I was prescibed Cymbalta for nerve pain (I think the Dr. was thinking fibromyalgia to be honest) & it did help some with the pain but not with the spasms or my other mobility issues or bowel & bladder sx but I guess it wasn't supposed to help with those. I took it for a little over a month, I was told it takes a month to get in your system properly. The side effects were: nervousness & felt shaky. it made my insomnia way worse even though I took it 1st thing in the morning. I personally didn't find it beneficial but I know others here have. I took Lyrica for 3 weeks & wanted to sleep all the time but, I probably didn't give it a fair chance. I was thinking of trying the Lyrica again due to my insomnia issues. I hope this helps some!! Take care!!
Not Cymbalta but I take Lyrica.
Rxd for neuropathy, both the pain and the paresthesias.
i started at 50 mg 3x daily then it was increased to 100mg 3x daily.
I had no problems with the 50 mg dosage, no sleepiness, feeling of being high etc. When it was raised to 100mg 3x I had to titrate up. I was stoned for lack of a better word. So I did the 100 at bedtime, 50 for the other two. Then I added the one in afternoon after I had accomplished all driving etc. Finally the last and I am having no side effects.
Yes it lowers the pain etc. It is like you don't know how much until you are not taking it. I tried that and I don't recommend it to anyone...lol
My weight stabilized for 2 months. The third I had gained another 2 pounds. How much is the weight and how much is all the sitting driving to dr appts and waiting to see the doc I don't know.
I do know on the neurontin I was gaining every month. .. 33 ils in 14 months :0(
hope this helps terry
Thanks for the responses - this isn't for me, but for another forum member who is trying to weigh her options.
yes, this does help.
I have taken Cymbalta for over a year. It was prescribed for Depression. It has really helped my depression. I have noticed it helps some of the minor pains I have. I still have the major spasms, etc.
I took Lyrica at one time. It didn't help at all with the pin prickling sensations at all. As a matter of fact, I think it made them worse. I was working at the time and couldn't hardly function. I was always sleepy with it and walked around like a zombie. Lyrica works for some people and I was not one of the lucky ones.
Hope this helps
I was prescribed Lyrica to help with my muscle pain. I have a lot of pain from the spasms/spasticity that I get. They tried me out on a low dose at first. It didn't seem to do anything. They upped the dose...and still nothing. I didn't have much luck with Lyrica. I gained weight on it as well.
They tried me on Cymbalta for pain as well. I was started on a low dose at first. I noticed within the first day I was on the medication I felt nauseated. I felt like I was going to get sick..but never actually did. I felt like this all day!. When I stopped the Cymbalta on the weekend, the nausea went away. I just couldn't tolerate the medication even at a low dose.
I'm currently on Neurotin for pain. It seems to work for me and at least take the edge off.
I have been taking it for quite awhile and it was prescribed for depression and I was told it will help some with pain.
You know with this memory I can't remember exactly what it did, it did help with depression and pain and i can't remember what else but whatever it did for me, i have been raving about it for a long time.
Before my diagnosis they dubled it and I felt it almost right away...