I have a severe case of Crohn's Disease and deal with chronic abdominal pain, my pain management doctor told me that it is probably from my superior hypogastric nerve. I read that Cymbalta is good for nerve pain, has anyone ever taken it for the type of pain I am experiencing with good results? I also experience mild depression from living with such a debilitating chronic illness, I hope this antidepressant helps because I've tried several other antidepressants and none of them helped much.
I take Cymbalta for nerve pain and it did help, though it is not a cure-all. With each dose I increased, there was a definite decrease in nerve pain symptoms. I am now slowly decreasing in dose and find I have to do it very slowly, that is the only problem I've had with it. I sure do hope it helps you!
I have been on 120mgs of Cymbalta per day for 4 years for nerve pain and antidepressant. I have had 2 cervical fusions and the pain remains. It helps some but I am also on Gabapentin and Baclofen so who knows what helps! Good luck and I hope you see a reasonable decrease in your pain.
Hi Tygrlilie! I don't suffer from Crohn's disease, however, I do take Cymbalta for chronic daily pain but am using 60 mg daily. Usually the first dosage prescribed is 30 mg, not 20. Cymbalta does help a lot with my pain but sometimes I have dry mouth as a side effect.
I'm sorry I don't recall how long I took the lower dosage but it wasn't very long, perhaps 3 months or less. I also take Tramacet as required for my breakthrough pain. (I don't believe this medication is available in the U.S.A.)
Before discontinuing this medication or switching, try increasing the dosage if you're able. It may take a few weeks to get into your system.
You can use this website to compare drugs. Cymbalta has a higher rating but not everyone likes it or can use it.
Many of the contributors here at this website will be able to empathize with your situation & pain. I hope that your pain level improves soon. We care about you & wish you well, Tygrlilie! Please keep in touch. All the best! from Wendy :)
I was diagnosed w Crohn's 3yrs ago. My GI started me on Lexapro (titrating up to 40mg).
Though it is different from Cymbalta, it is a straight SSRI (I have a seizure disorder, therefore cannot take Cymbalta). The thought process behind these medications, aside from their antidepressant effect, is that they have been found to relax the muscle fibers in the intestinal tract. When these fibers relax, less cramping & less pain is experienced by the patient. Allegedly. Lexapro did not help me. I weaned myself off, found a pain management physician who started me on a controversial treatment for chronic pain. I have NEVER FELT BETTER in my life!!! I am now on Suboxone 8mg/2mg films. One daily. No pain. Side effect? Constipation for the normal human. We Crohn's patients are not normal. What is constipating for someone normal gives US a soft bowel movement. I can only hope a study is done soon and this becomes a mainstay of treatment. I failed Remicade, Humira, 6-MP. Suboxone IS approved for the treatment of chronic pain!!! It is only well known for its use in aiding those with narcotic addiction. What a shame. So very many can benefit. I am a physician myself... and I would sing this from the rooftop. To not have 15 bowel movements every morning!!! To function normally!!! To finally keep weight on!! Thank you, Dr. A!!!
My Dr. prescribed Cymbalta for me last year, to treat nerve damage in my hands. I have to say it made it worse! My elbow's felt like I had Tennis elbow all the time. So I went from having bad hands to bad arms,
I only took it for about 1 week
It took me about 6 months to finely be rid of the pain in my elbow's.
But everyone is different.
I hope this helps..
- Cymbalta Information for Consumers
- Cymbalta Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cymbalta (detailed)
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