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OMG, I have known for about 4 years now that I have not felt normal. I know I didn't used to feel like this. Every time I go to my doctor and complain, I get the feeling that she thinks I'm a hypochondriac and/or a headcase. The bloodwork that she's run has come back fairly normal. X-rays at the chiropractor are normal. I have done chiropracty, acupuncture, Swedish massage, deep massage, and yoga, which have helped some but not completely. She has sent me to a psychiatrist, who has put me on medication for panic attacks (which I do have but is not the cause I went to the doctor in the first place for). I don't think I properly convey to her (or anyone) the result this is having on my entire life.

I have been searching online and think finally that I probably do have chronic myofascial pain syndrome and/or fibromyalgia. I have made an appt. with a rhuematologist for next Monday and hope I can get a definitive diagnosis.

Some noteable events in my past:

--in college (1996-2000), I was diagnosed with anorexia athletica and exercised up to 4 hrs a day, mostly running, without proper stretching
--in 2005, my doctor abruptly took me off antidepressants without proper tapering and it set off very severe and intense panic (this is when the symptoms started)
--in 2007, when I was pregnant with my daughter, many of the symptoms abated/lessened until late in the pregnancy, when they got severe and I also had extreme sacroileac pain; I felt the best ever during most of my pregnancy, didn't have morning sickness or nausea even and felt I was finally myself again

These are the symptoms I have:

--tingling in my extremities especially
--points tender to the touch in my body
--numb fingers & toes
--diffuse fluid retention (especially in my legs but all over my body)--my PCP doesn't seem to see this as a problem but I know it's there and it causes problems like carpal tunnel for me; it doesn't respond to changes in diet or prescription diuretics
--pain that radiates over my entire body, from my head to my toes
--muscles feel taut, like I just can't relax
--difficulty concentrating, can't seem to multi-task at all any more
--forgetfulness, difficulty articulating myself to others
--extreme fatigue
--painful periods with extremely light flow
--ringing in my ears
--panic attacks & anxiety (began with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had this before & have lived in the same area my whole life)
--feeling like it's a miracle I function at all
--unexplained nausea
--allergies (only arose with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had it before)
--pain that is dull all the time, sometimes stabbing and burning
--TMJ
--muscle twitches/spasms
--difficulty falling asleep due to these sensations (PCP insists it's restless legs, but I know it's more than that)
--bloating, gas (again, began only around 2005)
--crave carbohydrates constantly
--frequently feeling like I'm living in a fog, life is happening around me, but I can't join in (this is probably what I feel has the strongest negative impact on my life as a whole)
--depression & hopelessness because of feeling overwhelmed (but not suicidal)
--pushing myself, inability to moderate things (for example, light exercise helps but then I'll push myself to do too much--walk too fast, too long, too much of an incline, exercising through extreme pain--could have played a role in the anorexia athletica, so much of an all or none philosophy)
--frequent problems with yeast (recurrent vaginal yeast infections, tinea versicolor on my abdomen)
--frequent cold sores/fever blisters
--clumisness, dropping things, running into things
--loss of my creativity (I used to write fiction and loved it--I would write all day every day without tiring of it but cannot concentrate adequately or come up with plots any more), used to draw but also feel I just can't access my creativity any more; this has also had one of the largest negative impacts on my life; I feel like I have lost myself
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replied April 21st, 2009
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Have you been evaluated by a neurologist???
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replied April 21st, 2009
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No, I have not. That is my next step if the rhuematologist can't help me. I see the rhuematologist next Monday.

I often feel overwhelmed by the problems I am having. I'm only 31 yrs. old.

It makes me angry that my PCP has continually kept blowing me off and dismissing my symptoms, that I've had to determine what type of specialist to see and seek help on my own.

I have also considered I could have had some serotonin syndrome effects because of all the meds I was on, but from what I've read, those effects should have gotten better after going off meds as time went on (they haven't).
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replied April 21st, 2009
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With your symptoms I would definately see a great neurologist right away.

Take your list as well as copies of your medical records which will show him / her your latest tests / results / meds, etc. So that the neurologist will not be starting your care from scratch.
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replied April 21st, 2009
My mom suffers from fibromyalgia...alot of your symptoms sound like what she experiences. I can remember her being so depressed and couch ridden because of it. I was in high school when she was finally diagnosed after years of suffering. She was depressed becuase she knew there was something wrong with her, and like you, saw many doctors & got no diagnosis. They kept telling her "It's all in your head". She was like "No, it's not...i know my own body. I do not feel normal." She pushed and pushed, and it finally took a visit to an Internist to hit the nail on the head. Back when she was diagnosed, Fibromyalgia was not very common. they referred to it as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am 36 years old now, and i have been experiencing similar symptoms as yourself. I too feel like i'm falling apart. First thing i did was go to her (my mom's)Internist. She does not believe i have Fibromyalgia because i do not have enough of the symptoms and triggerpoints. But i was referred to a neurologist, and i go in 2 weeks from now for an EMG to try and determine the cause of my symptoms. I've had many blood tests done prior. They tested for Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and hypothyroidism. All clear. Today i got blood drawn to test for Hashimoto's disease, an autoimmune disorder. As zigmyster said, you should see a neurologist. Perhaps Internist first, then neurologist. I did want to point out that my mom still has spells of "fibro-fog", where she feels as if she's living in a fog. When you wrote that, it triggered me to respond to you. As a side note, i was told that if you have a parent who has Fibromyalgia, their children sufffer a 50% chance of inheriting the affliction. So if you have siblings or children, be on the lookout. Good luck to you, and try to stay positive...there is an answer out there for you.
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replied April 21st, 2009
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cln1812 wrote:
I have been searching online and think finally that I probably do have chronic myofascial pain syndrome and/or fibromyalgia. I have made an appt. with a rhuematologist for next Monday and hope I can get a definitive diagnosis.


If you are given a dx of Fibromyaglia, it is curable by eating anti-inflammatory foods...

Some noteable events in my past:

cln1812 wrote:
--in 2007, when I was pregnant with my daughter, many of the symptoms abated/lessened until late in the pregnancy, when they got severe and I also had extreme sacroileac pain; I felt the best ever during most of my pregnancy, didn't have morning sickness or nausea even and felt I was finally myself again


With it being severe at the end of your pregnancy, did your symptoms increase and if so, what were they. I have a reason for this question.

cln1812 wrote:
These are the symptoms I have:


** is the reason you need to see a neuro...

**--tingling in my extremities especially **
--points tender to the touch in my body
**--numb fingers & toes **
--diffuse fluid retention (especially in my legs but all over my body)--my PCP doesn't seem to see this as a problem but I know it's there and it causes problems like carpal tunnel for me; it doesn't respond to changes in diet or prescription diuretics
**--pain that radiates over my entire body, from my head to my toes**
--muscles feel taut, like I just can't relax**
**--difficulty concentrating, can't seem to multi-task at all any more**
--forgetfulness, difficulty articulating myself to others**
**--extreme fatigue**
--painful periods with extremely light flow
**--ringing in my ears**
--panic attacks & anxiety (began with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had this before & have lived in the same area my whole life)
--feeling like it's a miracle I function at all
--unexplained nausea
--allergies (only arose with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had it before)
--pain that is dull all the time, sometimes stabbing and burning**
--TMJ
**--muscle twitches/spasms**
--difficulty falling asleep due to these sensations (PCP insists it's restless legs, but I know it's more than that)
--bloating, gas (again, began only around 2005)
--crave carbohydrates constantly (this is bad for fibro)
--frequently feeling like I'm living in a fog, life is happening around me, but I can't join in (this is probably what I feel has the strongest negative impact on my life as a whole)
**--depression & hopelessness because of feeling overwhelmed (but not suicidal)**
--pushing myself, inability to moderate things (for example, light exercise helps but then I'll push myself to do too much--walk too fast, too long, too much of an incline, exercising through extreme pain--could have played a role in the anorexia athletica, so much of an all or none philosophy)
--frequent problems with yeast (recurrent vaginal yeast infections, tinea versicolor on my abdomen)(this can be caused by too much carbs)
--frequent cold sores/fever blisters
**--clumisness, dropping things, running into things**
**--loss of my creativity (I used to write fiction and loved it--I would write all day every day without tiring of it but cannot concentrate adequately or come up with plots any more), used to draw but also feel I just can't access my creativity any more; this has also had one of the largest negative impacts on my life; I feel like I have lost myself**
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replied April 21st, 2009
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...i was told that if you have a parent who has Fibromyalgia, their children sufffer a 50% chance of inheriting the affliction. So if you have siblings or children, be on the lookout. Good luck to you, and try to stay positive...there is an answer out there for you.


Fibromyaglia is inflammation that begins in the digestive tract from the foods in which we eat and from there it migrates throughout the body to the cellular level.

To be honest, at first I did not believe that something as simple as food could cause so much pain. Why my fibro did not show it's face until I was in my late 30's...something will trigger it, some say that after a tramatic experience (mine was after the sudden loss of my sister) or it could be 2ndary to another disease, something shifts...

I have posted this many times in this forum...the anti-inflammatory diet that has been posted took my horrific pain from a 10+ to a 0 in less than a month...you strictly stay on this diet for 4 weeks and it totally works. After 4 weeks begin to introduce foods back into your diet and see how your body reacts. Generally in less than 3 days you will know if you body accepted it or not...now too much of a bad thing will build up...

My biggest culprit is ice cream ..so I have to ask myself this before indulging...will this be worth the pain? I suffered for 8 long years...not anymore.

I was told that my fibro was 2ndary to my dx of Multiple Sclerosis (an auto-immune disease).

To be honest I do not believe that an internist would be the best step to take before a neurologist...most of her symptoms are neurological and the carbo craving can be a sign of hypoglycemia and if your sugar is out of whack it can cause the foggy feeling, fatique, not thinking clearly.

However a person can have more than one issue going on at any given time.
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replied July 14th, 2009
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I went off Effexor XR a month ago cold turkey. Felt horrible dizzy, brain zaps etc. the first week. Second I could drive. But now after amonth I have horrible body pain. Carpal tunnel is back full swing even with wearing my brace. Joints knees and neck in pain. But the ongoing irritation is my stomach. It feels like pain all day long not matter how bland the food. Tried ant acids etc. Still sick to stomach. I can sleep like a rock now though. No waking up. Full 8 hours. Jusr trouble with body pain and stomach. Trying to take MSM for joints. Helped my skin be perfect. Just trying to get through the sick tummy....Diane
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replied September 29th, 2009
What medicine can help..?
I am out of US. Doctor diagnosed las year that I have MPS. I didn't pay much attention, but now I am seriously suffering from MPS, pain attacks comes every month on whole body, from neck to my legs. I use some massage like deep tissue, trigger point release, Thai massage really helps. I used last year only celebrex for a short time. Any antidepressant medicine does help for relief?
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Erkan wrote:
I am out of US. Doctor diagnosed las year that I have MPS. I didn't pay much attention, but now I am seriously suffering from MPS, pain attacks comes every month on whole body, from neck to my legs. I use some massage like deep tissue, trigger point release, Thai massage really helps. I used last year only celebrex for a short time. Any antidepressant medicine does help for relief?

You may want to take a look at paxilprogress.org and post your question there for answers. These are very serious drugs with horrid side/withdrawal effect do not take them lightly.
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cln1812 wrote:
OMG, I have known for about 4 years now that I have not felt normal. I know I didn't used to feel like this. Every time I go to my doctor and complain, I get the feeling that she thinks I'm a hypochondriac and/or a headcase. The bloodwork that she's run has come back fairly normal. X-rays at the chiropractor are normal. I have done chiropracty, acupuncture, Swedish massage, deep massage, and yoga, which have helped some but not completely. She has sent me to a psychiatrist, who has put me on medication for panic attacks (which I do have but is not the cause I went to the doctor in the first place for). I don't think I properly convey to her (or anyone) the result this is having on my entire life.

I have been searching online and think finally that I probably do have chronic myofascial pain syndrome and/or fibromyalgia. I have made an appt. with a rhuematologist for next Monday and hope I can get a definitive diagnosis.

Some noteable events in my past:

--in college (1996-2000), I was diagnosed with anorexia athletica and exercised up to 4 hrs a day, mostly running, without proper stretching
--in 2005, my doctor abruptly took me off antidepressants without proper tapering and it set off very severe and intense panic (this is when the symptoms started)
--in 2007, when I was pregnant with my daughter, many of the symptoms abated/lessened until late in the pregnancy, when they got severe and I also had extreme sacroileac pain; I felt the best ever during most of my pregnancy, didn't have morning sickness or nausea even and felt I was finally myself again

These are the symptoms I have:

--tingling in my extremities especially
--points tender to the touch in my body
--numb fingers & toes
--diffuse fluid retention (especially in my legs but all over my body)--my PCP doesn't seem to see this as a problem but I know it's there and it causes problems like carpal tunnel for me; it doesn't respond to changes in diet or prescription diuretics
--pain that radiates over my entire body, from my head to my toes
--muscles feel taut, like I just can't relax
--difficulty concentrating, can't seem to multi-task at all any more
--forgetfulness, difficulty articulating myself to others
--extreme fatigue
--painful periods with extremely light flow
--ringing in my ears
--panic attacks & anxiety (began with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had this before & have lived in the same area my whole life)
--feeling like it's a miracle I function at all
--unexplained nausea
--allergies (only arose with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had it before)
--pain that is dull all the time, sometimes stabbing and burning
--TMJ
--muscle twitches/spasms
--difficulty falling asleep due to these sensations (PCP insists it's restless legs, but I know it's more than that)
--bloating, gas (again, began only around 2005)
--crave carbohydrates constantly
--frequently feeling like I'm living in a fog, life is happening around me, but I can't join in (this is probably what I feel has the strongest negative impact on my life as a whole)
--depression & hopelessness because of feeling overwhelmed (but not suicidal)
--pushing myself, inability to moderate things (for example, light exercise helps but then I'll push myself to do too much--walk too fast, too long, too much of an incline, exercising through extreme pain--could have played a role in the anorexia athletica, so much of an all or none philosophy)
--frequent problems with yeast (recurrent vaginal yeast infections, tinea versicolor on my abdomen)
--frequent cold sores/fever blisters
--clumisness, dropping things, running into things
--loss of my creativity (I used to write fiction and loved it--I would write all day every day without tiring of it but cannot concentrate adequately or come up with plots any more), used to draw but also feel I just can't access my creativity any more; this has also had one of the largest negative impacts on my life; I feel like I have lost myself

I am having problems with this site in teh that I cannot reply to your message using quote so I am going to make a post at the end replysing to a ahorter message this is caommon after antidepressant use i
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OMG, I have known for about 4 years now that I have not felt normal. I know I didn't used to feel like this. Every time I go to my doctor and complain, I get the feeling that she thinks I'm a hypochondriac and/or a headcase. The bloodwork that she's run has come back fairly normal. X-rays at the chiropractor are normal. I have done chiropracty, acupuncture, Swedish massage, deep massage, and yoga, which have helped some but not completely. She has sent me to a psychiatrist, who has put me on medication for panic attacks (which I do have but is not the cause I went to the doctor in the first place for). I don't think I properly convey to her (or anyone) the result this is having on my entire life.

I have been searching online and think finally that I probably do have chronic myofascial pain syndrome and/or fibromyalgia. I have made an appt. with a rhuematologist for next Monday and hope I can get a definitive diagnosis.

Some noteable events in my past:
I was diagnosed in 1994 with fibro chronic fatigue all of your symptoms are normal to me. I am having trouble posting here. but will try again don't give up looking for answers... there has to be one. I for one think a lot of greif started with taking proxac for nerve pain in my leg after an accident. I will post more if I can.
--in college (1996-2000), I was diagnosed with anorexia athletica and exercised up to 4 hrs a day, mostly running, without proper stretching
--in 2005, my doctor abruptly took me off antidepressants without proper tapering and it set off very severe and intense panic (this is when the symptoms started)
--in 2007, when I was pregnant with my daughter, many of the symptoms abated/lessened until late in the pregnancy, when they got severe and I also had extreme sacroileac pain; I felt the best ever during most of my pregnancy, didn't have morning sickness or nausea even and felt I was finally myself again

These are the symptoms I have:

--tingling in my extremities especially
--points tender to the touch in my body
--numb fingers & toes
--diffuse fluid retention (especially in my legs but all over my body)--my PCP doesn't seem to see this as a problem but I know it's there and it causes problems like carpal tunnel for me; it doesn't respond to changes in diet or prescription diuretics
--pain that radiates over my entire body, from my head to my toes
--muscles feel taut, like I just can't relax
--difficulty concentrating, can't seem to multi-task at all any more
--forgetfulness, difficulty articulating myself to others
--extreme fatigue
--painful periods with extremely light flow
--ringing in my ears
--panic attacks & anxiety (began with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had this before & have lived in the same area my whole life)
--feeling like it's a miracle I function at all
--unexplained nausea
--allergies (only arose with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had it before)
--pain that is dull all the time, sometimes stabbing and burning
--TMJ
--muscle twitches/spasms
--difficulty falling asleep due to these sensations (PCP insists it's restless legs, but I know it's more than that)
--bloating, gas (again, began only around 2005)
--crave carbohydrates constantly
--frequently feeling like I'm living in a fog, life is happening around me, but I can't join in (this is probably what I feel has the strongest negative impact on my life as a whole)
--depression & hopelessness because of feeling overwhelmed (but not suicidal)
--pushing myself, inability to moderate things (for example, light exercise helps but then I'll push myself to do too much--walk too fast, too long, too much of an incline, exercising through extreme pain--could have played a role in the anorexia athletica, so much of an all or none philosophy)
--frequent problems with yeast (recurrent vaginal yeast infections, tinea versicolor on my abdomen)
--frequent cold sores/fever blisters
--clumisness, dropping things, running into things
--loss of my creativity (I used to write fiction and loved it--I would write all day every day without tiring of it but cannot concentrate adequately or come up with plots any more), used to draw but also feel I just can't access my creativity any more; this has also had one of the largest negative impacts on my life; I feel like I have lost myself

I was diagnosed in 1994 with fibro chronic fatigue all of your symptoms are normal to me. I am having trouble posting here. but will try again don't give up looking for answers... there has to be one. I for one think a lot of greif started with taking proxac for nerve pain in my leg after an accident. I will post more if I can. I so know what you mean when you say you have lost yourself
Adrenal Glands and Serotonin
Antidepressantfacts.com/pineal

Also serotonin gets released when stress is involved. The increased serotonin triggers the release of adrenaline, which allows the body to work through the stress.

In other PubMed articles the involvement of the Pineal Gland was discussed in the regulation of glucose metabolism in the brain (1; 2). In animal studies the Pineal Gland's neurohormone melatonin was found to significantly increase both brain and blood levels of glucose i.e. by enhancing carbohydrate metabolism into glucose (1; 2). Previously I mentioned that Doctor Tracy has tought us that an increase in serotonin, produces rushes of insulin, dropping sugar levels and chemically inducing hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) in this way. In another animal study published at PubMed it was found that insulin-induced hypoglycaemia also affected the Adrenal Glands and caused a dramatic decrease of serotonin in the Pineal Gland. (1) This could lead to disturbances in melatonin secretion after which blood glucose levels can fall even lower.
But how come that I hear people talking about benefits from these SSRI-AntiDepressants?, you might want to ask. They surely must work somehow don't they? The answer is yes, they "work" somehow, but not in a very proper way. What actually happens when you elevate your serotonin levels is this: the stress hormones "Cortisol" and "Adrenaline" (Epinephrine) in the brain and body are triggered by elevated serotonin levels. It is a natural reaction from the body to combat the excessive serotonin levels. These released hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, are secreted from the "Adrenal Glands." They give the human personality a boost, producing a euphoric state, which can last for a prolonged period of time! In this manner SSRI-AntiDepressants initially produce the deceptive results the doctor and "patient" are both expecting. Unfortunately when the bodies Adrenal Glands lose their efficiency, then "Adrenal Exhaustion Syndrome" will be the end result. Adrenal Exhaustion causes levels of adrenaline initially to fall and levels of cortisol to rise. Ultimately, also cortisol levels fall. When untreated, Adrenal Exhaustion will lead to seriously declining physical health. Many (former) SSRI-AntiDepressant users reported fatigue as a long term side-effect or were diagnosed with "Chronigue Fatigue Syndrome." People suffering from stress are generally diagnosed with this disorder. Symptoms range from simple exhaustion to much more complex problems that are secondary to excessive output of adrenal hormones in the bloodstream, leading to Adrenal Exhaustion. Unlike the other hormones, it takes a long time before the Adrenal Glands have their adrenaline levels restored. Could we say that the SSRI-AntiDepressant "works" by slowly excavating the body's Adrenal Glands?
Personality Changes Yep:
Scientific article stating personality changes from antidepressants.

For an answer, we might look to this month’s issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry. A study conducted at Northwestern University appears therein that, had it been published sooner, might well have been included in the Penn research. The trial uses the same outcome measure relied on in the Penn overview. It has no washout period. And it tests Paxil. The core finding is straightforward: While Paxil did moderate depression, the drug’s greater effect was in changing personality. The principal outcome for subjects who responded to Paxil was a decrease in “neuroticism”—essentially, emotional vulnerability in the face of adversity. The patients with less neuroticism seemed to be protected from future bouts of depression. They also became more extraverted. In other words, Paxil was less good at ending episodes of depression than at making patients resilient via personality change. A second intervention tested, a form of psychotherapy, showed the reverse: It had more effect on depression and less on personality.


For real people that can attest to these changes check Marriages Destroyed by SSRI’s
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replied February 14th, 2010
For information or help in trying to get off antidepressants try paxilprogress.org I am no lonhger a member but have to admit they seem to know how to get off the pills and about the side effects withdrawal effects. You may be very surprised to see the amount of pain people are in after quitting antidepressants it is a very common complaint as are neurological symptoms digestive and insulin thyroid issues it is a long list sorry to say the general idea is that it will pass in time a very long time. years but you need to support your body to recieve this reward good food no booze lots of other hints check it if you like.
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replied January 20th, 2011
eat more fish or take fish oil supplements. i know this sounds simplistic and im sure its not the answer to your many symptoms but i recently read a book about curing depression on your own (called The Depression Cure by Steve Hardi). many of the symptoms related to depression and some that you have could be related to an imbalance between omega 3 and omega 6. i forget which one is in fish but the point is that most americans have an imbalance of the omegas bc of our diet in this culture. it might help reduce some of the symptoms your having anyhow.(i.e. allergies, fatigue, sleep issues, depression, carb cravings, forgetfulness.)
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Re: fibromyalgia after antidepressant withdrawal ?
cln1812 wrote:
OMG, I have known for about 4 years now that I have not felt normal. I know I didn't used to feel like this. Every time I go to my doctor and complain, I get the feeling that she thinks I'm a hypochondriac and/or a headcase. The bloodwork that she's run has come back fairly normal. X-rays at the chiropractor are normal. I have done chiropracty, acupuncture, Swedish massage, deep massage, and yoga, which have helped some but not completely. She has sent me to a psychiatrist, who has put me on medication for panic attacks (which I do have but is not the cause I went to the doctor in the first place for). I don't think I properly convey to her (or anyone) the result this is having on my entire life.

I have been searching online and think finally that I probably do have chronic myofascial pain syndrome and/or fibromyalgia. I have made an appt. with a rhuematologist for next Monday and hope I can get a definitive diagnosis.

Some noteable events in my past:

--in college (1996-2000), I was diagnosed with anorexia athletica and exercised up to 4 hrs a day, mostly running, without proper stretching
--in 2005, my doctor abruptly took me off antidepressants without proper tapering and it set off very severe and intense panic (this is when the symptoms started)
--in 2007, when I was pregnant with my daughter, many of the symptoms abated/lessened until late in the pregnancy, when they got severe and I also had extreme sacroileac pain; I felt the best ever during most of my pregnancy, didn't have morning sickness or nausea even and felt I was finally myself again

These are the symptoms I have:

--tingling in my extremities especially
--points tender to the touch in my body
--numb fingers & toes
--diffuse fluid retention (especially in my legs but all over my body)--my PCP doesn't seem to see this as a problem but I know it's there and it causes problems like carpal tunnel for me; it doesn't respond to changes in diet or prescription diuretics
--pain that radiates over my entire body, from my head to my toes
--muscles feel taut, like I just can't relax
--difficulty concentrating, can't seem to multi-task at all any more
--forgetfulness, difficulty articulating myself to others
--extreme fatigue
--painful periods with extremely light flow
--ringing in my ears
--panic attacks & anxiety (began with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had this before & have lived in the same area my whole life)
--feeling like it's a miracle I function at all
--unexplained nausea
--allergies (only arose with withdrawal of antidepressants, never had it before)
--pain that is dull all the time, sometimes stabbing and burning
--TMJ
--muscle twitches/spasms
--difficulty falling asleep due to these sensations (PCP insists it's restless legs, but I know it's more than that)
--bloating, gas (again, began only around 2005)
--crave carbohydrates constantly
--frequently feeling like I'm living in a fog, life is happening around me, but I can't join in (this is probably what I feel has the strongest negative impact on my life as a whole)
--depression & hopelessness because of feeling overwhelmed (but not suicidal)
--pushing myself, inability to moderate things (for example, light exercise helps but then I'll push myself to do too much--walk too fast, too long, too much of an incline, exercising through extreme pain--could have played a role in the anorexia athletica, so much of an all or none philosophy)
--frequent problems with yeast (recurrent vaginal yeast infections, tinea versicolor on my abdomen)
--frequent cold sores/fever blisters
--clumisness, dropping things, running into things
--loss of my creativity (I used to write fiction and loved it--I would write all day every day without tiring of it but cannot concentrate adequately or come up with plots any more), used to draw but also feel I just can't access my creativity any more; this has also had one of the largest negative impacts on my life; I feel like I have lost myself


Your symptoms are typical of someone who is suffering from an adverse reaction to antibiotics such as a fluoroquinolones or keflex or other, or it could other meds, even off the counter meds.

I copied and pasted my previous post here, please do read up and do some research, stay away from psychotropics, they are the worse. A good site to help you taper and wean: www.benzowithdrawal.com. I have persistently refused taking those drugs precisely because of the damage they do, including small nerve fibers causing horrible neuropathic pains, etc..

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