Fibromyalgia and Cymbalta

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   Posted 7/12/2017 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello folks.

My name is Roger (aka 'Raj') and user name is marzboy. I'm 74 years young, live in New York City, and a couple of months ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I tried Neurontin with no success, and am now prescribed Cymbalta (60 mg) and am hoping for the best. If anyone has any Cymbalta "success stories", please feel free to share them with me.

I also take Adderall for ADHD and Omeprazole for gerd. Actually, except for the Fibromyalgia, I'm in pretty good shape.

Be well & God bless.

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   Posted 7/12/2017 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Roger & welcome to Healing Well. I happened to see your post & wanted to say hello. I have no experience with Cymbalta. However, I did use the search feature at the top & typed in Cymbalta & fibro pain & there are a lot of older threads discussing Cymbalta. If you are up for some reading you can check those out. I wouldn't post on those older threads as most likely the members are no longer active here at Healing Well.

Keep checking back as I am sure the others will come along to say hello. Take care.
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   Posted 7/12/2017 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I used Cymbalta with very good results for about 2 and a half years. After that, it did not seem to help me anymore. It was very hard to come off, and I felt sick and yucky for months, even though I tapered off it very slowly, as suggested. I also had good results with Savella, and that lasted about the same amount of time, but was not hard to get off.
Now I am managing it by eating gluten free, taking tramadol for pain at night, and a muscle relaxer as needed. I also get medical massage each month.

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   Posted 9/11/2017 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I was a constant defender of drugs for my fibro. They helped in the beginning but 7 years in I was getting worse. I started weaning off all of them this past October including--fentanyl,percocet,morphine,Gralise,zanaflex,and cymbalta(90 mg)
--cymbalta was the hardest to get off of--am down to 20 mg-- and decreasing to 0.

Now I am back to my pre- drug pain and happy about it.
I take tramadol also but only 1 or 2 a week when I am really miserable in conjunction with Tylenol.

Yoga, meditation and exercise really do help. I wouldn't have believed that years ago-- but now I completely believe. 😀🙏

Just really track your pain level with meds. If you don't feel well enough get off them. Beware of cymbalta.

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   Posted 9/11/2017 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Lizzy ,

Its good for you to share your experience with this..

Our docs can throw a lot of meds at us.

I have not used a lot of them because i already knew, i am med sensitive..

Even the tramadol, it can help keep the edge off my pain, but i can only take 1/4 pill at a time..otherwise i feel its side i just take 1/4 but more frequently..

A supplement , curamed helps with some of the stiffness..
And topical pain relievers help when i have an area that is intense.


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   Posted Yesterday 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Roger,

I am on Cymbalta 60 mg twice a day but do not see much difference ,only slight.

Its expensive without insurance so will go back to Pristiq .

Gabapentin is much cheaper and max dosage is 3500 mg .

HOPE you feel better.


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   Posted Yesterday 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I had recently started taking Cymbalta but after a few weeks, came to the conclusion that I am allergic to it. It helped a great deal with my pain but then I broke out in hives from head to toe. I hope you have better luck!
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