My Doctor prescribed it for nerve pain , but I'm not sure it's that effective at that . I do have nerve pain and I have arthritic joint pain including in my lower back and hips and bone on bone knee pain.
I was in and out of antidepressants and sleeping tablets 6 months on them and out in again out this is my 13th year I'm realy tired and my lever is damaged. Now I went heath shop I'm strictly taking heath meds without side effects. They do have sleeping meds as well I sleep like baby. I just started but widrawal from cymbalta still gives me problems but I'm not going back to antidepressants. Love you
Usually for Nerve pain the Drs. Prescribe Lyrica or Neurontin as both of these are more effective for Nerve pain. I am actually surprised they started you on Cymbalta to begin with.
I would bring up both drugs with your Dr. as they have done alot for my nerve pain.
Best of luck, Kathy
I take gabapentin for nerve pain and it works rather well. Granted, it doesn't get rid of ALL my pain (I have a screwed up back, so no amount of drugs will do that!), but it gets rid of the worst of the nerve pain. I started off on Lyrica when it was still in clinical studies for fibromyalgia and only on-label for diabetic neuropathy and shingles pain, and I went from the baseline dose to the max dose in under a year and it didn't work, but the gabapentin worked as soon as I switched over to it (in fact, I was off the Lyrica before it was even approved for use for fibromyalgia). I've been on gabapentin for years now and take 2400mg a day. Sounds like a lot, but there are people out there that are on larger doses, and considering my tolerance for all medications, that's actually GOOD for me! Talk to your doctor about getting on either Lyrica or gabapentin (Neurontin) for your nerve pain.
I really don't think that the widespread prescribing of antidepressants for pain is a good idea, as I've noticed that it only works for a small fraction of people with chronic pain.
As for your arthritic pain, are you on an NSAID for that? If not, ask about getting on a prescription NSAID like Mobic or nabumetone. If you can't take NSAIDs (like myself), see about getting on a corticosteroid like prednisone. If your doctor has reservations about putting you on that because of possible bone mass loss from long term use, tell him you'll take calcium + vitamin D supplements with each dose you take, and actually do it! That's how I was finally able to convince my doctor to put me on prednisone, and it's helped a bit with my inflammation-related pain.
I take Neurontin (generic is gabapentin) for neuropathy (nerve pain). I have chronic back pain (4 back surgeries... helped some) and fibromyalgia. It helps me more than the Methadone pain meds I take, that I have actually finally lowered!! I take alot of Neurontin ... 3200 mgs a day, but I have been on it for 10 years. It can be a little weird when you are getting used to it, but if you stick it out it works. I tried Lyrica and it didn't help me. I had bone on bone in my back and I do not miss that pain... sorry you have that! Oh, for arthritis the vitamin or mineral, not sure which it is :) I take Glucosamine Sulfate... has to be sulfate, so check labels. It has really helped my parents and me. We take really pure vitamins by Andrew Lessman or check a health food store maybe. Hope that helps... God Bless! :)
The first response is going to be Neurontin or (I can't remember) the other one people have already said. I am telling you, though - I have been through major knee trauma. I have NO cartilage, I have a torn meniscus that didn't heal after surgery, I have a ruptured ACL and a ruptured MCL (as in, they're not connected), so I have constant knee instability. Surgery did a lot to help because they scooped out the rough cartilage so at least it wasn't catching on burrs, and made it more smooth. Yet I was limping and unable to really put any weight on it; and I was on all the prescription drugs, including Cymbalta. Still limping. I had doctor after doctor telling me to take glucosamine chondroitin, blahblah, I never listened to them; I think I tried it once, I thought - yeah, snake oil.
Then I tried one VERY specific bottle, and within 2 or 3 weeks, I wasn't limping anymore. I stayed on it for maybe that first year - I didn't even take the recommended dose - I took 1 per day instead of 2 per day. I told my friends who also limped, and they stopped limping. The only people it didn't help were people who actually needed to be on an operating table. It is the ORANGE labeled Triple-strength bottle made by Ortho-BiFlex. You can buy it anywhere, but I recommend you go to Walgreens. And a big tip on that... the bottles go on crazy sales ALL THE TIME, but they don't label them, so you think you're buying a bottle for $30 and don't realize that you could have grabbed a second bottle and paid only $2.99 for it. Look on their website first and check for them to be on sale, and then go. I would sometimes grab 4 bottles at a time when the sale would hit (they're on sale pretty often, but I'd get 'em while the gettin' was good). It builds up the synovial fluid in your joints so things move more fluidly, and I have walked without the slightest limp or a twinge of pain in 2 years. I do use care when walking up stairs, but that's normal for anyone with our problem. Don't forget the color Orange. :)
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