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difficulty walking
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Neenez - December 1

Hi January, I've been on Effexor for years due to the severe anxiety I suffer from. It's a Godsend for me. I have not had any problems with long term use. If any, it may not work as well as it did in the beginning only because I've been on it for so long. But actually I can't tell any difference. But I've had other anti-depressants and none of them were easy to come off. I must come off all of them much slower than the average person. As long as I can get out of bed in the morning, it's good.


Rubi7 - July 30

I am 17 years old, I was diagnosed with glandular fever September last year, little did we know I had this illness, I played my netball grand final, I was very fit and active at this time. The week after my finals I was shut down. I had a lot of trouble walking, It felt like I couldn't send signals from my brain to my legs to move, there where very weak and slow I had a lot of other symptoms but my legs where always the biggest concern. , I was like this for 3 months, some times I needed a wheel chair just to get to from A to B. I had 5 months off school with persistent fatigue. I then had a further 5 months of only doing half days of school. Recently my legs have gone back to how they used to be, weak and slow, it's now been a month of this and we are still trying to figure out why, I've had tons of bloods and other tests taken and we are still looking for the answer. Did you ever find out why ?


axxie - July 31

Message for January, Hi I was put on Effexor today actually is my first pill, I suffered a few anxiety spells and coming out of the hospital just last week, got me down. The doctors think that I need to be put on it, and that it might help me get up faster. I am at the lowest dose, and in a week's time, they will double my douse and so on until they find the perfect dose for me. You have taken the drugs much longer than I, is there things I should know about this drug, that I haven't already read about. Thanks for your input.


January - August 3

Hi Axxie! This board has been really slow - so I don't visit often. Glad I saw your messages tonight! I completely quit taking fibro drugs about 8 years ago - so I've never taken Effexor. I realized that, for me, long term use of the SSRI/SNRI drugs was making me sick, and I feel better without them.

I read your post about Cymbalta - but it wasn't clear when you stopped taking Cymbalta. That can be a hard drug to withdraw from, so if you are having anxiety, could it be because you abruptly stopped the Cymbalta? Maybe you could ask your doctor about that. I don't know your situation, and it sounds like you've been through a LOT recently - so you really must discuss all your questions with your doctor. If you need information about Effexor, you can google it -- go to the drugs (dot) com site, which is pretty good. If it were me, I'd try to keep the dose as low as possible but still feel comfortable - so you really should discuss the dosage with your doctor and make sure you are carefully followed.

There is new research out about enzyme pathways. How much of these different enzymes we have depends on our genetics, so we are all different. The enzymes are involved in metabolizing antidepressant drugs - they are still trying to figure it all out. They think this is why some people do OK on these drugs and some people have a terrible time. It all depends on your body chemistry which is very individual. Since you've recently been so sick, please keep careful track of how you are doing and call your doctor if you have any questions. Hope you feel better soon, Axxie!


Pat123 - May 15

Your story sounds similar to mine. I was initially misdiagnosed with MS and then also misdiagnosed with Fibro. I went through every test you can think of, MRI's, EMG's, lumbar puncture, muscle biopsy, tests for Lyme and Lupus. I was weak with difficulty walking, pain in my thighs, just to name a few symptoms. After seeing many specialists, I did some research online. I came across something that said if you're having weakness and muscle type problems, see a neuromuscular Doctor, especially one thru the Muscular Dystrophy Association. After all, they are the experts in weakness and muscles. I called my local MDA and set up a free appointment. The neuro Doctor there sent a saliva sample to test my DNA to Emory University. The results took 5 months. I am 52, I've been sick for years with progression in the last 3 years. I've been searching for a dx for years. My DNA came back showing Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2B. It is very rare and commonly misdiagnosed. No cure, no treatment. There are many types of LGMD. I hope my story helps you or someone else.



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