Originally, I was taking 60 mg a day of Cymbalta. My doctor has dropped this to 20 mg with the goal of completely weaning off it. The plan is to take 1 pill per day for 7 days. Then take 1 pill every other day for 7 days, followed by 1 pill every 2 days and so forth until I'm off them. Of course, this is all happening on the heels of not taking any pills for 4 days, and when I did see my doctor on Monday, I was already feeling the effects of detoxing. She warned me it would continue and possibly get a little worse, so I've been bracing myself for a bumpy week.
Tuesday (5/17/22) -- When I went to bed Monday night, I was so nauseous. Even the slightest movement made me feel like I was going to hurl, so I remained very still and eventually feel asleep. Thank God! Woke up again around 3 a.m. sweating but it wasn't nearly as bad as the previous two nights. I easily fell back asleep, and Crowley woke me up around 7:30 a.m. I feel great! No lingering nausea, and I wasn't tired. I worked out and now I'm actively working through my to-do list.
I was able to work the entire day without taking a nap or otherwise feel like I was going to crash. Crossed 8 out of 10 items off my to-do list! Though, by the end of the day, I'd started to get a dull headache that lingered until I went to bed. But, overall my mood is good, and I'm thinking positively about things.
Wednesday (5/18/22) -- Woke up around 4 a.m., feeling a little sweaty and slightly nauseous. My headache was gone, though. I easily went back to bed and slept until my alarm went off around 7 a.m. That's something else I've noticed since starting to wean / detox -- I'm sleeping better. Before, I'd wake up in the middle of the night (sometimes more than once) for various reasons, and I'd be awake for an hour or more. That's not happening now. When I do wake up, it's just for a few minutes, and then I'm sound asleep again, which I'm sure is a huge help during the day with me not needing naps anymore.
Another thing I've noticed (that I'm really not happy about) is that when I went off the meds this past weekend, I dropped a couple of pounds. Now that I'm back on them again, even though the dosage is lower, I've packed those couple of pounds back on. The up and down is frustrating, to say the least, but I know this is because of the medication. A side effect of Cymbalta is weight gain.
I'll be so glad to finally be off these meds.
Thursday (5/19/22) -- I slept in until 9 a.m. this morning, which is something I rarely do anymore, mostly because Crowley usually wakes me up to go outside. But he was being lazy, too, apparently. lol. I felt good today, though! No pain. No headaches. No fatigue. I took the day off from work stuff to spend with my daughter. We went to a local book sale, then to the mall so I could find a dress for my aunt's wedding. Overall, it was a great day!
Friday (5/20/22) -- It's been 4 days since I went back on the lower dosage of medication, and according to the schedule my doctor set, I'm supposed to take 1 pill each night until Monday, then I switch to every other day. I woke up in the middle of the night last night, ended up trying to sleep on the couch (that didn't work so well), so I went back up to bed when my husband got up around 5 a.m. Took me almost an hour to fall back asleep. Alarm went off around 7, and I struggled to get up today. I'm tired and want to nap, but it's not the same type of bone-weary exhaustion I had in the past. Though, I am worried that continuing the meds for another couple of days will keep increasing these negative symptoms that I'm trying to get rid of. I don't have any pain, so that's a bonus, I guess.
I cannot wait to be done with these meds.