Cymbalta for pain

Psyche Community Member October 25, 2007
  • Hi all, its been a while since I have posted anything here, but I miss you all and am going through some hard times right now.  The pain in my jaw has gone from bad to worse and my flexeril stopped working.  I ended up laying down on the floor in my office at work yesterday it got so bad.  My dr. just put me on Cymbalta (the anti-depressant) for the pain, apparently it can do that too, and I took my first dose last night.  Since its an anti-depressant it has to build up in my system and won't take away the pain for at least 2 weeks, but the side effects have already kicked in.  I woke up in the middle of the night very nauseous and am still feeling icky today.  Anyone else ever take this medication???  Anyone else ever experience this?  I read somewhere that the nausea should go away in 2 weeks, I sure hope so.  Also, the Dr. said the next step might be botox injects to ease the muscles in my jaw, anyone else ever try that? Opinions/personal accounts are always welcome.

     

    Oh well, back to trying to work, wishing you all a pain free day!

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  • Anonymous
    SharBear
    Jun. 04, 2009

    OMG I can't believe someone else has jaw pain!!  I actually called my dentist because I thought I had some weird tooth ailment.  I have been taking Cymbalta for  weeks and it has not helped yet.  60 mg. My feet are my worst pain although.  2 MRI's, a very painful EMG, nothing yet.  Good luck.  I feel your pain, literally. ...

    RHMLucky777

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    OMG I can't believe someone else has jaw pain!!  I actually called my dentist because I thought I had some weird tooth ailment.  I have been taking Cymbalta for  weeks and it has not helped yet.  60 mg. My feet are my worst pain although.  2 MRI's, a very painful EMG, nothing yet.  Good luck.  I feel your pain, literally. 

    • Anonymous
      dr
      Dec. 11, 2009

      I have been taking cymbalta for 4 months now.  On the third day, I noticed that I am unable to open my jaw all the way to eat a sandwich.  This comes and goes and some weeks it is worse.  Currently, it is more noticeable and becoming a bit more irritating and painful.  Any thoughts?  Has anyone else experienced this as a side effect? ...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have been taking cymbalta for 4 months now.  On the third day, I noticed that I am unable to open my jaw all the way to eat a sandwich.  This comes and goes and some weeks it is worse.  Currently, it is more noticeable and becoming a bit more irritating and painful.  Any thoughts?  Has anyone else experienced this as a side effect?  Both my psychiatrist and pharmacist have never heard of it as a side effect.

    • Psyche
      Dec. 11, 2009

      I was on Cymbalta for about 1 year before I started getting vertigo from it and the pain was coming back in my jaw, so I am currently off this drug and on a tension headache drug.  I never experienced any locking during that time and have also never heard of that as a side effect.  I would recommend seeing a specialist and maybe requesting MRIs...it...

      RHMLucky777

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      I was on Cymbalta for about 1 year before I started getting vertigo from it and the pain was coming back in my jaw, so I am currently off this drug and on a tension headache drug.  I never experienced any locking during that time and have also never heard of that as a side effect.  I would recommend seeing a specialist and maybe requesting MRIs...it sounds like something has maybe shifted in your joint!  Have you ever locked before?  Good luck!  Hang in there, I know how much this sucks!

    • TMJ Sufferer
      May. 26, 2011

      I know what you mean when you say finally someone who has jaw pain.I also suffer from it regularly for the last 10yrs. I went through 3yrs of orthodontics originally planned to go down the surgical line but decided against it as there was no guarantee itd make it worse. Now Ive just been trying anything bowen therapy isn't great, so far only thing i've found...

      RHMLucky777

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      I know what you mean when you say finally someone who has jaw pain.I also suffer from it regularly for the last 10yrs. I went through 3yrs of orthodontics originally planned to go down the surgical line but decided against it as there was no guarantee itd make it worse. Now Ive just been trying anything bowen therapy isn't great, so far only thing i've found slightly effective is physio as the pain is less frequent. Next thing i plan to try is acupuncture. Ive attended a pain clinic ona public waiting list for a yr which was useless. I don't want to be taking strong pain killers all my life I cant either as I'm a nurse i cant work if im taking such medications. My jaw cracked few wks ago eating a biscuit since its been uncomfortable to eat and sleep. Ive had depression issues also but am now off antidepressants and feeling fine so my doctor recommending cymbalta im in 2 minds about. Ill try anyfin to help my jaw but that and depression is pretty debilitating. Sounds like everyone on this site has horror stories over cymbaltas side effects.

    • Anonymous
      Earthmamahippyc...
      Sep. 26, 2011
      I have chronic Lyme and started 30mg of Cymbalta four days ago. I have had such awful jaw pain, I went in search of a dentist to yank my tooth out! It was after hours and I couldn't find one so I googled "Cymbalta+jaw pain and it brought me here :) After reading all of this I am hesitant to continue taking this drug, considering the side effects will last weeks....
      RHMLucky777
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      I have chronic Lyme and started 30mg of Cymbalta four days ago. I have had such awful jaw pain, I went in search of a dentist to yank my tooth out! It was after hours and I couldn't find one so I googled "Cymbalta+jaw pain and it brought me here :) After reading all of this I am hesitant to continue taking this drug, considering the side effects will last weeks. The throbbing makes me want to crawl out of my skin!!! I also have neck pain on the same side and my whole arm is tingly and weak. This sucks.
    • Psyche
      Sep. 26, 2011
      I started this post and haven't looked at it in years, but my email popped up saying you commented. I wish I could offer more help, but I have been happily off most medications for years...but if you can get a doctor to try lidocaine patches give them a go. In the past (because right now I am pregnant) i would cut small squares from these patches and put them...
      RHMLucky777
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      I started this post and haven't looked at it in years, but my email popped up saying you commented. I wish I could offer more help, but I have been happily off most medications for years...but if you can get a doctor to try lidocaine patches give them a go. In the past (because right now I am pregnant) i would cut small squares from these patches and put them around my jaw line when I was really in pain. That plus my retainer and a nap took the pain away every time. Hope you find some relief...hang in there!
    • Anonymous
      Earthmamahippyc...
      Sep. 27, 2011
      Thank you so much!! I didn't even see the date on this thread :)
  • Anonymous
    Marg
    Dec. 27, 2007

    I started cymbalta about 2 months ago and have had horrible pains in my legs and lower back.  Has anyone every experienced this from Cymbalta.  I would so appreciate any feedback.  Thank you.

  • simmonsgrad03
    Oct. 31, 2007

    Hi, have been on Cymbalta for almost 2 years.  Placed on it for depression / chronic pain.  Had nausea for several months.  Will help if you take it with food, not on an emply stomach.  Take it in the morning as it can keep you awake at night.  I think it helped some with the depression, alittle with the pain.  I have CRPD (RSD). ...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi, have been on Cymbalta for almost 2 years.  Placed on it for depression / chronic pain.  Had nausea for several months.  Will help if you take it with food, not on an emply stomach.  Take it in the morning as it can keep you awake at night.  I think it helped some with the depression, alittle with the pain.  I have CRPD (RSD).  I do know another person on it, has chronic back pain and she stated it really helped her depression and back pain.  Just want to stay keep with it and give it a try for 6 weeks.  As stated before the dose can be decreased and very slowly increased to decrease the side effects.

     

  • suediana
    Oct. 30, 2007
    I have been on Cymbalta for at least 6 months. I went through the nausea stage, but it didn't last more than a week.  It is also drying and that's still with me.  Also, originally, I was on too strong a dosage for me and when it was reduced the side effects improved.  I take 30mg two times/day and that works for me.   The Cymbalta...
    RHMLucky777
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    I have been on Cymbalta for at least 6 months. I went through the nausea stage, but it didn't last more than a week.  It is also drying and that's still with me.  Also, originally, I was on too strong a dosage for me and when it was reduced the side effects improved.  I take 30mg two times/day and that works for me.   The Cymbalta was diagnosed for depression and pain, and it has helped my arthritis pain in my back substantially which has also positively added to my energy endurance.  The worst side effect I've noticed is that my mental acuity is not as sharp as it is without the Cymbalta. It isn't terrible, but at times, I feel mostly a short term memory disruption.  But the difference in pain and energy is substantial enough for me to work through it.
  • doglover
    Oct. 30, 2007

    In 12/06, I was DX with 3 herniated discs in my lower back. I took 2 rounds of PT, finally saw a pain management DR and a Psychiatrist. I have been on cymbalta mainly for the depression but have noticed my back pain and leg sciatica has decreased since starting cymbalta. Also have TMJ and nerve pain in the facial area. These have all but gone away. I know cymbalta...

    RHMLucky777

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    In 12/06, I was DX with 3 herniated discs in my lower back. I took 2 rounds of PT, finally saw a pain management DR and a Psychiatrist. I have been on cymbalta mainly for the depression but have noticed my back pain and leg sciatica has decreased since starting cymbalta. Also have TMJ and nerve pain in the facial area. These have all but gone away. I know cymbalta is used for diabetic neuropathy too. Not saying cymbalta is a wonder drug but it is working for me for depression and these related maladies. Yes, side effects when starting out but worth a try

  • Bekah
    Oct. 25, 2007
    So sorry to hear your pain is worse. I wish I could give you a good story about Cymbalta but I have not used that medication before. I take Amitriptyline which is also an anti-depressant. I did take me about 2 weeks before I started seeing any effects from it. I'm currently up to 50mg and luckily no side effects. If the Cymbalta doesn't work for you,...
    RHMLucky777
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    So sorry to hear your pain is worse. I wish I could give you a good story about Cymbalta but I have not used that medication before. I take Amitriptyline which is also an anti-depressant. I did take me about 2 weeks before I started seeing any effects from it. I'm currently up to 50mg and luckily no side effects. If the Cymbalta doesn't work for you, maybe your dr. would be willing to try Amitriptyline. For me it works great!

    Hang in there sweetie, I hope your pain gets better soon. Please keep us updated.

    Hugs,

    Bekah
  • daisy
    Oct. 25, 2007

    I have heard of other people getting botox

    injections but I haven't tried it & not sure how it works. 

     

    Good Luck  

    Hope you feel better soon. 

     

     

    Daisy 

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jan. 30, 2010

      My father is an oral and reconstructive surgeon. He attends the pankey institution, which is a national association for leading doctors. He ordered botox and injected the soar area with the botox. This area is a painful area caused by a temporal measure dysfuntion. TMD or TMJ, which have you. For my father to order the botox it was 500 $ for one shot into...

      RHMLucky777

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      My father is an oral and reconstructive surgeon. He attends the pankey institution, which is a national association for leading doctors. He ordered botox and injected the soar area with the botox. This area is a painful area caused by a temporal measure dysfuntion. TMD or TMJ, which have you. For my father to order the botox it was 500 $ for one shot into my cheek, a very very low dose. It was uneffective. My dad said that we could not have gone to a higher dose, even if we wanted too because it was the maximum dose that you should start someone on. This proceudre according to the institution and association is 99% effective. However, it did not work for me. We are still in search though and luckily i have my father.