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I've been dealing with back and neck pain for years and I'm sure as some of you understand it just gets worse. I have been sleeping more,having lack of energy,and so on. I have had the same doctor for almost 30 years and I told him that I would rather be dead than deal with this. It's the first time a blurted something like that and half meant it. I think I threw my doc for a loop because I hardly complain. So after talking him out of going to a phyc. ward I agreed to take an anti-depresent. I was hoping if anyone had or has success with them. Or bad even.


  • Vicki247VVicki247 Posts: 3
    edited 05/13/2013 - 8:46 PM
    I have helped people with sleep issues, pain issues, stress and more. Don't think that is has to be a permanent condition.
  • burntbaconbburntbacon Posts: 15
    edited 05/13/2013 - 9:01 PM
    what do u do for sleep?
  • SSRI's work for some people, but before you take then look up SSRI stories on the web. I can't take them. They mess around with your brain chemistry but some people find them helpful.

    If you don't want to go on them, tryptophan is a natural drug that makes serotonin in your body. SSRI's prevent the uptake of serotonin (the happy drug your body makes naturally) in your brain therefore keeping more serotonin there, read about it on WIKI or SSRI stories. If you have to take them I think some of the older, non SSRI's were safer and had less side effects. Just be aware of what they are giving you and if you have any side effects go straight back to your Dr.
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