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Went to the Doctor!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I went to the doctor Tuesday afternoon. She increased my Cymbalta to 60 mg instead of 30 mg & suggested I see a counselor. Her office is supposed to be finding one close that is covered by my insurance.

I increased my Cymbalta yesterday & all I could tell was that it upset my stomach, so today, I took it with breakfast instead of on an empty stomach. I'll see how it goes today.

I know that diet pills are NOT a good idea . . . . yet I really need to find a way to JUMP start my weight loss. I wish I could find something that would suppress my appetite & help me curb my sugar cravings!! I really feel that if I could see the scale go down a few pounds I would encouraged to work harder at it.

Ya'll have a great day!
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    I tried Cymbalta during a time I was battling depression, and I was sleepy ALL the time! Tried different times of the day etc and just had SO much trouble staying awake. I am currently on Welbutrin, not for depression but for appetite suppression. It works ok UNTIL a week before TOM, I become ravenously hungry. My doctor subscribed phentermine, I don't take it all the time just for right before my period & then during. It has helped the open mouth insert food issue. Well, its curbed it quite a bit.
    I hope things can get straightened out with your meds.
    1808 days ago
    I have/do deal with depression and tried many different drugs. I cannot stand the side effects and cannot handle being on them. I am now trying more natural things to lift the dark cloud. Message me if you want to talk!
    1855 days ago
    A good way to kick-start your diet is pick one thing you can do well. Obviously curbing your appetite and kicking sugar aren't possible right now. Maybe you decided you will walk 20 minutes for three days a week. Then when you feel good with that, add something else. The important thing at the beginning is to do things that make you feel accomplished to build your confidence. Over time you can tackle the harder things. One day and one step at a time. You can do this. You can be the person you dream of being.
    1860 days ago
    1865 days ago
    How are you feeling today? From what I understand with my daughter and then myself with an antidepressant it takes time to build. I tried something else on the advice of a Spark friend and have done it twice now for 30 day periods and found that it helped a lot on a number of levels - Whole30 a very strict Paleo plan. Not for everyone but if you are interested I'll chat with you about it. Vitamin D is also something that helps me feel better when it's dreary out (and in). Hugs.... emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Have you tried running?
    1866 days ago
    I think once you understand your feelings you will loss some weight because then food will not be your comfort. Take it one day at a time. emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Remember, Patricia! Antidepressants aren't instantaneously effective. Sometimes the results take 2 weeks to one month to see! Prayers headed your way! emoticon
    1866 days ago
    Praying for you. Glad your seeing a doctor. Your going to be okay.

    Hang in there. Better days ahead . Thanks for adding me.
    1867 days ago
  • RUNGRL2013
    So glad you went to the doctor. Stress could be the cause of those sugar cravings. Also, have your iron (HB + ferritin) levels checked. Keep going girl, step by step... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1867 days ago
    The nice thing about Cymbalta, if it works for you, is that at higher doses it affects norepinephrine, which helps with motivation. You may find that in a week or so your energy and motivation go up.
    1867 days ago
  • M77355
    As always you are getting some great input from your SparkFriends! I hope you see some results from the changed amount but like otheres said, sometimes a different might help?
    Something that ha helped cut unknown craving/empty feeling/just gotta eat! feeling is getting enough fiber. I don't mind the Metamucil type products stirred into water -maybe you're the same way? It bulks up and creates that satisfied feeling while doing other good things for your digestive system... our intestines can become coated with mucous and inhibit absorption of nutrients. You wouldn't want to take it near the same time as your meds for that very reason, but it honestly works to keep me satiated. Just an idea!
    Wishing you renewed health And happiness!
    1867 days ago
    I'm glad that your doctor is referring you to a counsellor. She knows you and has a much better chance of matching you up with someone compatible than you'd have looking on your own. Please let us know how it goes.

    As far as cravings go - you have my sympathy. I don't care if I ever have sugar ... but salt!!! emoticon
    1867 days ago
    I'm so happy that you could see your dr. and that you hopefully got some help that you need.

    emoticon to you, Karen
    1867 days ago
    I'm glad you are taking the steps to help yourself. I hope your doctor's office finds you someone soon.

    I find that when I'm craving sugar too much, the only way to get rid of the cravings is to stay away from the things I'm craving and replace them with fruit. Going cold turkey for a week works for me, then I'm more in control and can handle small sweets. I'll also make myself fruit smoothies with vanilla Greek yogurt, both sweet enough and filling.
    1867 days ago
    Good thoughts coming your way! Glad you took the first step...still praying for you daily!
    Also, just a quick note, I kicked the diet soda habit as well for prob. close to a year and when I started slipping back into it I noticed I wanted more and more sugar. Now, I drink coffee for the caffeine and use a natural sweetner like Truvia in it and make myself drink 8 glasses of water before I allow anything else. I find that by then I dont want anything else to drink. Especially knowing I have one more 16oz glass to drink before the end of the day.
    Glad to hear your doctor is trying to help by adjusting your meds and finding a counselor for you. Hope this improves how you are feeling fast!
    Last thing....thanks for adding me as a friend! God bless you!
    1867 days ago
    I'm so sorry you are going through all of this. I don't have any experience with Cymbalta, but I do understand the sugar cravings! I realized that the more I denied myself sweets, the more I craved them. I'm learning to address this by allowing myself a small treat every day. I find things that are low calorie, for instance sugar free pudding, a couple of Dove dark chocolates, baked apples (with a small amount of sugar), a fruit smoothie (great way to get in fruits and yogurt), etc. I just make sure that I include those calories in my daily tracker. By allowing myself to indulge on a smaller scale, I'm able to avoid the binge that used to occur after several days of going without sweets. In the end, however, you will have to find what works for you. Most importantly, you can do this because you are worth the effort.

    1867 days ago
    I so understand your sugar cravings. I also have that issue. I started with planning my menus for the week *(occasionally mixing them up on days but staying pretty true). I made certain I had my "sweet" planed in proportion for every day. (I found some 100 calorie sweets that were easy to plug in. This helped me just knowing I could still have what I wanted without losing my other good choices of the day. I know it is hard, but if you keep posting your food on Spark people and reading what it says you may find this to be a wonderful life line for you just like it was for me. I discovered that I was drinking most of my calories when I started posting and that was a great help. I began only drinking water and dropped weight very quickly as a jump start. Keep connected with people who will encourage you and NOT sabotage your efforts. I am rooting for you. emoticon You are under a doctors care, don't allow anyone (including yourself) to make you feel guilty about your pills. You begin with baby steps and it will grow and you will shrink. Hugs and hugs (you gotta have two because I would not want you to be lopsided) emoticon
    1867 days ago
    Keep working hard on your weight loss! Sometimes anti-depressants like Cymbalta have the side effect that it is harder to lose weight. But if you keep on, you will lose weight. As far as the sugar cravings, a few of my favorites are Jello sugar-free mousse and sugar free puddings. Hang in there!
    1867 days ago
    Not sure how long you have been on Cymbalta, but I noticed after I had taken it for a few months I couldn't notice it helping anymore. I was changed to Lexapro after I had my twins, PPD, and it has been working great for 3 years now. I only take 20mg too! Sometimes our body can build up an immunity to certain meds and we just don't see the response to it like we had previously. Depression and anxiety is hard to deal with, but I have noticed that exercising and eating healthy is helping me feel better overall. I hope this helps! emoticon
    1867 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/7/2013 9:56:22 AM
    Have you tried eating fruit or veggies when you get the sugar cravings? Or, try taking a break from what you're doing and walk or do some exercises when the cravings hit. I do this a lot and after 5-10 minutes and a glass of water, I forget that I was hungry. Hopefully the increased medication will help in your journey. You CAN do this. Don't give up. The results are so worth it.
    1867 days ago
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