Some of you guys know about the past year of my life, but to offer the condensed version to others: a year ago I had a disc rupture in my low spine, it hit the root of the nerve that travels down my right leg. The surgeon (there's a joke!) only made it worse as he managed to take the most simple of back surgeries and leave that nerve root impacted with scar tissue and most likely, he actually damaged the nerve and as a result, I've had constant severe pain down my leg ever since. I've had every drug, pill, treatment, therapy, procedure there is in an attempt to not live in screaming pain 24/7. What is pretty much my last hope for pain relief is Cymbalta. It's normally prescribed for depression, but has been shown to work well with nerve pain. I've fought taking it because if there is a side effect to have with a drug, I'll get it. Cymbalta frankly scares me to death. They talk about increased suicide risks, increased blood pressure, a miriad of gastro-intestional problems and even suffocation from allergic reactions and STROKES!!! I know the FDA has got to cover its butt and list every possible risk with a drug, and I've read more websites than I can count looking for first hand experiences with Cymbalta, but no luck. So here I am. If you are taking or have taken this drug, please give me some feedback, good or bad. If you don't want to post on this thread, PLEASE PM me. I really need some reassurance.