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Hello, my situation seems like quite a funny and unusual one so i'm hoping there is someone out there that might be able to offer some advice. I have been experiencing fatigue for the past year or so after a short but intense bout of anxiety. My doctor sees me as not a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patient and thinks that, combined with excercise, that fluoxetine will give me a boost in energy. My auntie went through something very similar when she was my age (21) and fluoxetine and excercise got her healthy in 6 months with no side effects. Both my mum and now ex-girlfriend thought the medication would be good for me.
I was very hopeful about the fluoxetine, and was happy that I was finally getting some help/aid in the battle against this exhaustion. The first 10 days I experienced some mild side effects of less appetite, poor sleep and odd headaches, but my energy was looking good and the excercise was going very well, cycling and light weights everyday. But after 10 or so days, the diziness/blurred vision problems arrised along with increased anxiety/body tense and shaky. The dizzyness kind of stemmed into vertigo whenever I shut my eyes or lay down. After 4 weeks, still having problems with vision, focusing and diziness and generally energy pretty low with a lot of yawning. Vertigo is quite mild now. Appetite and sleep does seem to be slowly coming back.
I called my doctor and he didn't know what was best, he said I could either lower the dose to 10mg (every other day taking) or try a different med. I have no idea what to do because I hear lots of good things about this med, and that it worked for my auntie, but then again she had no side effects. I'm tempted to keep riding this medication on and persist through the side effects, but i'm also thinking that the dizziness might never go away and it's just the wrong drug for me.
I'm currently not working, I graduated in July (my whole final year of uni was with this horrible fatigue!!) so now I'm resting, helping my family out, doing artwork, and trying to get my health back. I have just landed a dream volunteering role at Manchester's Central Library running creative software classes, due to start in 2 weeks. I'd like to not feel dizzy, tired and rubbish! I know this is kind of long and a bit complicated but any advice would be amazing, i'm struggling to see the right direction here! Thank you
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