I saw my rheumy this week. I told him that I didn't think the hydroxy was helping as much as it had been, and I was hurting more and more. He said that I was on a very low does of Duloxetine (20 mg), and he would like to up it to 30 mg a day for a month to see if it helped the pain. He said that if it didn't help, then he'd put me back down to 20 mg a day of the Duloxetine and add Sulfasalazine to my pill routine along with the Hydroxy.
My question is this, are many of you on Duloxetine for pain and if so how much do you take? I'm leary of upping my dose since I read about how awful it was for TwitchyToes to come off of it when she had to. It gives me the creeps to think of taking something that becomes hard to get off of. My mom was on Amitriptyline for who knows how many years and a new doctor took her off it cold turkey. Next thing we knew, she was in the hospital with a possible stroke. She also started having horrendous headaches while in the hospital. After many tests, they didn't know what was wrong with her, and only said she hadn't had a stroke. I started doing research and figured out it was withdrawal from the Amitriptyline. I'm the one that had to tell the doctors!! Sure enough, they gave her a whopping dose and all her symptoms cleared up. Needless to say, she stayed on it until the day she passed away at 84 for fear of having another attack. So hence my fear of being put on something that you can't just stop taking. I'm sure it's probably dumb, but that's how I feel.