gramps, you're cracking me up! 714 sound familiar? LOL! :-D
hazel, I started taking lexapro a few years ago for depression - years and years of it since I hit puberty. My attitude was like that of my family: get over it, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and get on with it. Sometimes that worked, most times not. I can thank my dog for finally getting treated. When he died, I completely fell apart. Cried all the time and just couldn't stop. I was lucky. The first pill made a huge difference. It's not a "happy" pill, but it clears the cobwebs out of your brain so life isn't just an overwhelming black hole. My brother has a very ill 4 year old son, and I had to do some big time PR work to get him to speak to his doctor about
his depression. He finally started lexapro a few months ago, and now he is dealing with everything so much better. He is simply amazed at the results.
One way to avoid side effects is to increase your dose much slower than the doctors usually recommend. Both me and my husband felt like we had a charcoal pit burning in our stomachs the first few days, so we cut the 10 mg pills in quarters. It took a couple weeks to get to the full dose, but escaped the gastro issues that way. I don't know about
cymbalta, but drinking is a huge NO NO with lexapro. My husband and a co-worker discovered that one beer too many lead to memory blackouts where the entire night was wiped out of their memories. Apparently that's not at all uncommon with lexapro.
If cymbalta doesn't help you, Lord knows there are plenty of others to try. Even if it doesn't touch your pain, having a clear head will still help you deal with it all better.