It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great… like usual. Actually… it was horrible at first, but then it turned into just not great.
I was torn straight out of sleep because of pain and then had to make friends with the Moose first thing in the morning. Because of The Moose, The Hubbs called my parents to see if they could take me in to see Fam Doc for my appointment yesterday. There was no way in the world I could have driven myself safely, once The Moose kicked in. Not what I would call fun times.
Fam Doc gave me a new prescription yesterday – we’re going to try Cymbalta now. I guess it’s supposed to work kina like the Anti-Ds did: Primarily used for depression, but just happens to also do good things for fibromyalgia (which I do not have) and neuropathic pain (Fam Doc has determined that I do have)…. so they work on different receptors in the brain.
He’s decided that we’re going to go about my pain treatment kina like you would a spaghetti sauce (this is his analogy, not mine!): you add a bit of this, add a bit of that and it’ll make it taste all good in the end as opposed to just dumping a whole mess-load of oregano into the sauce and then all you can taste is oregano :P~ In this case, the oregano is The Moose. The “this & that” would be whatever we experiment with in hopes of finding something that can balance things out some and make it so we don’t continuously use The Moose in larger and larger doses.
As usual, I’m to play around with the dosing of the Cymbalta: start with 30mg/day for a week or two, and if that doesn’t do much then double it to 60mg/day until I see him again in 3 weeks time. The bonus with the Cymbalta would be that it might help me feel less helpless, hopeless and upset about the way things are going. It’s getting to be pretty rough the last few weeks and when we go back and think of the meds we’ve tried and have failed with me, it gets me feeling pretty much done with it all.
For my records, we’ve tried and failed with: Oxycodone, Elavil, Lyrica, and Cesamet.
Drugs that are currently working: Ativan, Hydromorph Contin and Dilaudid.
Drugs to be determined: Cymbalta.
In the meantime, he’s going to do more research and do more thinking over the next few weeks on what he could possibly try using on me next, that might bring some relief, should the Cymbalta fail.
Other things to note — for my next round of monthly labwork, he’s given me 2 requisitions to get filled with new tests. The last few weeks I’ve been dealing with the whole low-grade fever thing again on a pretty regular basis, so he’s just checking to be on the safe side that there’s no infection hiding out somewhere in my system which is causing all this extra added grief. I also mentioned the stupid amounts of sweating and we both figure it’s probably the Moose talking, but again, just to be on the safe side, we’ll test my thyroid. More pokey-pokey-stabby-stabby than I want, but it makes sense in the end.
As a side thought to the whole Cesamet experiment, Fam Doc suggested that if I’m game, see if I can find me some of the “real stuff” to make cookies or brownies with. o_O;; Ya. Srsly. He said that from his experiences in Uni (cuz everyone at some point in their lives have done it in Uni… except me, it seems), whenever he took a hit, it always gave him the greatest sleep of his life. The synthetic stuff was made for a reason — to avoid having to fill out the 30 page application for the government approved medicinal stuff. It’s easier to dispense/dose and it sort of bridges a gap, but it’s not perfect.
SO. If anyone has a ~small~ batch of brownies or cookies on hand that they’d like to share, I’m totally open to receiving “Feel Better Soon!” packages :P~ Just make sure you mention to me at some point “what kind of treats” they are so I don’t suddenly gorge on half a dozen in one go and then bad things happen.
Today: Seeing Kidney Guy.