Xx Sometimes we all have to go a little crazy just to stay sane xX
I wrote a long reply the other day, but the site was having troubles and it lost my note.
I tried elavil when my fibro and IBS started, but it wiped me out for 3 days (just one 10mg tablet).....so I didn't take it again.
I also tried Prosac and got very dizzy and nauseous. I guess I don't have many reserves to tolerate some of the initial side-effects. I've been this way my whole life, and tend avoid almost all meds.
Thanks for your responses.
I don't know why doctors are so reluctant to open their minds up to alternative treatments. What if no one ever opened their minds to the earth being round instead of flat, or to the idea that ulcers were caused by a bacteria, etc., etc.?
I don't know if doctors are just so overwhelmed and busy that they stick to whatever they've known until now, but it seems so incredibly limited.
I think the reason is that they have to rely on conjecture for the most part, and doctors haven't been trained to base their patient care on anecdotal evidence. They are looking for vigorously peer-reviewed studies. The reason is that even if some new treatment modality helps thousands of people, it could have a serious side effect in some random few...and that can be dangerous. That's why those peer-reviewed studies are done, so that docs can weigh the risks and benefits.
All SSRIs work in generally the same way (they just act on different serotonin receptors), but people tolerate some better than they do others. So you might need to just keep trying until you find one that works. I'm a sertraline (Zoloft) fan myself.
Yeah, a lot of these tricyclic antidepressants actually do work for some people with IBS; it's an off-label use. They can also be used for chronic pain. Nortriptyline is a "second generation" tricyclic; it causes fewer side effects than "first generation" tricyclics like amitryptiline. Good to see it's working for someone!
Cathy, that is hysterical that your doctor said Zoloft is used more in "older people." Whatever that means. I've been taking Zoloft since I was 23 or so (am 28 now). I was under some duress when I saw my doctor about being depressed and would have tried voodoo if someone told me I'd feel better. Matter of fact, I think I DID try some voodoo. Wasn't particularly effective.
It's so weird - the first couple weeks I was on it, I had the most bizarre side effect of extreme yawning (didn't feel tired - I just kept taking these huge gulping yawns). That is actually a rare but occasionally reported side effect. But that subsided in a short time. I don't have any side effects from it. I notice occasionally that I feel slightly "blunted," but I still feel regular emotions like happiness, sadness, excitement, anxiety, etc.