Posted by 4WD on August 25, 2005, at 22:24:02
In reply to Re: Suicidal with pain, posted by Guy on August 25, 2005, at 21:21:35
> Thanks for your support and feedback. My main problem is anxiety, anxiety, anxiety, and severe headaches. The spinal pain is basically an extension of my headache. When my anxiety abates, so do all of my pain symptoms. When I'm feeling really sick (which is often), I start thinking suicidal thoughts and then my anxiety really runs wild. I guess deep down I don't really want to die, just escape the pain. I have a wife and two teenage daughters to live for.
Do you have any idea what is causing the pain? I had severe upper back and neck pain for years and tightness/tension in the muscles in my shoulders and neck. No one could tell me what caused it (I did have some bulging disks in my neck). When it was bad it would cause headaches as well. When I switched from Prozac to Effexor it went about 85% away. The Prozac had been causing me to clench those muscles or something - or set off an inflammatory response. I still don't know exactly why all SSRIs except Paxil cause me neck and back pain. Is it possible yours started after having been placed on ADs? Or did you have it before?
Both Effexor and Cymbalta are supposed to be good for chronic pain.
I understand how you feel. Probably helpless and consequently hopeless. I wish I could help. But try to keep in mind you could find out what the problem is or how to fix it before long and don't give up.
You said that when your anxiety goes away so does the pain. Maybe you are staying very tensed up from the anxiety. After keeping you muscles clenched for a long time you can end up in some serious pain. Klonopin would treat the anxiety and would also relieve muscle tension. I guess I'm saying that you need to be on some anti anxiety med.