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Worried about taking Cymbalta

Jun 16, 2017 4:49 PM

Just saw my Doctor today and he gave me a prescription for Cymbalta. I'm worried about starting it though because of negative comments I've read. I have fibromyalgia and lately my pain has been worse than ever. And I'm so exhausted all the time.

I already take gabapentin for pain. I think it takes the edge off but it's not enough. I need to get some relief - I'm feeling pretty desperate. I know Cymbalta is an antidepressant but is also used for this.

I often have stomach issues from medications, and I'm just generally worried about side effects.

Has anyone had good results with it? Or what have your experiences been?

Jun 16, 2017 5:37 PM

Gabapentin is usually for nerve type pain so adding Cymbalta may work well for you. Try not to let others bad experiences scare you. There's no harm in trying it out. You may want to ask your doctor about actual pain medication as well. Good luck 🍀 I hope it works!

Jun 16, 2017 9:29 PM

I am on cymbalta for my chronic back pain. I have a herniated disc at L3 /L4 and issues at L4/ L5 and L5/S1. I have been in chronic pain for 12 years. It has helped me a lot. Especially that when I woul have a bad day or a flare up I would get really worried that it would last a long time or not go away. I know that would exacerbate it and make it worse. Now i feel good for longer periods and when I have a bad day I feel like it will be better the next day and it usually is :)

Jun 16, 2017 9:39 PM

Hi Sleepy. It can be daunting dealing with fibro and considering all the different drugs and their effects.

Have you considered the Guaifenesin protocol for fibro? I have had great results on it. http://www.fibromyalgiatreatment.com

can be difficult to navigate at first, but if you are on facebook, I know a very helpful online support group that can help answer questions and give encouragement

Jun 16, 2017 9:47 PM

This is the facebook support group for fibro Guaifenesin protocol. It is very private (closed) and very informative. The administrators are nurses who also suffer from fibro. They make an effort to answer every question

There is no pressure to get on the protocol, but it really helps to be informed and to find support and community. Being a fibro sufferer in Kampala Uganda is quite isolating for me, this online support group has kept me on track.


Jun 17, 2017 1:14 AM

I take cymbalta with another antidepressant called buropian. I love cymbalta I was super worried because I usually gst rhe one percent chance of what ever bad side effect that could happen. But so fsr almost a year on it and with both of them its boost my thinking like less cloudy Negative thoughts from other pain meds. Honestly make pro con list no joke and see if you feel like it could benefit you. Worst case scenario you hate it and find something that works for you! There are some good reviews to people just dont post them usually there negative.

Jun 17, 2017 3:49 AM

I've been on cymbalta for a long time and it helps quite a bit. I also take gabapentin.

Jun 17, 2017 2:22 PM

Thanks for replying everyone! I feel a little better about trying it. Hopefully I'll be lucky this time and it will help, but if not I can just stop using it.

Jun 20, 2017 8:17 PM

I take Cymbalta and Lyrica. When I first started them I had a few minor issues due to my body adjusting to it. Now they work great for me. I also have a sensitive stomach when it comes to meds. If it bothers your stomach too much ask your dr for zofran. Hope the Cymbalta works as well for you as it does for me.

Jun 20, 2017 9:47 PM

So I had such an horrible experience with cymbalta. Shakes, vomiting, uncontrollable crying etc... not to mention the dead beat husband who paid no attention to me all day. It took my mom calling him to make him come in the bedroom to check on me. Ultimately Benadryl was what I ended taking to take away the side effects. Now I am on Elavil which keeps me hella groggy but I'll take that over cymbalta any day.

Jun 21, 2017 7:49 AM

It's day 3 and I am very nauseous and restless. Would it be the Cymbalta already making me feel this way? And will it go away if I stick with it?

Jun 21, 2017 8:07 AM

It might worth giving your doc a call and visit with him.

Jun 21, 2017 1:27 PM

I have been on Cymbalta over a year now and it does help with my fibromyalgia pain some. It takes a couple of weeks to really get in your system and start working. The side effects should go away soon. Hope it gives you some relief.

Jun 23, 2017 12:20 PM

I just started taking Cymbalta a couple days ago. I, too, was pretty worried about it after reading horror story after horror story. I have a long history of having a hard time with medication. I'm experiencing bad nausea and insomia; I hope it all levels off sooner than later.

Jun 23, 2017 2:30 PM

My daughter has been on Cymbalta (duloxetine) for years and it makes a significant difference for her

Jun 24, 2017 2:09 PM

I was on it for a few weeks but felt I was getting no benefit from
It but I suffered even more when my Dr took it off me and let me go cold turkey the withdrawals are a b***h.
Fingers crossed that it works for you better than me 🤞

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