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Cymbalta for pain control?

Has anyone been told by their rheumatologist to use Cymbalta for pain control? I was told this could be helpful for pain relief as well as depression. I took one 30mg pill (supposed to take for 1 week then up to 60mg per day is effective dose) I felt so terrible, nauseous, blurred vision, terrible sensations in my ears, when noise (TV or wife talking in a normal tone) my ears felt like they closed off and I could not hear anything. I didn’t take any more and it took over 24 hours for me to feel normal again. I am wondering if this is typical, I’m willing to put up with some discomfort if it works well for pain relief but I was not functional. Presently I take Humira (not working after 6 months) celebrex (helps pain but hurts my gut even though I eat when I take it) and I use small doses of percocet when I’m not working. I also use CBD and medical marijuana to help with inflammation and pain control. I see my MD again in 2 weeks and plan to discuss of course, just wondering what say you out there? 🙂 Thanks for any suggestions/comments.


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  • Leanne Donaldson
    8 months ago

    Hello @Heathrow 🙂 Like you, I was surprised a few years ago when my rheumy prescribed Prozac to help manage my pain. I had no idea that antidepressants/anxiety medications could be used to effectively treat chronic pain, but apparently it is a true. While I don’t have experience with Cymbalta specifically, I have found that Prozac (even in small doses) does work for me. Here is an article that you might find interesting from the Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/pain-medications/art-20045647

    However, if you think the side effects that you are experiencing as you adjust to the medicine aren’t worth it then check with your doctor, there are other options. Best of luck! -Leanne, Psoriatic-Arthritis.com Team

  • Heathrow author
    8 months ago

    Hi Leanne, thank you so much for your input! I appreciate the article as well, I will read it shortly as I’m sure it will help me be more informed when I see my rheumy next week. Thank you for the encouragement, I’m hopeful between my own research and working with my doc that we can find a solution that works for me with minimal side effects.

  • Leanne Donaldson
    8 months ago

    Agreed @Heathrow! Please circle back after your appointment and let me know how you are doing. 🙂 -Leanne

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