cymbalta and fibromyalgia


After years of suffering from depression, anxiety, IBS,lower back pain, neck/shoulder pain- dx with osteoarthritis~ a pain management doctor started me on Cymbalta. Although I have chronic pain in nearly all 18 “tenderpoints”- when pressure is applied- I DON’T HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL DISCOMFORT. I honestly believe you could hit me with a sledge hammer and I wouldn’t feel it. My doctor has dx me with fibromyalgia- could this be possible?


Hi Rebecca,

Wow, you are so fortunate to have had such a great response to Cymbalta.  Not everyone responds, and for sure, those who do respond often don’t have such a dramatic improvement.  The symptoms that you describe are compatible with fibromyalgia but we can’t make a diagnosis over the internet, so you should rely on your doctor’s expertise for this.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.