Miss Amanda - I don't know what's wrong, but I suggest you take the initiative and do a lot of research. Start a notebook and write down what you learn (or print it out and highlight what applies); see how it lines up with your symptoms and discuss it with your doctors (if they will listen). If not, find a health care person who will work with you. And remember, your registered pharmacist (not a clerk) might be a wonderful resource - THEY know about drug side effects and interactions much more than the doctors do.
You may have started out with postpartum depression. But antidepressant drugs can be very harmful for certain people. My life took a big downward plunge after I started them (initially, I felt great, maybe a little manic?) - then one drug quit working; and they just kept putting me on different drugs. I got worse and worse. I developed all sorts of chronic pain and got a fibro diagnosis. I finally took myself off the antidepressants and cleaned up my diet. Withdrawal from these powerful drugs takes a much longer than the "few weeks" the doctors will tell you and it's very uncomfortable with anxiety, headaches, insomnia and strange feelings. A very helpful informative book is "Your Drug May Be Your Problem" by Peter Breggin. I also suggest you google the "Making a Killing" documentary about psychotropic drugs on YouTube and watch the whole thing. Educate yourself and make your own decisions.
You complain of many common side effects of antidepressants: emotional numbing, apathy, lack of sex drive and worsening depression are a few. Getting off these drugs is difficult, but you may feel better if you do. Please find a good health care provider who will work with you on this - you may have to google to find one. Many doctors don't really understand the drugs or how they work, and will never take you off them. Some of them get kickbacks for prescribing. Consider an alternative health practitioner for a second opinion.
I'd suggest you google all the drugs you are taking and read the long, serious websites with user comments on their experiences (forums) - I personally do NOT trust the slick dumbed-down websites that are put up by some medical establishments and drug companies. Think about it. They are in business to sell you more. Go for the websites with in depth information and without pictures of happy folks in white coats!
My pharmacist is great - I can ask him to print out information on a drug from his database - sometimes it's 30 pages long. I may not understand ALL of it, but I can understand the parts about the bad reactions that occur. If you take something "official" like that to your doctor, he can't ignore it.
To give you a start, I googled "Zoloft side effects" and here's what I got from drugs.com under the part for professionals. I capitalized some of the side effects you mentioned. This is not even ALL the possible side effects. Sound like anything you have? If you don't know the medical terminology, all you have to do is google the term for an explanation.
"Autonomic Nervous System Disorders–Frequent: impotence; Infrequent: flushing, increased saliva, COLD CLAMMY SKIN, mydriasis; Rare: pallor, glaucoma, priapism, vasodilation.
Body as a Whole–General Disorders–Rare: allergic reaction, allergy.
Cardiovascular–Frequent: palpitations, CHEST PAIN; Infrequent: hypertension, TACHYCARDIA [racing heartbeat], postural dizziness, postural hypotension, periorbital edema, peripheral edema, hypotension, peripheral ischemia, syncope, edema, dependent edema; Rare: PRECORDIAL CHEST PAIN, SUBSTERNAL CHEST PAIN, aggravated hypertension, myocardial infarction, cerebrovascular disorder.
Central and Peripheral Nervous System Disorders–Frequent: hypertonia, hypoesthesia; Infrequent: twitching, confusion, HYPERKINESIA, vertigo, ataxia, MIGRAINE, abnormal coordination, HYPERESTHESIA, leg cramps, abnormal gait, nystagmus, hypokinesia; Rare: dysphonia, coma, dyskinesia, hypotonia, ptosis, choreoathetosis, hyporeflexia. [They don't include anxiety here, though it could go under Hyperkinesia - J]
Disorders of Skin and Appendages–Infrequent: pruritus, acne, urticaria, alopecia, dry skin, erythematous rash, photosensitivity reaction, maculopapular rash; Rare: follicular rash, eczema, dermatitis, contact dermatitis, bullous eruption, hypertrichosis, skin discoloration, pustular rash.
Endocrine Disorders–Rare: exophthalmos, gynecomastia.
GASTROINTESTINAL DISORDERS–Frequent: appetite increased; Infrequent: dysphagia, tooth caries aggravated, eructation, esophagitis, gastroenteritis; Rare: melena, glossitis, gum hyperplasia, hiccup, stomatitis, tenesmus, colitis, diverticulitis, fecal incontinence, gastritis, rectum hemorrhage, hemorrhagic peptic ulcer, proctitis, ulcerative stomatitis, tongue edema, tongue ulceration.
General–Frequent: BACK PAIN, ASTHENIA, MALAISE, weight increase; Infrequent: fever, rigors, generalized edema; Rare: face edema, aphthous stomatitis.
Hearing and Vestibular Disorders–Rare: hyperacusis, labyrinthine disorder.
Hematopoietic and Lymphatic–Rare: anemia, anterior chamber eye hemorrhage.
Liver and Biliary System Disorders–Rare: abnormal hepatic function.
Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders–Infrequent: thirst; Rare: hypoglycemia, hypoglycemia reaction.
MUSCULOSKELETAL System Disorders–Frequent: MYALGIA; Infrequent: ARTHRALGIA, dystonia, arthrosis, MUSCLE CRAMPS, MUSCLE WEAKNESS.
Psychiatric Disorders–Frequent: yawning, other male sexual dysfunction, other FEMALE SEXUAL DYSFUNCTION; Infrequent: DEPRESSION, amnesia, paroniria, teeth-grinding, EMOTIONAL LABILITY, APATHY, abnormal dreams, euphoria, paranoid reaction, hallucination, aggressive reaction, AGGRAVATED DEPRESSION, delusions; Rare: withdrawal syndrome, suicide ideation, libido increased, somnambulism, illusion.
Reproductive–Infrequent: menstrual disorder, dysmenorrhea, intermenstrual bleeding, vaginal hemorrhage, amenorrhea, leukorrhea; Rare: female breast pain, menorrhagia, balanoposthitis, breast enlargement, atrophic vaginitis, acute female mastitis.
Respiratory System Disorders–Frequent: rhinitis; Infrequent: coughing, dyspnea, upper respiratory tract infection, epistaxis, bronchospasm, sinusitis; Rare: hyperventilation, bradypnea, stridor, apnea, bronchitis, hemoptysis, hypoventilation, laryngismus, laryngitis.
Special Senses–Frequent: tinnitus; Infrequent: conjunctivitis, earache, eye pain, abnormal accommodation; Rare: xerophthalmia, photophobia, diplopia, abnormal lacrimation, scotoma, visual field defect.
Urinary System Disorders–Infrequent: micturition frequency, polyuria, urinary retention, dysuria, nocturia, urinary incontinence; Rare: CYSTITIS, oliguria, PYELONEPHRITIS, hematuria, RENAL PAIN, STRANGURY.
In man, asymptomatic elevations in serum transaminases (SGOT [or AST] and SGPT [or ALT]) have been reported infrequently (approximately 0.8%) in association with Sertraline hydrochloride administration. These hepatic enzyme elevations usually occurred within the first 1 to 9 weeks of drug treatment and promptly diminished upon drug discontinuation.
Sertraline hydrochloride therapy was associated with small mean increases in total cholesterol (approximately 3%) and triglycerides (approximately 5%), and a small mean decrease in serum uric acid (approximately 7%) of no apparent clinical importance.
Other EVENTS OBSERVED DURING THE POSTMARKETING EVALUATION of Sertraline Hydrochloride
Reports of adverse events temporally associated with Sertraline hydrochloride that have been received since market introduction, that are not listed above and that MAY have no causal relationship with the drug, include the following: ACUTE RENAL FAILURE, anaphylactoid reaction, angioedema, blindness, optic neuritis, cataract, increased coagulation times, bradycardia, AV block, atrial arrhythmias, QT-interval prolongation, ventricular tachycardia (including torsade de pointes-type arrhythmias), HYPOTHYROIDISM, agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia and pancytopenia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, LUPUS-LIKE SYNDROME, serum sickness, hyperglycemia, galactorrhea, hyperprolactinemia, neuroleptic malignant syndrome-like events, extrapyramidal symptoms, oculogyric crisis, serotonin syndrome, psychosis, pulmonary hypertension, severe skin reactions, which potentially can be fatal, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome, vasculitis, photosensitivity and other severe cutaneous disorders, rare reports of pancreatitis, and liver events—clinical features (which in the majority of cases appeared to be reversible with discontinuation of Sertraline hydrochloride) occurring in one or more patients include: elevated enzymes, increased bilirubin, hepatomegaly, hepatitis, jaundice, abdominal pain, vomiting, liver failure AND DEATH."
I know people (myself included) who have had very bad experiences with the SSRIs and SNRIs (antidepressants). I had a number of the bad reactions listed under Zoloft. My doctors paid no attention to them. In fact, they weren't even documented in my records! And I was too sick during withdrawal to bother filing a report with the FDA. I am stunned to read all the stories online about bad reactions. Here's another database you can have a look at: ssristories(dot)com. Another good website for information about drugs is peoplespharmacy(dot)com.
I would suggest you read the forums where people talk about their own experiences. I would start with exploring the possibility that you are having a bad drug reaction. Although the "literature" lists certain symptoms as "infrequent" I think they really don't know the extent of it. That's just my opinion. They want to sell more drugs and they don't care what happens to one person.
Sorry to hear you had such a bad time. I did too, and I am a lot better now that I stay away from antidepressants. If you are not psychotic, you probably can deal with things in therapy. Hope you will research your symptoms and discuss your concerns with a good health care provider. You WILL feel better when you get yourself straightened out and find the proper diagnosis, which may include fibromyalgia - but again, you can find treatments to help yourself that won't cause your body harm. All the best to you. Hang in there! : )