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   Posted 8/20/2008 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I started a very small dose of Zoloft (12 mg) daily and at first I was sleepy but now during the day I feel "wired". It was so bad today I had chest pains for half the day and felt like I was suffocating. My Primary dismissed any idea of a heart attack and chalked it up to lingering stress and that it would pass mad   This zoloft gives you back the seratonin that is needed in your brain and I know I read that pp with fibro have a seratonin deficiency so this drug is not just for depression. It's treating the fibro. The good news is that I have more energy. No more fatigue and tiredness but... I am so wired and aggitated and can't get to sleep at nite I'm thinking of weaning off it and trying something else. Anyone have any thoughts?
And about my 24 hr EEG that I had. I am waiting to hear back from the Neuro if I have an underlying seizure disorder. A lot of my symptoms could be explained if that were the case. Maybe what I thought was depression was actually temporal lobe seizure disorder which causes weird emotional symptoms. I guess eventually this will get sorted out.
I am a mother to 4 children; James 7 mo.'s, Davey 2 yrs, Dana 4 yrs, and Anne 9 yrs.  I am currently studying to become a natural childbirth educator.... and just trying to figure out where my priorities are right now.

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   Posted 8/20/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tapestryloom,

I agree with you. If the zoloft is causing all that aggitation and insomnia, it is going to catch up to you and make you feel worse eventually. I wonder if there is something that will still give you energy but not make you wired. I would ask the doctor about that. I imagine that you enjoy the energy, but can't tolerate the side effects.   I wonder if they can give you something to take the edge off.  Like xanax or something.  Or would that be too much medications?

I hope that you get your test results soon so you don't have to wonder any longer. I hope that you get that all sorted out.

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   Posted 8/21/2008 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to take a Lorazepam at nite to fall asleep. It's worse than the insomnia I had before!
I am a mother to 4 children; James 7 mo.'s, Davey 2 yrs, Dana 4 yrs, and Anne 9 yrs.  I am currently studying to become a natural childbirth educator.... and just trying to figure out where my priorities are right now.

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   Posted 8/21/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Carolyn it is all trial and error with anti-depressants. Nervousness can be a side affect of zoloft. I have tried so many different ones I can't even remember if I have tried zoloft. I know prozac made me feel like climbing the walls but others have had great success with it.
It does take about six weeks for some of them to work. You have to use your own judgement when it comes to the side affects and if it is too much don't let your doc talk you into staying on it. We know our bodies better than anyone else and fibro bodies don't always react to meds like normal people.
Good luck.
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   Posted 8/21/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Carolyn-

Chest pains had to have been scary! When first starting Zoloft (the first 2-3 weeks) my heart  would feel like it was racing at different times of the day. Did not like that feeling but I was so miserable from the depression I kept going and it did stop. And I did not have it affecting me at night like it does you.

It is up to you and if the side effects are just too much, I think it would be worth trying something different. Let us know what you decide. GamJill 

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   Posted 8/21/2008 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Carolyn, are you still having chest pains periodically?  If so, insist on some testing.  My husband complained of chest pains for two years and for two  years our internist told him it was stress.  He ended up having a massive heart attack and died at age 51. 
When I started chest pains with the costochondritis, I didn't fool around.  I wasn't going to have that happen to my children again.  My doctor ran an electrocardiogram, and echocardiogram, took an ultrasound of my heart, and had me wear a monitor for 24 hours.  My heart is just fine so now I KNOW what is causing the chest pain.  It's just too easy for these doctors to fluff things off as "stress".  If it isn't stress, you are the one to pay the price...not the doctor.  (I still have some anger over this.  I think you can tell!)
I don't want to frighten you but, if you still get chest pains, please be checked out.  It's better to be safe than sorry.
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