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   Posted 5/18/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
He said that the test he did (thyroid and inflammation) came back normal and he feels comfortable saying I have all the symptoms of Fibro, but wants a specialist to confirm. He said he also would give me a low dose of anti depressants if I need them.

I told him I am willing to wait. I really don't want to take anti depressants. I can handle my anxiety and I really want to try natural things first.
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   Posted 5/18/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Beautymom. I just wanted to give you a word of advice. I am assuming the anti-depressant is for anxiety? I am on Lexapro for anxiety. It has done a world of good for me. I also wanted to stay off of meds for it, but it got to the point where I was unable to handle a day of any amount of stress without completely exausting my energy and personality, hope that makes sense to you. The only reason I made it through planning my wedding is because of the combination of God, Lexapro and my family. I guess I just wanted to say "good luck" at  going the natural route, I really hope it works. But also remember that the meds are there if it gets to hard. My husband has major depressive disorder and until I helped encourage him to try anti-depressants he felt suicidal every day. I consider the development of these meds, when not abused, to be something that God gave to the minds of those that developed them. 


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   Posted 5/18/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
After I was diagnosed in Feb my doctor gave me a low dose anti depressant.  I told him I wasn't depressed and I'm not usually anxious.  He said it would help me to sleep better which was a huge problem for me.  I've been taking one half of the 10 mg of amitriptyline at bedtime.  I am sleeping through the night most nights for the first time in so many years-probably as far back as the late 70's-early 80"s.  It may not work this way for everyone, but I'm glad I started taking it.
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   Posted 5/18/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
5 mg of amitriptylene as a "low dose antidepressant" is really an understatement! Some people on here take 100 mg and it can be prescribed for depression at 300 mg, apparently. (I take it too, and started off taking .25mg but now worked my way up to 10mg)

I think the OP was talking more about being prescribed something like Lexapro or Cephalex at the same dosage as people with clinical depression take it. I agree that I wouldn't want that if I didn't manifest any symptoms of depression. (and I don't!)
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   Posted 5/18/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   

One of the first offerings for fibromyalgia is often a very low dose of antidepressant. It's not suggesting you are depressed because that would require a much higher dose. By taking it in a low dose it seems to help people with fibromyalgia interrupt the pain cycle and hopefully reduce the amount of pain we feel. So it's a fairly common treatment. Hope this helps.

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