Welcome superphi!...First, I must say that you are indeed a wonderful husband to check out info on line in order to help your wife to get through this trip from hell. I have no family here since I am in FL and my sons are both on the west coast. I am fortunate to have a couple of dear friends who have been a great support for me.
I will begin by telling you that I went off this horrible drug Cymbalta cold turkey 5 weeks ago - I went off Lyrica at the same time. Even with insurance, the price was becoming prohibitive and I ended up in the doughnut hole every Sept. I was on this crap for about 4 1/2 yrs and finally realized that it was not doing anything for me but costing me money. Fortunately I have Hydrocodone and Alprazolam which helped me immensely - don't know how I would have fared without them. I have degenerative arthritis in my neck, lower back and hips as well as osteoarthritis in my left foot. The fibromyalgia has been there much longer - almost 20 yrs now.
I have a therapeutic massage every week which helps tremendously and also helps to rid the body of the nasty toxins. Medicare and supplemental insurance pay for this as long as I have a prescription every 90 days. I look forward to this more than anything!
I will say that the first 2 weeks were the worst for me as I thought that my head would explode, had no appetite and entertained very strange dreams every nite. I am still plagued with extreme tiredness but am trying to do light exercise and will go back to my aqua fitness classes when the water is warm enough in the pool!
Joining this forum is the best thing I have done for myself and the ppl here are so understanding, helpful and kind. I hope that my sharing will be of help to others as well.
I wish you support and will keep you and your wife in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us posted as to her progress - everyone here cares!