Feels Like Whole Body Restless Leg Syndrome
Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:28 AM
Also, I read that it may be an allergy to the drug, but I don't know?
Sometimes I feel so restless that I have to jump on my trampoline. It's crazy.
Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:40 AM
I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing unwelcome side effects on Lexapro. Please bring these up with your prescribing physican. On Lexapro I experienced many little body spasms that I called "zaps." Is this what you are refering to or is it something else. The anti-depressants are powerful medicines so there are usually side effects.
It is important to realize that clinical depression involves serious disease pathology in the brain. One part of the brain in particular, called the hippcampus can atrophy [shrink] and lose as much as 20% of its total volume in serious long-standing depressions. A 20% volumetric loss in any part of the brain is serious. Depression has also been linked to abnormal blood flow and abnormal glucose metabolism in areas of the brain. So it is a disease that can be as serious as epilepsy or cancer.
Sadly, clinical depression does not merely harm the brain. It can cause harm to the entire body. Clinical unipolar depression has been linked to abnormalities in hormone regulation, poor cardiac health, reduced immune responses to infection, adult-onset diaetes, rapid tumor growth in cancer patient, osteoporosis and many other health problems. It is a whole body illness.
I am glad you are in the care of a physican because I wouldn't want anything bad to happen to you. Please work closely with your doctor and keep him apprised of the various side effects you are experiencing. I wish you a return to good health Beachgirl!!!
Edited by Ep1ctetus, 27 August 2012 - 09:42 AM.
Try to love your brain and make it a priority like a good mother loves an infant and makes it her priority. Try to love your brain like that. And just as a good mother goes on loving her child no matter what that child does or doesn't do in life, so also try to love your brain. Your brain only weighs about 3 pounds but works night and day, 7 days a week to keep you and the trillions of cells in your body alive and healthy. Each day, for you, it does thousands of strong, brave, wise, beautiful, loving, kind and sweet things. It monitors the sensory output of millions of cells processing data from trillions of nerve cells. It does all this plus tries very hard to realize your ideals and desires and dreams. Sometimes it falls down. But it is always there for you, like the best of best friends. Try to not be too hard on it. Try to not "beat it up mentally" for its mistakes. It is not an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-perfect Being. But it works incredibly hard for you. Try talking to your brain like a mother would talk to a small beloved infant. Tell it you love it, appreciate it and are grateful for all the sacrifices it makes for you. Your brain deserves love, respect, encouragement, and consolation. And when it is sick or hurting, it deserves consolation. Many of us were raised to be mentally hard, even brutal on our brains. But we can change and learn to love our brains more and more each day. Try this, if only as an experiment, to see if it helps with your depression and anxiety.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:24 AM
No it's not brain zaps.
Thank you for your detailed description of depression. I had to study alot of psychology in college, so I know (through education and experience) the damage it does. Too bad they don't teach us how to cure it/ourselves!
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