have been on elevil, but it puts weight on me. Dr just prescribed cymbalta. Has anyone had success for weight problems (also pain and lack of deep sleep) on cymbalta??
Who has taken cymbalta for fibromyalgia? Have you had success?
- 8 Mar 2013 by Kittenliz
- 1 May 2013
- cymbalta, pain, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, chronic pain, sleep, weight
Added 8 Mar 2013:
Absolutely wonderful addition for pain relief of fibromyalgia!!! Please read. I get those muscle knots in my upper back, and of cource cant' reach them to massage. A few years ago a friend told me to get a Tens Machine. I love it and can't do without it. You can find them on the internet for about $60.00. There are more expensive ones, but you don't need them. They have a little control box that can clip on your belt or pants. From it are electro wires that attach on those "knots" with sticky pads. You can control the depth of the "buzz" into the knot. I can leave it on for as long as needed. This and some Aleve or if you can, a glass of wine....you are a new person. Let me know if any of you try this. Kittenliz
I tried Cymbalta a few years ago for fibro pain but it did nothing for the pain and actually increased my pain level, and gave me horrible panic attacks. However, I've also heard some great things about it too, it's helped quite a few people with their fibro pain. I don't know about weight gain on it though. I don't recall ever hearing about people having issues with weight gain while on Cymbalta. It's one of those medications that you have to give a try, and give it at least a month, before you really find out how it's going to work for you, and if it's going to work for you. I used to take amitriptyline myself, but I took it for sleep, not pain. I never had any issues with gaining weight while I was on it. That was years ago.
I actually just started taking nortriptyline for nerve pain, and it's working great so far and I've only been taking it for a couple of nights!
Good luck with the Cymbalta, I hope it works well for you! And if not, you can always give Savella a try. It's another antidepressant that's prescribed for pain. In fact, the only thing it's approved by the FDA for in the US is specifically for fibromyalgia pain!
I have taken Cymbalta and am starting to take again. I had problems with weight gain on other anti-depressants. My doc (not the one that prescribed the ones that made me put on weight!) said Cymbalta isn't as bad as some of the other anti-depressants. Since I am already overweight, that was a concern. I have not noticed any increase in pain. I have had trouble with my sleep in the past. When I take this at night, it seems to help me sleep deeper. Hope that was helpful! God Bless!
I tried it as well and had panic attacks like PoisonAlice. I had to discontinue, but I have heard many a success story about Cymbalta! I've a friend who swears by it, she says it works wonders for her and she certainly is in much less pain than myself.
I hope it works for you!
I tried taking Cymbalta for chronic back and hip pain. At 30mg it seemed to be working though I did have an upset stomach so had to eat a little every 2 hours and could not eat a big meal at all or I had terrible heartburn.
My doctor had me go up to 60mg to see if I got more pain relief and that was when everything went wrong. After 3 weeks the pain got worse and I had terrible nausea and diarrhea like water, but the worst thing was the depression. So since my doctor was away (I live on a farm near a tiny one doctor town), my pharmacist had me cut back to 30mg. The withdrawals were horrid but after a week that settled down but my system can't handle it at all now so I am tapering off.
I have talked to quite a few people who have taken it and most gained weight, only a few didn't and most who didn't are like me and had diarrhea so actually lost weight.
It did help with sleep when I was on the 30mg but I started to wake up more during the night when I went to 60mg.
Now that is just me and I know that for some people it really helps but most of those seem to never take more than 30mg once a day.
Thank you, KittenLiz for sharing about your TENS unit! I'm getting one, for certain now. My main problem is neuropathy (ideopathic, no reason for it, like diabetics get neuropathy, I don't have diabetes!) and muscle pain, but the worst is the neuropathy, it makes the fibro feel like a sneeze! But maybe, just maybe the TENS unit will help my neuropathy, too.
Thank you again, Kittenliz!
I have been taking Cymbalta for many years. It does help but I need additional help. I also take Sulindac & multiple supplements (magnesium, folic acid, iron & B12) to assist in pain control. I also will take Tramadol & Robaxin when needed.
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