Bob....a huge hug to you! I think we all get to a point where it's all too much, and you've been through more than I can even imagine myself dealing with a fraction of it.
The cymbalta should help with your emotions...it's an antidepressant that helps to deal with physical and emotional trauma.
How long have you been on it and how much are you on?
Are you also on pred?
Hang tough...try not to think of all you can't do for Christmas...but what can you do to make the season meaningful but in a different way that you will be able to handle.
As far as news reports...way to negative most of the time. Try to limit your intake of that type of information for a while.
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!