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Dec 21, 2014 5:00 PM

OK, anybody taking venlafaxine or cymbalta? I have depression, so maybe that's why Dr prescribed that. But how are either of these drugs going to help with pain? Anybody know? I have fibromyalgia.

Dec 21, 2014 8:38 PM

Hi! I'm new to this....I had fibromyalgia diagnosed 2 years ago and also have developed chronic neck, upper, middle and lower back pain. That started almost 5 years ago. I have been on cymbalta twice for pain. Currently I am on 90 mg a day and it takes care of a fair amount of pain; neck, shoulder, arm and most of the 'nerve' pain I have been having for 2 years. I know it also is acting as an antidepressant on me because I can feel it. My psyche is a whole lot healthier these days. I do get some bothersome side effects and have battled in my head repeatedly whether the side effects are worth the pain relief and I have to say that it is. I still have some kind of pain daily but it is significantly less due to cymbalta. I think it's worth a try. Everyone does react differently to each med so you never know if it's the one for you unless you try it.

Dec 21, 2014 10:03 PM

Hello blessed, My doctor started me on Cymbalta in July 2013. Partly because of fibromyalgia pain, and partly for depression (from being in pain). I did all right the first three months or so, but began to have even more pain and worsening depression. By March of this year the pain was so bad and the depression was to the point of desperation; wanting to or not caring if I died but not suicidal. My husband did research on www.drugs.com and found out the side effects were my problems, so when I went to the doctor and he researched it he agreed. They weaned me off the cymbalta much too quickly causing severe withdrawals. I nearly ended up in the hospital. I am on an old antidepressant now (Pamelor) and use Tramadol, Tylenol arthritis & occasionally nerve blocks for pain control. Mind you, I'm not like most of my family or other people; my body doesn't tolerate medications well. I have a very long list of allergies to meds, sensitive beyond the average person. You may do well on cymbalta, but whatever you take educate yourself and be aware of side effects as well as withdrawals symptoms. Best wishes!

Dec 22, 2014 5:30 PM

Thanks so much sandibeach and flappys for your comments. I am very Leary of Rx drugs because of side effects but at the same time I am starting to feel desperate because the pain has intensified so greatly so fast!
So, I will consider my options and continue to search for something.
If I find it you know I will be the first to share. Love you guys...

Dec 22, 2014 7:00 PM

I was on Cymbal for my back and depression and it help some but then again I was only able to take it for a week then the co-pay was way to high for me to afford it so can not say that it would have worked better had I been able to stay on the medication or not.

Dec 22, 2014 8:41 PM

Cymbalta Has worked well for my pain. Just do your research. Be your own advocate!

Dec 23, 2014 3:54 AM

I've been on Venlafaxine and quietiapine for about a yr now. Mood improved and sleep increased except during the days and nights of really severe pain. I think the idea my Psychiatrist had was reduced stress would reduce pain and improve mood. I've had one increase on both meds. So far holding steady. Still trying more holistic methods... Sound is next frequencies are brain training. May be able to see more relief...

Dec 23, 2014 4:13 AM

Hi Blessed,
I'm on Venlafaxine for depression, brilliant drug the best anti depressant I have ever been on! When I saw my rheumy for the first time, he said it was a very good drug for fibromyalgia too! It's something to do with confusing the nerve endings I think?
One thing is for sure, I will never come off of Venlafaxine, it changed my life, side effects is I have a slight cough, then then I always seem to have a cold, my immune system I think is poor, because of all the meds.
I know it is common practice to give anti depressants for people with cronic pain.
Good Luck, I hope you find a combination that works for you. Happy Christmas to everyone.

Dec 23, 2014 11:11 AM

Blessed I should have mentioned but forgot (foggy moment...lol), but I have problems with many medications, which has caused even more frustration for me & my doctors... All likely due to my genetic defect of inability to metabolize medications and vitamins. That being said, I mentioned the drugs.com site for reference so everyone can research their meds. Its important to be aware of possible side effects, because we (the patients) are our own best advocate. Cymbalta does work, my body just didn't metabolize it properly. You may need to try several things before you find what works best for you. Good luck!

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