Cymbalta was the latest antidepressant (SNRI class) prescribed to me in the hopes of helping to manage my chronic pain. I’ll re-post the same thing I published a few posts ago about the motivation behind prescribing antidepressants to patients with chronic pain as my doctor explained it to me. She said that some people get defensive at the suggestion of antidepressants for pain as if the doctor thinks that the pain is in your head because your depressed or something but the truth is: “we know that you have this disorder, we know that the pain is in your ligaments and tissue and not in your head” but that after being in chronic pain for long periods of time your brain begins to overfire pain signals (as I’ve talked about before) and that the use of antidepressants is not to treat the root cause of the pain, – they don’t work for that – but instead to treat that amplification of the pain caused by your brain signals.

So with this thought and hope in mind I resigned to trying Cymbalta. However, I didn’t get far. Only two nights into taking the medication I once again began experiencing the very rare side effect of urinary retention. I could feel it becoming harder and harder for me to urinate and at one point, again, went almost twelve hours without going. Obviously this isn’t something you can just allow to happen so I ended up having to stop them almost as soon as I started. I was disappointed that I didn’t even really get to give them a shot, but also relieved that I didn’t have to struggle through the other side effects I inevitably saw coming. So, I can’t be of too much use to those trying Cymbalta for pain, I didn’t get much of the experience. 

{Any medical terms and/or definitions featured on this blog have been thoroughly researched by me as to not lead to any false consumption of information by the reader. Though, that aside; I am not a doctor and the medical information on this site should not be taken as a substitute for the advice of medical professionals. If you’re experiencing any health issues don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.}

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