Hi new to the group. I stumbled across this by accident and want to share my story. I'm a female soon to be 45. I suffer from major depression and fibromyalgia. I have hypothyroidism, GERD (hiatal hernia), degeneration of the disks in my neck. I suffered whiplash from a car accident and now my neck and back are both screwed up. I have sleep apnea and use my CPAP machine. My weight is ballooning due to the pain and stiffness of fibro and inactivity. I'm thinking of getting a gastric bypass. My sleep always has been rough but now it's worse. Docs are changing my meds around. Right now I'm on Cymbalta and Amitryptaline for nighttime. I've undergone another sleep study (a very thorough one, being hooked up with all the wires, etc.) about a year ago. The doctor did me no good. Said basically that my whole body jerks in my sleep and I grit my teeth. He had nothing to tell me did not know what was causing it. Told me to get a mouthguard for the bruxism. And put me on temazepam at night (which did no good).
At any rate I've pretty much worked until about a year and a half ago. I was doing cashiering in a busy Wal-Mart Supercenter and could not keep it up. They gave me a leave of absence but I could not return and do that kind of work anymore.
I got diagnosed with fibro last May. I finally got a name of what is causing my overall pain and problems. In the morning I'm shot. I can barely crawl out of bed. Doc has put me on Methadone, Darvocet, Ultram, some others (not all at same time of course). I took too much Methadone and right away my psych nurse said oh take her off that she's getting addicted. How can I be addicted when it did nothing for me? I'm not getting a buzz off it..there's nothing to be addicted to. Now they say oh no narcotics for you and give me some kind of NSAID and it doesn't do diddly.
I was on Effexor and they switched me to Cymbalta too quickly. I crashed and burned, crying and wanting to kill myself. And they wondered why? Duh!
I've tried to get Social Security disability and I applied twice and got denied twice. Even with major depression, fibromyalgia and my other health issues the SSA says I can work. (Right). Now I'm forced to look for work and I'm trying to find work that I can do. Not always easy.
I'm also a caregiver to my husband. He gets disability and he works part time.
Hey anyone with fibro/and or depression write me. Let me know if anything works for you.
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