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hazelB
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   Posted 2/1/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all
I usually post on the Chronic Pain forum.  But I'm hoping I'll get more of an idea to my question here.
I just got prescribed Cymbalta for pain and depression.  I'm not sure what to expect if I take it, or what it's supposed to do for me. Will it make me think differently about things or make me happy. Has anyone experienced this medicine??
I'm a little nervous to take it
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hazelB
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   Posted 2/1/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh gosh never mind...I just went through looking for cymbalta posts and found some...but there a little scary. Maybe I should ask for something else. Like celexa or zoloft or something. I've read more bad than good about cymbalta. I guess its good for alot of people and I'm glad for everyone its successful for. But I'm a scaredy cat when it comes to meds and I work myslef up into thinking the bad side effects are going to happen to me. Does anybody else ever get anxious about taking new stuff? Anyhow what kind of ant depressants are good with side effects?
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getting by
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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that Baby Tig is right, You should give it a try. I know that cymbalta is one of the few anti depressants that will help you with pain. As Tiger said if it doesn't work for you, you can always try something else.

Goog luck,

Hugs,

Karen
fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, clinically depressed and allergies


hazelB
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   Posted 2/1/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much, I will give it a try. I've been going back and forth but you guys have really helped me decide it may be worth a try.
Thanks for the support
:):):):)-------hopefully I'l be doing that soon!
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Obtuse1
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   Posted 2/1/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
It took my cymbalta 2 months to fully work -- but makes a WORLD of difference. The side effects are weird but beat the hell out of the depression (strange dreams, twitching, nervousness). Some people cannot take it. I never had any of the bad things some people here on HW have described, so as someone has said, give it a try and see what happens (these drugs take at least a month to kick in).
[2}Dx: Post Spinal Fusion chronic pain since 1984;Polyneuropathy;Meniere's Disease, Left ear deafness & severe tinnitus on both sides, Left; Intmt Anhedonic depression;
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/2/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   

hazelB
I
take Cymbalta and like most of the AD's they all have side effects and can sound scary.  I am glad your going to give it a go.
Remember everyone is different and give the med time to work.  You won't have any Aha moment but you should just start to feel better and be able to cope and go on with your usual life.

There are so many choices and if you need and the Cymbalta does not work, you may try another or several. 
I think you will do ok on this one :) I was up to 120 mg at one time but am currently at the 60 mg and I hold pretty well.

Take care and please keep posting here. 
 
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getting by
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   Posted 2/23/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
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KCzMom
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   Posted 3/17/2008 2:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am new to this site, I was looking into Cymbalta. First I have to say my life has been pretty lousy for the past 19 years. After giving birth to my first and only child, I suffered from Post Pardum Depression, which then turned into a clinical depression (I was so bad I was hospitalized for 6 weeks). about 9 years after that I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and FM, since then I lost my younger brother and my marriage fell apart. Then my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, she was operated on and came to live with me, (I love her dearly but not something I would recommend), 5 years later she was diagnosed with a second lung cancer, thankfully she has been operated on again no chemo no radiation and she is still doing well. Then she sunk into a terrible depression, she was on a few different meds and she cried all the time and talked about not wanting to live. I finally brought her to a different Phyciatrist and told them I felt she was over medicated and not on the right antidepressant, they swiitched her to Cymbalta, in 3 weeks time I saw amazing results she is happy, up doing things and seems to be getting her old self back, (she is feeling so well she wants to return to her apartment). I myself heard Cymbalta does amazing things for not only depression but for Fibromyalgia, so I am thinking of going off my current meds (luvox) which I feel has never made me feel whole again and going to cymalta, now I read all these side effects and I am wondering if it is for me. Luvox has very little side effects. I also want to know if the people who have talked of night sweats are in menapause, I had a full hystorectomy at 37 I am now 46 I still get night sweats but if the depression and pain is taken away I will gladly sweat my butt off. Someone also mentioned weird dreams, I myself have the occassional strange dreams that wake me up or I feel I am trying to wake up from it and can't, do you think this is from depression or the meds? Thanks for any info you have to offer. And best wishes for everyone here to find what makes things better for the individual.
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