Sorry to hear that you are feeling so down. Crohns is hard enough without the added depression that come with any chronic illness.
I'm also one to avoid medication if possible. However, as a psychotherapist I have seen many people who's lives have been greatly improved on meds. The trick is to the find the right one for you. The most common ones are Paxil, Zoloft or Celexa. The one you mentioned, Cymbalta, is one of the newer ones so I don't know much about it. Like all medication, there is always a chance of side effects (most common are headaches, nausea etc) but if it works for you, it may help you function better. They take a few weeks to kick in so you would have to give it a chance to work. I would suggest you speak to your doctor about your feelings first so they can determine if you are "clinically depressed" which would require meds vs. "situationally depressed" for which counselling could be helpful.
Good luck to you and I hope you start feeling better soon.
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On 150mg Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & Entocort (take zofran for nausea now)
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma
Also on Prilosec 2x a day for reflux.
Diet and exercising helped me out of my depression..it depends on how severe ones depression is and on each person, not everyone has to run out to get RX for depression, some of us can combat it in natural ways.
Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength
Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005--spread to ileum and small intestine as of April 2008. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently on Remicade every 8wks, 40mg Pred, Pentasa.