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#1 Wagtail

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 06:13 PM

Hi everyone , a blast from the past from those who remember me .

Just thought I'd drop in & say hello & see who is still here & how you're doing.
It's over two years now since I stopped taking Cymbalta 60mg ..you who remember , know I did all the wrong things , you who don't know me ... I went cold turkey after taking 60 mg daily for approx 10 yrs & I did it on my own without the knowledge or help from a doctor or with any medical help .

I walked with the devil through hell suffering & I emphasise SUFFERING.
12 months into my discontinuation , my brain & body tried to convincing evidence me that I was having a mental breakdown & I ended up spending 4 months in a private clinic & back on many different antidepressants....none would work .
At this moment I am 55 days into washout but still needing Valium 5 mg 2x daily .

I will hopefully never take another antidepressant . If I get bad again I am going to take medicinal c******* , unfortunately in our country it's illegal but the government is thinking of legalising it ... It has proved to cure many illnesses & I tried it myself & it took away my anxiety . Please Google Rick Simpson " pheniox Tears " & read for yourself . I spend months of research on it for my sick brother inlaw who was dying from a Brain tumour , the worst one you can get . The medical c******* has the hallucinogenics taken out so the patient doesn't get the high , some has a smigan left in depending on the illness being treated .
It took away his 24/7 pain for a start & had his first nights sleep in a year .
He was admitted to palliative care the week we started him on the oil & his death was imminent .

Well we hit him hard with high doses of the oil & he started to respond , long story short ... That was about 6 months ago & not only is he still alive & doing well but the tumour has completely gone . c******* oil gave him back to us . Do yourselves a favour & start researching it.
I believe that in some states of America & other countries it is already legal .

I am atm suffering from salmonella poisioning , @ the end of it thank goodness . I'm taking care of myself by watching my diet , eating a lot of organic food , getting rid of chemicals as much as possible .Gave up alcohol & changing all my cosmetics shampoos etc to organic .
Cymbalta changed my life & me & I believe I will never be the same person . I'm alive & I have to be thankful for that .
Everyday is taken moment by moment & I never know how I will wake up .
I am going to start reading all your posts to catch up on you all ..... Fishing hat , TryingFL ? Gail ? Hopefully you will try the oil & get your lives back ....it even cures epilepsy...fibromyalgia, if not cures it gives you a better quality of life & you should be eating hemp seeds everyday ....

Thinking of you all.. Love Wagtail ( Gail ) 😘😘

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 06:37 PM

Hey Wagtail!! It is good to hear from you. I am soooo glad you are feeling better.

 

Don't be such a stranger girl!!


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Posted 02 February 2016 - 07:10 PM

Wagtail!!!

 

So good to hear from you again :D

 

I know you have had an extremely difficult time and hearing that you are better is great news

 

Yes, I have stuck around to help the Newbies and was thinking of you the other day.  I have been off the poison for over 2 years as well.

 

Please keep posting - we have missed you! :hug:


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    5 months on cymbalta, scary side effects, never felt good.
    Needed understanding and support, and a place where I was not alone. To read others stories and realizing that I was not the only one going through all that crap.
    In hope that one day, I can return the favors in some kind of way.

Posted 02 February 2016 - 07:23 PM

Hello Wagtail, so so nice to hear from you.

Of course I remember the hell you went through, and for you to come back to the forum gives me great pleasure.

Will look up the medical terms you are talking about.

Do keep posting, from Gail to Gail♥

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Posted 03 April 2016 - 04:17 PM

Oh, my Lord, Wagtail (Gail), I have only a tiny glimpse of what you went through and am sooo thankful
my body wouldn't allow me to continue the journey you were on.  I have also been on the Cymbalta
60 mg for 10 years.

I did taper down 20 mgs last year and then I had to stop. 

 

I decided to not taper any further until after my son's wedding which is in two weeks now. :)

 

But this time when I taper, I will already have the zoloft on board.  Don't know if I should just do

a 10 mg. drop each year, allowing my body to adjust slowly or not.  I realize it's trial by error.

 

Blessings and perseverance!!
 


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Posted 15 September 2016 - 05:12 PM

7 years off Cymbalta poison........still have brain zapping as I call it....ringing in the ears...neck and shoulder pain can be unbearable....I get a massage every week( for 7 years)...sometimes 2 a week.....to manage my pain so I can continue to work.....I have pain from head to toe and never know from day to day where it will be.....I have suffered muscle spasms and have been given 800 mg motrin to take as needed...and flexiril.....I have fluid in my ears a lot and even when I don't if feels like there is....This stuff is poison and I can not believe it is still being marketed and people are taking this garbage or more that the medical field keeps prescribing.   I have not kept up with reports on this crap, for it just upsets me even more.....I hope others have had a better recovery than me.....Thanks everyone!


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Posted 15 September 2016 - 06:17 PM

I don't know what to say. I am so sorry for your suffering. Most of your symptoms are not classic symptoms of anxiety or depression so I am inclined to think they are long term effects of Cymbalta and/or other medicines. I would like to thank you for this update. It helps us get a picture of long term outcomes.

 

God Bless


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 10:45 AM

Thank you fishinghat.  I was put on Cymbalta because I was having symptoms of anxiety.  Assuming I was premenopausal, and that was causing my anxiety, I was told this would ease my symptoms...I did not want to go on anything....but she said this would help me..I trusted her judgment against my wishes, which is my fault now....in the meantime they took blood work....my hormone levels were fine so it was not my hormones but found out I had hypothyroidism.....So I immediately wanted to stop taking Cymbalta.....Dr. assured me that it would help me while they got my thyroid levels regulated.....4 months later I let them know that I wanted off this pill....it was making me actually feel depressed.....so the weaning started!  They started me on 60 mg.....prescribed me 30 mg when told them I would not continue to take it and told me to take it for 2 weeks then every other day for a week, then every 2 days for one week and every 3 days for one week......Well I did that and by the 2nd week the pain started and the brain zapping.....When I called and ask about side effects the dr nor the pharmacist were familiar with the symptoms I was having.....I started reading about the drug and so started whathaveidone.....I literally emptied the capsule and counted each ball and started lowering the dose after the 3rd week....I was a wreck....to many things to explain....it took me from July-October weaning myself off by reducing the dosage each week and going every 4 days then every 5 days etc till I was off.....Unfortunately, symptoms I had never had like the zapping and the pain...continue to haunt me.....The zapping is not everyday like it was when I was coming off this crap.....but it still happens often....just lots of stuff still happens as it started when I was weaning off....   


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 02:39 PM

Did they put you on thyroid medicine?


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 06:07 AM

I'm going through cymbalta withdrawels after being on 90mg for over 3 years. Im quitting cold turkey after forgetting where im at while driving at night.I've had ringing in my ears, brain freeze, crying, stomach problems, vision blurred,snappy, achy muscles, in all I feel worse than ever. I went to the hospital for help and dehydration. Funny thing is I called the suicide hot line 2x and got an answering service,left my number with no call backs. I really want to speak with a good attorney. Any ideas?

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Posted 21 February 2017 - 11:41 PM

Well another year has passed since I posted my update.
Not a great deal has changed , I do think I'm gaining ground but in very tiny steps .
I haven't seen my psychiatrist or psychologist since before Christmas,so that's a forward step in the right direction.
I am seeing a INTEGRATIVE GP now & the jury is still out on whether he is helping me , but I feel he has in some ways,
He did a lot of blood works & I found out that I am pre-diabetic , my body is making too much iron ...my cholesterol is too high , but that could be genetic.
He has added a good quality magnesium powder , zinc , Q10 & L-thianine to my diet .
I can no longer have sugar or grains & has cut my carb intake back to the bare minimum. I have loads of organic vegetables , a small piece of either fish , chicken or another protein eg nuts or yoghurt for my meals .... No breakfast cereals now & I loved my oats ... now it's chia seeds ( soaked ) with fruit & nuts for breakfast .... I've also had some heart problems & needed to have a angiogram , this showed that I have heart spasms & the cardiologist added statins & a drug to widen my arteries... I only managed to take the last one for two weeks .....couldn't stand the 24/7 headaches , so it was replaced with aspirin .
Ok guys that brings you up to date .....almost 4 yrs since I ceased Cymbalta ( cold turkey ) 😖😖😖
& it hasn't finished with me yet .
Still have panic & anxiety .....
I sincerely hope you're all doing well & are happy & confident ...💞💙

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 12:51 AM

7 years off Cymbalta poison........still have brain zapping as I call it....ringing in the ears...neck and shoulder pain can be unbearable....I get a massage every week( for 7 years)...sometimes 2 a week.....to manage my pain so I can continue to work.....I have pain from head to toe and never know from day to day where it will be.....I have suffered muscle spasms and have been given 800 mg motrin to take as needed...and flexiril.....I have fluid in my ears a lot and even when I don't if feels like there is....This stuff is poison and I can not believe it is still being marketed and people are taking this garbage or more that the medical field keeps prescribing.   I have not kept up with reports on this crap, for it just upsets me even more.....I hope others have had a better recovery than me.....Thanks everyone!


My heart aches for you , I went cold turkey too & 4 yrs almost & still battling . I am back on another old tricyclic antidepressant & Valium. It scares me to think I might be still like this for another 3 yrs ..... I've found a good integrative GP who has me on a diet similar to ' The Mediterranean Diet ' No sugar , very little carbs , I did notice a difference when he added Xinc & a good high potency magnesium powder ... Well onwards & upwards I hope ....

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 06:43 PM

Hey Wagtail, nice hearing from you. Wishing you well, it's been a real tough battle!

The battle continues here also, not necessarily due to Cymbalta. Such is life! Love, Gail.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:08 PM

Hello namesake !...
Yes ,you are so right . It's a battle that has no end ..... it's just ongoing . I still suffer from some of the withdrawal or discontinuation s/es .the anxiety is relentless & I have burning skin whenever I get upset . I still battle agoraphobia which I developed during my withdrawal stage .
Oh what I would do to just wake up one morning & feel happy & full of life . I miss that so much . It has taken a toll on my family as well which leaves me with a huge sense of the guilts ,
I do manage to make some of our family events but usually I sit home & cry that I CAnt be there with them .
I am a far cry from the vivacious life of the party girl I was pre Cymbalta ...
It has certainly taken a huge chunk out of my life .... it I keep on trying to find the cure ...
nice to hear from you also

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 07:11 PM

Hello namesake !...
Yes ,you are so right . It's a battle that has no end ..... it's just ongoing . I still suffer from some of the withdrawal or discontinuation s/es .the anxiety is relentless & I have burning skin whenever I get upset . I still battle agoraphobia which I developed during my withdrawal stage .
Oh what I would do to just wake up one morning & feel happy & full of life . I miss that so much . It has taken a toll on my family as well which leaves me with a huge sense of the guilts ,
I do manage to make some of our family events but usually I sit home & cry that I CAnt be there with them .
I am a far cry from the vivacious life of the party girl I was pre Cymbalta ...
It has certainly taken a huge chunk out of my life .... it I keep on trying to find the cure ...
nice to hear from you also

I always post a little emoji but they never show up ?????
Love ❤️ Gail.x

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Posted 23 February 2017 - 09:31 AM

You know I have never liked posting on this thread as the title suggests that you have to be "old" to post here. I am reminded enough of my age each time I try to move around. lol


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Posted 23 February 2017 - 01:28 PM

Agreed, FH!

 

Gail, so good to hear from you !   I have been wondering about you for some time. 

 

I am so sorry that you are still dealing with so many issues.

 

God Bless :hug:

 

 

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