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#1 Sherry

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 08:38 AM

Hello. Is anyone experiencing any discomfort in their legs during withdrawal from Cymbalta? The pain seems to be limited to the calf/ankle area. Thanks!

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 09:46 AM

Funny, I just came here to post about my intense joint pain, which still plagues me, especially at night, 5 weeks after my last dose of Cymbalta. Just had blood drawn yesterday to be tested for Lyme disease and other joint-pain-related maladies--this was ordered by the nurse practicioner at the integrative medicine group I started seeing last week. She seems more educated than most medical professionals about anti-depressants, but still wants to search for a cause for the joint pain. It wakes me up and keeps me up at night. I'm sure the 30 lbs I gained while on Cymbalta is a major contributing factor to the pain as well.

My pain is mostly in my ankles and knees and at night, strangely, my shoulders, elbows and wrist joints really hurt! :)

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 01:44 PM

You know, I found out that I have a vitamin D deficiency, and was sure that once I began taking a script size dose from the doctor, that it would be the answer to my pains. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be the case. I haven't mentioned this earlier, because oddly, I have a LOT of pain in my feet, and I just didn't think anyone else would have that. My ankles, soles and even my toes ache something terrible, but I only notice it when I'm at rest. What the hell did this stuff do to our pain receptors?

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 03:42 PM

Oh my goodness!! It never occurred to me that my foot pain might be caused by Cymbalta!! Within the past 6 months, I started having REALLY BAD pain on the ball of my left foot...to the point where I had to be very conscious of what shoes I wore to work because it was so sensitive. (The pain was always present, just a little less with some shoes.) The heels of my feet have also been very tender. And, during the worst days of my withdrawal, I had muscle aches in my calves (kind of like muscle cramps, but a little different feel).

I continue to be amazed by how much damage this drug may have to done to people...I truly fear we will not know the full extent of the damage for many years!!

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 10:11 AM

Re: Pain in legs. I kept feeling a sensation like someone was holdling an ice cube or that I'd dripped cold water on my hip. The first few times, I actually looked down at my leg to see what was there! Of course, there was nothing. With this constantly going on, I also had pains in my legs, knee pain, joint pain in my shoulders, elbows. My elbows ached!.

I was given Cymbalta to help me get off of Effexor which was affecting my eye-sight and causing severe constipation. My psychiatrist suggested Cymbalta since they were so similar, and I did enjoy the energy boost I had received from Effexor. I would take back the blurry vision and constipation any day, to have avoided this whole Cymbalta hell. I started at 20 mgs, and gradually went up to 40. At 40 mgs, I felt like there was a low-voltage electric current zaping through my brain constantly, rage, fatigue, irritability, nausea, lack of appetite, and more. Not to mention the joint pain and wierd nerve sensations. I knew I had to get off this stuff or throw myself in front of a train. I have tapered slowly, but am having the symptoms everyone else seems to be having. I'm concerned that this stuff is on the market. I am a diabetic, and I know that they are prescribing Cymbalta for nerve pain due to neuropathy. I can't believe anyone could find relief in this stuff, when it made my nerve pain worse!

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Posted 23 July 2008 - 09:10 PM

Hi, interesting how all these symptoms come about after stopping cymbalta. Yes I am having severe leg cramping, ankle and foot pain. Saw my dr. today =she said she wasnt aware of the many side effects and if I am having all of these, then I should consider going back on the cymbalta. Does anyone have any comments or experience upon returning to cymbalta? Don't know if I should or not. You are all supportive and I'm so very grateful.
Take care, all.

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 08:09 AM

Patriot-
First of all, congrats for making it this far! It seems not many physicians are aware of the terrible withdrawal. Of course when you are having withdrawal they are going to suggest getting back on it- it would definitely make the withdrawal stop. But then again, you have to think about having to go through it again when you are ready to discontinue the cymbalta. (unless you plan on staying on it indefinitely) It's either now or then is the way I see it. Best of luck!

#8 Holly

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 01:48 PM

Greybeard,
Thanks so much for the encouragement. It made me cry..but everything seems to now. I am now 48 + hours without Cymbalta and the withdrawal symptoms haven't abated one bit. I am limiting how much I look at the computer because a lot of my discomfort has to do with my eyes for some reason. They feel like lead weights, and when I turn them, I get the pressure, a whoosh and a wave of electric pain through my head.

I had withdrawal symptoms with Paxil that I thought were difficult, but compared to Cymbalta, they were easy. My psychiatrist said I might have "some nausea." Hello. Why does it seem that doctors are so mis-informed and so little informed?

Do they really say it is only 1% of people who have a bad reaction to Cymbalta? That can't be true! Why did I get a letter from my pharmacy when I started it warning me about taking it exactly as prescribed, not missing a dose, etc. etc. I have never gotten a warning letter from my pharmacy about any other antidepressant medication. Obviously, "they" know that Cymbalta is dangerous and they're covering their butts. Perhaps I should warn my endocrinologist next time I go in about prescribing this for any of his patients, but I'll probably get the blank-what-we've-got-here-is-a wack-job-don't-make-eye-contact-what-time-is-my-golf-game expression.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 02:27 PM

Holly,

I am sorry to hear you are in the worst of the withdrawal right now! I know it's bad, but it does get better!! Within 2-3 days you should feel at least a little better!

Thanks for the info about your pharmacy letter. I had not heard anyone else mention that. My pharmacy never said anything to me??!! Go figure. But, you are right...there is no way that only 1% of patients are experiencing the negative aspects of this drug. Over 100 people joined this site last week alone!! "They" (Eli Lilly) have to know more than they are telling us about this drug!! That is why I am trying to pursue a lawsuit!!

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 10:05 AM

Attorney_Victim,

Thanks for the encouragement! This is now my third day completely off Cymbalta. It feels like a month, though, with the truckload of emotions, wierd sensations and heavy thoughts. I am truly on a roller coaster.

I just told my husband the other night that I wanted to join a lawsuit against this stuff. Have you already started one? I would be happy to provide my experience to help.

Take care!

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Posted 01 August 2008 - 11:35 AM

First off I'm curious how long have your symptoms last for?

I had burning on my feet when walking, standing in one place, and sometimes just sitting there with shoes on. I had four neuroma surgery, which is scar tissue that forms due to nerve inflammation (or at least that is how they explained it to me.) They removed one from each foot and it grew back. They removed it for a second time. I started to get burning pain in my left foot again within the last six months. I changed foot doctors. The new doctor said maybe it is not neuromas after all but that i have nerve problems.

He send me to a neurologist who does all the test on me. My test come back all normal. He said the sound of burning in the feet sounds like a nerve pain so lets try a drug. He puts me on Cymbalta 30mg once a day. I start on a Friday. By Monday, I have a little more burning than usual in my feet. Tuesday more burning. By Wednesday my ankle is slightly swollen and the burning is bad. My doctor tells me to stop the Cymbalta cold turkey. I should be fine. I wasn't even on it for a week.

I start to get symptoms I never had before after I stop the drug. First in my feet, a week later to my legs and arms. Sharp pains (only in feet), pin pinching feeling, and this strange feeling like someone is lightly touching me or crawling on me. My original burning would stop when I took off my shoes and sat down but this new burning, continues even when I'm sitting down with shoes off. The first week after I was off the drug, driving was hell. My right foot which I haven't had problems in a while with now burns and burned like hell driving. My mother suggested advil, maybe my nerves are inflammed. I had actually saw some (but not completely) relief until this morning. All the symptoms have come back full force. I'm not sure of the driving because I had no traffic this morning.

I wonder if these symptoms will ever go away. Can anyone here give me some advice?

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 01:21 PM

Best wishes to you, Irish, as you work to get off Cymbalta. You're more patient than I if you were willing to break open your capsules and count the darn pellets! I considered it a time or two, then said, Nah. But, probably should have. I am now 12 days since my last dose, and leg and joint pains have abated. I hope you are as lucky. All the other wacky symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal are still buzzing right along, unfortuntely, for me. I finished with the hysterical rage era, have passed the hysterical crying stage, and am now living in the spaced out, dizzy zone. I can't concentrate, have no frustration tolerance, and my vision has changed dramatically. I went to my opthamologist twice recently, and my vision changed so much, she said I'd have to wait til my eyes "calmed down" before she'd write me a new prescription. What do the eyes have to do with anything? *sigh* :shock:

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 12:04 PM

And I couldn't figure out why I kept getting paperwork from the pharmacy, in the mail, every time I picked up my Cymbalta prescription... Not until I read this did I realize that I'd never gotten this type of paperwork mailed to me before on any other med, not even another antidepressant. Truly amazing and truly scary...!

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 01:00 AM

Irish,
After a few actually decent days, I've again descended into the pit of despair. Thanks for the link on Catherine Fights Back. I'm mad as hell along with her. I swear, if it weren't for these boards, and knowing others are going through this, I wouldn't have made it.

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Posted 08 August 2008 - 06:48 PM

Holly, sorry to hear your feeling bad again. I kind of went through that same cycle of feeling a lot better then dipping really low again, then back up some. Unfortunately, the "low" feelings and lethargy have kind of stuck around. Since I've been taking Prozac during the withdrawal, I'm not sure which feelings are from withdrawal and which might be my underlying depression, or even the Prozac. So, I talked to my psychiatrist the other day and decided to stop the Prozac. Today is my first day without it. I just want to get all of this antidepressant stuff out of my system. Then, I'll re-evaluate and get a "baseline" for how my actual depression is right now. And, on top of everything else, my allergies and asthma seem to have really flared up, so I don't know what my body needs right now!

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 01:12 PM

A_V,

My sinus problems have increased since the Cymbalta, too. Just another symptom to add to the rest. My sinuses are swelling, I have phlegm in my chest, coughing. I'm trying to wean off with Celexa, like you are using the Prozac. I tried to go off the Celexa, and the withdrawal symptoms got worse. I'm back on a low dose of Celexa, and inexplicably my sinus symptoms are better. What the doctors want to tell you is that your underlying depression is causing all of the symptoms, and not the Cymbalta. I've been on and off antidepressants for 20 years, and I can tell you, depression does not cause sinus problems, brain shivers, blurry vision, eye-wooshing, or the myriad of other odd physical complaints we are all experiencing.

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 01:15 PM

I just want to be clear about something, though. Antidepressants have helped me in the past many times. I am not against all antidepressants, and I am an advocate of "don't knock what works." But, Cymbalta is different. :cry:

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 07:35 AM

Just a few lines on pain in legs. I had during the last of the first month I took cymbalta, pain in the calves of my leg. I would place them on pillows etc and worried that I had a blood clot. I did the little test for blood clot ...and there was no redness or swelling just pain. It finally went completly away, but honestly the pain was limited to the calve area....very scary.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:28 AM

Cymbalta will aggrevate Dry Eye. Restasis(cyclosporine) works on eye inflammation to improve dry eye, but you should still use a lubricant/tear supplement in addition to Restasis. Also take flax seed oil and omega-3 to help with dry eye. You should feel your dry eye improve when you stop Cymbalta. Use a humidifyer in your home if you can.
Best of luck!



I took cymb for Depression not Fibromyalgia. Now that I am weaning, I started having pain in my right knee. When flexing my knees I hear a cracking sound.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:10 AM

Hello. Is anyone experiencing any discomfort in their legs during withdrawal from Cymbalta? The pain seems to be limited to the calf/ankle area. Thanks!

Deficiency of calcium in body can also cause legs pain problem..
You should take some calcium tablets, I hope this would work for you.

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:29 PM

Nice one advice from the graham and I also appreciate that one... Yap this is due to the calcium or iron deficiency anemia in which body got tired soon and pain feel in the parts of the body soon.... You must also consult to a physician and take a proper medication of that one...

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 10:15 PM

see my other posts under Weaning off Cymbalta.

I was put on Cymbalta for PAIN - not depression.

One of my pain specialists checked me for Vitamin D deficiency and put me on prescription Vit D. It is just one of many pieces of the puzzle... each one is valuable. If you are a pain patient, make sure you get a simple blood test for Vit D.

Cymbalta has made me nauseous and uninterested in cooking/feeding myself. I need to get another Vit D test because Cymb has ruined my good eating.

When my pain specialist wanted to check for Vit D deficiency, I protested I was eating well. He said, "all that means is that you are not losing further ground." Pain patients need to have adequate Vit D... I will be getting another test as a result of Cymb.

Peace.

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 05:43 AM

Yep. I'm near crippled with leg pain after 2.5 years on Cymbalta. Especially buzzing & burning feet & now restless leg syndrome at night. It's now marketed as a treatment for neuropathy & arthritis type pain - yet it causes it & dulls the bladder/sex organs! wtf?

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:28 PM

Hello. Is anyone experiencing any discomfort in their legs during withdrawal from Cymbalta? The pain seems to be limited to the calf/ankle area. Thanks!

I am new here I am having leg pain also it seems to be in my upper legs on the back side.
It feels like bad cramps when I sneeze it runs to my feet. It feels like a pulled ham string.
anyone else feel like this?

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 11:17 AM

The last posts I found on leg pain was in 2008. Is anyone out their now having leg pain. It almost makes me wonder if I have an underlying problem that the Cymbalta covered up. If you have had leg and foot pains, how long did they last after your last dosage of Cymbalta?

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Posted 13 December 2011 - 11:21 PM

Yes! I've had a cramp or something in my inner right thigh for the last week. It kind of feels like that achiness you get when you've been on an airplane too long. Not constant, but when it starts is pretty hard to ignore. Actually this is one of the first WD symptoms i noticed, but of course now there are other things. Darn, there it is again as i'm typing. This is definitely much worse getting off of than opiates; i recently significantly reduced my dosage of those which i still take for severe nerve pain - just a whole lot less.

The sad thing is when you're in pain (mental or physical) all you want is some relief; so when the drs say try this it might help, i'm like yeh let's do it, not realising that you're just digging your hole deeper. So sad. Can't wait to be off this poison.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:14 PM

I feel like I have restless leg syndrome...seems like when I am finally tired enough to possibly fall asleep the feeling of ants crawling all over my legs starts and I try everything...raising my legs, putting a bolster behind my knees, massage, bath...nothing works...then I am awake and then I cannot sleep. I am on day...I cannot even remember a this moment as I am in a thick fog suddenly...I think 7 or 8...it has gotten better as I am out of bed and back at work but the vertigo is horrifying....Peace to everyone out there...

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:26 AM

Hello Newbie and all,

I am experiencing the restless leg issue hence why I am writing this at 6am! It's driving me crazy. I was on the lowest dosage you can take because I noticed about 4 months ago I was getting edgier and have had a history of moderate depression and anxiety. I was just trying to "nudge" brain chemistry to help me through a difficult time as I began showing the symptoms. I decided to stop about a week ago.

What has surprised me is that even at micro doses I am still experiencing the "ants on legs" feeling and achiness. Mood wise I am a little choppy but nothing too crazy. It's been 7 days off the drug.

This is my first Cymbalta experience. Like Newbie, I am curious to see if the leg pain/aches/sensations have a shelf life. Any feedback from those who have been off Cymbalta a while?

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 11:24 AM

OMG!

The person who posted that their leg pain was like a blood clot was bang on!

I just started this drug about 10 days ago, and the side effects are terrible! I know it takes a while to get used to some drugs, but this is ridiculous.....the nausea, the dizziness, now the muscle pain......

It helps to know others are going through this hell with me, but honestly, this drug scares me.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 01:20 PM

I just wanted to add my 2 cents. Ever since weaning off of Cymbalta, I've had pain up and down my thighs. To the point of when I went to sleep I'd want to put a pillow between my legs to help align my spine? It was really intense in the past month, but has subsided somewhat. I think it was just the Cymbalta leaving my system. But I was put on it for DEPRESSION not for PAIN. This stuff is unbelievable. It just never seems to end.



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