Hi Rusing.....nice to see you here, but sorry for the pain you are dealing with. Ok, so you said the Cymbalta deals with your pain fine....so in my opinion, I would say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I don't think you should be worrying about the withdrawal effects...you will likely stay on the drug long-term if it is working for you....and I really havn't heard of withdrawal being a problem on Cymbalta.
I've never taken Cymbalta, but I do take Lyrica and I feel it is working for me...I just had a dose increase and am starting to feel better. However, I think every med works differently on everyone, so the decision as to what meds to take should lie between you and your doctor....and I would also google those meds (reliable sites only) to get informed about the side effects etc.
As for the alcohol issue....I wholeheartedly agree with what the others were telling you. You simply CANNOT drink alcohol when taking the meds that you take. They just do not mix and you could very well wind up in the ER or worse...a slab at the city morgue. I hate to be blunt, but I'm telling you, it's so true. I've worked in the ER...seen it many many times....prescription drugs and alcohol...boom...a patient unresponsive or acting all spaced out and brought in by frightened friends or family. I know you are young and I totally remember being that age and I did drink...but I wasn't on any meds....but what I'm saying is that I understand how you want to do that. Go with the virgin drinks that Jim1969 was talking about. I doubt anyone would really know that you weren't drinking alcohol, but so what if they make a deal out of it. It's no big deal at all, and actually many people go that route, because of taking meds or some other health issue. So you have to make a choice here: Alcohol...and maybe have a few hours of fun....then no pain relief. Or your meds...and get pain relief...and also have fun with your friends by drinking non-alcoholic drinks. I think that's an easy decision.
Rusing, I hope you will take all of this advice to heart. We all do truly care about you here....and you can always come here with your problems, questions or just to vent. Keep us posted on how you are doing!
DDD, 3 bulging lumbar discs, bone spurs, facet joint arthrosis/sclerosis, osteoarthritis