Getting off Cymbalta after two years

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lrussell
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   Posted 9/27/2012 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going off cymbalta and thought it would be helpful to keep this journal as I know others have done.  I have been on 60mg for at least two years now and went down to 30mg yesterday and started taking 20mg of cembalta which I have been on years ago.  The reason that I am going off of the cymbalta is because I am so disconnected and I realize that....listen to this.... in two years I have moved 14 times and between 4 states.  I am 34 years old and it's nuts that I have made some of the choices that I have.  I knew something was wrong but didnt know what.  Today although I have pain in my lower back (very unusual for me) and a headache, I feel more "alive".  I have been emotional for the first time in two years but it's not really the sort of thing that would upset me normaly. Also my throat hurts... random.

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   Posted 9/27/2012 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I would stay at the 20 mg for awhile until your body gets use to the change. I hope that you are having your doctor help you with this. Never go off any medications without having your doctor help you. Going off cymbalta is hard for a lot of people. It can have nasty withdrawal effects for some. So please tell me your doctor is helping you with this. You have to go off very slowly...

I wish you the best, and am glad that you have feelings again.

Did you have a reason for all the moving? Sometimes that happens... Have no regrets for the things that you do in your life.

Welcome to the forum. You have come to a good place where you will get a lot of support. We really do care about eachother.

Take care and have a good evening...

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lrussell
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   Posted 9/27/2012 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much. My doctor has me on 30mg of cymbalta for 7 days then none. I started on celexa, 20mg yesterday when I stopped the full 60mg dose of cymbalta. My doctor sorta does what i tell him i think is best. Thats how it seems so far. I know to reach out though so I hope this helps. I am scared of feeling very sad again but hope i will be ok.

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   Posted 9/27/2012 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Try to take it one day at a time. If you need to, you can always go down slower. Is there a ten mg if you need? Or can you break them in two? I think going on the celexa will help though. Just know if it gets tough, you can go off slower. I hope that you feel better soon.

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lrussell
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   Posted 9/28/2012 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
So today I feel ok.  I am having a lot of pain in my lower back and the headaches are pretty intense.  My mood is managable and being mindful is helpful.  I am definetly agitated much more easily and feel a bit unstable.  There will be house guests in my home this weekend but its beyond my controle.  Hope I can hold it together.  I will take 1 day at a time though youre right.  Thanks
 

lrussell
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   Posted 9/28/2012 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
my feet are killing me for some wierd reason. I usualy bike 30 miles today but I dont know if i can do it today at all. I may try just 10 miles. I dont want to stop biking its the only freedom i get.

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   Posted 9/28/2012 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry that you have foot pain. Probably a good idea to shorten your ride a little. But do try to get out.

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   Posted 9/28/2012 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
lrussell,

are you seeing a therapist or counselor?

I am on 120mg of cymbalta 60mg for daily migraine/TN and 60mg depression. I am just now getting emotions back with counseling due to other reasons.

I realize meds effect other people other ways, however as a head pain sufferer, I would feel horrible not pointing this out to you. I used to have cluster headaches every 2 -3 days. Now they are down to once or twice a month.

My point is between cymbalta and therapy, my headpain decreased significantly. Perhaps you could stay on 20mgs for a while and see how you feel.

Stay strong and keep posting we all care here and support each other. just a final note, my first 7 years of marriage we moved 7 times. I feel your pain. Don't look back, look at today, now. Be glad it here.

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