Lexapro for muscle tension

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For the last three years I have experienced severe muscle weakness and tension in my back and neck. The tension goes all the way down to my legs and also through my groin area. I have been to nuerologists, MD's, and just about every other type of modern doctor there is. I have been blindly diagnosed with MS,Lupis, and toxicity though none have been proved. I have been very educated this year and have learned alot. Let me share..... Stress!!!! This emotion causes havoc on our nervous system.
If you are feeling what I was feeling, I suggest talking to your Doc about something to take while your waiting for the lexapro to kick in. And if its like mine was 24/7 I suggest something that last a long time.
I took lexapro for 3 1/2 weeks and my anxiety was worse. I was literally having burning in my head and all day long panic attacks. At the time I didn't think it was the lexapro. Just thought that my anxiety was getting worse. Doctors kept saying to keep taking the lexapro it has to get in you sysstem. Well almost 4 weeks was enough. I quit the lexapro and got better. I have tried other AD's and all the same side effects. I have health anxiety also.
Do anxiety causes muscle twitching. I have been experiencing muscle twitching for the past 4 years almost 5 years. It started in my left eye and surfaced to all over my body. I still experience this everyday my left eye twitches on and off everyday practically when I sneeze laugh or cough it twitches. It even twitches when I am putting on my shirt and it touches my left eye it's that sensitive.
Hello, I suffer from severe panic attacks. I've had mild of ones for a few years since I had my children but the past 6 months have been very bad. I am now on lexapro to help control them. I thought they were under control however the past week they have been coming back. Now the past 4 days I've been experiencing something new, I've been dizzy or light headed accompanied by a strange feeling in the back of my head. It's feels tight with a tingling sensation. It's almost hard to explain.
Keep talking with your doc, and doing the research you need to do about new meds. Personally, Lexapro has been VERY effective for me a few different times in my life. But again....listening to my success story or your sister's horror story isn't going to determine how the med works for YOU. Best of luck!!!
I get hyper and agitated at small things like waiting in line at the super market. I feel extreme muscle tension and tightness that I can barely do more than walk. This is the second time in 2 years that this has happened to me. The first I could explain away due to over training and under eating (i was 15lbs under weight) but I don't know what caused this last round since I am not training very heavily (maybe bad adrenals, too much coffee?
Stress and depression are both triggers for headaches. See your doctor for other options or seek a second opinion. Don't give up.
I have been taking lexapro for anxiety & depression for several months. I am trying to wean off of it. I too have had SEVERE withdrawl symptoms even though I am only trying to wean off of 10mg. The main withdrawl symptoms are severe dizziness, as someone earlier stated- "shock like feelings." --- very unsettling! I am now trying Xanax and light therapy. I went back on the Lexapro because I can't handle the withdrawl.
the weight gain with effexor and then even more so with lexapro. I was on effexor for approx a year+, then on lexapro for only 3months...I started to gain weight and it's taken me 7 months after not taking any of the meds to lose 7 pounds. I've always been obsessive with excercise and dieting, yet none of this has helped....soooo frustrating. I just got back on prozac and the weight is starting to drop...
I know that fatigue is a common side effect of anti-anxiety meds and anti-depressants (I myself have been on Lexapro for almost 1 month). I just met with my psychiatrist yesterday and my physician the day before and they both told me to hang in there for another two weeks with the medication and that if I still feel fatigued, then maybe it would be time to move on to something different. Just like you, I've been sleeping better and thought that would give me more energy throughout the day.
If i would flex my tricep muscle or use it with alot of tension on it, after I would relieve the stress/tension on this muscle, this place will twitch 2 to 10 times immediately following the release of tension on that muscle. Sometimes the twitch isn't like a on/off, it will stay contracted at times for a second or two, and then start twitching a little. I have twitching EVERYWHERE now. Well, not literally, but in distinct and separate areas of the body (both sides), including my face.
Thanks so much for the info. I've actually been on 5mg of Lexapro for about 4 years and have been ok otherwise. I took a laxative and got a probiotic in pill form. I will wait to see if that helps. My ribs feel like they have cramps but they come and go. when I sleep at night Im fine. Its when I get up during the day it acts up. I usually put a heating pad throuout the night and it helps. I just dont know if this is something I need to see a doctor about. Hopefully it will just pass.
She said my back muscle were tight and could be causing them to press on my sciatic nerve which might explain the leg soreness. But then my leg (posterior) are tight and sore deep inside. Could this muscle tension cause all this tightness for the past few monthss? Either way, I'm starting to get scared again.I thought I was on my way to recovery and now these new sensation are coming up. Will my muscles ever realax again or do I have to live like this.
If you do a search on the web you will find that lots of people experience the same problem when getting off of SSRIs. Just feel lucky you are taking lexapro and not paxil. With lexapro you have the withdrawal symptoms for a much shorter time. Also, most doctors have no clue as to what the side effects are to paxil. My doctor put me on it without telling me of the potential problems. Half the time doctors don't have a clue what they are giving their patients.
After being on the Lexapro for a while, I have been taking much less Klonopin. Plus you really dont wanna get hooked on a benzo.
Allow at least one month before your chronic muscle tension starts to go away. A good rule of thumb is to try the anti-depressants for a period (say 3 months) and if you still have worrisome symptoms then ask for more testing. Good luck.
I have been taking 10 mg of Lexapro for three weeks now and I am still experiencing bad side effects, muscle tension,burning skin and the diareha finally stopped today. has anyone ever experience mouth ulcers from Lexapro, because I got them in the inside part of the corner of my lips.
I am also concerned because the GP stopped the Lexapro abruptly, and I am having very bad anxiety, migrane and tension headache, sensitivity to light and sound, muscle twitches and severe abdominal pain. I have also had vivid suicidal fantasies, which frighten me. Could this be withdrawal from Lexapro? Or am I having withdrawal from xanax because of tolerance? I am very confused, and I don't trust my doctors any more!
I have had fibromyalgia for about 8 yrs maybe longer. It is very hard to deal with. My legs bother me alot. I am on pain meds and eating certain foods make it worse. I go to an Integrative doctor Steve Windley. I would say that Diet and exercise help the most. Stretching is very important. My doctor told me that alot of Carbs cause the body to be inflamed. I also know that soda causes me to hurt all over. I get tightness in my legs and calves. I used to have alot of shoulder pain.
I am currently on 5 mg Lexapro for anxiety. The medication reduces my anxiety but has a side effect of inducing frequent arrhythmias in the form of premature ventricular and atrial contractions. This is the only SSRI I have tried, but am not sure if I should try a different one. I am not getting anxiety relief with 5 mg but know 10 will cause palpitations. Does Buspar cause palpitations? Which of the SSRIs is least likely to causes palpitations? How about Zoloft versus Prozac versus Luvox?
I have had severe anxiety disorder for quite some time. I am prescribed Lexapro but take it on and off as i please which I know is so stupid, but I hate the idea of taking it everyday. Ive been very stressed out lately and have been experiencing what feels like muscle twinges(not exactly twiches but almost what feels like a pulsation in my muscle) moslty in my legs, sometimes my arms and lower back. Ive also been experiencing bouts of fatigue and sometimes insomnia late at night.
I felt great when I was getting off of it-less muscle tension, less keyed up, felt a broader range of feelings-it was great. when i was almost completely off ( I had to count the granules like one of the other forum participants b/c I, too, am super sensitive to psychotropic meds) i felt a little anxiety coming back, which was situational-I was the maid of honor in a wedding and felt a little overwhelmed).
I am taking lexapro, not paxil. However, I'm having a lot of muscle pain with it, too. I have to sleep with a heating pad between my calves to get comfortable to sleep. I see my doctor today. Even though it's not the same med, it's in the same class. I'll update you on what he tells me for mine if that helps at all.
I am having to urinate frequently - though that is one of the side effects of Lexapro. Could muscle tension from stress be causing the weakness / numbness / tension in my left side? Could it be a pinched nerve or something? What are the other possibilities? Thank you in advance.
Ditto for me with the shoulder area twinges, pains, etc. I know there is some difference in muscle development on that side for me, and unusual pain, twinges, numbness (all the result of how I've been holding or tensing the muscles) sends me towards the anxiety land. Definitely get checked out, because the peace of mind is worthwhile. I've gone to the hospital more than once worrying I was dying, and never so much as an actual problem.
Hands always been a bit shaky, especially if holding heavy object, but now noticing it more when stressed/anxious. Brain MRI in late Feb. for tension headaches came back normal. Went to rheumatologist in April; said was tendinitis, took blood and put me on Relafen. After 3 weeks I developed abdominal pain; went to gastroenterologist who said likely caused by Relafen. Stopped Relafen but pain persisted. Upper endoscopy done; had gastritis and 'slow stomach'. Parkinson's or nerve damage?
I've been reading up on Lexapro, and some people report tightening in the jaws--maybe your muscle tension could be from the medicine? Also, how long have you felt this way? Could it be a virus or infection, like meningitis? You should ask your doctor.
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