I am a nurse with arthritis,Fibromyalgia and Hypothyroidism.Against what I beli,I tried Cymbalta last year for pain relief.It was a miracle drug! it is,however,not for long term use.As I had to up the dose to 120mg per day,which is not approved.
I read about the terrible withdrawal effects.The only side effects I ever had while on it was terrible constipation.it had NO EFFECT on anxiety or depression.wday(insurance would not pay and company said it has no extra benefit to go to 120mg.I then tried Lyrica and so far its good.I am withdrawing off of Cymbalta.I believe,from all I have been told and read,or experience,that ALL of these drugs lose their effectiveness after a while.Drug companies are making billions!!! I do not want to take narcotics or NSAIDS either anymore.So i will give Lyrica a chance.Probably down the road,we will be told it is dangerous and not to take it.For,now,in order to function everyday,I am taking it! I walk in the woods with my dogs,burn scented candles and try to relax.That helps alot.I strongly believe that the sea,woods and jungles hold cures and remedies for all things and that will be my next step.So far,the Cymbalta withdrawal is ok cause I am on Lyrica.The first few days on Lyrica,I felt a little high and dizzy.It went away.I believe that Cymbalta is great for pain,but not long term!.