Guys, i’m Freaking out over here.
I have already lost faith in one doctor because he had no idea that most of my pain issues were because I was augmenting on ropinerol. So during this time that I had no idea why my who body was moving without my permission and painful he put my on Cymbalta which did help.
I was already taking Lexepro for anxiety which has been pretty well managed for over a decade.
A sleep specialist and neurologist have got me this far.
Now i’m off of the ropinerol and feeling human (ish) I went to my new doctor and asked if we could start working backwards to get me off of the meds the old doctor has put me on because my anxiety has been at all time high since I went through the withdrawal of the ropinerol. It was pretty bad.
My doctor told me to get off the Lexepro (I did) and double my Cymbalta to 120mg a day (I did). I then started having heart palpitations and panic attacks and my depression worsened. I actually had a follow up which the clinic canceled due to a scheduleing conflict and they put me off for two additional weeks. I emailed the doctor and tried to tell her how much distress I was in and got nothing.
Then out of the blue the neurologists office called and said they had an open spot and could I come in sooner (my follow up was in March). So I went and the neurologist freaked out that I was on 120mg of Cymbalta and said no wonder I was having panic attacks.
He said I need to get back on the Lexepro and start tapering off of the Cymbalta since the reason I was taking that was to deal with pain from the ropinerol.
So - I am kind of done. Who should I listen to. My money is on the neurologist right now but I am so scared to come off of the Cymbalta. Has anyone done it? He is having me go slow and I can’t imagine it being worse than the ropinerol but seriously. How can they be telling me the exact opposite and how and how am I supposed to trust any of them when it all just seems like a stab in the dark?