User Reviews for Cymbalta
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Reviews for Cymbalta to treat Chronic Pain
"3 Months and so far this drug has helped me more than PT, steroid shots, yoga, massage, traction, ibuprofen and patience. The side effects were challenging to begin with, but once the first few weeks had passed by, I was feeling pretty normal and back to my old self again. I can't describe how grateful I am for this medication and it's helped me to no end. Don't believe all the negative reviews, but take note of the positive reviews too."
Socallynsey (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 26, 2017
17 users found this comment helpful.
"I suffer from chronic pain, depression and anxiety for the past 10 years and I'm 30. Football ruined my life, but cymbalta has made it worse. Not only did I NOT receive any benefit from cymbalta but I gave it the a serious 2 month try and I'm not spending 90% of my time withdrawing from it. I cannot imagine if I was on this a year, let alone ten. If this medicine helps you, I would weigh the benefits seriously- because either you're going to the grave with this medicine or you're going to have to feel the "benefits" of coming off of this poison. Beware.. because no doctor will tell you these things. Worse than 2 years of clonazepam, alcohol, or opiates... no joke. Hope this helps someone!"
Adub0614 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 29, 2017
43 users found this comment helpful.
"This is the worst drug ever put out. I'm 70 and it has ruined my life when weaned off it has nearly killed me. I have been over a year of withdrawal and still going. They should be stopped from selling this and tell everyone you know to never be put on this crap - it will ruin your life"
Pus August 21, 2017
30 users found this comment helpful.
"I have had three back surgeries the latest was back fusion I now suffer from nerve pain especially in my right thigh and knee At times I can hardly walk due to the pain and weakness in my leg Xrays and MRI show the fusion is in the correct position but the Specialist have said I may always have this nerve pain They prescribed Cymbalta and oh what a calamity I only took this medication for 3 days and that was 3 too many I was not warned about possible side effects these are numerous Massive increase in pain Massive increase in weakness in the leg (had to use a walker) Chest pain Headaches Nausea Stomach pain Mood swings like anger suicidal thoughts Nightmares Hot and cold flushes Sweating for no reason list goes on"
austmanice (taken for less than 1 month) August 14, 2017
29 users found this comment helpful.
"I have not actually taken this yet. My prescription will be ready by tomorrow. I'm scared, depressed, hopeful and in pain.... I hope I have good stories to share like the positive comments on here. I worry I'm going to be like the others."
JuicyK81 July 11, 2017
14 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed this medication for depression several years ago. I did not think it was helping me so I had my doctor take me off of it 8 months ago. I was determined to handle my depression without it as I just wasn't seeing a big difference. Whoa. Was I wrong. I finally went back on it three days ago, and I can tell you that everyone I knew with rheumatoid arthritis, or osteoarthritis (as I do), my depression only worsened once my pain level increased each day, until finally I tried it again. Everyone I know who has pain from arthritis who has tried to stop taking Cymbalta, has returned to it much, much sooner than I did. I am sorry I suffered as long as I did before trying it again. It is a life saver and had given me my life back."
Fiverlo May 30, 2017
35 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking 30mg of Cymbalta about a month ago. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and was prescribed Cymbalta mainly for depression, but I must say that Cymbalta has significantly helped the chronic pain. I had side effects the first two weeks or so, but they mostly went away. As far as depression goes though, it hasn't really helped me."
Sutton12 (taken for 1 to 6 months) May 18, 2017
24 users found this comment helpful.
"It's not working for my functional abdominal pain"
Asidar (taken for less than 1 month) May 10, 2017
5 users found this comment helpful.
"I was in an accident 3 months ago. I had extreme pain and finally I found a doctor who listened to me. After my accident and my lower buttocks legs and heels I could hardly move not including all the neck problems I had the first wee.k I felt some flu symptoms however one day I woke up and I have to say it made me 75% better I just got increased from 30 to 60 it seems like I might have some of the side effects. I first had my body a little flu like feeling, in my mind a little foggy, however if you're really taking this for nerve pain I would suggest this to anyone it has helped me more than anything. Starting next month I'm going to wean off of the narcotic pain pill I've taken 3 months all the bad reviews on most scared me from me but I tried"
Alley 267 (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 4, 2017
35 users found this comment helpful.
"After 6 years, I finally tried to talk to my doctor about side effects her reply was that there was nothing wrong with the medications, I complained to much. I started taking myself off of some of them myself. Fortunately, maybe, she had a family problem that she took leave to deal with. By this time, I had taken myself off of 70% of opiate pain killers. I told the doctor that I wanted to stop the Cymbalta. His response was no problem. I was taking two 30mg, his instruction was stop taking one for a week then stop the other. Five days later I was calling saying that was going to work. I was then prescribed two 20 mg and started doing what I found on the internet. A month later, things were better but I swing back and forth with issues come and go. The doctor still says they haven't had issues with other patients. Maybe the doctors don't talk to their patients? They definitely don't read anything about the drugs that they prescribe."
Distrustful (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 7, 2017
24 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking cymbalta for chronic pain about a week ago.I give it a 9 that s how good it is for my chronic lower back pain no tramadol needed"
Tnouche February 2, 2017
55 users found this comment helpful.
"I was given Cymbalta in October to help with chronic back pain from a spinal fusion surgery due to no one catching a 33 degree scoliosis curve which was also affecting my breathing. My mother passed in September, so my PAIN SPECIALIST decided I needed something for anxiety/depression AND pain..ya think? So he told me to take it for a few weeks and tell him if I like it, and if I think it helps. Well, no mood lifting, no pain relief. Luckily I had no side effects to speak of, so I am sorry for those of us that doctors just hand meds to without explaining anything. Yes, he just prescribed them, and said "They should help." NO warnings, then we get the effects and they look at us like we are crazy. He tried to give me Cymbalta a second time!"
AJC1970 (taken for less than 1 month) January 19, 2017
12 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed Cymbalta 20mg @1/day, first thing in the morning for severe sciatic pain. After about 3 days I experienced considerable relief in my pain and stays away until around 8-8:30 PM. What I don't like is the constant sweating. I can be sitting still and start to sweat. It's all facial sweating and it can last for hours. I spoke with my doctor about it and she prescribed Wellbutrin to be taken with the Cymbalta. I tried it for a few days and that gave me diarrhea so I opted to deal with the sweats. Other side effect is muscle or involuntary jerking. Especially when I'm lying still in bed. I just wish big pharma could invent a pill that doesn't have so many side effects and just do what it's designed to do."
LJnDC (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 12, 2017
50 users found this comment helpful.
"I have Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Associated Periodic Syndrome (TRAPS Syndrome) and am in near constant pain (joints, pleurisy & abdominal) I started with 90mg of Cymbalta after breakfast and it certainly takes the edge off of the pain! I don't really have any side effects to speak of. I also take Plaquenil & Sulfasalazine for joint stiffness and rash with fever."
Vettegurrl January 6, 2017
33 users found this comment helpful.
"I had a patient attack me back in 1997 resulting in L shoulder ligament tears, which required surgery. Months after the surgery my L arm was very painful, cold, the skin hurt to touch it. I would cry with the pain daily. After seeing the orthopedic again just before surgery I asked what are you going to do about the cold temperature in my arm. To this point I had only seen physician assistance. The MD took one look at my arm, cancelled the surgery for the next day and sent me immediately to see another Dr in Jacksonville, FL. This Dr took one look at my arm and knew that moment what it was, RSD reflex sympathetic dystrophy. They tried several medications and he sent me to a pain specialists. He stared me on Cymbalta 120 mg daily."
DebMRN (taken for 10 years or more) January 4, 2017
35 users found this comment helpful.
"It works in subtle ways. It was supposed to help with RA pain but it has actually helped my outlook on my daily life as well. I feel hope and have extra energy. This relief of pain has helped me be able to draw better boundaries around situations I was allowing to happen in my life. The side effects are mild. I also like that I am not gaining weight. Subtle changes, but works great and in ways I did not expect. It has not taken away my RA pain, but has muted it a bit."
6 weeks - Cymbalta (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 2, 2017
45 users found this comment helpful.
"I've had RA for 56 years, and of course pain. Before having my gastric surgery I had tremendous pain in my lower back. A nurse friend who also as RA said I should try it, I took 30mg the first night and rocketed out of bed the next morning; the second night/morning the same thing, no pain and the flexibility to jump right out of bed. The third night I was wondering if I was just having a good couple of mornings, so I skipped the dose; I woke up at 2am with excruciating pain and downed the cymbalta. The next morning around 9am, I launched out of bed forgetting all about any pain. Bottom line, for me it was a God send, like most meds; you can't expect everyone to react the same. It's not rocket science people, get a weeks worth of samples."
FlyGuyRA November 24, 2016
62 users found this comment helpful.
"I developed a chronic pain syndrome post chole 25 year ago. My pain waxed and wained. Pain medication did nothing. The only thing that helped a little was muscle relaxants. My doctor suggested cymbalta. The effect was immediate. I just thought I was having a good week. I took 30 mg daily (lowest dose). The pain never returned. I still have muscle stiffness but the pain associated with it is gone. I have an arthritic thumb from an injury that still causes me pain. So for arthritic pain it does not seem to help. All I can say is give it a try. The effects for me were immediate."
Tuna1 November 5, 2016
52 users found this comment helpful.
"My personal advice to anyone thinking of starting Cymbalta, don't do it. I only wish someone told me before I took it. Granted, it did take the edge off of some of my pain short term. The side effects just aren't worth it. I was fortunate enough to only suffer mood swings, anger, brain zaps and so on for about a month because I wasn't on it that long. They don't tell you that once you start taking Cymbalta, it's near impossible for someone to safely come off on their own if they have been on it more than a couple of months. Just please do your research. Some people have had great success but others barely lived to tell their horror stories and others aren't here"
Diveranda (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 16, 2016
68 users found this comment helpful.
"This works incredibly well for my nerve pain."
Carolina Annie September 28, 2016
44 users found this comment helpful.
"I was started on Cymbalta for pain at 30 mg per day the first month. I experienced mild disruption of sleep for a few nights, but no other side effects. My pain was initially reduced by 70% but began to wear off by evening. Second month my dose was upped to 60 mg per day, which I take at lunch time. My neck pain and neuropathy in hands and feet have been reduced by 90% which is like a miracle to me. I have been able to resume yoga and biking. Life is very good now. I was switched to generic Duloxetine with no loss of benefit and no more side effects. I'm one of the lucky ones who does not suffer many side effects from medications. My sister cannot use this one at all."
SalsaVerde September 9, 2016
99 users found this comment helpful.
"I feel the need to write this review as I read so many negative reviews online of Cymbalta before I started taking it, and they really freaked me out. However, while I cannot negate what others have said as I know this type of medication varies for almost everyone, Cymbalta has been really great for me! I have mysterious chronic pain for over two years now, and after trying so many different things to lessen it (other medications, chiropractic, PT, supplements, acupuncture, stretching, icing....the list goes on), this has been the only thing that has really helped me. My pain hasn't gone away fully, but Cymbalta has made my life a lot easier. I have experienced no side effects so far."
HRUT September 7, 2016
102 users found this comment helpful.
"I started out on 30mg for one week then moved up to 60mg, since starting the larger dose I am having frequent dizzy spells, headaches & fatique. I am planning to give it more time, this rx so far, has been the only rx that has lowered my pain due to chemotherapy. Hopefully, these side effects will stop soon."
thecitycricket August 8, 2016
44 users found this comment helpful.
"I was prescribed 20 mg of Cymbalta three days ago. The agonizing pain in my knees is virtually gone. Not kidding! All the negative posts almost made me quit. Don't give up. I was offended that my doctor prescribed this medication as it is an antidepressant. I convinced myself I wasn't suffering depression I was suffering from chronic pain. Come on people! Who, if you are in chronic pain isn't depressed? I couldn't do anything anymore. I couldn't get out in the garden, couldn't cook for my family, couldn't walk up or down stairs without leaning on the rails. I know it's too soon to tell but I know it is doing what ever it's suppose to do in my brain to cut out the pain."
SandraDV July 21, 2016
154 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking Cymbalta one month ago and saw positive results almost immediately. I was injured in a rear end collision 18 years ago"
scoz July 18, 2016
71 users found this comment helpful.
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