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SNRI For Pain Management?

Nine years and running – two herniated lumbar discs with moderate central and foraminal stenosis.

Around 10 month – two herniated cervical discs with moderate central and foraminal stenosis requiring ACDF (cancelled surgery yesterday).

I came across some articles on the internet stating some docs will prescribe SNRIs for pain management, specifically Cymbalta or Effexor. I took Effexor about 10 years ago (divorce) and handled it well. It’s something I considered taking again for reasons to related to back pain. Anyways, thought this might be a good way to kill two birds with one stone. Has anyone tried this treatment for pain? I’ve been taking Tramadol and Flexeril since last Sept. The Flexeril works well, but it’s definitely a nighttime med. I honestly believe Tramadol is useless and long term use probably isn’t good either.

Thanks everyone!
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