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CYMBALTA for post-surgical nerve pain

gwennie17gwennie17 Posts: 2,957
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I noticed several of you have listed cymbalta among the medications you are taking after surgery.

Please tell me if you feel cymbalta is helping with the nerve pain. Did you try gabapentin or Lyrica prior to cymbalta?

What side effects are you experiencing?

Any other comments welcome!

xx Gwennie


  • Well, I was tried out on amitriptyline first, then celexa, neurontin and finally Cymbalta. I hated amitriptyline and neurontin but found Cymbalta to be more tolerable. At first I started on 30 mg in the evenings but had so much trouble with insomnia. I took it in the morning and that problem went away. 2 weeks later I was titrated up to 60 mg and it's been good ever since- no side effects.

    If you forget a dose, oh boy will you feel the nerve pain and even begin to feel withdrawal like symptoms after a couple of days. I went withought because I switched insurance and I had to get preauthorization all over again.
  • I take both cymbalta and lyrica which has made the day go alot better. I am expecting a second surgery and I hope to get off the meds sometime after that.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    I have been taking Neurontin for almost a year for nerve pain. It has been very helpful. I was taking Lyrica before that, but the negative side effects after going over 150mg a day (tired, swollen limbs, etc) was too much
    With Neurontin at 2400mg a day, I have had zero negative effects, except for my short term memory, which has never been that good after 34+ years of medications.
    I've been on Cymbalta now for a month, 30mg, at night only. It has been helpful to get a good night rest.
    Before Cymbalta, I would generally wake up during the night and needed some breakthrough medication
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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