Antidepressants & Chronic Pain

There are 14 comments on the Nov 2, 2011, About.com story titled Antidepressants & Chronic Pain. In it, About.com reports that:

It's not uncommon for patients with chronic pain, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, to be prescribed antidepressants.

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WVRaybird

Wheeling, WV

#1 Nov 13, 2011
I have been on Effexor XR 225mg for the last 16 years for chronic pain. I am tired of taking the drugs anymore. They affect my whole life in everything i do physically and mentally.
Ronald Lincoln

Anonymous Proxy

#2 Dec 27, 2011
According to Mayo Clinic, antidepressants work effectively in certain cases of chronic pain although depression is not factored in. There's no conclusive information though why they work well as painkillers. However, it could sometimes come to choosing a lesser evil as antidepressants also have their side effects like nausea, dry mouth, etc. So, you killed the pain but another discomfort steps in.
http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-side...
btdt

Bowmanville, Canada

#3 Dec 27, 2011
Ronald Lincoln wrote:
According to Mayo Clinic, antidepressants work effectively in certain cases of chronic pain although depression is not factored in. There's no conclusive information though why they work well as painkillers. However, it could sometimes come to choosing a lesser evil as antidepressants also have their side effects like nausea, dry mouth, etc. So, you killed the pain but another discomfort steps in.
http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-side...
I am literally laughing out loud at this as years and years ago I was told about the same thing about a new drug to help with nerve pain in my leg to "help me cut down on the number of pain pills" I was taking after I injured my leg in a car accident. I was told it could cause dry mouth and nausea lol..... I had hallucinations audio and visual suicidal thoughts that ended with me in emerg on suicide watch... that was on less then a month of prozac and guess what not one of those doctors had the balls to tell me it was all a reaction to prozac I learned that just a couple of years ago when I bought a computer!!!
I have been thru countless withdrawals which cause pain depression hurts my ass those people never felt the pain of cold turkey withdrawal NOW THAT IS PAIN... PLEASE READ chronic fatigue fibo or serotonin syndrome apparently to much serotonin in your body causes pain .... I shit you not look it up.
I have been drug free for 4 years my body was contorted in agony my foot dragged I had symptoms of ms and parkinson... yep all drug reaction to antidepressants
my body felt torched ... tendons contracted ... look up that... keep looking in a few years of searching it will all add up... these drugs cause pain and withdrawal hurts and causes depression I never had depression or anxiety till after I took prozac after that I was drugged for 18 years... yep 18 years cause no doctor would say it was the drug and the next doctors would not say this new symptoms is really withdrawal... what a load of money these doctors made for pharma while they wrecked my life.
join the dots don't be a chemical lab rat... get out of your cage go here for help
antidepressantsurvival.org
paxilprogress.org

“Choose Life”

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#5 Dec 30, 2011
To all who are suffering with pain....I'm convinced these drugs are from the pits of hell. Yet drs keep prescribing them and people keep demanding pills to take care of all lifes problems. If people have PAIN from an accident or whatever, then yes, they need a med designed for pain, such as Lortab, not a psycotropic mess- with- your- brain- drug. There is a reason God created the opium poppy-----and that's for benevolent, compassionate relief from the hell of pain.

Jesus bless you all ---I hope things are better now. I mean that. I've had more than my share of suffering from these drugs. I do know God can heal when you reach out to him for help.
Grace Like Rain:
Ruth Quinones

Chicago, IL

#6 Jan 10, 2012
There are cases when symptoms of chronic pain and depression overlap and clinical studies of certain antidepressants have showed efficacy in treating chronic pain. However, if you check on medical updates, the effectiveness of antidepressants remain inconclusive. Patients taking these drugs are also exposed to the side effects associated with the drugs.
http://www.paxilbirthdefectlaw.com/paxil-ssri...
btd

Bowmanville, Canada

#7 Jan 30, 2012
btdt wrote:
<quoted text>
I am literally laughing out loud at this as years and years ago I was told about the same thing about a new drug to help with nerve pain in my leg to "help me cut down on the number of pain pills" I was taking after I injured my leg in a car accident. I was told it could cause dry mouth and nausea lol..... I had hallucinations audio and visual suicidal thoughts that ended with me in emerg on suicide watch... that was on less then a month of prozac and guess what not one of those doctors had the balls to tell me it was all a reaction to prozac I learned that just a couple of years ago when I bought a computer!!!
I have been thru countless withdrawals which cause pain depression hurts my ass those people never felt the pain of cold turkey withdrawal NOW THAT IS PAIN... PLEASE READ chronic fatigue fibo or serotonin syndrome apparently to much serotonin in your body causes pain .... I shit you not look it up.
I have been drug free for 4 years my body was contorted in agony my foot dragged I had symptoms of ms and parkinson... yep all drug reaction to antidepressants
my body felt torched ... tendons contracted ... look up that... keep looking in a few years of searching it will all add up... these drugs cause pain and withdrawal hurts and causes depression I never had depression or anxiety till after I took prozac after that I was drugged for 18 years... yep 18 years cause no doctor would say it was the drug and the next doctors would not say this new symptoms is really withdrawal... what a load of money these doctors made for pharma while they wrecked my life.
join the dots don't be a chemical lab rat... get out of your cage go here for help
antidepressantsurvival.org
paxilprogress.org
As for pain associated with serotonin increasing drugs...
You may want to look at this thread:
http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/effexor/T60QJ ...
and this thread
http://www.topix.com/forum/drug/effexor/TTQ28 ...
Anonymous

Fpo, AE

#9 Jun 21, 2012
There are supplements that deal with both depression and inflamation (causes arthritis) they are called vitamin D and fish oil. Vitamin D helps heal weak bones, helps with anti inflammation and depression because it is a key activator for serotonin production.

Fish Oil has omega 3 in it. Omega has a building molecule called EPA. EPA is a main building block for many anti inflamatory hormones, and helps manage your brain cells production of serotonin.

Check out some reviews for both of these supplements here...
Fish Oil: http://goo.gl/Jh9xt
Vitamin D: http://goo.gl/gR5S9
btd

Courtice, Canada

#10 Aug 1, 2012
BrandonSwain wrote:
There are supplements that deal with both depression and inflamation (causes arthritis) they are called vitamin D and fish oil. Vitamin D helps heal weak bones, helps with anti inflammation and depression because it is a key activator for serotonin production.
Fish Oil has omega 3 in it. Omega has a building molecule called EPA. EPA is a main building block for many anti inflamatory hormones, and helps manage your brain cells production of serotonin.
Check out some reviews for both of these supplements here...
Fish Oil: http://goo.gl/Jh9xt
Vitamin D: http://goo.gl/gR5S9
I find it odd that a lot of people on these withdrawal sites have low vitamin D I am one of them. I can't help but wonder if this is s side effect of antidepressants... as I know high serotonin damages bones maybe the low D is part of the way high serotonin does the damage.
Personally I cannot not take Vit D even tho I am low I have a bad reaction when I take it and can't sleep. Even on the Recommended daily dose... any ideas why this is.
The first day I took it with calcium and thought I was going to die of a heart attack within 30 mins I had balls of light around my eyes could not see and my heart was pounding out of my chest. I was told to not take the calcium because of this effect ...so tried that... and could not sleep had severe anxiety ... I just gave them both up. It is hard to say what my D was before antidepressants as it was never checked till after I was off the drugs and broke my foot in 4 places doing a small hop on the kitchen floor... I now have osteopenia...
I found out about the high serotonin causing damage to bones in an odd way an article about beer making your bones stronger.. the reason is beer lowers serotonin... a specific kind is best think it was alexander keiths beer... easy to find online I am sure. After I found that I went after scientific proof and found that too I have posted it hear if any wants to look for it it is in the pages below.
Kyla

Lombard, IL

#11 Aug 3, 2012
Study shows that when having an antidepressant medication it may help reduce chronic pain, although, it hasn't been recommended by the Food and Drug Administration. http://www.zoloftlawsuithelpcenter.com
Terri

Vancouver, WA

#12 Aug 3, 2012
Kyla wrote:
Study shows that when having an antidepressant medication it may help reduce chronic pain,...
Leading to other, more serious and possibly life-changing chronic problems and when one decides they no longer want to take these medications they go through horrible withdrawals and often revert back to taking them in order to alleviate the withdrawals. Eventually, these drugs stop working altogether (tolerance) so they suffer with withdrawal-type symptoms even when they are taking it. If you miss a dose even by a few hours you immediately start experiencing withdrawals like brain zaps, nausea, dizziness, etc, leading to run not walk as fast as you can to your pill bottle for a fix.

The side effects from long-term use can include things like vision loss, problems equilibrium/balance, short-term memory loss (can't find the next word in a sentence because they can't remember what they were talking about), hypo and hyperlibido, suicidal/homocidal ideation/attempts/succesful attempts, the list goes on and on.

I'd rather suffer from depression, hot flashes, anxiety, chronic pain than roll the dice with these medications.
A Better Guard

Cockeysville, MD

#13 Aug 3, 2012
Your right the Brain Shivers and Electrical Shocks
were no fun at all. They are common known Side Effects that don't show up for years later or when you go off. Maybe not all people will get them but
really,really no fun.

The human system at the cell level is more electrical than you may think. Especially the heart muscle.

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#14 Aug 5, 2012
Buy your antidepression meds from www.homepills.com
Zakary

Brussels, Belgium

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Natka

UK

#17 Jan 31, 2014
I've been on Effexor from http://goo.gl/wW5CNU only one week but am cautiously very optimistic. Prior to this I was on citalopram but still feeling very low and sleeping poorly, feeling like I needed to be in bed 12-16 hours a day. Now I am waking naturally after only 8 hours sleep and finding it much easier to concentrate at work. I can hardly believe it is working so quickly but I feel so much better. I've had no side effects.

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