I am currently on Citalopram. I have fibromyalgia, degenerative discs in lower back, affecting my legs, Osteoarthritis, underactive thyroid, high B/P, acid reflux, insomnia sometimes. I am exhausted. Would it help me to get off Citalopram and start using Cymbalta? I am 65, female.
In a study Cymbalta, a dual-reuptake inhibitor of serotonin and norepinephrine, 60 mg once or twice daily, significantly reduced pain in more than half of women treated for fibromyalgia, with and without major depression, according to 12-week data presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.
This data are being presented one month after another study, in which Cymbalta also significantly reduced pain in women with fibromyalgia versus placebo, was published in Arthritis and Rheumatism.
The results in this study patients were very striking in the degree of reduction of pain, which is the primary symptom of fibromyalgia. In addition, Cymbalta significantly improved these patients' quality of life and overall functioning, as measured by quality of life and disability.
Are you on lyrica or gabapentin. I take gabapentin and it helps my fibro allot. You have to work up to the dose that helps you, but when you find it it can be really helpful.
I took Cymbalta for years because I'm not only severely depressed, but also suffer from horrible Chronic Pain. I never noticed Cymbalta helping my pain, however it worked pretty good for my depression for almost 3 years. I believe there are better medications for you to take for your pain that won't interfere with your other conditions.
I have not been able to tolerate any of the fibro meds. I also have deg disks in lower back, thyroid issues, high bp, severe chest pain and more. I'm finding some relief in diet changes and herbal remedies, but also rely on pain and anxiety med (after making sure my heart and esophagus are healthy). Keep searching and you will find what works best for you. In the mean time try to eat as healthy as you can and rest as much as possible. best wishes
I can feel your pain as I have all the same conditions that you have except the acid reflux. I have never been on Citalopram but was on Lyrica and I went off that because of the weight gain then was switched to Cymbalta, 90mg a day, basically for major depressive disorder but it has worked wonders for both the depression and the body pain. I also take Tramadol 50mg and Motrin 800mg 3 times a day for pain. The major side effect that I have with Cymbalta is profuse sweating that feel somewhat like a hot flash and then I just become drenched. The Cymbalta helps me so much that I just endure this side effect. I am a 61, female. Trying to stay active and moving as much as I can also helps. I really hope you can find the right med for you. Be good to yourself.
Celexa is a day time pick me up antidepressant.t I took a very small dose for 15 years--- I'm 73 now--- I recently had very high blood pressure--so don't take it anymore. It isn't for pain! I have a lot of osteoarthritis and pinched nerves--I have arthritis in every joint--- a very bad back, and I'm going to try and take Cymbalta 20 mg at night to see if it helps me sleep better than 50 mg of Elavil! I've been on disability for 22 years. My family doctor and my rheumatologist both have suggested trying Cymbalta as the Celexa was too strong and just making matters worse!! I've taken Elavil at night to help sleep with the pain for 22 years, and now I'm going to try the Cymbalta at night and hope it lets me sleep! I also take insaids, and Ultram every day so I'm trying the lower dose> Everyone is different! Celexa isn't for pain.
Won’t know til u try it. Are you seeing a pain specialist?
I see three different dr.’s
Each handle different things.
Pain dr for pain
Phsychiatrist for adhd and depression
PCP- for other stuff
Bout to see a specialist for women’s stuff.
They all are aware of each other and the meds
I switched from Citalopram to Cymbalta 2 years ago and felt it helped the pain a great deal. Like you, I also have reflux (hiatal hernia), hypertension, osteoarthritis (and Pacemaker, vasculitis, kidney disease).
I'm not sure I can notice any difference in insomnia with Cymbalta. I do feel I dream more and am more likely to remember dreams. Sometimes my sleep is good; other times I have difficulty falling and staying asleep. It is best for me if I avoid caffeine after 3pm, keep to a routine bedtime, avoid any vitamins etc, that promote energy (ie B vitamins) near bedtime, and try to not drink too much fluid before bedtime, so I have to go to bathroom more than once during the night. I'm still trying to figure out the sleep problem.
Hello wantto, You might consider using Cymbalta! I have used both, but could not tolerate the medications ( since I'm very sensitive to anti-depressants.) I'm currently and have been using Lyrica under the supervision of my Rheumatologist. I have fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis & severe spinal stenosis! Lyrica is designed for nerve pain & is also used for other medical conditions. Contact your doctor & ask him what his thoughts are on that drug!
Take care & be well
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