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Joe not so cool
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   Posted 3/14/2009 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
about 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Anxiety and Depression. I was put on citalopram and took it fine for a year, but about 5 months ago I went to the doctor for a normal check up and he did some blood tests which came back with elevated liver counts. I did some looking on the net and stopped taking it, and felt good for awhile. I was also had some genetic cholesterol issues regarding my good cholesteral levels so I was put on Niaspan. Which is brutal but I continued to take it until my hands and feet started hurting. I stopped the niaspan with the doctors OK and stopped exercising, the pain has since gone away. However I think all the worry about the pain along with work issues has caused my Anxiety and depression to return with a vengeance. The weekend I decided to see the doctor about the pain I started freaking out. I ached and felt tight all over. All the things that caused me to get help 2 years ago started happening again. My chest hurts to the touch and As i set here and type this my shoulders are up around my ears.

When I went to the doctor a few weeks ago he said the reason I feel like I do is probably partly because I am only fully coming off the citalopram now. Does this seem right?

This just sucks.

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   Posted 3/14/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont know what to say but I know after I came off the citrolapram it was not a big deal and effects did not last longer than a week
But that is me
I would get another opinion if possible
Keep us posted plz
Wishing you all the best

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   Posted 3/14/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Howlyncat....second opinions are the best. I get them all the time. When I first started having panic attacks and such, I got a first, second, third and then a fourth opinion because I was convinced I was having a heart attack. Heh...I guess I was wrong and the doctors were right. So, if that's what you choose to do, let us know how it all turns out. Take care!!!
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   Posted 3/15/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there and welcome to HealingWell.  There is so much information out there about the withdrawal from the SSRI/SSNI drugs  and IMHO it really seems to be individual.  I would seek a second opinion as 5 months does seem a bit extreme. 

Good Luck and hope you get thehelp you need. We are here for you.



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   Posted 3/15/2009 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I fourth gettting the second opinion, because that amount of time does seem off to me. Take care and I hope you get to feeling better!
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