Cymbalta? anyone tried it?

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HM
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   Posted 7/12/2009 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. Have any of you tried cymbalta or another med that is approved for pain and anxiety/deppression? I am thinking about asking my family dr because my stomach pain combined with my leg pain combined with my nerves makes me wonder if I am a good canidate.

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


CrohnsPatient
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   Posted 7/13/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you might have heard a little different. I believe that the cymbalta is more for neuroliogical pain I guess its called. Like the leg pain you feel, no stomach pain. I was on it a couple years back and honestly it didnt help my fibro the least bit, and also caused my Crohns to have what I would consider a mini flare. Also causing really bad stomach pains, which is the opposite of what you'd want.

HM
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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow... yeah I must have misunderstood.  I don't want anything that will make my stomach hurt worse. Thanks!

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


Nanners
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   Posted 7/13/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I only use Xanax on occasion for my anxiety. I know it really helps when I am stressed and my guts start acting up, but I don't think it does much for the pain elsewhere. I would talk to your doc and see what he can offer.

Good luck,
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I was given Cymbalta during a shingles bout. I can't say that it did much good for the shingles. But neither do I remember that it caused any Crohn's problems.
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insagent
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   Posted 7/13/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on Cymbalta since April for anxiety and I love it! I don't have any problems with it!
 
Tannie 26 yrs Crossett,AR
dx May 08 ,Just finished a 8 month round of pred in January 08. Remicade every 8 wks. 
Taken off 6-MP due to liver toxicity 09/08
Taken off of Asacol also 09/08


HM
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   Posted 7/13/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Insagent....how to you rate the cymbalta? Do you think it helps with pain as well as anxiety?

Nanners....I have .5 mg of Xanax that I take as needed. I was only taking about five a mo, however the last few mo.s it has been more like twenty a mo.

I would like to stay off endocort and am almost there. I have one more week and then I will be endocort free. Of course last time my SED rate went up to 75 and I was hurting so bad. I am positive this time will be different!

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily


insagent
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   Posted 7/14/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I def give it a 10 for the anxiety! I have tried a few different kinds and this one helped me without making me feel like a zombie! Of course the first week or two I felt a little nauseated at times and didn't have any appetite, but that got better quickly. It's hard to say about the pain because I wasn't having any before taking it. You would probably have to ask someone of the Fibro board that question.
 
Tannie 26 yrs Crossett,AR *Currently in Remission*
dx May 08 ,Just finished a 8 month round of pred in January 09. Remicade every 8 wks. 
Taken off 6-MP due to liver toxicity 09/08
Taken off of Asacol also 09/08


omigrandma
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   Posted 7/14/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I love Cymbalta. I was originally put on Cymbalta for anxiety and depression etc. that I suffer as a 30 year Crohns and Colitis person. I began with a dose of 30 mgs. Quickly my Ryumi. raised it to 60mgs. after he discovered that I had Fibromyalgia. And then, surprise, surprise! alone comes Crohns Arthritis and he experiments with 90mgs. which is pretty much a no-no. I have had absolutely no side effects and the drug keeps my moods stable. There is no telling about the aches and pains from the Fibro because the arthritis has pretty much taken over my life. I have done aqua therapy and I was working out every day but the pain keeps me from doing that each day but I do do that on the good days. The Rumicade stopped working 8 weeks ago and today the GI gave me 6MP and tomorrow I am to start Cimiza. I am a real mess BUT not because of the Cybalta. 3 * for the Cymbalta.

Darilyn

lowell
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   Posted 10/30/2013 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Had to register just to chime in here. I started Cymbalta yesterday. Aside from feeling high on it last night, I feel much better regarding anxiety/depression already. I know its not a placebo affect because of how extreme the difference is. I also have crohns and am on Humira. I felt better today more than I have in years, and am having regular bowel mvmnts. Amazing. Yes one day in but already is really a huge difference. Everyone reacts to meds differently. I wouldn't decide based on one persons experience. And I would recommend giving it a try as I was actually pretty resistant when I got the Rx. Glad I said "what the hell let's try it."

novice
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   Posted 10/30/2013 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I was prescribed it for my crohns pain and I didnt notice any difference what so ever. It just took my appetite away completely so I stopped taking it.

JaSanne
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   Posted 11/3/2013 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
It didn't do much for my pain but did help with depression. When I tapered off it, I suddenly became suicidal and uncontrollable. I had to go back on it at twice the dosage (doctor instructed) and do a taper that took over a year. It took over two years before I finally got away from what it did to me.

This could have been caused by a drug interaction since I was on several meds while taking it. Most of us here are. It does list "impulsivity" as a possible side effect.

I know most people don't have this drastic a side effect, but it happened. Other people I personally know take it without any problems.
54 yr. old. Ileocolitis since early teens. Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001. Severe chronic pain due to spinal chord injury, rotator cuff injuries, enteropathic arthritis. History of endometriosis. Depression.

crohnsmommy33
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   Posted 11/4/2013 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried cymbalta a few years back when I was desperate for anything to help with pain. At the time my symptoms were under control with other meds but I still had constant pain and the many doctors I went to didn't know why. I have always had some anxiety and it is the biggest trigger for me so I thought it would be worth a shot. I think I remember doctor saying it worked for nerve pain mostly. He was able to give me a few sample packs to try. I didn't notice much difference good or bad when I took it but sure did when the sample packs ran out. I remember having bad headaches and very emotional. I didn't like the idea of adding another med that I would b Dependant on when benefits weren't that great. I have found a low dose of xanax just as needed helps calm me and my stomach down.
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