Cymbalta for arthritis

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I was on Cymbalta for awhile, but it didn't work for me either. I am presently on Lyrica. I take 150mg a day. Yes it can cause weight gain, however if you eat right and exercise, you should be fine. Lyrica has been a big help for me and you should try it even if it is only on a trial basis.
I have been in pain for years. No one could seem to find out what was wrong. I would have bad chest pains,like a cramp. I get cramps or tiwttes all over my body. I found out I have fibromyalgia. The Dr put me on cymbalta 60 mg. I went back and told him I was still hurting and felt drepress more, crying. He upped the cymbalta to 120 mg a day. I fell sad and dont feel like my self. I am still hurting but not as bad. Can someone help me please!
Been on Cymbalta for two or three years. Lost track. Has done absolutely nothing for the fibro, just made me dependant on another medication- i.e. you can't go off it cold turkey as you get very, very sick. I have been on 60mg and then the doc doubled the scrip about a yr ago to see if that would help. Nothing. I am also on Effexor, Topamax, Qualaquin, Oxyprozin, Cyclobenzaprine..... I am way over medicated and yet I have no relief of any of my symptoms. It is ridiculous.
Everyone I know who has taken long term medication for nerve pain seesm to end up with other medical problems. Sorry i know that doesnt help. cymbalta is used a lot for fibromyalgia patients so perhaps someone on their forum has used it. Good luck.
The treatment of arthritis has come a long way. You really should try again with a good rheumatologist. There are disease modifying drugs as well as immune suppressants that can be used to control and stop deterioration of the joints. It is common to get fibromyalgia in addition to arthritis so it is very possible you have both. While none of these are curable they can be controlled. It may take some trial and error to get the right mix of drugs.
I hope your doctor will give you something for joint and muscle pain and do ask for a generic. The combination of darvocet and flexeril does wonders for me, but I can only take them together at night. Please do let us know what happens.
Tried the cod liver oil, but like you said, you really need to find what is best for you. I've been on Cymbalta since Christmas, but really feel there is not much relief in regards to my feet. My doctor now wants to try me on something new, more for neuropathy. Thanks though, like to hear from others.
I just went through a traumatic event. I was hospitalized for mental trauma. I was put on celexa and trazadone along with xanax that I take for anxiety that ive always had. My question is... everyone i talk to says that cymbalta will also help with the pain i have in my spine from herniated disc and arthritis and bone spurs. I dont know that Im depressed, I am just a panic in public and with sudden noises and movement puts me over the edge. Is it true about cymbalta?
I was told this was my depression resurfacing and had to be on new meds. I was put on Xanax XR for the anxiety and Cymbalta for all the pain I was experiencing and my depression. With in two weeks I was feeling great again. This time, the only side effect I had, almost immediately, was being very lethargic in the mornings and that is from the Xanax XR (because I take it at night).
Thank you for your time - I originally posted this in the arthritis forum and am reposting this here because someone with Fibromyalgia might see it.
Combining Cymbalta and Abilify is not a problem. I was on both for about 2 years, before changing Cymbalta for another antidepressant. Yes, Abilify can, but only definitely, cause a movement disorder called akathisia. It causes a restless feeling which could cause you to need to pace, or cross and uncross your legs... something like that. I did get akathisia but opted to stay on Abilify because it helped me so much.
I am new to this site but not new to fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic pain. I used to take antidepressants for the pain only but have had to up the dosage for depression as well from having to live with the chronic pain. Cymbalta caused bad depression for me as well as my sister who lives with the same diseases. I moved over to Celexa and it has helped me get out of the depression. There are a lot to choose from.
Any way on with my question. The dr. put me on 30mg Cymbalta. I took it for 6-8wks with not much relief. However, it did make me more forgetful, clumsy, tired, etc. When I went back to dr with this info. they increased it to 60 mg and added ultram. It just made me more forgetful, clumsy and tired. I guess my question is... Is this normal and are there any other treatments that actually work. The pain makes me very irritable and the lack of sleep/rest isn't helping either.
Thank you so much for your post. Yesterday I experienced a new development. I had a low grade fever and my bones felt like they were burning. It was the worst experience yet. I do have an appointment with a rheumatologist and had inflammatory blood work done today. I'm realy excited to get the results because it's the not knowing that's making me crazy. I'll keep you guys posted.
I don't understand that. If they're at a loss for answers, then what's the harm to give me a test for it? I also have other issues and have been sick going on 2 yrs. I've lost trust in the medical profession. My son is now 31 but when he was a toddler I noticed that he was hungry a lot and ate a lot but was losing weight. I took him to the doctor and they really didn't do anything. They took blood tests that came out normal. So the docs said it was psychological.
I took duloxitine (Cymbalta) for depression, not pain. I took it for about 6 months, as directed (it was titrated in that time). Like the potpourri of pill, capsule, liquid, and chewable MAOIs, SSRIs, Tricyclics, tetracyclics, and SNRIs I've taken for the same reason and to the same spec (as directed, for extended time, trying different dosages as instructed)... it did squat.
I took Cymbalta for 4 yrs and finally just got off of it. While Cymbalta did help manage both my depression and muscle pain, the side effects were what i hated about it. I never had digestion problems from it, but my stomach hurt constantly and my appetite disappeared. Eating became a chore and if i got distracted with school/work responsibilities, i would forget to eat, sometimes for 2 days. I also developed hyperhydrosis and always had a chemical/metalic taste in my mouth.
So even though I was upset with my boyfriend and stressed because my dad went into surgery today and I really wanted to just check out I went for a run instead and a swim. It helped for sure but what I really want is to deal with all of these things without having to withdraw at the same time. I feel bad for everyone who is going through this...how were we to know getting away from a drug we didn't even use to get high could be so hard? Just like oxy withdrawal, I want it to be over....
My primary doctor wants to test me for autoimmune arthritis. My psychiatrist has upped my Cymbalta dose to 90mg a week ago to see if my fatigue improves.. no cigar. Has anyone had these joint and muscle symptoms and extreme body fatigue? I am great mentally, physically i'm exhausted!
2) My doctor changed it to 60 mg Armour. My new doctor wrote a prescription for Cymbalta for the muscle pains and I have not picked it up. I was hoping the pains would resolve on their own with proper hormone replacement. I have been on 60 mg for three weeks now and when I move around normally throughout the day by the end my muscles in my thighs and calves cramp and burn. If I don't rest the knots develop and then begins the stabbing pains.
and frequent muscle cramps, including spasms in the neck/shoulder area that lock my neck at an angle, pull my shoulder back and are extremely painful. Seeing a neurologist for headaches. he has me on cymbalta; it worked for 2 months and now the headaches/eye pain/numbness is back. seeing a gastro guy for stomach stuff, he has me on Nexium for gastroparesis. Any ideas what might be causes all or most of the symptoms? Most doctors seem to focus on one symptom and don't look at whole.
I experience pain caused by ao old back injury and arthritis. I just stopped taking Cymbalta which caused unpleasant side effects plus intense withdrawals. I was looking for an alternative and discovered Lyrica, but then I saw the warning about addictive behavior. I don't want anything that will cause that feeling to return ever again. Are there any fellow addicts out there who have had experience with Lyrica?
I was on Lexapro and I loved it! I was happy for the first time in a long time. Then they changed it to Cymbalta to treat the depression and the pain. I did not feel any different, I think the Lexapro with it might work better. But those are both very very expensive so perhaps I can get them from the companies. My husband is supposed to be on Lexapro too. He has boderline hi-bloodpressure. They had him on valium 1x day along with Elavil and Requip at bedtime.
You need to find a hjghly competent dentist to fabricate a night guard for you. For the time being, you can place a cotton roll or something similar between yuor front teeth to disclude posterior teeth, which maneuver may help. However, definite treatment requires a well constructed occ;usal appliance.
symptoms come in spells lasting sometimes up to 10 days, no over the counter meds help, no normal cold/flu symptoms (no runny nose, cough, sore throat, only the muscle/body aches), joint and body pain consisted with severe fatigue, sleeping spells lasting days, had to leave job of 10 years in March, possible Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis.
My insurance company won't pay for a CPAP because I haven't met the deductible, so I have found a compromise for now - a Breathe-Right strip. My sleep specialist says that fibro is caused by sleep apnea, but I have trouble buying that. If it were that simple, then everyone would be on CPAPs. My point is get the best sleep possible. I can't stress that enough. I found out that I can't sleep on an inner-spring mattress. After 5 minutes on one of those things, I'm in excruciating pain.
Hi thks for your reply! I have not treated for the hep c yet. I have been trying to wait for the interferon free meds to come out next year. I have good blood tests and low enzymes but very high viral load. I have wondered if some of these joint pains might be from the hep c. I think I did acquire the fibro with the hep c, I read that it happens like that sometimes. I do have irritable bowel and other things with the effects of fibro.
I had been doing so well on the lamictal and cymbalta that I thought I had no need for psychiatrist for the last 10 months or so. Now, bam, I need one and who wants to start with a patient that already has SJS. When I had dbl couverage insurance I could get in anywhere. (least of problems) 4. I've seen, neurologist, internal med.
Both contain synthetic compounds similar to natural cannabinoids and found to be effective for MS pain. In the US I believe Cesamet is approved by the FDA for chemo induced nausea but not for MS pain, so it may not be easy to get access to it. And as far as I know, Sativex isn't approved in the US. In US states where it is legal, natural may be the easiest to get, and perhaps is preferable to the pharmaceuticals.
I, too, thought that what my doc told me made sense - after I thought about it for a minute. With my arthritis, my joints are quite often swollen just from that disease process and I do know that when that type of swelling is worse, the pain and stiffness is worse. So it makes sense that swelling from fluid retention in any part of the body would make you hurt more.
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