It's been about two and a half months since I started this medication, and these are my conclusions:
- this is not a miracle drug
- if you want to give it a try, anticipate a long adjustment period
- it does seem to help a bit, with both pain and energy
The side effects did not wear off, for me, until about three weeks ago -- and then only when I inadvertantly forgot one of my pain meds. If you are really knocked back by the Cymbalta, I suggest trying cutting back on any other pain meds you are on; it might do the trick.
About two weeks ago, I had the first indication that the hoped-for effects might be kicking in -- I walked up a short flight of stairs without thinking, without pain, and without the handrail! Now I find myself slowly, bit by bit, picking up loose ends that have been dropped for months.
So, I'm glad I stuck with it, and hope for continued improvement. A little hope; it's worth a lot.