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My dr put me on sevella and didnt tell me why

I was on lexapro for depression but I started to get anxiety attacks. After playing with the dose for a year he ask me if I had ever been diagnosed with fibromyalgia? He then weened me off my lexapro and put me on sevella with out telling me what it was even for. He said this will help. I am not dumb and researched sevella and found I have all the major symptoms of fibromyalgia including a high ana in a previous blood test. The medication has helped me with things I just thought were a part of turning thirty. Aches and pains, trouble with memory and thinking clearly, sleeping problems, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, and all the other little things associated with the condition. Was he just trying not to alarm me or was he trying test how the medicine would work?

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Abnormal ANA results are not symptomatic of Fibromyalgia. They are actually indicators of Lupus, RA, or other auto-immune diseases. Fibromyalgia is not a disease; it is a syndrome based on exclusion of these diseases. If your doctor put you on Savella, he likely thought you were disqualified for auto-immune disorders and might have Fibro. He likely didn't say anything because if it is on record, insurance companies will often find ways to deny charges. (Mine refused all charges for everything post-diagnosis, which seems an inaccurate one at that.) Savella is a good medicine for some, but it is only 2 years old in the US. Doses are hard to dictate, and side effects can be horrendous. Keep your eye out for at least 6 months, and if you go off it, do it slowly. Despite it being classified as non-addictive, it is very, very addictive both physically and psychologically. It is not merely a matter of tolerance as official studies state. I nearly killed myself (figuratively) to escape the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms when weaning off for 3 weeks after taking it for less than 12. I have many tolerance issues, and I have had an addiction to a single narcotic used legally in the past. I know the difference between tolerance and addiction, and Savella is addicting.

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Wow! You know your medical stuff. Impressive. Insurance companies are a blight on the USA and hamper doctor's ability to practice medicine.

Thumbs up from me .... this person is lucky you responded.
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It could be that he gave you the drug for both or either of these reasons. Maybe he wanted to see how well the drug would work with you or he already knew it would work fine but didn't want to alarm you. You should talk to him about it on your next visit.

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Don't you think you should be asking your doctor this question?

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