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   Posted 12/11/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
hello, was wondering if anyone taking cymbalta due to your chronic pain from herniated disc,back pain & fibromyalgia.  I tried this medicine about a month ago, i took at night and didnt sleep what so ever so i took again during the morning, i was yawning, feeling grogy and shaky.  so i stop. SO i thougtht i give it try again maybe side effect would be different. i took a 60mg this morning, i still feel foggy, and shakey, and major diarhea. is this  normal, does side effects ever go away. i hate the feeling of foggy and shakey when i'm already in pain. any advice pls. thanks

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   Posted 12/11/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Pauline,

I took cymbalta for several months last winter for chronic pain, although not the same pain as you. I don't believe that I got any side effects from it until I was on the maxium dose. It didn't help me at all, so I stopped at that point. I do remember though, that my doctors started me off slow with it. I think 30 is the smallest it comes in, and I started with 30 once a day, and then after a week, went up to 30 twice a day, then a few weeks, went up to 30 in the morning and 60 at night, and after a few more weeks went up to 60 twice a day. Did you just start off on the 60? If I remember correctly the therapeutic dose for CP is supposed to be 60 - 90mg/day. Maybe if you start off slower and let your body adjust, you won't get the side effects, or at least they won't be as severe. Have you tried talking to your doctor? Like anything, the side-effects should go away with time, but since the side-effects are troublesome to you, I would definitely talk to your doctor and see what he says.


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   Posted 12/12/2008 12:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am currently taking cymbalta & I think it has done a lot to help with my fibromyalgia. I am on 60mg right now. I was not able to afford it (I dont have insurance & my dr didn't have any samples) & went through some crazy withdrawls, so I wound up splitting the script. My head felt like it had a lightning storm going on in it. Weird. But, its my own fault. Otherwise, I really like it. When I first started zoloft I had some crazy side effects, shaking & insomnia. It usually takes those kinds of meds a month or even two to work in your system correctly. Hang in there.....:)
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   Posted 12/12/2008 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello, I take 60mg at night and then 30mg in the morning. Total is 90mg.

I have taken 2 60's for a while,but when my insurance questioned it we just went to 90 instead of 120mg. For me it's one of those drugs that is sopposed to benefit over time, i think eyes  But I cant honesly say I can feel the difference from taking it. BUT I can definatly notice when I havent taken it thats for sure!!!!! Its one of those meds that you have to be real careful on how you come off this med. I have detoxed once in my life. I mean horrendussly detoxed, sent to the facility and everything because of doctor prescription morphine. I had a spinal cord stimulator put in and it was VERY painful so my monthly perscription for the morphine was 7 days early.(when i called,it was early) So when I asked him for another prescription he said I was early and he would not fill it untill the correct date. I begged him for the 7 days worth, but no way and within 2 days i was in full blown withdrawal. The most miserable 7 days of my life.

Sorry for digressing!! I dont even realize I do that sometimes!!

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   Posted 12/12/2008 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome!~

I've taken cymbalta for a very short time. The side effects for me were not worth taking it. I was given it for fibromyalgia pain. I was so out of it and my head felt like a cement block. I literally had to hold my head up while standing or prop it up with a pillow when in a chair. Not for me...BUT, other people with fibro take it and it's literally given them their life back. It does seem to be an all or nothing type of medication.

There are some places that can help with prescriptions if you don't have insurance. I'll list a couple of link I know of below. Plus, the company that makes a drug you need will often give you free meds if you write to them along with a doctor's diagnosis. Also, your local Red Cross can help you with health insurance issues.

Good luck and keep in touch,
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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Cymbalta has saved my life thats for sure. I take 20 to 40 mg.s a day and it really helps the chronic pain along with the depression. It keeps me awake and is wonderful for my weight as it takes away my appitite. My only worry is that I get migraines as well and Imatrex (for migraines) and cymbalta do not mix. I do it anyway. Anybody else do it? hope I don't hurt myself doing it but if you have ever had a migrain that came back for 6 days in a row you would rather take a chance on mixing these medications then suffer believe me. The 6th one was worse then labor pain to me.

Good Luck as well,

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   Posted 12/12/2008 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all your replies, i slept good last night, took my ambien @8 and took a long epson salt bath. i end up going home sick yesterday from taking that 60mg cymbalta. i felt really wierd all day long, foggy, my ears keeps poppin as if no one can hear me and just feel really weak. so they sent me home, i rested all day tried to sleep my eyes are wide awake but my body feels so drained.  although i didnt have pain on my back or anywhere else didnt have to take my pain killers, just feel drained.  I took 30 mg this morning, hopefully the side effect wont be as strong.  how long have you guys been taking cymbalta and how long more. what are the long term side effects when you take this for a very long time?i'm just concern.  I feel that i don't need to take this medicine due to pain, but i'm been living with this pain for last two years. I hurt my back 2years ago working, and ever since went down hill, herniated disc lower back, degenerate disc in spine and fibromyalgia. i appreciated all your inputs. thanks 

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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   

I hope you are doing better on the lower dose. I was on Cymbalta for 3-4 months before I called it quits. I ended up stopping because it made me REALLY depressed & didn't help my pain at all. I was taking it for both depression/anxiety & pain. Like other antidepressants, worsening depression can be a side-effect.

As Mike said, if you do continue to try it for a while & then decided to come off of it, be careful, you can get some pretty nasty side effects if you just stop. My doctor tapered me off of it over a week, which I think was too fast because I definitely got side effects. I had the strangest stabbing/tingling feeling in my joints, esp in one of my shoulders, that I just couldn't get rid of. It was so strange. It kept me up all night for several nights and was extremely distracting. I also felt confused and sometimes felt like something was jolting through my head.

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