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Can cymbalta (duloxetine) help with fibromyalgia pain? Does fibromyalgia cause leg pain along with temperature changes in the leg?

Can cymbalta (duloxetine) help with fibromyalgia pain? Does fibromyalgia cause leg pain along with temperature changes in the leg?

Yes: Cymbalta (duloxetine) has been shown to help fibromyalgia symptoms, but leg pain with temperature change sounds more like reflex sympathetic dystrophy. See your doctor, who can examine you and tell for sure. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

A condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body, causing widespread ...Read more


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Are joint pains, weakness, and pain associated with anything other than fibromyalgia?

Are joint pains, weakness, and pain associated with anything other than fibromyalgia?

Yes: There are a lot of diseases that cause pain, joint pain and weakness. There are several autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, polymyositis, and mixed connective tissue disease. Infections like lyme and endocrine disorders like hypothyroid. A complete evaluation should be done to rule out other causes, before a diagnosis of fibromyagia can be made. ...Read more

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Long-time sufferer of joint pain. In horrible pain physically and mentally, help?

Long-time sufferer of joint pain. In horrible pain physically and mentally, help?

Acupuncture: Please consider exploring acupuncture. It is effective for many types of pain and can also be very beneficial with mental health issues. I am a psychiatrist and i perform acupuncture on many of my patients. ...Read more

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Is lyrica (pregabalin) good for pain with scoliolsis?

Is  lyrica (pregabalin) good for pain with scoliolsis?

Not likely!: I would think naproxen, or other NSAID a better option. And you could have your doctor add duloxetine. ...Read more

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For someone in recovery with severe, debilitating pain and who has exhausted seemingly every known non-narcotic pain reliever, what are PM options?

For someone in recovery with severe, debilitating pain and who has exhausted seemingly every known non-narcotic pain reliever, what are PM options?

Where is your pain?: Spinal cord stimulation has been shown to be effective for many types of pain and pain syndromes. It is a non drug therapy that we use to take patients off their narcotics and give them real pain relief. See a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Can lyrica (pregabalin) help with my chronic myofascial pain syndrome?

Can lyrica (pregabalin) help with my chronic myofascial pain syndrome?

Possibly: Lyrica (pregabalin) does a good job with diabetic peripheral nerve pain, and may be useful with other pain syndromes. Another drug, cymbalta, has now been approved for a variety of non-nerve pain syndromes, and may be a bit more useful with "myofascial pain". You could try either, but high dosage levels may be important, if you can adjust to side effects. ...Read more

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Can Lyrica (pregabalin) help with the pain associated with tendonitis ?

Possibly effective: Tendonitis is an inflammatory issue. Anti-inflammatories are usually the treatment. As lyrics has neuropathic pain benefits, it may help with more chronic tendonitis. ...Read more

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Is anyone familiar with jaw pain in sarcoidosis?

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Is anyone familiar with jaw pain in sarcoidosis?

Not likely: The reason you have jaw pain could be caused by your temporal mandibular joint and not sarcoidosis. See your dentist for TMJ evaluation. ...Read more

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Is subutex a strong enough pain killer for fibromyalgia, scoliosis and osteoarthritis?

Is subutex a strong enough pain killer for fibromyalgia, scoliosis and osteoarthritis?

Forget this med: This combination med is used to treat opiate dependency. I have never heard of it used to treat fibromyalgia or oa. ...Read more

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Dealing with chronic pain from fractured humerus, rhuematoid arthritis, psoriasis plus other health problems. Need energy! please help?

Dealing with chronic pain from fractured humerus, rhuematoid arthritis, psoriasis plus other health problems.  Need energy!  please help?

You need: Comprehensive care from a physician trained in pain medicine and a rheumatologist both of which need to examine you thoroughly before making treatment suggestions. Meanwhile increase your activity in a safe environment like aqua therapy. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia, triedGabap.Sav,Cymb.and Lyrica, (pregabalin)legs more unstable,made angry,shake bad and the others don't work.lower back has fever and in PAIN.next?

Wow: You have really tried them all! I am so sorry that none of them worked and you are still in pain. I would suggest several things. First, make an appointment to see a specialist...rheumatology or pain management. Then the FMS basics: if you smoke, quit; if you are overweight, do everything you can to try and lose; gentle exercise; keep a sleep diary to take to the specialist. Good luck to you! ...Read more

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Struggling with the fatigue that goes with fibromyalgia. Any pointers apart from exercising and diet?

Struggling with the fatigue that goes with fibromyalgia. Any pointers apart from exercising and diet?

Workup for fatigue: Since we don't know what mechanism's behind the fatigue in fibromyalgia it's hard to propose a good treatment. The best advice to give would be to make sure your doctor has considered ALL OTHER CAUSES OF FATIGUE of which there is a long list of possibilities. So, a full workup for fatigue should be performed before assuming it's the fibro. Let me know if you'd like a 1-1 consult. ...Read more

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Might acupuncture help with a person's chronic pain and menopausal symptoms?

Yes: Yes and yes. Please be aware that what is ideal is to have acupuncture augment whatever care is provided by your physician. Acupuncture is often used for both chronic pain syndromes and menopausal sxs. Take care. ...Read more

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Are pain management specialists trained to deal with the depression and mental problems that come with constant pain?

Are pain management specialists trained to deal with the depression and mental problems that come with constant pain?

Absolutely: Absolutely. The best practices involve specialized pain psychologists who are the primary role players in helping address the depression and mood disorders associated with chronic pain. ...Read more

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