Has anyone tried Cymbalta for FMS?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by maxtout, May 27, 2006.

  1. maxtout

    maxtout New Member

    It seems that all of a sudden the meds I've been on for about 6 years don't seem to be working anymore. Zoloft and Klonopin before bedtime helped for quite awhile, but my overall pain has gotten worse and I am no longer able to sleep. It seems I can't sleep straight through the night.

    The doctor doesn't want to increase my Klonopin, but wants me to try Cymbalta. Will this make me gain weight like the Zoloft did? Anyone else find it helpful?
  2. gladone

    gladone New Member

    I sure hope it won't make me gain weight....eeks!!!

    My doc put me on this beacause it can help give me a morning boost and give me a sence of well being. Also, it can help with certain kinds of nerve pain.

    I take my dose in the a.m. as advised by my Doc, I have found that it does not make me sleepy.

    Have you been advised to take in the eve to help with sleep?


    Is the idea that in time it will help restore sleep?

    If sleep is a real problem due to pain you should ask your Doc to try a sleep medicine and/or better pain control.

    I hope you get some relief from your pain. Keep us posted on how you do!

    Gentle hug,

    [This Message was Edited on 05/28/2006]
  3. fifthofanickel

    fifthofanickel New Member

    myself....I have a friend that has been using it for 2wks now, & says her pain has diminished by half. And she is getting better restorative sleep. She even worked in the garden w/o dieing afterwards... She's around my age (63), so that is quite an accomplishement for a "senior".

    She takes it w/food as she said it makes her somewhat nauseated. I think she takes it in the morning..I'll ask her when I see her again.

    I'm kind of afraid to try it, (tho' it sounds like it would help me) as I am soooooo sensitive to meds..I really didn't like the side effects of it either..W/my having GERD, I really am afraid of the stomach upset.

    I'll need to get my "brave genes" going & give it a try..Anything is better then the way I feel. This humidity is really doing a number on me these past couple of weeks. Allergies are in full swing too.

    Anyway, best of luck to you & please let us know how you do after a couple of weeks..If you have success, I may get up enough courage to try it...lol

    Hugs & Blessings;
  4. najerry

    najerry New Member

    Ive just started cymbalta in the last month going from 30mg to 60mg. The 60 does make me sleepy if I'm not doing anything! However my pain has subsided somewhat. I ve been told that the sleepiness will go away with time. I had to get off prozac before beginning cymbalta. I had been on it for years and it wasn't doing anything anymore. So I waiting to see if this dosage will work so far so good. My Rheumy said he has had great success with it.
  5. Tibbiecow

    Tibbiecow New Member

    When I was taking zoloft, I had trouble with it keeping me awake. I switched to morning dosing. My doctor also put me on klonopin at that point. I am still using it 4 years later and it still helps. I had to add phenergan or benadryl to sleep, though, when the zoloft had me awake. By the way, you are not supposed to combine klonopin and phenergan, unless your doctor specifically ok's it. Same for benadryl.

    I was getting a big serotonin boost from the zoloft that kept me movin' and shakin' so I eventually went off it. Paxil made me drowsy and I switched to welbutrin.

    The wellbutrin was better for sexual side effects, but eventually I had the same problem. Big swings in serotonin levels tend to trigger migraines for me, so I am not on an antidepressant now.

    I may try cymbalta, although I suspect that I would have the same problem with migraines.

    My fibro-specialist rheumy has had good results with using cymbalta for fibro.
  6. maxtout

    maxtout New Member

    ...I just wish I could go off all meds once and for all. Before FMS/CFS I took nothing but an occasional Advil now and then.

    I guess my doctor is leaving it up to me if I want to try Cymbalta. Maybe if it does help with pain, then I'll be able to get a decent nights sleep.

    I've found that as time wore on and I continued the Zoloft, I seemed to be wide awake about an hour or so after taking it. We switched my dosage to night time, because when I took it in the AM I was dopey and sleepy all day. Who knows. These drugs are just weird if you ask me. Never know what they're going to do to you until you get your toes wet with them.
  7. eeyoreblue02

    eeyoreblue02 Member

    makes me sleepy. I don't notice any decrease in the pain, but I can't stay away long enough to accomplish my everyday life. Went from 30mg to 60mg and am cutting myself back to 30mg to see if it helps with the sleepiness. Have dr. appt. coming up and will talk about it then.

  8. ksp56

    ksp56 Member

    It did nothing for me, after the first few weeks. I hope it works better for you!

    My pain specialist recently started me on Ultram ER. It has worked like a miracle for me. Nothing will ever take all the pain away, but this one helps the best.

    Take care,

  9. spencer

    spencer New Member

    I started taking Cymbalta as recommended by my rheumatologist to my psychiatrist. I cut back on the Wellbutrin XL and began taking cymbalta. At first, after a month, I could feel a lessening of my morning fatigue and fibro pain. Then when I replaced all my wellbutrin xl with cymbalta, my depression kicked in again (wellbutrin xl totally helped with it) as well as a major fibro flare. I also feel I gained 20 lbs. while taking Cymbalta for about 6 months.

    I had to go completely back on the wellbutrin xl. My depression is better and I'm sleeping better again, but my fibro pain right now is at full-tilt. Everything from my head to my toes hurts, some areas more than others.

    I'm starting up with a new PT dr. who also does acupuncture, etc. and pain management. I really hope this dr. can help.
  10. Jana1

    Jana1 New Member

    I have taken Cymbalta for over a year and I think it has helped me a lot. At first, I was nauseated, but that went away in 2 weeks. I still have to take some pain relievers but not as many as I did. All in all, I think I am happier and better than I was without it.


    Good luck with your try!
  11. starmom

    starmom New Member

    My shrink prescribed Cymbalta, told me it is supposed to help depression and pain. I have both, as separate issues and the pain also causes depression.

    I gained weight. I still felt depressed. It hurt my tummy. I had NO help in pain relief. I had hot flashes, though I did surgical menopause 4 years ago and my estrogen levels are stable. I had mood swings, and terrible headaches (and I have had migraines for my entire life -dxed at 4!!) that were very different from any I have ever had except on effexor. And coming off of it was not fun.

    My shrink changed me to prozac. Works for me. Not for pain, but I am not depressed.

    Cymbalta seems to work well if it works, and be pretty bad if it doesn't. It is NOT as bad as effexor, though.

    hope this helps,

  12. Scapper

    Scapper New Member

    A mixture of pros and cons for me.

    It helped a lot with my pain -- a lot. I also have foot neuropathy (nerve pain) and it helped tremendously with this.

    It also helped a lot with my depression -- a feat within itself for me.

    Now the downside, for me it was unbearable fatigue. I could not for the life of me stop sleeping all day long -- it was crushing. I had to stop. Keep in mind, everyone is different. I also have CFIDS, so I'm sure this exacerbated this existing issue for me.

    I did not gain weight on it either.

    Good luck w/ your decision :)

  13. hot-tubgirl

    hot-tubgirl New Member

    I tried it for 7 weeks. It did help my pain, but it made me so sleepy that i was getting to work late and falling asleep. Worse - it made me so irritable that i felt like screaming at everyone. I couldn't stand being in my own skin. I switched back to effexor 5 days ago and the irritablility is much less. but my pain is worse again. i can't figure out what's worse - pain or feeling homicidal. hope it works for you.
  14. pcaron

    pcaron New Member

    My doctor put my on Cymbalta this winter because my pain was so bad I was getting to the point that I was not being able to work. I was a bit scared to start it but was desprate. It was great within 2week my pain had let up and I was able to consentrate at work again.

    This was temporary because the doctor felt that once spring was here I would be outside more getting more exersie and I would be able to stop the Cymbalta. Well the stopping was a very scary thing. The withdrawl was so terrible I will never go back on it unless my doctor asurse me that I will be albe to stay on it.

    I had been off Cymbalta 1week after tappering off it and still feeling some of the withdrawl of the drug and my pain is back full force. So at this point I am going to try Alternative therapies once agian.

    If anyone has any sugestions on this that would be wonderful.

    I know everyone is differant with pain and what work for there FMS. Good Luck
  15. Tawra

    Tawra New Member

    I've been on it since Dec. It has helped my pain a lot! It has also helped my depression some but now I am wondering if it's worth it.

    I'm taking 60 mg and the doc suggested I up it to 90 mg. I got so tired I couldn't keep my eyes open. I lowered it back down to 60 mg and I'm not as tired but I still don't feel like doing anything.

    I don't have medical insurance now so I'm not sure if I should stay on or go off.

    I do think that it's made me gain weight by craving carbs. I lost 29lbs. last year and have put back 17 of it since i went on the meds.

    I'm not sure what to tell you to do. It has helped with pain but I'm not so sure about the other stuff.


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