Tense Muscles!!

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   Posted 1/24/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been doing a lot better with my anxiety disorder, but I am in such pain  in my back, shoulders, and neck.  It has been months like this.  It is horrible.  I am in pain all day.  When I go to get a massage they say my knots and tension are the worst they have ever seen.  I cannot get my shoulders relaxed.  I have been on Xanax 3 mg XR for sleep and Wellbutrin XL 300mg for about 8 months.  I want to start lowering the Xanax-  I am scared of coming off it.  My doctors tell me I should be on Cymbalta- they say it will release the tension, relieve the pain,  and relax me.  Cymbalta would replace the Wellbutrin.  I am hearing  this is a miracle drug.  I have the prescription filled, but I have not yet taken it.  Wellbutrin has no side effects, and is easy to come off of.  I really want to beat this without going on anymore meds, but this pain is awful!!  Can anyone give me any advice?  Anyone on cymbalta?

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   Posted 1/24/2007 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Muscle tension is probably my worst anxiety symptom. Although my anxiety is pretty much at bay and I'm nor longer on medications ( I was on Effexor, still take Klonopin every now and then when needed though), my shoulders and neck are continously tense. My only suggestion to you is what worked for me in the past: keep getting those massages!!!!!!! If you can get a massage for half an hour at least every other week just for your shoulders and neck I really think it will help. Also, excercise helps too, even just some light stretching for half an hour. I really try to do the stretching thing (Pilates helps me quite a bit). I have no idea if Cymbalta has muscle relaxant properties, if it truly does, then I would consider going back on medication. Not only does my muscle tension obviously hurt my shoulders and neck, but it gives me massive tension headaches about once a week. I would be curiuos to see what others on Cymbalta have experienced.
Personally, I'd try anything to make my shoulders feel like jello!!! :)
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   Posted 1/24/2007 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply Hopeful.  How long have you suffered with anxiety and its painful symptoms?  This has been about 1 year 3 months for me.  I was really really bad in the beginning, but I feel like I am getting mentally much better.  Almost normal sometimes.  But the pain is terrible.  I have just started Pilates, I am hoping it works. I really feel run down if I overexcert myself working out on the treadmill or cross trainer.  Weights seem to make me feel ill, after I lift.  The doctors really hype up Cymbalta, and its painkilling effects.  My therapist said she is afraid it is going to put her out of business.  Maybe there are no Cymbalta users on this forum because they are all better!! I don't know.  I am afraid to try because I know it has side effects and takes a while to come off of. If I decide to try I will post.
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