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harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I was taking a TCA Antidepressant for 14 yrs.  They switched me to an SSRI and that's when I started to feel the neck/shoulder pain and have the urinary problems.  Also sleep problems now that I think of it.  Has anyone been through a similar situation?  I've been taking the SSRI for 2 years now and dread going back on the TCA since it cause other side effects that are not too cool.  I guess it's a matter of which kind of pain I'm willing to put up with.  I would appreciate know if anyone has had this problem since starting SSRIs. 
 
Thanks
 
FMS, IC, IBS, (I'm working on the full alphabet).  Asthma, Arthritis  (man, it makes me feel old when I write all of my ills down).

vestabula
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   Posted 9/29/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Harley...you beat me to it!  I was just about to post a question about SSRI's.  I have been on Lexapro for two years and the only thing it has done for me is give me dry mouth, blurred vision and urinary problems along with what I am wondering is excessive joint pain.  I have literally been trying to wean off of it for months, as the moment I reduce the dosage I get horrible brain zaps.  I haven't taken any in two days and the zaps are driving me crazy.  I will get off it though, as it didn't really help with my anxiety or fibro pain. (what just happened to my font....LOL)  To answer your question...yes...had all the side effects you mentioned.  No more for me....
 
Donna
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
vestabula
I am also trying to get off it but I'm doing it slowly. I cut down from 10mg to 7.5mg and the brain zaps aren't as bad. I'm about to cut down to 5mg. I think I'll have to go back on Imipramine since this kind of pain isn't worth it. I'll have to talk to Doc about the constipation/bloating it gives me and I already have fibro fog anyway so the Imip making me foggy won't matter much I guess.
FMS, IC, IBS (working on full alphabet) Asthma, Depression/Anxiety


harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Oooops. There's that Fibro Fog again. I forgot I hit the submit button and hit it again.
 
 
I deleted the second one harley it happens all the time on here smilewinkgrin
Marlee

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vestabula
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi again...I have weaned off as slowly as you can go...10mgs to 7.5 to 2.5...then to licking the dust in the bottom of the package!  It's time to stop completely.  I read on the official Lexapro site that withdrawal effects can last for up to three months, especially the zaps.  'Can' is the operative word and I hope we both get off without any more problems.  BTW...the blurred vision was the worst side effect for me.  i haven't been able to read a book since the day I started on this drug!

Huggies

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Marlee2. It's nice to know someone is cleaning up my messes. :)

This is no Social Crisis... Just another Tricky Day (The Who)

 
FMS, IC, IBS (working on full alphabet) Asthma, Depression/Anxiety


harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Vestibula,
to licking the dust in the bottom of the package!  Now THAT'S funny.  I actually haven't gotten that far yet but am sure I'll do the same.  These drugs are terrible aren't they.  I get the blurred vision as well but I can still read.  Granted, I have to look up, quite often, to clear my vision.  I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't read.  I feel so bad for you.  I hope your vision clears soon and then reading will take your mind off the rest of it.  Are you going on another Antidepressant?  My problem is that I need them or I'm below "down". 

This is no Social Crisis... Just another Tricky Day (The Who)

 
FMS, IC, IBS (working on full alphabet) Asthma, Depression/Anxiety


vestabula
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   

I hope I don't EVER have to go on another SSRI.  When I started taking it, I was dealing with the death of four immediate family members in two years and then the health anxiety-thing really kicked in for me.  I did nothing but cry for days on end so I know I needed something.  The Lexapro did stop the crying...it stopped every emotion, for that matter.  I am a writer by profession and besides not being able to read, I haven't been able to complete a manuscript.  I will wait and see what happens when I am off of this horrible drug for good.  If I start crying every day..well maybe there is something else that will help me.  I do take valium at night for Restless Leg...but only 5mgs.

I know what you mean about being 'below down'.  It's a black hole of despair and I hope I never fall down into it again!  I pray for you to never find that place again either.

Huggies

Donna

 


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks sweetie. Mayb, if you find you're crying all the time, talking to a professional will help. The SSRIs can be good for the traumatic experiences like the ones you've dealt with. However, only for the interim. You sound like you have a good head on your shoulders and a good sense of humor. That really helps. Talk therapy has helped me alot but I've been depressed my whole life so the pills make sense, sort of. Especially if it truly is a chemical inblance. So, like I said, if I have to deal with the messed up side effects, than I'm going for something that will also help the pain of FM. Good luck on your healing. It's a loooong process. One I wish I never had to experience.

This is no Social Crisis... Just another Tricky Day (The Who)

 
FMS, IC, IBS (working on full alphabet) Asthma, Depression/Anxiety


Sherrine
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Harley, and welcome!  I'm so glad you found us and joined it!  We have a great family here that love to help one another and, as a bonus, we really do like each other too!
 
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread....the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info about fibro and you will learn a lot.  Also, don't hesitate to ask questions.  We are here to help you.
 
Harley and Donna, I've never taken SSRI's.  When my husband died suddenly and my Mom had a brain stem stroke 17 days later, I cried for over a year.  I still will cry over them occasionally and it's been 12 years now!  But, when I went to the doctor they were insisting I take antidepressants.  I kept saying no and they wouldn't accept that.  I left the office with a bag full of Zoloft. 
 
I was never depressed before but I knew I had a good reason to be depressed then and I knew I would eventually get things straight in my head and the depression would leave.  So, that's what I did.  Donna, I think you will be fine when you get that stuff out of your system.  You have dealt with your loss so the tears shouldn't come back...at least not all day long.  Even though I will still cry a little over my husband and Mom, those tears are theraputic and I feel better afterwards.
 
I hope both of you are successful at getting off this and I hope you don't need to turn to more.  Some people do need antidepressants but it does seem like doctors are passing some of this stuff out like candy.  That's my humble opinion and experience.
 
Sherrine
 
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harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine,
Thanks for the welcome and "yes" this is a great site for so many illnesses that alot of us have. I actually welcome
the tears at times. As long as they come at an appropriate time and not in the middle of talking to a client. I also agree whole heartedly that most Doc's will pass out Antidepressants like candy and they are not the cure all for whatever ails you. I think more people are starting to realise that now that we have access to sites like this one.

This is no Social Crisis... Just another Tricky Day (The Who)

 
FMS, IC, IBS (working on full alphabet) Asthma, Depression/Anxiety


beanley
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   Posted 9/29/2009 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
are urinary problems really a side effect of ssri's and snri's? i've been taking effexor for years with no problem, but recently developed a pain like i have to pee but i dont. i know urinary pain is one of the symptoms of fibro, so is it possible that it's just a coincidence that you developed urinry pain after starting the ssri? i looked it up on rxlist and its not listed as a side effect.
fibro, migraines, ibs


vestabula
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   Posted 9/29/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

There are about 100 potential side effects  and withdrawal symptoms for Lexapro.  I know some of them are highly unlikely and they have to post a warning if even one person has an unpleasant experience.  Urinary problems is one of them...frequency and or feeling like you have to go and can't. (for Lexapro) I don't know that much about Effexor but I just figure all SSRI's come with some degree of risk and you have to figure out if the side effects are worse than the anxiety/depression/pain.  For me, it was.  I know they have been life savers for many people, and that some have no side effects at all after the 4 or 5 weeks it takes to adjust.

My Doc never told me what would happen when I wanted to get off.  If I had known, I probably would have never taken it.  Talk about the anxiety it is supposed to eliminate!  Yow!

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


harleybluz
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   Posted 9/29/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Beanly and Donna,
Beanly, Urinary Urgency is what I read on the PI sheet for the drug. I only read the PI Sheet before I was diagnosed with IC. And, of course, urgency is a definate symptom of IC. So who knows???? I'm not sure the Doc's do either. It sure did put a damper on my beer drinking days though. :)

Donna,
The Doc's only seem to know what the drug reps tell them. I was discussing something with my Doc one day and she said, "The Drug Rep never mentioned that". They pass these things out and don't have time to do any research because they are seeing you and me. :) It really is a shame though. They have no idea what the side effects are or how difficult it is to come off. Most have no idea what you're talking about when you tell them about the brain zaps/brain shivers as I've heard some call it too.

This is no Social Crisis... Just another Tricky Day (The Who)

 
FMS, IC, IBS (working on full alphabet) Asthma, Depression/Anxiety

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