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Old 03-07-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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i was finally able to get auth from my insurance. these meds cost almost $600 but they upset my stomache and makes my insomnia worse than before. by the time i close my eyes the alarm goes off so my husband gets up at 430am to go to work not to mention that he snores very loud. so in the meantime i have to sleep during the day which leaves me so exhausted. i hate to sleep all day so i have to force myself to get up at 11am to start my day which doesnt accomplish anything. i have to schedule all my appts for the afternoon bcuz i cant function in the morning and i would have to work out the stiffness headache and feetpain b4 i can go out of the house. i did stop taking the cymbalta bcuz i started back using my klonopin at night for muscle pain(also a sleep aid). i want to try the cymbalta again but not sure if should. the only reason im able to sleep better now is bcuz im taking the klonopin and that doesnt always make me stay sleep-ill get up 2/3 in the morning and cant go back to sleep.i had to put my husband in another room and all these symptoms are really taking alot outta me bcuz im so tired all the time.i dont want to go grocery shopping bcuz of the knee and feet pain. i cant carry anything bcuz of the back and hip pain.eventhought i dont work i can barely do any chores-i think i know what hell is like....... SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

Sorry you are suffering so.What time of day were you taking cymbalta?
The first time I took it I took it around 8 or 9pm and got not even a wink of sleep. And that was with taking muscle relaxer and pain killer an hr before bed. I change it to the morning and it helped alot as far as getting to sleep went. Try taking it with a snack and a full glass of water if it upsets the stomach.

Do you have plantar faciitis in your feet? that was the cause of my foot pain and some good supportive inserts helped alot.

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

thx woods walker,
i take the cymbalta 11am/8pm with food after the stomache upset started. idk what wrong with my feet at one time we thought it was the different meds i was on and was taken off of them.the foot pain actually started at the same time the insomnia headaches and numbness in my thighs but no swelling. the swelling has gotten so bad that my toes look like mini-sausages. the pain is at anytime but swelling usually occurs in the am eventhough it has occured at other times. i know it has nothing to do with being on my feet. ive tried soaking them in warm episome salt wrapping them in ace bands and braces, using all kinds of shoe inserts and buying all these ugly ortho shoes but nothing seems to help. i fear i will end up seeing another specialist at some point but cant deal with these different drs right now.

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

Try taking the cymbalta just in the morning time. It is a extended release pill so it should go through the day and then take the klonopin at night and see if that helps you.

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

thx mom477,
i take it twice a day so i will take 1 at 6am/6pm ill do my tylenol at 9am for the knee pain and klonopin at bedtime

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

What dosage are you on with cymbalta? I started out 20mg in the morning and then did the 20mg am and pm. Then went up to 60mg am and pm and was too much so I take 60mg late morning so itll last all day. Hope you can start sleeping. I have always had a hard time sleeping.

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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

i take 30mg but will start 60mg

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

It's been a few weeks, has it gotten any better since your body has had a little time to adjust?

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

Ms anxiety,
i feel your pain (and sleep issues!) i used to take Melatonin for sleep at night but that wasnt cuttin it so I've been on ambien for about a year now and that gives me what i need to get to sleep. Its been a God send!
It doesnt help that i am a nite owl!

That doesnt sound like very good side effects? Is it because of the Cymbalta? How long have you been on that?

 
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thx anderjam and woodswalker
i still feel a little sick on the stomache even when i eat first. i take the it either in the am or at least by 5pm but it makes me very sleepy but i wont go to sleep.but for most part im ok with it now. when i was taking it at first i couldnt sleep at all and just b4 bed i take my klonopin which gives me a little rest but i still toss and turn all nite. im not sure if i should be satisfied with this klonopin or ask for something else bcuz im not getting productive sleep.i do get up at 8 every morning to get my daughter off for school but im still fatigued and when i go back to sleep i wake up 11/12/1 o'clock and i have no idea its that late.it just seems like if its not one thing its another.

 
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Re: fm cymbalta and insomnia

I was on Cymbalta for 4 months. With the exception of maybe 5 nights, I would fall asleep, then 2 hours later I was suddenly wide awake. Would be up for a while, then two hours sleep, then wide awake. I went off the Cymbalta 5 days ago and have slept through the night the last 3 nights. Last night I slept 11 straight hours. I was not told that Cymbalta could cause insomnia and when I questioned taking it about 2 months and again 3 months after being prescribed, I was told it was not one of the known side effects. I am completely exhausted, I think from going so long without good sleep. I am so glad I went off of it and will never take it again. The insomnia did NOT get better the longer I took Cymbalta. If you are having this problem, make them change you to something else or nothing. We have enough pain with FM without going without sleep, too.

 
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