Anti-depressants for physical symptoms

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I have experienced, fatigue, aches and pains, headaches, lack of concentration, lack of motivation and memory problems (also self-harm a few years ago) which have not been diagnosed despite different tests. The only thing they could think of was low iron but even when taking extra iron there's no change 

One thing that has been suggested is depression and it seems to fit the bill although my mood tends to be an up and down thing. I worry that because I'm not "down" all the time, I can be upbeat at times but othes I'm ittitable and just don't want to do anything at all.

Does this sound similar to anyone?

The fatigue is the thing that is effecting me daily and I struggle with a lot! Also my anxiety levels have gone up over the past year.

Does anyone have suggestions on if anti-depressants would help with my symptoms?

I'm concerned as a lot of the side effects are the reason I'd want to take them! Are the side effects constant or only for the first few weeks?

I know a lot of people say therapy and exercise help too but I just don't have the energy to do them. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Hi!

    Prozac has definitely helped me with fatigue, lack of motivation, and stomach issues. I think it's great for depression! However, it hasn't helped me much/at all with my anxiety (constant butterflies in the stomach, weird gagging feeling in throat). But if you need a boost of energy go with prozac

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      Hi, sorry to butt in I just thought I'd share my experience with you. I tried three different meds before I found one that didn't give me side effects I couldn't handle BUT I think that some were just in my head so I explained to my GP that I was afraid and she put me on a very low dose to start with that I increased steadily to the max dose and the GP agreed with me when I said maybe I shouldn't read the side effects because it just makes you paranoid and you think you feel them. If you do get a side effect and you're not sure it's normal look it up but otherwise don't look. I have had mild side effects but as the pill started working and my anxiety level dropped they didn't really bother me! The leaflet in my meds says side effects generally wear off in about two weeks. I hope that helps x
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      Hi Liana

      What meds and dose are you on, 2 weeks is great i have been on 10mg of escitalopram for just over a month with some improvement but still some side effects. I woke up yesterday bad and had a dizzy foggy head on  and off till lunch time but i took a sleeping tablet night before so that could have done it today woke up a 4am very flat till about 6am but not funny in head. Everyone says how good escitalopram is but takes a while to work.  Insomnia  has improved a bit.Cheers

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      I'm also on escitalopram and I take 20mg. I've taken it for a few months now. My body seems used to it, I do get some fatigue and occasional mild dizziness which is nothing that stops me getting on with things. I'd be careful taking other things with it as you don't know how it may react. It did take a while for me to get the full effects so hang in there. 
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    Per the symptoms you described and the fact that all lab work were fine, I think you should see a psychiatrist or at least a psychologist.    They can assess your condition and make an assessment of what could be happening.

    One misconception people have is that if you have depression, you are always sad and down; but in reality that’s not true.  You could have lows and downs.  Also, not all symptoms are just emotional, many are also physical. Please make an appointment with a specialist. 

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      I have an appointment to work out what's best, I feel like I should try therapy but it's hard as I work full time and have no energy to actually get myself there. Also my anxiety makes me nervous to do it rolleyes I will see what my doctor says. Thank you.
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      I personally don't like therapy either, but I treat it like any other medical appointment.  Sometimes it's hard to find the right physician, so I will recomend doing some research first.  And you need to be completely open.  It's the only way that works.  Best of luck
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    To be honest (and it's only my opinion) it seems you are going through all the symptoms of depression. Yes it is awful when you feel like this but please speak to your Doctor about your feelings and if he offers you anti depressants give them a try. Good luck with this x
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