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Re: Muscle Pain with escitalopram/Lexapro anyone?

Posted by bleauberry on January 14, 2019, at 7:49:12

In reply to Muscle Pain with escitalopram/Lexapro anyone?, posted by mtom on January 13, 2019, at 11:20:08

It's really hard to know. Lexapro could be causing problems with excess serotonin crowding out dopamine - sort of like a restless legs syndrome thing, in that realm anyway, not exactly the same.

It could be some other underlying unsuspected problem that the Lexapro somehow highlights and reveals.

For example I had extremely painful leg calves for years that started with serotonin reuptake inhibitors and it always seemed worse on serotonin meds compared to other meds. Antipsychotics also made it worse. Put both of those together and that is why I'm thinking maybe it has to do with a hypo-dopamine thing, excess serotonin.

But, to finish my story, years after that I got a diagnosis for Lyme disease which I apparently had for over 20 years, misdiagnosed as psychiatric. A negative Lyme lab test landed me int he psychiatrist office which as all wrong - it was lyme the whole time - all of the psych symptoms went away with proper treatment.

Anyway, long story short, those leg pains are completely gone after lyme treatment.

It could be too much serotonin from Lexapro causing issues in the veins and nerves of the leg, or it could be something totally different, something that is the actual cause of your depression in the first place, like borrelia, bartonella, babesia, mycoplasma. Those all cause profound difficult-to-treat psychiatric symptoms and the testing for them is very unreliable.

If your journey were to be like mine, which is not uncommon at all, millions of us, then it would be a stealth unsuspected microbial infection causing your issues, and also causing the leg pains in combination with the excess serotonin. That is actually exactly what happened with me. My legs got better when I was off of SSRIs, or when I was on antibiotics, or both. And that problem is completely gone now.

Why Can't I Get Better, author Horowitz, is a good book to get if you are still having issues a year from now.




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