I've had it for 18 yrs.Many operations and car accidents.Been on every drug possible and what works best is vicodin and soma.Been doing much better but doc feels its not good enough and wants me to take cymbalta and it makes me very nervous when the side effects are what I already try to keep under control without help from an antidepressant.Also I am not at depressed,very happy person except for arguing with my doc because my pain hasn't gone away.I would like some suggestions so I can be better informed.
I am curious if the Dr. gave you Cymbalta because he thought you were depressed. I took it for two years but I would not class it as a pain med. Hardly anyone I have ever talked to about it thinks of it is a pain med. I believe they say that depression "causes pain" of some kind so if you aren't depressed you won't have the pain. The best thing for pain I have ever used is norco (hyrdocodone 10/325 acetaminophen) If you are taking it for the right reason - the norco and soma - are what I hear most people use. I ould not take the soma - it knocked me out and I was afraid of withdrawing from that too so I just took the norco. I quit taking cymablta and every other antidepressant because I don't think you need them if you know you are not depressed. I have been depressed and I would be the first one to jump on the band wagon for antidepressants. They absolutely save lives. My experience was that if I was taking any pain meds or any other mind altering drug - the antidepressants didn't seem to work. After my surgery I went off the norco (too fast) and thought I would need Prozac and I took it and just kind of slowly weaned off it and I have felt like my normal self since then. I believe these drugs interact and it is up to us to pretty much let the Dr. know how we feel. You are paying him. I think it is easy to get intimidated by your Dr. especially if they are giving you meds to feel better. It was always in the back of my mind that he would take them away (first clue that I was dependent besides in pain) but I finally got another Dr. and he told me I wasn't taking enough and prescribed the correct dosage and would listen to me about my pains and concerns. Talk to other people too - this site has helped me alot - everyone needs a support system -- I don't care who you are. Good luck and 'make your voice heard to your Dr!!! "
Here's a few other drugs for chronic pain but you are going to be physicaly & mentaly dependant on them. I don't know if you triedOxycontin,Morphine Contin,or if you live in Canada you can get Dilaudid Contin. I was on 100 mg M.S Contin for many years with 8 mg Dilaudid for break through pain but I changed it to all 8 mg dilaudid but instead of taking the morphine which was supposted be good for 12 hrs I just take the 8 mg Dilaudid 8 times a day. I feel I get better pain relief than the Morphine. That is mabey another idea you coud try,taking a drug like Dilaudid which is used for break through pain most of the time like I do,just taking it more times a day. Hope this helps you.
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