The last time I saw my PM/Physiatrist she talked to me about Cymbalta for my back pain. I turned it down for a number of reasons.
1) I'm concerned about the side effects/systemic effects
2) If it doesn't work I'm concerned about the WD symptoms (read some horror stories)
3) The stigma associated with it
4) Most importantly, I just don't believe that it could help. I know it's an ignorant thought, but I'm just being honest. I'm a pharmD student with a great interest in psychopharm. I understand the biological and psychological mechanisms of pain how how an antidepressant might work to relieve pain. I just intuitively feel like it would't work. On a parallel, I've never thought my pain to be associated with my stress/mood, and I have thought about it a lot, as objectively as possible.
[Instead I took a prescription of Zanaflex (muscle relaxant). I tried it for a couple weeks, at different dosages, and not once did I feel a muscle relaxing effect. I didn't really even feel any side effects until I tried 6mg and passed out for an hour]
So I guess my question is, has anyone had an success using Cymbalta for back pain. I've read some information criticizing the trials and retrospective studies using the research from Eli Lilly clinical trials that claimed no association between Cymbalta and pain relief. Cymbalta's indication for pain relief also just squeaked by in FDA approval voting.
I know there are a lot of people on the boards saying "it doesn't work". I feel people are more likely to say it doesn't work than it does. So, Anyone have any luck?
I appreciate your responses!