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My 22 year old nephew started Cymbalta for nerve pain and anxiety. He went up to 60 mg daily, then began experiencing muscle weakness, spasms, tightness, extreme weight loss, and body pain everywhere. They have taken him off the Cymbalta now, but he is still in so much pain. Has anyone ever heard of something like this? Would some underlying undiagnosed medical condition have caused this reaction? He has Lyme Disease, but no other diagnosed condition. Looking for help. He feels like he's dying.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that seems to make the symptoms better or worse?

He has been dealing with this for the past couple of months when they upped his dose of Cymbalta. He lost 12 pounds in 2 months and can't stop "adjusting" his body to try to get comfortable.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

He uses medical marijuana at night time to help him sleep. He was on Tegretol for a while too, while he was on the Cymbalta, but now he is off everything except the marijuana at night and 5mg valium to help relax his body during the day. He can't do anything at this point because his body is so weak.

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It is a known side effect of cymbalta

he probably just had a bad reaction to the medicine

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
How long after stopping the medication should he feel free of these side effects?

within a week

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Any other suggestions for easing his anxiety/pain while he is going thru this torture with his body?

when did he stop the med?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
one week ago. He feels no better.

Ok. Then it is probably something else

does he have fibromyalgia?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No. He had multiple sports injuries from soccer in the past and some mild anxiety, but nothing else that we know of. He has Bells Palsy in the past and Lyme disease, but other than that, no medical problems that we know of. I'm a nurse and racking my brain as to why this kid is having this horrible reaction and looks anorexic at this point and his body is giving out on him.

I think he needs tested for autoimmune disorders and fibromyalgia

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Okay. Good suggestions. Thank you. I feel strongly that there is some underlying thing here that hasn't been diagnosed that is causing this to happen to him. I'll suggest that to his parents/PCP. Thank you.

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