Hi all. Thanks for any advice or suggestions, really appreciated, I think this website is wonderful.
I was on Celexa 20 mg for a year, and quit it cold turkey in December. Had some dizziness from doing that, but felt okay otherwise. Until a few weeks later...which my doctor said wasn't withdrawl because it would be out of my system, but just how I feel being off an antidepressant period. Anyways, I started having bad anxiety. I believe I have always had a degree of anxiety, but able to cope with it, this past month and a half has been awful with my anxiety. I am a 27 y/o female. I started having left shoulder blade pain, which my DR said was muscle tension from being so anxious. Then I left for vacation, went on a cruise, and on the cruise started having fleeting random pains in my left elbow, wrist, and a couple of the fingers. So I got VERY anxious and scared, thinking it was my heart, went to the medical center, got an EKG, it was normal. They gave me a few Flexeril for muscle spasms, and sent me on my way to enjoy rest of vacation. The random pains still lingered, but not as frequent or as bad..and the shoulder blade pain seemed to have went away. CONTINUED BELOW, CUT OFF SORRY SO LONG
When I got back, the shoulder blade pain came back and the arm pains still lingered. Follw up with my DR he said I have trigger points in my back which send pain to random places throughout the body depending on nerve pathways. Also got seen at an URGI CARE because I think I had an anxiety attack-rapid heartbeat, scared feeling, breathing rapidly not short of breath though, a little pressure lower left chest but very mild. They did another EKG, was normal again, said anxiety and sent me on my way. Followed up yet again with my doctor, he definetly says this is all related to depression and anxiety and put me on Wellbutrin SR 150 mg twice a day, and is going to add Buspar if in a month I don't feel better. My hubby and I are planning on trying to get pregnant soon, so that's why we aren't trying Xanax or anything like that. Anyways, I am on day 5 of the Wellbutrin, and the past two nights I have had some trouble sleeping. I don't have a problem falling asleep, but several times throughout the night I find myself waking up for no reason, then dozing back off. I never usually have a problem with waking up during the night. I have read this is a common side effect...but was wondering what other people's experiences were with the drug. I take it at 11 am and 11 pm, maybe I should take them at earlier times? Any input or personal stories welcome and appreciated! Also if anyone can let me know if all those physical symptoms can be traced to the anxiety/depression, if it has happened to them before etc etc.
Wellbutrin is one of the more stimulating meds so it's not surprising to hear you're having trouble sleeping. From what I know about this med it really does'nt help anxiety that much.
Yes, many of us that have anxiety have aches and pains. Especially back and neck pain. I try to see my chiropractor on a regular basis because it really helps my back and neck pain.
Did you Dr say if was safe to get pregnant while taking Wellbutrin? I would do some research on that and also ask your pharmacist. They know so much about these meds.
Thanks for the reply. I asked my DR that too, that I thought Wellbutrin was to help depression, not anxiety. He told me it may help with both, so give it a few weeks, and if it's not better he's going to add Buspar. And about the pregnancy thing, he told me basically Wellbutrin is the only one safe for pregnancy, it's a category B for pregnancy, whereas other antidepressants are category C or worse, and most anti anxiety such as xanax ativan etc are category D. Big no no. I was thinking about going to a therapist, but I'm not sure.
Well, if you get your depression under control sometimes you can get your anxiety under control too. It's pretty common to see depression and anxiety go hand in hand. I do hope the side effect of not being able to sleep well goes away for you.
Going to a therapist may really help. They can help you understand why you're having depression and anxiety and also teach you ways to deal with these.
Yes, I was wondering if Wellbutrin was safe during pregnancy. It is an antidepressant, as you of course know, but is different from the other SSRI's.
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