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weight loss with cymbalta????
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ptalana - July 23

Hi all,
I have been taking cymbalta 60mg for six months now and have gained 34lbs!!!! I've never been this big unless I was pregnant. I'm very cautious with what I eat, I also do a mild pilates and stretch program 5 days a week. Unfortunately due to spinal injuries I'm not able to walk or exercise like I used to.
Has anyone been able to lose weight while taking cymbalta??? I would love to be able to get back down to my previous 120lbs. I don't feel good about myself at this weight!!!
Take care


chaplin - July 23

I have been waiting for that lovely side effect of weight loss on Cymbalta to kick in and am still waiting. I too have never weighed this much only when being pregnant was I this big. I am on cymbalta and amitriptyline. I started gaining the weight before cymbalta I was on steroids for 4 months but I have been trying really hard to loose it and I can't. I have been told that weight gain is also a side effect of amitriptyline. Both times after having my boys I went on weight watchers and lost all my pregnancy weight. Then got ill..... I am trying the weight watchers diet again but have not really given it a chance so I will have to see if it helps. I am trying to exercise but am in horrible pain so I walk daily as much as I can. Sometimes I go for a 2hr walk - so it is still pretty good exercise. If anyone has any advice I also would like to hear it. I am also very uncomfortable at this weight and worried because we have a strong history of diabetes in my family.


L Light - July 24


After reading your words I thought I might share a writing I put together. Hope it helps.

After reading the blogs in some of these chat rooms, with much heart, I felt compelled to write. I was so astounded by the amount of women on medication (suffering the awful side effects - physically and emotionally), uninformed in understanding FM's hideous true nature, and frustrated by the lack of genuine understanding and support from the medical system. I want to take this opportunity to share the knowledge I have experienced 'first hand' and learned over time. I have had FM since 2006 and truly have learned to respect the depth of the message behind it.

Not all people share the desire of reasonable independence in health care; avoidance of the medical system 'taking charge' of your life. For those that do, I hope you find the following information helpful and somewhat relieving. If you would like to discuss further understanding in working with FM, I would be most pleased to talk with you. You can reach me at: natureintime at gmail dot com.

FM is becoming well-known as a condition that researchers and individuals who have experienced it, believe may be related to chronic fatigue syndrome. Reportedly muscles begin to ache in response to stress, lack of sleep, an injury or infection, or another trauma or disease. Pain might develop gradually and affect a wide area, or it may come on suddenly and sharply in specific areas. You might feel burning, stiffness, shooting pain, or an overall throbbing sensation. The soreness can center on the shoulders, the hip or upper thigh muscles, or the elbows and knees.

Perhaps FM's most distinguishable features are that the aches are often accompanied by anxiety, depression, fatigue, or an inability to sleep (thus making healing virtually 'un-cope-able' at times). Doctors often call the sleep disturbances non-restorative sleep; you may be able to drop off, but when you awake you don't feel rested. In fact, you may be even more fatigued. Sometimes intermittent sleep patterns accompany this condition, only to worsen the symptoms overall.

Symptoms of FM may worsen during periods of stress, overexertion, trauma, extreme temperature, infection, or emotional crisis. Although FM isn't dangerous or life-threatening, it can be very disruptive. Curiously, it is seldom seen outside of Western industrialized countries, leading researchers and people with FM to theorize that lifestyle or dietary factors play a role.

Unfortunately, FM is easily mistaken for other kinds of pain. But anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen and ibuprofen seldom lessen FM pain.

*** As an individual who has experienced FM since 2006, in some profoundly disturbing ways (i.e. swelling of knees, inability to walk, awful anxiety, pain, insomnia, etc.), I tell all of you, there is definite "light" at the end of this tunnel in life. I have not used 'any' of the new drugs put on the market and have come through each 'flare-up' or 'episode' with a better and clearer understanding of how my body is dealing and coping with each crisis period. At my absolute worst periods (twice) I took prednisone to bring the swelling down in my knees and intermittently have taken pain medication when absolutely in need. Bottom line, your personal understanding is your best remedy and future healing potential.


axxie - July 26

Hi all,

Funny it just the opposite for me, I have lost weight on cymbalta, but seem to have stopped after 6 months.

I guess it strike all of us differently, either you gain or you loose.



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