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A 39-year-old female asked:

I have been getting pains up and down my legs starting from the feet/ankles then also into my arms which make my hands do a wierd twitch spasm. my doctor has prescribed amitriptyline but i thought this was an anti depressant?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Amitriptyline can be used to modify "nerve pain" and if the side effects can be tolerated, is an inexpensive approach. You conceivably are developing peripheral nerve pathology, and this would be best evaluated by a neurologist. But give it about 3-4 weeks, assess effect of amitriptyline, and if no better or worse, get a second opinion.
Last updated Jun 19, 2021

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