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Denim
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   Posted 6/23/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
I posted this on the Chronic Pain board and Depression board, and am still looking for more responses. The more the merrier, well, sort of.
 
I have chronic pain, it is bearable with meds and my faith.
I also am dealing with other issues that are upsetting, and I do get emotional at times, with good reason and am also at mid age, if you know what I mean, hormonely.
 
I could go through most days fine and some days cry more than I'd like. Besides my pain, my husband has panic attacks daily that upset me so much and my son is in the navy, off to Iraq next month(in a Carrier). 
 
I was prescribed Cymbalta 2x already, the first time I passed, this time I put in the prescription.
It is for 20mg. I have just read such horrible things about it but also heard from 2 people who liked it, but one of them is bi-polar, so not sure if that matters.
 
Anyway, I would like to hear from any of you who has tried it, good or bad results. Right now, I'm leaning on forget it. I'm already taking 2 drugs, I hate that I'm on meds, and would rather not add more unless I knew it would help. But what I'm hearing is scaring me away.
 
Thanks in advance, and to those who read all of this!
 
~Denim~

Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2007 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Denim girl,

I studied all the drugs in depth for depression and tried many but ended up on Cymbalta. My daily dose is 120 mg devided in 2 doses.

I quit looking at all the side effects and it seems to be working or something is.

Other then some weight gain I do not notice any major problems with it.

I know it is hard to accept that you need the meds but you may be able to come off them.  Please be comfortable with whatever med you choose.

Bless you


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Kitt
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Denim
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   Posted 6/23/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt, did u say weight gain? I heard the opposite. I always think of Archie Bunker telling Edith, "stop reading magazines", lol, I feel the same way about the internet, but can't help it, I always ask a lot of questions.
Take care,
Barbara
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2007 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Barbara,

I am the same way, I just can't help researching but for every positive I usually find a negative............so then it is back in my lap again.

I believe Cymbalta as other antidepressants  put weight loss or weight gain as a side effect to  cover themselves.

Bless you sweetie,

Kitt



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Kitt
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Post Edited (stkitt) : 6/24/2007 12:33:46 PM (GMT-6)


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 6/23/2007 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Barbara,
 
I take Cymbalta 60 mg once a day.  It's been about 2 1/2 months.  It seems to have helped me a great deal.  I had some trouble sleeping for the first 2 weeks, but then I was back to normal.     Good luck to you!
 
 
 
Take care,
Mary
 
 

Denim
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   Posted 6/23/2007 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Sunshine1108 said...
Hi Barbara,
 
I take Cymbalta 60 mg once a day.  It's been about 2 1/2 months.  It seems to have helped me a great deal.  I had some trouble sleeping for the first 2 weeks, but then I was back to normal.     Good luck to you!
 
 
 
Take care,
Mary
 
 
Thanks Mary, no side effects besides the sleep? weight gain? Were you taking it strictly for depression or anxiety? Sorry for all the questions. I'd like to know. Thank you. 
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 6/23/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I am taking it for anxiety/panic attacks, not for depression.
 
Sometimes my vision was a little blurry, but only after I would take it, but that also cleared up in about 2 weeks.  My doc told me to take it at night.  Those are the only side effects I experienced. 
 
It takes anywhere from 2-4 weeks to feel the full effect of it. 
 
I know everyone is different.  Who knows, maybe you won't have any side effects at all!
 
I did the same thing as you.  Started surfing the net to find out everything I could.  That made my anxiety worse!  Then I stopped.  I was nervous to take it.  I never took medicine like this before, but my A/P was so bad I had to.   
 
If you have any other questions please ask.  I'll do my best to answer them for you.
 
Mary
 
P.S.~Your son is my thoughts and prayers!

Denim
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   Posted 6/23/2007 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mary, I was offered in for pain and anxiety I think.
My husband has terrible panic attacks daily, I wonder if it might help him. He's tried ao many ssris and the latest buspar, nothing worked or agreed with him.
I really don't feel depressed just down sometimes because of legitamate circumstances. I heard it worked well with pain. I still don't know what I'll do. I am presently taking something for the pain and something for anxiety, which actually helps the pain, and is why Istarted on it. It relaxes my back and leg muscles plus I get a good night's sleep. It can be so complicated. I will mention it to my husband.
One more question, were you getting panic attacks daily and di you try other things? I'm looking out for my husband, he suffers so much.

Thanks, Mary and thanks for your prayers and kind thoughts.
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 6/23/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Mary
All have given you great input I am not on this med or any ssri's because I take so many other meds for crohns PG and other illnesses I have ..

I do take diazapam prn but right now with the sores I ahve ( pG) I take 2 or 3 a day if I need to

I am keeping you and son and whole family in my heart thoughts and prayers

God Bless.......
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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 6/23/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Barbara,
 
I know Cymbalta can be prescribed to diabetics who suffer from diabetic nerve pain (DPNP) which affects the legs and feet. 
 
I was suffering from anxiety and panic attacks everyday, through out the day.  Some days it felt non-stop.  This is the first time I was put on medicine so I never tried anything else for it.  Maybe it is something you can mention to your husbands doc.
 
I hope this helps.  If there is anything else, let me know.
 
Take care,
Mary

Denim
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   Posted 6/24/2007 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I still can't make my mind up, I have read so many horror stories today about cymbalta and getting off of it.
I will make a decision, thank you all for your help and I will pray for His guidence.

~Barbara~
Swallow your pride, you will not die, it's not poison.- Bob Dylan 


Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 8/21/2007 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I started Cymbalta about 5 weeks ago and to tell the truth I love it. I have Crohn's disease and also diabetes and was having a hard time dealing with it all. Anyway, it has helped on pain for both my CD and has helped me so that I can finally do exercising that I couldn't do before because of joint pain related to Crohn's. I lost 10 lbs the first month of being on it which has been wonderful for me. I have been extremely happy with this drug.

I do seem to sweat more and I have about 15 minutes a day when I can't seem to stop yawning but other than that I happier, healthier and feeling lots better being on it.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression


stkitt
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   Posted 8/22/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Vicky

Thanks for the positive post. May I ask what your dose is on the cymbalta?

Keep posting :)


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Kitt
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Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 8/24/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on 60mg. Upped from 30mg after two weeks. I noticed yesterday that I haven't had my typical frustration moments where I would start dwelling on something that was bugging me and not be able to get it out of my head. I also haven't snapped at my husband or kids in over a month. When I brought that up to my family yesterday, my son (21) said he's noticed it too. That I've been in better moods. I really like this med. Probably the best thing I've ever taken.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor


stkitt
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   Posted 8/24/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Vicky

I am so happy for you and I am glad your not snapping.  It is good to start feeling like yourself isn't. Bless you.

I am always here to support you. :)


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"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
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