Has Anyone Been Prescribed Cymbalta While Dealing With Ra?

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Asked by jgrabarkie

Has Anyone Been Prescribed Cymbalta While Dealing With Ra?

I wonder if anyone has been prescribed Cymbalta while being treated for their rheumatoid disease? My primary care physician has recommended it to me. I wonder how it has affected the process for others.

Answer

Do you have fibromyalgia, as well as RA? Cymbalta is an antidepressant that can be used as part of your pain control program for a diabetic nerve pain, as well as fibromyalgia. You don't mention what your doctor said about why s/he prescribed this medication, but if you do not have nerve pain or fibromyalgia, it's likely that it's prescribed as an antidepressant.

Pain can make you incredibly depressed, which makes it very hard to cope with the disease and all that comes with it. Taking an antidepressant is a perfectly legitimate part of your pain control program - although it may not directly affect the pain, it can alleviate depression, which can positively affect your experience of the pain and its impact on your life. In other words, you can make it much easier to live well even though you are in pain.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW