Cymbalta for sciatica

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I use Cymbalta for abdomen, neck and hand pain and Fibromyalgia. It does a good job for me. There are some unpleasant side effects such as nausea and being light headed upon standing being the worst for me. I tried Neurontin and Lyrica. I couldn't take the side effects from either of those two. I've experienced life without Cymbalta. Without it my pains levels are considerably higher. My mood is much better on it. All in all, it's well worth the unpleasant side effects for me.
yes I believe cymbalta is an antidepressant...but reportedly does help with pain, not sure on this?? the lyrica is (as far as I know) an anticonvulsant so is neurontin(gabapentin)...they both work on nerve pain such as sciatica that radiates down the thighs and legs.
Has anybody ever tried cymbalta or savella and does it help ,quickly sigh....I have been on 3ml of ativan a day for 3 years (too long) in hopes that I would be able to find a SSRI to help so I could wean off as it doesnt do much anymore and makes me cold brrr....With fibro it makes one more sensitive to meds and I find the SSRI's make my fibro worse.
I noticed that not only the Cymbalta but the Effexor I am on now is more likely the reason for my ugly weight gain. plus! because of the weight gain I hate myself. I'm disgusted w myself. I can't even look @ myself. none of my clothes fit me. I don't want to go anywhere or see anyone. etc. etc. blah blah blah & so on. SO! I'm on my 4th day w no Effexor & only 4 Tramadol a day. I'm going thru hell but trying my hardest to stay off of it. I will!! & I best lose the weight.
It started with tingling in both feet, worse in left and was aggravated by sitting. Now my left leg has burning sciatica from top to bottom and slight muscle weakness and my the left side of my back right outside the spine around S1 is burning intensely and radiating tingling and pins and needles.
I was prescribed vicodin and neurontin for back pain and sciatica. I also have flexiral and ativan for panic attacks. I seem to have all the ingredients to help the withdrawals but I dont know when to take the neurontin for the w/d's. They make me very tired. I have a busy schedule, I dont work but I am helping raise my graddaughter and she is the light of my life.
Hi, My mom has been suffering for over a year with severe episodes of nausea and dry heaving. There is a LONG history, but basically she woke up sick one morning and nothing has been the same since. Here a history, there's many things that have occurred in the past few years, the stomach symptoms have only been for the past year or so.....
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.
this is the first time reading all this i am 38 have heart trouble diabetic nueropothy and l4 l5 discs are deteriorating rapidly also 7 surgeries on back i am currently on 40 mg oxycotin 2 timesdaily nuerontin 600mg a day cymbalta 30mg 2 a day and a fentanyl pain patch 60 mg a day and i cant get approved for disability i cant function with all these meds im losin my house cause i cant work cant get unemployment and am ready to kill myself cause i cant care for my 2 kids my mom takes care of them
Hello, has your doctor prescribed a nerve pain medication for you? Nuerontin, cymbalta, Lyrica, and things like that can help calm the nerve pain. Also a muscle relaxer may help as well. Good luck.
I'm also on Cymbalta 120 mg./day for nerve pain, Clonidine 1 mg a day for nerve pain/ Ibuprofen 800 mg. 3 times a day, a compounding cream (which does seem to help some types of the pain.) It's really hard to get the right combination of meds to control the pain but still allow you to function. Good luck.
I use to just sit in bed all day and do nothing maybe do work for about 10 mins but most of the time I didn't do anything for weeks. Now I am better although I don't know if I will ever be able to have a job which I have to work more than an hour on a day. It's still very painful to sit in a chair for a good +10 mins plus.
This is an extremely timely article that was just published mostly for general practitioners in the Annals of Family Medicine Magazine. I thought that it some numbers in it were both troubling and fascinating to want to share it with all of you. In a nut shell it says what I have been saying all along - doctors write too many opiate prescriptions for far many chronic pain patients. Nearly 15,000 people die from opiate prescription overdoses than both heroin and cocaine combined.
I am getting an SI injection soon and sometime after that I have surgery for placement of a central line. I'm scared out of my mind! I have Physical Therapy 2x weekly too and I am not even used to leaving the house! I am so overwhelmed! I had a dx of with Autonomic Instability this week due to my Post Concussive Syndrome. I can't deal with this. I don't know how people deal with this. I'm raising my Cymbalta. Lowering my Diazepam and Risperidal. This whole week is a mess!
For 10 years I have experienced a discomfort in my right upper side in the exact place the biopsy was taken. I've always felt like they hit a nerve and just left the burning feeling there. I seems to have deminished since starting treatment in November (odd) I do have periods of right shoulder pain the goes from my shoulder joint to the base of my neck. This came with the treatment I believe. Biggest pain issue for me is hip joints, knee joints and ankles and toes.
In the morning I been getting really bad cramps like the muscle is tightening more like a muscle spasm and i have to rub it or massage it till it goes away What's really bad it stays with me all day,I had these symptoms for more than a year, and been diagnosed and taking meds for fibromyalgia. plus I take cymbalta for pain management for other parts of my body that gives me pain, also I take glucosamine and chondroitin everyday and still I have pain!
Hello, I was looking for some treatment options for General Neuropathic Pain as the only diagnosis my dr can provide me after negative EMGs both upper and lower extremeties and complete work up including MRIs, bone scans, x-rays, and blood tests. My pain is debilitating sciatica like in both legs and ulnar nerve pain in both arms from shoulder down to the pinky fingers which feels like tightness in so many muscle groups. Pain for 2 years without answer or any treatment to help.
epidural cortisone steroid shot can often help the sciatica. Not sure if it works for fibro or if it is contarindicated for fibro. A good chiropractor might help...research this carefully...they can help realign your back and hips to relieve the pressure on the nerves.
I was in a somewhat high risk sexual experience 5 months ago where I thought I contracted genital herpes due to the similar severe symptoms. Currently all my testing for STD have been negative, I have been having neurologic symptoms such as burning skin feeling on legs around pelvis with sciatica pain. I know this could be caused by herpes virus as I have spoke with many people on similar sites suffering from what is described as post herpetic neuralgia.
Conventional spine surgery should be reserved for restoring mobility and paralysis prevention. It is not very reliable for eliminating pain. Endoscopic Spine Surgery is a new minimally evasive surgery that I am planning on getting next year after we buy our house. This surgery has a 90% success rate on pain reduction. Conventional surgeries have about a 50% success rate. Endoscopic spine surgery is very expensive.
Hi For the past 3 months or so Ive been getting these "shocks" (it feels like a really small burst of electricity?) thoughout my mouth, hands, head and ears. I take Cymbalta, Vistiril and Propanollol(when needed). It happens when I sit down and only lasts for 2 seconds or so. I do have a history of passing out due to big drops in blood pressure, but it doesnt feel like low blood pressure.
I hope this helps provide more options for treatment of your sciatic pain. Surgery may be an option for you as well but it is best to exhaust all conservative treatments first. A newer and much less evasive procedure is called endoscopic spine surgery. I plan to have this type of surgery in the spring. Places like Laser Spine Institute, North American Spine, and the Bonati Institute amongst others, offer this type of surgical option.
i am not familiar with the effects of tramadol other than it being prescribed for pain. my mother was on it for sciatica not too long ago. cymbalta, on the other hand, is not only prescribed to manage neuropathic pain, but is also used as an anti-depressant. does tramadol have anti-depressant effects as well? i would ask the doctor point blank why she wants to make the change.
Hello I am asking a question about back and neck pain I have been having pain in my right hip, leg and in mid back, these have been going on for awhile, hip pain started at work I sit a lot and it does bother me more when I sit.across my shoulders and in neck. Have stopped exercising and am in misery, feel possibly getting hooked on pain meds, tried cymbalta but made difficult to pee. PSA last year 1.
Can the sciatica by caused by the cervical problems? Other than more surgery, is there anything to do for the cervical problems and the sciatica? I was using my treadmill daily, but can no longer do so because of the leg pain. I did recently have 3 injections to try to help the sciatica, with temporary relief of a just a few days.
To the point they put me on prenatal vitamins and have been taking prescribed potassium, Cymbalta, Soma for back and Valium to help sleep. I am 45 and stay tired all the time. I could sleep all day but do work in a factory. Seems everything is getting worse. I seem to have brain fogs if you know what I mean and eye sight is getting worse from last exam. I wake up 3,4,5 times a night in pain and once I sit up for 30+ minuntes I can lay back down. I wake up due to the pain in back.
Thanks for the ideas. I do take Neurotin and Cymbalta already and like one of you said, adding in Valium especially if its in the night. Here's hoping this bad flare subsides soon!
5mg/325mg tabs, 4x a day -- mealtimes and middle of night when I awake with pain), for muscle relaxing and for pain relief. I'd like to know whether you think going off the 200 mg of Zoloft was the culprit of the back spasms (which I still have), and what is the best way to get back on track with correct meds (but not too many!) because I truly don't think I am a depressed person, and I definitely don't want to develop a dependency on these strong, but very effective :) narcotics.
I continued having pain after 5 minutes standing or walking, but I was able to swim uneventfully for 90 minutes daily. I did not have any sciatica in the supine position for the following 8 weeks. 1 week ago he started experiencing pain in the dorsal decubitus postion essentially in the left buttock region and also in the left thigh leg and foot. My pain is now rated 10/10 after 1 minute standing or walking, but his physical exam does not show any motor deficiency so far.
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