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Re: working.out.blues johnj

Posted by Mr Beev on September 18, 2002, at 12:34:41

In reply to Re: working.out.blues Mr Beev, posted by johnj on September 17, 2002, at 22:45:07

Hi johnj! Things are going quite well, I think, thanks for asking!

I'm stabilized on 150mg Effexor and 2.5mg Zyprexa as needed (though I am supposed to be taking it every day). Contrary to many posts here, I have done well with Effexor, though there were/are obnoxious side-effects, such as weight gain (10 lbs.), some jaw-clenching, and some loss of conditioning (I run about 1 minute per mile slower than I did when on Luvox - but that's better than nothing!).

Give Lexapro, or Celexa, or perhaps another SSRI/SNRI a shot. My pdoc tries very hard to avoid TCAs in all but the most intransigent cases. One reason she gives is their wealth of side-effects, which she considers much worse than those of SSRIs (in general). Glad the sodium seems to be helping; if blood pressure etc. is not a problem, you've got little to lose, and, as another poster stated, exercisers need a lot more electrolye replacement.

You are wise to take up walking even if you working out isn't an option. One thing I've learned from my fairly extensive researches into repetitive stress injuries, is that the human body is not meant to sit still or be stuffed into cramped/bad postural positions all day. It's really important to stretch, move around as much as is reasonable. I even find that moderately-paced walking helps my running injuries!

Hope things go well with dropping the TCA,
Mr Beev




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