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Re: "burning" from meds

Posted by Laurie on April 23, 1999, at 12:04:46

In reply to Re: "burning" from meds, posted by Alex on April 22, 1999, at 18:18:42

> > I have been put on Prozac and Pamelor for treatment of chronic headache (the result of a viral infection). Both medications have caused me to have a severe burning sensation on my head (with prozac it spread from head to toe). Both were low doses. Now I'm stuck with this sensation even after stopping the meds. Help -- what is this???
> Burning of the skin may be a symptom of anxiety. Discontinuing certain medicines such as benzodiazepines may cause a burning sensation in the jaw, mouth or tongue. There is a poorly understood disorder, the burning mouth syndrome, that may persist after more generalized burning sensations have subsided. Burning in the extremities (causalgia) may be
> associated with peripheral neuropathies such as those found with type I diabetes mellitus. I cannot explain your generalized burning sensations, but I would consider consulting a neurologist about your headaches and the possibility that your medications triggered an unrecognized anxiety reaction.
> Alex

Thanks for your reply. I have seen three neurologists. They all diagnose chronic tension-type headache, but none can explain the burning sensation and why it began and worsens with antidepressants. Frankly, it doesn't feel like a headache to me (I've had more than my share). My internist feels it's a dysesthesia. Any ideas about what I can take to deal with this? Tried neurontin, muscle relaxants, they won't let me take pain killers and yes, the pain makes me extremely anxious. I have read that buspirone may be helpful -- any insight?? Thanks!




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