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Can weaning off Lexapro (escitalopram) cause extreme back pain?

Can weaning off Lexapro (escitalopram) cause extreme back pain?

Not common: Lexapro (escitalopram) is usually used for depression, and sometimes for some chronic pain syndromes. It is not a common cause of back pain, but back/neck/shoulder pain is listed as a possible side effect in about 3% of people taking it. And anyone can have any reaction to any drug. So even if not common it may be true for that person. Extreme back pain would suggest another problem, so get it checked. ...Read more

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Severe back pain is a symptom in which a person has severe pain somewhere in his back. Severe back pain is usually an emergency and can be caused by spine ...Read more


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I am on Lexapro for G A D. also Lyrica (pregabalin) for GAD and back pain. I have disc damage and I am on 30mg amityripline. Could these cause nervous feeling in am?

I am on Lexapro for G A D. also Lyrica (pregabalin) for GAD and back pain. I have disc damage and I am on 30mg amityripline. Could these cause nervous feeling in am?

Yes: Both lexapro (escitalopram) and amitriptyline act by increasing neurotransmitter (serotonin) levels. Both can be effective for anxiety and depression, and they aren't usually used together. So if you can get away with taking only one that would be best. Talk to your doctor first though before changing anything. ...Read more

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I am on Lyrica (pregabalin) and Lexapro for GAD. My Dr gave me Tyriptizol for back pain, 20mg. I have a nagging feeling in my head. Could it be the Tyriptizol.?

I am on Lyrica (pregabalin) and Lexapro for GAD. My Dr gave me Tyriptizol for back pain, 20mg. I have a nagging feeling in my head. Could it be the Tyriptizol.?

Possible: Not sure what 'nagging' feeling means, but Lexapro (escitalopram) + Tryptizol interact to increase risk of 'serotonin syndrome, ' ie, too much serotonin in the system. Symptoms include headache, confusion. Discuss with prescribing doctor for guidance and possible dose adjustment. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/serotonin-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20028946 I hope this helps and you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be on Lexapro. Remeron and lyrica (pregabalin) for G A D and S A D also 50mg amityripiline for back pain. Many Thanks?

Is it normal to be on Lexapro. Remeron and lyrica (pregabalin) for G A D and S A D also 50mg amityripiline for back pain. Many Thanks?

Maybe but you need t: You need to contact your psychiatrist who knows your case and can answer thsi question better. Combination of therapies is not uncommon and but the specifics of your case needs to be addressed by your psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Severe depression. What can I do? I just want to feel good again. (inside that is). I suffer chronic back pain from inneffective surgeries and have t-cell lymphoma. I have tried antidepressants (zoloft, paxil, Lexapro and pristiq).None of these have helped. Can

A: A combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and anti depressants is an effective treatment strategy. There are other anti depressants with a different mechanism of action that could be tried- eg: tricyclic anti depressants (nortriptyline), mirtazapine, MAO inhibitors. The treatment could also be augmented with medications in the class of Abilify (aripiprazole), seroquel etc. If nothing else works, electroconvulsive therapy is a safe and effective treatment option. Please talk to your psychiatrist and hope you get well soon. ...Read more

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Can being on crutches 7 weeks cause back pain? I am having extreme back pain as if I can't bend it brings me to tears. I have a hx of bulging dics.

Can being on crutches 7 weeks cause back pain? I am having extreme back pain as if I can't bend it brings me to tears. I have a hx of bulging dics.

Absolutely: Yes, being on crutches and the abnormal gait that follows can definitely aggravate a précis ting back condition such as degenerative disc disease (bulging discs). Don't hesitate to be seen and have your back evaluated if you are having a lot of trouble with it. ...Read more

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Late and heavy period with extreme back pain and dizziness. Probably causes?

Volume Loss: Bac pain: uterine fibroids may cause such pain
dizziness: loss of blood means volume loss can cause dizziness.
Find a seasoned OB and gyn. ...Read more

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Shane has extreme back pain...he says its not as bad that he cant walk, and assumes it may be his liver?

Shane has extreme back pain...he says its not as bad that he cant walk, and assumes it may be his liver?

Not enough info: To know. He will need to be evaluated to determine the cause of this extreme pain. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed Wed & have had severe back pain since Sat. Doc said it was from laying down more than usual. Today there was white mucus in my stool. Read in another post it could be a colon infection. How do you get this & does it cause backpain?

Gallbladder removed Wed & have had severe back pain since Sat. Doc said it was from laying down more than usual. Today there was white mucus in my stool. Read in another post it could be a colon infection. How do you get this & does it cause backpain?

Postoperative Pain: Surgeons worry about a few things postoperatively. They worry about bleeding, they worry about pulmonary embolism, urinary tract infection from the catheter, and they worry about wound infections. If you have any shortness of breath or pain with breathing, pain in your calf, go to the ER for examination. Back pain can be caused by positioning during surgery, etc. Good idea to be seen, call surgeon ...Read more

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Can weaning off Lexapro cause mucus in stool? No other symptoms except mild cramping before bm. No other recent changes except incr. Exercise.

Can weaning off Lexapro cause mucus in stool? No other symptoms except mild cramping before bm. No other recent changes except incr. Exercise.

Stool mucus: I doubt that this is a withdrawal reaction as you're gradually weaning off the medication. The combination of mild intestinal cramping with mucus mixed with stools suggests irritable bowel syndrome. Do you note similar symptoms when you eat certain foods? Avoid harsh roughage in your diet. If symptoms persist or worsen, see your physician or a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm having severe back pain what can I take?

I'm having severe back pain what can I take?

Depends or general h: The safety of medications will depend on your general health. Simple things like aspirin or Tylenol is the place to start ...Read more

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Would weaning lexapro from 15mg to 5mg and starting 2 by 50mg lyrica (pregabalin) daily cause withdrawls from lexapro. Thanks?

Would weaning lexapro from 15mg to 5mg and starting 2 by 50mg lyrica (pregabalin) daily cause withdrawls from lexapro. Thanks?

Not necessarily: You're taking diazepam 8 mg/d, Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg/d and methotrexate (? dose). In general, best to make one med dosage change at a time. That said, discuss med changes with your doctor and be clear what you may expect. Your doctor has your medical/psych history and may have good reason to make above changes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I am having severe back pain and on testing my urine, found blood stains in urine. Please advise me what is my problem.?

See Doctor: You should see your doctor immediately. Could be kidney stones but you need a thourough medical workup to find out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe back pain. I annoy get up to go to the bathroom and need to use it. What can I do? OTC painkillers have not helped

I am experiencing severe back pain. I annoy get up to go to the bathroom and need to use it. What can I do? OTC painkillers have not helped

See your provider: Please see your primary care provider. There is medication that can help. It is also good to have things checked out. ...Read more

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Any long term problems with sleeping in a hammock. It is the only thing that gives relief from severe back pain. Been using for 5 months. 16yrs old.

Any long term problems with sleeping in a hammock. It is the only thing that gives relief from severe back pain. Been using for 5 months. 16yrs old.

Severe back pain: The issue is not where you are sleeping, but instead why you have "severe back pain" in the first place. I'd recommend having that investigated so the cause can be determined. Pain isn't normal - be seen. ...Read more

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Slept across 2 seats on bus. 24 hours later severe back pain radiating to side and abdomen. Worse when lying down. Is this related to bus trip? Help!

Slept across 2 seats on bus. 24 hours later severe back pain radiating to side and abdomen. Worse when lying down. Is this related to bus trip? Help!

Back pain.: Sounds very uncomfortable. It could certainly be due to sleeping in such a position, but also other more worrisome causes of back pain. If it doesn't improve within a week, best to see a physician. Back strain/sprain is very painful. ...Read more

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I have severe back pain due to spinal stenosis and am leaving in the morning out of town. What will help the pain? I have tried all the otc meds I can

I have severe back pain due to spinal stenosis and am leaving in the morning out of town. What will help the pain? I have tried all the otc meds I can

Be seen: There are multiple other medication options including pain medications, muscle relaxants, neurological medications, prescription strength anti inflammatories, steroids among a few. You would certainly need to be seen and evaluated to determine the best treatment for you; some of which is non medication related. ...Read more

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Can you end up with severe back pain just from having a baby?

Can you end up with severe back pain just from having a baby?

Body mechanics: Carrying 20+ lbs, a few inches in front of your usual center of gravity causes you to shift your whole skeletal alignment. Yes this can hurt. Best to stretch a lot and get "fit" before, during, and after pregnancy. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection and. White count 15000 is that normal have severe back pain?

I have a kidney infection and. White count 15000 is that normal have severe back pain?

Kidney infx: Kidney infx do cause severe back pain none of this is normal hope that's' what you meant to ask. ...Read more

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I am experiencing severe back pain, shoulder pain (quality: under the right shoulder), neck pain, back pain (severity: severe) (side: upper) and...

I am experiencing severe back pain, shoulder pain (quality: under the right shoulder), neck pain, back pain (severity: severe) (side: upper) and...

Pain: The cause of your pain needs to be diagnosed. Please see your doctor. If you have done that and pain continues please get a second opinion. You may need a pain management doctor. Search for John Sarno, MD, on the web for some mind-body help also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have a collapsed sigmoid colon. I've had severe back pain and right sided lower pelvic pain. And not feeling my best most of the time?

I have a collapsed sigmoid colon. I've had severe back pain and right sided lower pelvic pain. And not feeling my best most of the time?

Complex case: Hard to know if your symptoms contain direct or referred pain or both.
1. See a GI doc to learn of colon is functioning or the collapsed piece needs removal.'2. X rays of the spine are needed to learn if what treatment will benefit. 3. General Med exam to, check blood labs and sleep to evaluate your general condition.
Only so much we can answer from afar ...Read more

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Why would my son be prescribed levothyroxine after complaining of severe back pain and numbness? My son is incarcerated. He has complained of severe back pain and numbness in his legs for a year now. He has put in many sick calls and has seen the prison

Why would my son be prescribed levothyroxine after complaining of severe back pain and numbness? My son is incarcerated. He has complained of severe back pain and numbness in his legs for a year now. He has put in many sick calls and has seen the prison

You're: You're correct. Levothyroxine is used to treat hypothyroidism (low thyroid). It's possible your son had a blood test done that showed he was suffering from hypothyroidism, and he was given the medication for this reason.
Ask the doctor -- or his nurse -- to document the reason for administering this medication. This may just be a matter of miscommunication. ...Read more

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I took 1 Arthrotec 75 mg, 2 tylenol 500 mg, and 2 robaxin 750 mg, tablets for severe back pain, If I am still in pain, can I take Tramadol later?

I took 1 Arthrotec 75 mg, 2 tylenol 500 mg, and 2 robaxin 750 mg, tablets for severe back pain, If I am still in pain, can I take Tramadol later?

Yes: Good idea to take tramadol last since it can be addictive and side effects; sedating, constipating, read others. Follow directions for all, try biofreeze gel or similar, ice pack, heat pad, backbrace if needed, good posture, . lose weight if overweight, never smoke ...Read more

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