Ginny I've had problems with Elavil and Zoloft which I'm allergic too. Those drugs are really hard for the liver and kidneys to process and my liver can't dealwith them. Instead, I take a small amount of Klonopin at night, which keeps me together and also takes care of spasm, restless legs, and nerve problems. It is also effective for antiseizure in some cases. It also strengthens my pain meds. I have a whole list of antiseizure and antidepressants I can't take. They are some ofthe worst meds to metabolize and cause alot of damage tothe liver. The plaq seems milder to me. I take only 100 I am supposed to take 200 I up it when I have problems.
Thyroid problems can cause lots of nerve damage, mental issues, anxiety and depression and hyperness, and trouble swallowing. Docs dont do the greatest in dxing it. Thank Goodnessmy rheumie tested my antithyroid antibodies, not just the thyroid function, and saw that I need treatment right away. With treatment, lots of the problems went away, thought they come back as my thyroid is dying. And also my fibro got alot better by seeing a bioidentical hormone OB gyn. She also did great testing of my thyroid and is much better than my endocrinologist, unfortunately. Sad but true. And I've been to six lately.
Anyhow, maybe get some thorough hormone testing done by a bioidentical homone ob gyn. They can also test vitamins. I don't usually go for this "health" stuff, but she tests for more stuff and does a much better job interpretting the tests than my endos. She pretty much handles my total endocrine mess, and I have real serious problems.
All the rest of my endos are men an just don't understand what its like to be a woman and how sensitive we are to small changes.
I hope you feel better soon and can get off the elavil. I know its hard and I'm rooting for you.
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids