... I do about this? My days are miserable to say the least and I feel overwhelmed by all of it. In addition to this, I also have Degenerative Disk Disease, and arthritis in both my Cervical and Lumbar Spine. I am consumed with pain.
16 Dec 2009
Have you discussed pain management other than cymbalta for your pain. I take Avinza 90mg (extended rleased morphine) and Morphine sulphate 15mg IMM for breakthrough pain. You should ask about pain meds if you doctor will not prescribe the best thing to do is see a pain management doctor. i used to see one now my family doctor writes for it. Good Luck and I hope this helps a little Barb
17 Dec 2009
Doctors usually like to try NSAIDS (Non-Steroid Anti-Inflammatory Drug) Such as Ibuprophen, Acetaminophen, Naproxen sodium, etc.. before they prescribe stronger narcotics. Another pain killer that's not a controlled substance (yet) Is Tramadol.
If your usual doctor doesn't feel comfortable prescribing those medications you will need to find a Specialist such as a Pain Medicine/Anesthesiologist. They are the ones that deal with the degenerative disc disease and arthritis. Good Luck I hope this helps a little. :)
17 Dec 2009
I agree with the last guy. I fortunetly have a regular Intrnal Medicine doctor who also writes my pain meds & I do get the strong ones(M.S Contin 100mgx2 & Dilaudid 8mgx4 for B.Tpain) another strange thing is my shrink writes two benzos,Temazapam & Klonopin. You don't see that two much but besides my anxiety I also have seizures & the Temazapam isn't a anti-convulsent. My vertabrae are degenerating too & the c-1 & c-2 are fussed,but I think your condition does call for something stronger. I know tramadol us an opiate strenth non-opiate but I don't have any experiance with it so I can't comment on it,but i do know from others that it's strong enough to have withdrawl symtoms from,so it sounds strong I just don't know what the people are getting the withdrawl from if there's no opiates in it. I suppose it could be alot of things. People get withdrawl from benzos so it makes sense that a lot of things are habit forming.
I take mirtazapine for depresion,mabey you could ask your doc for a seperate depression drug than the combo that is cymbalta?
8 Jan 2010
SORRY TO HEAR your having this much trouble, but I understand with my Fibro and Disk disease in my neck ..plus TMJ ..it can be unbearable..its hard to get any good Dr.'s around where i live. I'm just lucky that I got some tramadol ..its a life saver, but i need two a day(my new dr. who's just a PA and looks at least 30 years younger than I) she only allows me one. You think that these Young(Dr.) ones are afraid your gonna be addicted (its not like i'm asking for morphine) ; but they have no compassion for your pain..I'm not a mean person, but i did wish for a moment that she was my age and walked in my shoes for about a week!
I also can relate to you being overwhelmed, i feel like that all the time. I have so many things i want to do, and the pain keeps me from living it..my grandbaby is 8 months and 20lbs now..I thought i wouldn't be able to carry her, but some things i feel are worth it, even if its painful..she's such a sweet heart..
So I belive the medical field is the reason i am suffering and I think you and all of us that are, could be kept a little more comfortable, If they would walk in our shoes... Take care and try to get some tramadol, before they consider it a narcotic and then its a no nooo..my Dr. is telling me right now that its going to be linked to that class of medication and then I'll be really in trouble..
Take care of yourself and I will say a pray for you and all of us "painovercomers" wich is my hope and pray that we will overcome this, IN His Dear Lord's Name i pray for You and all who are suffering, amen and amen~
21 Jul 2010
I have almost the identical symtoms that you have. I went to a pain management doctor and just had a procedure on my lumbar spine which is called radiofrequency Neurotomy. There is a lot of info on this on the internet. It has relieved most of the pain in that area. I was on tramadol for several years which really worked well but I found out on this site that Cymbalta should not be taken with Tramadol, so I have been slowly withdrawing from it and am down to one at night. It is very addictive and it has taken a long time to do this. I tried to get off of Cymbalta but started hurting alot so I decided to stay on it. I have tried Neurontin but all it did was make me sleepy. My doctor wants me to try Darvocet for the fibro pain, but I haven't picked up the prescription yet. My pain management doctor gave me a script for hydrocodone, but just for a few days after the procedure on my spine.
It works very well and does not make me sleepy so I am going to call my fibro doc and see if I can get a script for that. I have read it is not good to take long term so I don't know if she will approve it. Have you tried any other pain meds that work for you? Good Luck! As you know there is no cure for fibro so if anyone else has any suggestions, let is know!
16 Dec 2011
I take Cymbalta for my depression from Fibro & all the other conditions you have.
There are a bunch of drugs out there that help with the pain. you need to explain to your dr. & explain how much pain you are in. if the dr you are seeing doesn't want to help ask to see a pain management dr. pain docs have various other procedures & pain meds to help you out. Sometimes you need to change dr.s as alot of dr.s don't know or care about Fibro. Good luck , kathy
16 Dec 2011
Hi Lil Snoopy, ditto, ditto to all who answered before me. I just got diagnosed with Fibro at 61, long hard journey, but luckily the first Rx I was put on is Savella for Fibro (it's also an anti-depressant) It has helped alot, on it 2 months or so... Many who took Cymbalta switched to it and have good results, some not. Ask your doc if you can overlap Cymbalta as you start Savella for a few weeks to build up in your system... as you taper off the Cymbalta, which will help with getting off the Cymbalta. Savella really helped with the upper half of my body, head, neck, jaw, shoulders and upper back, arms, wrists, fingers, toes. Not so much with lower back stuff yet I am glad for having the top half of my body back. Savella seems to have worked for pure Fibro symtpoms and whatever pain that is left over is not helped like injuries, etc. for me. Best of luck, prayers for ALL of us, mindy
27 May 2013
Hi!! I feel your pain, literally as I have all you've listed, plus 2 cervical spine operations for ruptured discs & bone spurs. I also had back surgery from mid-line of my back, all the way to the end of my lumbar spine to clean out bone spurs, arthritic growths & ruptured discs. I've also had thumb joint replacements in both hands. To top it off, my rotator disc was replaced. NOW, they've done all they can do... sooo, my psych put me on NEURONTIN. It's GREAT for fibromyalgia and allover pain. I take 2 800mg tablets 2x daily. You sound as if your pain is causing some depression, which is normal. You might want to find a GREAT psychiatrist for medication purposes, PLUS a TALK THERAPIST!! You would be amazed how these two working in tandem w/you helps. I also take Klonopin 1mg, 4x daily OR as needed for panic attacks (PTSD... something that happened years ago). I usually take this 2x daily and keeps anxiety at bay.
I disagree with the person who advised you about the morphine... THAT STUFF'S BAD NEWS!! It sooooo addictive, soooo quickly, so PLS stay away from it!! I hope my info helps you. Feel free to email me if you have other questions.
1 Jun 2013
I take Effexor and have chronic pain and for me, I found no relief, but my pain is in my knee and back from osteoarthritis. It has been been good for my depression though, so I'm still on it. I saw a pain specialist and really he wasnt much help because he wanted to increase the amount of narcotics I'm already on, but I'm a practicing nurse, so I wasn't ok with that answer either. I dont know whether or not you've ever tried neurontin for your fibromyalgia, but I've heard good things and its inexpensive, helps you sleep, and you could try it with the Effexor and if you're in a position where you dont have to work, ive heard that fentanyl patches work well well too. Just a thought.
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