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Re: Disappearance of chronic pain with Effexor? SLS

Posted by flipsactown on July 6, 2004, at 23:59:59

In reply to Re: Disappearance of chronic pain with Effexor?, posted by SLS on July 6, 2004, at 23:27:27

Hi Scott,

Do you think Effexor would be an effective AD, as well as a pain med, for me considering I have taken nearly all of the SSRI's including Effexor? I had to quit Effexor in less than 2 weeks because of vertigo, nausea & vomiting? I would be willing to try Effexor again if it will help get rid of or reduce my chronic back pain. I had the greatest depression relief with Prozac or Zoloft with Desipramine lasting over 5 years. I am nearly 30 days in taking Lexapro. Although my depression has slightly lifted, I am still experiencing insomnia, loss of appetite (which is actually good for me in that I have loss nearly 10 lbs) and fatigue, causing an increase of my chronic back pain. How are you doing and what is your opinion concerning the above?


> > This has been a surprising result of my taking Effexor. I had very painful sciatica and other joint pain as well as frequent headaches and they've gone away completely. Does anyone know why this would happen? Is it because of the extra serotonin in my system? Can anyone shed some light on this for me?
> I can't explain exactly why they work, but some antidepressants are effective treatments for chronic pain conditions. Some of the tricyclics, Effexor, and the soon to be approved Cymbalta are particularly noted. All of these drugs inhibit the reuptake of both norepinephrine and serotonin.
> - Scott




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