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Posted By : dundun - 3/29/2012 9:43 PM
Just had to say it!!!

I know everybody is different, but Cymbalta is a lifesaver for me.

I've had a lot of drugs to manage pain - ibruprofen, tylenol, naproxen, vicodin, percocet, oxycontin, zoloft - when the narcotics didn't stop the pain, it was time to try something different.

Cymbalta drastically decreases all my muscle pain. I won't say it's 100% gone, but my periods are bearable, my chest wall pain is almost non-existant, and friends can put an arm around my shoulder without me wincing. I feel like a normal human being.

The downfall is that I swing between incredibly sleepy and insomniac all the time. I don't care. The irregular sleep is worth the lack of "hit by a monster truck" feeling I used to feel on a daily basis.

I concentrate better. My appetite is more controlled. I've LOST weight, feel happier, and physically feel so much better.

I was on Cymbalta about 2 years ago and didn't do nearly as well as I'm doing now - in fact, I discontinued because of the side effects. I don't know if it's because I've aged, or my body chemistry is different, but I can't believe how great I feel this time around.

I just wanted to throw my success story out there (while it lasts)!! Sorry if I sound like an advertisement, but seriously... i just needed to share!!

Posted By : getting by - 3/30/2012 6:25 AM
I am so happy for you Dundun...

I am glad that the med is working and that you are feeling better. One day at a time is my motto. Keep up the great work!!!

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

Posted By : Acheybody - 3/30/2012 12:25 PM
Wonderful to hear such a happy story! I'm glad for you and that you posted. We all need the "up" ones, because so many are "down" ones, you know?

fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (with recent discectomy), bulging disc L5-S1, other assorted spinal deterioration, scoliosis, Hashimoto's, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably from Menieres Disease)

Posted By : evenkeel - 3/31/2012 4:13 AM
I'm glad you're finding relief with it! I hope it works for me, too.
Fibro, chronic fasciitis/metatarsalgia, SVT, mild structural heart issues, total hysterectomy 6/2011. Meds: multivitamin, loratadine, 50mg tramadol + 1000mg acetaminophen, 100mg metoprolol, 600 mg gabapentin 3x/day, 30 mg Cymbalta 1x/day, 4 mg tizanidine at bedtime for muscle pain/sleep issues as needed.

Posted By : luv2ride - 4/1/2012 7:04 PM
Works for me too. I take 90mg/daily. I had the initial weight loss too, then my dr dropped my thyroid hormone dose and the weight crept back.. but it was hormone related, not cymbalta related.. It has helped me lots, hope it helps more people.

Posted By : grandmaroses - 4/1/2012 9:09 PM
I also had the cymbalta wows, it worked great and then suddenly it didn't seem to be helping and I was getting worse and then Dr added Lyrica and said to continue cymbalta and I was also being referred to a surgeon and I did not want to go into surgery while on all these drugs. I weaned myself off had my surgery and 6 days post op I hope I never have to go on them again.

Great medication for many just not for me.
Take care

Insulin Dependant Diabetic, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, IBS, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Spondylolistesis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol

Posted By : dundun - 4/4/2012 9:31 PM
Thanks everybody!

Grandmaroses - that's the same reason I went off 2 years ago. I was having some serious bone-cutting surgery done, and I needed to stop the Cymbalta in order to take all the narcotics they put me on. Haven't gone back until now.

I have a feeling I'll have to increase my dose soon. I've been at only 30 mgs for the past three months, and it's time to go to 60. That's definitely the downside to this medication - it's only a temporary solution as the body gains tolerance.

Posted By : alley167 - 2/21/2017 6:02 AM
I was in accident over 3 months ago finally got a doctor who looked at my MRI and gave me Cymbalta
L4-L5 Herniated to left laying on nerve root ends He fears they waited to long because I have numbness in my right foot that will not go away and showing all the signs of Fibromyalgia.

My other doctor only gave MRI on neck and treated me for my C4 through C7 I took him MRI from Hospital and he sent me for a carpal tunnel test
Meanwhile I was lucky to stand up and walk I had major lower extremity pain from my butt to my heals.
I was scared on many pain pills it did nothing for me

I read horror stories about Cymbalta however I have to say I started this medicine 1 week ago today Saturday was the first day I did not go straight to the chair on the weekend and was able to move.
I still have some pain but overall my entire body feels a lot better.

I go for a epidural and nerve block next Friday and they will increase my Cymbalta on next visit.

For me I feel this drug has saved me I was in fear of losing my job because I barely made it through the day.

Posted By : Sherrine - 2/21/2017 6:24 AM
Hi, Alley, and welcome! I'm so glad that the Cymbalta is working for you. You can find horror stories about nearly all medications. You just have to try to make a quality decision when deciding what medications you do take. I'm glad you tried this and are getting good results from it.

Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot there.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.


Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 2/22/2017 4:08 PM
Always good to hear when something is working.

Thanks for sharing

Posted By : Hallahan - 3/9/2017 8:04 PM
Have you tried the generic? It's much cheaper and my insurance is always trying to get me to switch. I tried FOUR times and the generic didn't work at all. My muscles were like boards in the morning.

I have a copay every month and it is $83.33 a month!

It was a Godsend for me too and I can't think about going off of it. It made the difference between getting off the couch and going outside and doing stuff.

Why in the world are these drugs SO expensive???


Posted By : AndreM - 3/17/2017 7:29 AM
I took it and it stopped working - tapered off over 2 months and then went into total hell withdrawl that lasted 9 months - never again

Posted By : marzboy - 7/14/2017 2:14 AM
I've been taking Cymbalta (60 mg) for a few days. I live with Fibromyalgia and the pain doesn't allow me to sleep at night--I walk around during the day like a zombie! (LOL) Anyway...the med seems to be giving me a little relief; I also take Neurontin, and my goal is to take ONLY Cymbalta, as I don't want to be over medicated. Last night for the first time I got a pretty decent night's sleep, so I'm optimistic.

God doesn't put more negative stuff on us that we can handle.

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 7/14/2017 9:43 AM
Glad its working for you.

We are all so different, so there is not a one pill fits all.. but wish it was that easy..!!!!

Posted By : kellyinCali - 7/15/2017 9:43 PM
Yay! I am so glad you found a medication that gives you such glorious RELIEF. For some reason and unfortunately for me, Cymbalta just shredded my stomach. Every "body" is different.

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