So here goes... starting in Fall 2017 I began having issues with pain (vulvodynia). My Dr. diagnosed me with nerve pain and in April I started taking Cymbalta 30mg. Prior to that, the pain was really difficult for me to deal with and created a great deal of anxiety. I could hardly think about anything else. I took 30mg for about 6 weeks. It really seemed to help with the pain, reducing it by more than 50%.
Recently, I bumped to 60mg because the pain wasn't completely gone and because I thought it might help alleviate my depression (I have been depressed for 10+ years, but always refused to take medication for it).
I don't have too many side effects. I'd say the worst ones are constipation and water retention.
However, I don't want to take an antidepressant for the rest of my life, and reading all these stories about how difficult it is to go off of Cymbalta, I'm wondering what I should do. Should I go back to 30mg now? Should I try quitting in the coming months, because the longer you wait the tougher it is? I'm worried the pain will come back.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!