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Re: more Omega-3 questions

Posted by Noa on January 18, 2003, at 9:11:03

In reply to Omega-3 questions, posted by sedona on January 15, 2003, at 2:41:18

Someone on this board asked if anyone knows how the omega 3 works in improving depressive symptoms. I am really curious about this too. I have been feeling better. But I have noticed lately that my motor restlessness has increased; I don't know if it coincides with the initiation of omega-3, but I wonder.

By motor restlessness, I mean
1)what I call "helicopter feet"--when sitting, I twirl my ankles; 2)leg shaking/bouncing--I do this all the time. I caught myself doing this at the dinner table with other people. I realized I was shaking the table, so I supressed it, but I can't suppress it for very long. 3)sometimes when sitting at the computer, I find that I have been "bouncing" in my seat.

I get motor restlessness from the Effexor--this is one of the reasons I had decreased the effexor dose and added serzone to balance it out. And also why I take .25 mg of ativan at night in order to sleep, because I have restless legs otherwise.

But it seems like the daytime leg bouncing, etc. has increased lately. Could it be from the omega-3? Could it be that since my mood starting getting better, I have been more anxious than depressed, and the restlessness is a symptom of the anxiety? Does omega 3 work by incresing serotonin? If so, I wonder if I should ask my pdoc about lowering my effexor dose a bit.

Any thoughts? Thanks.




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