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d_davis777
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   Posted 7/30/2008 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok so has anyone tryed cymbalta? I went to the pcp today and she just started me on this med for my fibramyalgia! She started me on 30 mg and in a month she will put me up to 60mg. So any feed back on this med would be great! It just seems that everytime i go to the doctor its try this pill try that pill LOL! Im tired of pills! Ok just letting out some steam. Any feed back at all would be great! Thanks so much all and i hope everyone is having a good day with the least amount of pain possible!
Asthma,Chiari Malformation,Arachnoid cyst on temporal lobe,Hypertension
Gerd, Severe nerve pain, Severe DDD, Osteoartheritis, Herniated disks,bilateral papiledema
Constent sinus infection, Bladder/Bowel problems, Depression,allergies and cervical cancer surviver,had a av shunt placed in my head,hyatel hernia,a.v. shunt placed,bilateral papiledema and scoliosis
 
 
God Bless You All!!
Donna


PAlady
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   Posted 7/30/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, ddavis,
I tried cymbalta briefly and I loved it for the neuropathic symptoms in my feet, although it didn't help until I got to the 60mg. My problem was it created problems with another medical condition so I had to stop. But it is worth a good try, I think. I know there have been threads in the past on it, and a lot of people reporting good and bad. Like with any med,, everyone is different. But I do think it's worth a try.

PaLady

~Cloe~
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   Posted 7/30/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ddavis,
I have not tried Cymbalta but I wanted to reply so you didn't feel unheard, LOL. This is just me but I aways read and re-read the pharmacy liteture that comes with the med. Then I am a bad bad girl but :-) I look at the med on line as well. I hope that you have success with this new medication..
Cloe

tom inpain
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   Posted 7/30/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
DDavis hello: I was on Cymbalta ( spelling ? ) started off just like You on a low dose and made my way up to the max. dosage. This drug did nothing for me and I felt better once i stopped taking it. This is my experience only, others may have had success ? I join You in the passion of hating to take any pills at all. Take care and the best of luck to You. tom
Tom Lasko


Tirzah
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   Posted 7/30/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried it. It didn't help the pain much at all & the side effects were intolerable. Honestly, as far as anti-depressant type meds, I've had better luck with older ones, like nortriptylene (sp?) & amitriptylene (sp?), but even those only helped so much & made me pretty sleepy. I'm off almost all my meds now (I finally caved and had surgery), but I've tried a lot of different ones in the past the one that bothered me the least & helped the most was Lyrica. It's kinda expensive if your insurance doesn't cover it, but I think I heard it's now on-label for fibromyalgia, so maybe it would be covered for you. Best wishes. Hope you find something that works for you!

pillman
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   Posted 7/30/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   I have been on cymbalta for about 7 months 60 mg i also take Norco 10/325 Methadone 10mg and OXY IR 5mg and sometimes me cotin.  I feel that i am condemed by my family i am so sad.

pillman
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   Posted 7/30/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   

 

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ryand
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
ddavis - I am sorry to hear you are having pain, but welcome to the forum. Unfortunately, Cymbalta did not work for me. Chutz may be along soon, but she has posted in some other threads recently with a link to a pain diary that you could keep that may help you decide whether or not the medications your doctors are trying are really helping you or not. I know what you mean about being sick of pills. I would love to get back to a life not ruled by the medicine cabinet, but I am slowly coming to terms with the reality that taking these medications is the only way I am able to participate in even a small part of my life.

Frances - welcome to you as well. What was your surgery for? Was it successful? as with the others, I am sad to hear you are in pain, but glad to have you join us in the forum.

pillman - welcome to you also. I am sorry to see that you are so sad right now. I looked to see if you were in the chat room, but I must have missed you. You might want to start a new thread to introduce yourself and maybe tell us what brings you to the forum. I'm sure the others here would like to meet you and have a chance to encourage you and talk to you a bit. Many of us have had struggles with friends and family who do not understand what we are going through, so we can relate to your situation. Start a thread and tell us more - people will be here for you. You've come to the right place. I've found so much encouragement and friendship here and I'm sure you will too.

Ry

Gamma
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   Posted 7/31/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Donna,

My doctor gave me Cymbalta when it first came out and I loved it.  It helped reduce my pain greatly and I was thrilled.  After about a year I had to reluctantly stop taking it.  It is an anti-depressant, but it made me depressed.  I understand that this can sometimes happen.  Of course some people have good reactions and others have bad.  It really is an individual thing.  Have you tried Ultram (tramadol)?  I have been on that for years and find that it is very helpful.


Gentle hugs,
 
Gamma
 
Fibro, Osteoporosis, OA, RA, DDD, IBS, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Carpel Tunnel, Epilepsy, TMJ,  Hypothyroidism, Familial Tremors, Spasms, Neuropathy, Trigeminal neuralgia, heel spurs
 
 


Tirzah
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   Posted 7/31/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
ryand said...
ddavis -
Frances - welcome to you as well. What was your surgery for? Was it successful? as with the others, I am sad to hear you are in pain, but glad to have you join us in the forum.

Ry


Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted because of complications from decompression surgery (crainiotomy & C1 laminectomy) for Chiari. The neurosurgeon only ordered an MRI of my brain & didn't realize that C7 was deteriorated, so after he removed C1, the spinal column in my neck became unstable (C2-C6 were basically floating in my neck) and the pain became intolerable. On top of that, scar tissue grew around my occipital nerve -- not so much fun. ;)
I'm much happier now. I've always hated taking meds. I never took anything except antibiotics as a child so I have a really low tolerance for just about everything. I was up to 15 different meds at one time -- side effects from medications used to treat side effects, I'm sure you all can relate. I'm down to just one medicine now & am hoping to get down on that so that I don't have to take it every day. To be clear, I definitely consider the surgery to have been a success.
I also got into an auto accident (please no comments on that -- I don't want to talk about it) and between that & the battery pack for the SCS, I now am having trouble dealing with lower back pain (DDD). The company rep for the SCS told me that if I can stick it out for a couple more years they can swap out my battery pack for a higher tech one that will be able to host a second cord running to my lower spine. I'm hoping I can stick it out, but if not at least I'm lucky because I found a neurosurgeon who is willing to do a disc replacement without sedation. I'm super afraid of sedation & anesthesia so except for my crainiotomy, I've done all the surgeries & procedures with just a little local. If it comes down having to schedule a new procedure, I'll have to ask you all what you know about it. As for now, there's nothing on the calendar yet.
My current PM has back problems himself, so he works really hard to provide as many options for his patients as possible. I know I'm really lucky to have a doc who understands. My last PM was this creepy guy who just wanted his patients in a drug-induced haze for even simple procedures plus he would only write for the 2-3 medications he was familiar with. Worst of all, he occasionally introduced placebo treatments to see if I could tell. Go figure -- I knew it every time. Eventually I realized I needed someone who would take a much more aggressive approach to pain management. I found a doc who has agreed to a treatment plan that focuses more on letting me live my life, and less on how these drugs/treatments may shorten my life 25 years from now. I was grateful for the meds while I needed them, but am even more grateful that through the SCS, RF & a lot of alternative medicine -- craineo-sacral therapy, myofascial release, napropathy, acupuncture, aquatherapy, PT, diet, etc. -- I can now cut back on the meds.
Hoping you all can find whatever makes you happier. :)

JDTRIP
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   Posted 8/1/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
 D Davis    I have been on Cymbalta thru my pain management clinic and  my doc has me on (2) 60 mg tabs/day for nerve pain.    I started at 30/mg went up from their and all the time during the adjustments my doc asked if I thought they were helping and  I told him that @ the current dose they seem to help ( I have been @ this dose for about 1 year)  but my concern is I have missed a dose and I know when I do .  I feel tired and somwhat cranky.    My doc and I are in agreement that the combo of Cymbalta, Norflex, Tens, Lidoderms patchs, Vicodin .E.S  are keeping my pain manageble.       I have had no real side effects with the Cymbalta and I will continue to keep it a part of my regimen.     Good Luck  to you.

d_davis777
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   Posted 8/4/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Im about at my caiving point as well! Lyrica was the best thing for i LOVED it but i gained to much weight on it so they took me off it! sad   Thanks for your reply it means a lot to me.
Frances_2008 said...
I tried it. It didn't help the pain much at all & the side effects were intolerable. Honestly, as far as anti-depressant type meds, I've had better luck with older ones, like nortriptylene (sp?) & amitriptylene (sp?), but even those only helped so much & made me pretty sleepy. I'm off almost all my meds now (I finally caved and had surgery), but I've tried a lot of different ones in the past the one that bothered me the least & helped the most was Lyrica. It's kinda expensive if your insurance doesn't cover it, but I think I heard it's now on-label for fibromyalgia, so maybe it would be covered for you. Best wishes. Hope you find something that works for you!

Asthma,Chiari Malformation,Arachnoid cyst on temporal lobe,Hypertension, sleep apnea
Gerd, Severe nerve pain, Severe DDD, Osteoartheritis, Herniated disks,bilateral papiledema
Constent sinus infection, IBS, Depression,allergies and cervical cancer surviver,had a vp shunt placed in my head,hyatel hernia,,bilateral papiledema and scoliosis, neorophathy in neck, pinched nerve in back,DM,RLS,epilepsy,chronic headaches, and fibromyalgia
 
 
God Bless You All!!
Donna


d_davis777
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   Posted 8/4/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I first want to start by saying thank you so much for all your replys! The main thing i was worried about with the cymbalta is that it is a depressant pill. Everytime i take such pills ( because through out all my surgeries and illness i have become depressed) I get very angry with them! So i am very worried about that. I have been on them now for a half of week and yesterday i have noticed i was aggitated. Im praying that this pill for the fibro wont due the same as the other depresant pills to me. I cant tell that it has helped much with the pain yet but again it hasnt been long and i was just started at a low dose. As to pillman im so sorry that your going through your sadness and i hope and pray for you that you were able to speak with someone that day! I have to apoligize to all for not repling sooner but as you all know when your in pain you really dont wanna do much let alone sit on the computer and again im sorry. Thanks to everyone once again and i hope you all are well!!!!!!

Asthma,Chiari Malformation,Arachnoid cyst on temporal lobe,Hypertension, sleep apnea
Gerd, Severe nerve pain, Severe DDD, Osteoartheritis, Herniated disks,bilateral papiledema
Constent sinus infection, IBS, Depression,allergies and cervical cancer surviver,had a vp shunt placed in my head,hyatel hernia,,bilateral papiledema and scoliosis, neorophathy in neck, pinched nerve in back,DM,RLS,epilepsy,chronic headaches, and fibromyalgia
 
 
God Bless You All!!
Donna


Tirzah
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   Posted 8/4/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Donna-
I used to get the same way. I didn't notice how angry I would get as much as those around me did.
My gyn noticed that my hormone levels got really messed up whenever I was taking anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety pills (not just feelings, but temperature, appetite, etc. -- everything was cycling with the meds -- it was messed up! ;) She was able to help get me somewhat stablized though bc pills. Of course, things were still pretty rough 25% of the time, but at least the rest of the month was more bearable, both for me & those around me.
I imagine you're aware of the potential side effects from bc, but maybe they could help.
Hope things work out & you find some relief.
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