything to her. (She's so great, and I'm lucky to have someone who takes me seriously and truly listens to my concerns.) As expected, she warned me against stopping my meds, but she was genuinely impressed at the improvement over the weekend. We agreed that the Cymbalta was probably doing more harm than good, so we're going to slowly--and safely--wean me off the medication. By this time next month, I will be med free for the first time in three years, and I am so incredibly excited for that! 

The next month or so will probably be a little rocky, but knowing there's an end in sight makes it all worthwhile. Onward and upward, right? I can do this!!

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