Has anyone had experience using cymbala for pain relief?
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My oncolog recommended Cymbalta to use against depression & anxiety attacks. I have breast cancer stage 4 and it has been metastic for the past 10 months. It works for me and helps me to be myself. If it helps you to relieve pain, much better. Good luck!
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Thank you for your reply. I admire your courage in dealing with breast cancer stage 4 and I like how you stated that it helps you to be yourself. Pain does change how we feel and who we are. I have read all the responses to my question about Cymbalta and tomorrow I’ll be asking my primary care physician for a prescription. It seems like people find it helpful. Take care and thank you again.
I am taking cymbalta & not sure if it helps with fibromyalgia or not- had a major flare up yesterday with the cold damp weather & wondering if weather change flares are common for fibro folks-
Thank you for talking about flare-ups. I realize now this is one of reasons why April has always been such a challenge “mood-wise” & why facilitating groups was so physically exhausting. Working kept my mind off the aching but being “upbeat and supportive” was an important part of job. Couldn’t do it anymore so retired last yr. Hip joints are painful & stiff every morning right now- need to see doc & find out if something else is going on. Also random shooting pain in joints occasionally now. Fibro isn’t supposed to be progressive- right?
I’m glad you started a new topic dedicated to Cymbalta (generic name: duloxetine). It has been discussed in various discussions throughout Connect by a number of members, like @sandytoes14 @kdubois @jimhd @oldnana @kathyv @lauriedr @jenapower @janie56 to name a few.
Always Hopeful, while we wait for others to join the conversation, can you tell us a bit more about why you are asking about Cymbalta? What type of pain are you managing? Do you already take Cymbalta or has it been recently suggested to you?
It would be amazing if you could start a new discussion in the Chronic Pain group to tell us about your experience with the cognitive behaviour therapy class. There are a couple of other members who have done it too. Let’s bring current participants, graduates and future participants of the class together in one place.
Here’s how to start a new discussion:
1. Go to the Chronic Pain group here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/pain/
2. Click the START A DISCUSSION button.
3. Add a title like “Taking a Cognitive Behavior Class – anyone else?
4. Write your first message, inviting people to join you.
5. Click CREATE DISCUSSION.
@JustinMcClanahan will be sure to bring others into the discussion.
I use it for Fibromyalgia pain & post surgical neuropathy pain.
I just got the stimulator implanted, but it could take 3 days before I feel relief.
I haven’t noticed any effect of Cymbalta on depression or anxiety.
HS means Hour of Sleep. Sorry, medical terminology. I’m a nurse so forget sometimes when I’m writing.
I noticed an error when I re-read my post. I take 60 mg Cymbalta in the morning.
@AlwaysHopeful, thank you for your kind words. Ya know, I just don’t feel strong. But I don’t feel out of control like I used to. Most of the time I have much peace, but, there are days! Today was one of those days. My PCP prescribed a compounded medication for my neuropathy JANUARY 4th. It is now APRIL 11th. The pharmacy apparently doesn’t understand the presciption. I keep getting calls from them saying this cream isn’t covered by insurance so if you want a tube of it, you have to pay $190. I explain the whole thing to them AGAIN for the 10th, 11th, 12th time. Can they not put it in their notes right on the screen everything we’ve talked about every time this cream is denied? my doctor is as frustrated as I am.
Part of my neuropathy is from moving the 2 rib muscles over to the trachea. The nerves & blood supply was maintained to ensure the muscles would successfully graft to the trachea. When I asked my surgeon if she could ablate those nerves she said she would have to reassess at a year. Well the year is less than a month away. Has anyone ever had nerve ablation?
Thank you, Allison. I hope so as well!
I had a trial spinal cord stimulator implanted yesterday, and on the way home, my feet didn’t hurt! Today, they hurt at about 60% less than they have for several years. Still pain, but I think I could handle it at this level.
That is awesome news Jim! You will have to keep updating the group as time goes on to let us know how it continues to help you. Any level of decreased pain can be quite a relief.
I have idiopathic peripheral neuropathy, both feet. I've had this for past 30 years. Then took Cymbalta which was a disaster. Put me in hospital for 2 days, due to drug-induced psychosis
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