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Old 08-22-2006, 11:51 AM   #1
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Stopping SSRI meds make you feel worse?


I posted my first thread titled, "I feel like a hypochondriac" last week and I've gotten some wonderful responses, thanks! I do have another question.

Since I'm still in the research stages of my mystery ailment and I'm still finding all of these little puzzle pieces, I just found another piece. In all these articles I'm reading about FMS, it seems as if SSRI's are used as part of the treatment.

Funny thing is, I've been on one for about 5 years now for depression only. This is before all of this horrible achyness and fatigue started. It is a good drug but I weaned myself off about two months ago because I want to get pregnant. I haven't felt worse! Yes, I had aches and pains while on Celexa but just thought maybe I was doing something wrong while working out or because of my 30 lbs weight gain. But now that I'm off, Wham! Pain has hit me like a freight train, especially my legs. My depression is stable, I do cry more but that's o.k. And the brain fog and fatigue....geesh!! Absolutely ridiculous since I've been off the meds.

Could my Celexa have been doing more than just keeping me happy in the head? Mabye now that I'm off the meds, true symptoms of Fibro are actually showing their ugly heads? Anyone out there that IS diagnosed with Fibro and know for a fact they feel worse or better with or without SSRI?

This would be so helpful in knowing, especially if I get a response before Thursday afternoon's Dr. appt. Thanks!

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Old 08-22-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Re: Stopping SSRI meds make you feel worse?

Hi Doug Robin,

There is research showing that AD meds help some (not all) people w/fibro -- some just with energy, others with pain relief. It sounds like maybe the fibro snuck up on you while you were on the AD, but that the AD was "covering" the pain. Lucky you, that you have something that can help (when you're not PG.).

One thing to double check: both depression & fibro can be worsened if your thyroid is out of whack. Many of the ADs do have a subtle effect on thyroid function. And it's good to have optimal thyroid if you're planning a preg. So, if you haven't had a free thyroid hormone test done recently, Free T3 & Free T4, you might want to request it. There are other tests more commonly done to screen thyroid function, but the frees yield info of most benefit to fibro sufferers.

Best wishes.

Old 08-25-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info!

I have an update. I saw my primary M.D. yesterday 9/24 and went in with tons of knowledge and asked him to just sit quietly and listen to what I had to say about possibly having FMS. I was so worried he would be wishy washy and not really take me seriously.

He totally agreed! Well, not that he just diagnosed me right there and then but we're doing labs on the 8/28 for the Free T3 and T4 and some other things. I went armed with that info also but he was hip on FMS already and knew what had to be done. He pulled out his big black medical book and we went over everything it had and compared it to what info I brought with me. It made me feel so much better knowing he wasn't going to doubt me. Thank God for this website and this FMS board.

He also went for all trigger points and I failed them all. Failed as in, they hurt like Hades!! Not sure if that's considered failing or passing when it comes to a FMS check-up. Anyway, one side of my chest still hurts where he poked me. Not that we're totally convinced that's what I have but it made me feel better knowing he was going to do whatever it took to figure out why I have all of these symptoms.

Thanks again!

Old 08-25-2006, 02:32 PM   #4
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Re: Stopping SSRI meds make you feel worse?

I'm glad your doc was agreeable to testing. I hope something is found that will be helpful to you in the near future. And good luck on your little project.

Best wishes.

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