Could use use more relief than just Cymbalta. 63 year old and pain in neck, back, hands, and feet. Any recommendations? Thanks
Sorry to hear of your discomfort. I've always wondered if I should replace my anti-depressant with cymbalta because I had heard it can treat pain associated with osteoarthritis. I share your pain - literally. I have osteoarthritis of the knees, hands, neck and upper back. My Doctor told me no drugs (except acetaminophen) or surgery until my pain is keeping me from sleeping. I do take 1 mg of melatonin and 100 mg of 5-HTP - both are slow release and available over the counter. That helps me sleep. For now I just accept that my pain is one of the many difficulties associated with ageing.
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Take care for now and all the best.
Hi Anonymous. About 11 years ago I had a horrible fall and ended up with a lot of pain. Some of it was nerve pain. Over the years I have gotten much worse. I started having back pain, neck pain and pain in my joints. My body started swelling up and I was getting pins and needles in my hands and feet. I gained a lot of weight over the years and that made me have even more pain in my knees. I started to research Cymbalta (Duloxetine) a few years ago and I found out that every one of the problems I was experiencing were side effects from this medication. I had many other side effects; too many to mention. My doctor didn’t warn me about the side effects from Cymbalta so when I found out about them I was really disappointed in him. I finally decided I wanted to go off Cymbalta and realized that it can be really hard to get off. Actually it can be a nightmare for some and I’ve been one of them. I started tapering off 60 mg around June 2017 and I’m down to 6.5 mg. now. I’ve had to take the capsules apart and count the beads and taper by 10% of my last dosage taken every 10-14 days. One of the reasons I’m telling you all this is because I want you to know Cymbalta can cause more pain than what you were in before starting it. I’m in a Cymbalta group and there are over 17,000 people who are trying to get off this medication. Either because it stops working and/or because of the side effects. The people in this group who have completely tapered off Cymbalta have less to no pain now. There are lists on Google for ‘Natural Remedies’ for many ailments. That’s what we are relying on for help with our problems. I realize that sometimes medications are needed; but personally I will never take another type of this medication again. Also; Cymbalta and medications like it can deplete our bodies of vitamins that are essential for us to be healthy. I am almost 60 years old and I never cared for marijuana but my children bought me CBD Oil capsules (with a very small amount of THC) to help me with the pain from ‘withdrawals’ and I wish I would have tried it sooner. I know that there is a lot of controversy about this subject but as far as I’m concerned if it’s used for someone to have a better quality of life then it should be ok. It just recently became legal where I live so of course that helped me with my choice. Please take care and I wish you the best. Cindy
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