It’s taken me several months to get cracking on this particular subject, partly because I think it’s meant having to face up to reality.
I wanted to ask the question: Can we truly justify taking the medication that we do?
Now first, let me tell you. My family has time and again conversed with me about the long term dangers of taking medication for anything.
And I have been adamant that if medication gives me some quality of life, then I’d rather take the quality than live a longer, miserable life in pain, with such debilitating exhaustion and other symptoms, that I can’t work or do any of the simple things that would make me feel fulfilled.
Might sound daft but when you face the harsh realities of living with fibromyalgia and depression you become desperate to find a way to live and not just exist. I’ve been tired of existing.
So many sufferers can’t work, have a family life or partner, and pursue their dreams… Sure, I hear you say all things are possible with sacrifice. I know it. But it is not easy doing any of the aforementioned things when you’re so exhausted you can’t life yourself out of bed, or hold your arm up long enough to comb your bloomin hair.
So I say gimme some quality of life and I’ll take what I get with the meds thanks.
I started questioning my position on this when I forgot to renew my prescription a couple times and went for some days without my Cymbalta and then, another time Lyrica.
I cold sweated, and felt so nauseous and dizzy I didn’t know what to do with myself. I started thinking, is this what I’d have to relive when and if I decide to taper off? Especially since my meds have been causing much weight gain?
Suffice it to say, I couldn’t function at work or home. The meds have helped me to function, but I wondered too, if this is what I suffer for withdrawing, what’s happening inside of my body in the long term?
Then I basically found other people online talking about their experiences withdrawing from medication for fibromyalgia and depression.
This is a difficult one. Is there really a way to weight the pros of taking the meds over the cons? I’ve still not found the answers I’m looking for, and I am exploring to see what the alternatives are, when I’m in a better position to taper off the meds.
Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine.