Wondering if anyone has,like me ditched the amitriptyline for herbal supplements, food supplements and a better diet? I've had fibro for at least 14 years though only started on amitriptyline in 2003 once I got diagnosed. I've had muscle pain since I was 15 and bouts of depression on and off since my 20s, I'm now 49. Like many people I was having too many side effects from amitriptyline and latterly was on 75 mgs each night. I slept well but put on 2 stone as I just craved crisps and other rubbish. In January this year I felt dreadful and a friend suggested I visit a nutritionist. She did blood tests and found me to be sensitive to wheat and cows milk so I cut them out. I also started taking various nutritional supplements such as B vitamins,antioxidents,probiotic,Omega 3 EPA and liquid minerals and stopped eating processed foods opting to cook from scratch. By the end of May I had lost a stone and with the support of the nuritionist started to wean myself off the amitriptyline. I have never managed to come off it before but this time because I was being nutritionally supported my brain had started to make its own serotonin again.I planned to drop the dose by 5mgs each week but had a rough time some weeks coming off it as I got depressed and weepy so some weeks I just delayed the 5mg decrease for a week.Once I was off it altogether I did a low calorie diet and lost another stone! My son got married in the summer,things were busy and hectic but I felt ok on no medication until at the start of September I began getting some fibro symptoms back such as anxiety,depression and not sleeping and a lot more widespread pain.(I've never been completely pain free) At this point I thought I needed to go back on the amitriptyline but really didn't want to. One day I just googled herbal supplements for Fibromyalgia and learnt a lot. I've now been on the recommended herbs and a month in feel so much better! I guess it's still early days but I just wanted to let you all know that this approach is worth trying if like me you want to get off amitriptyline. Hope this is helpful for someone!
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