Cold Turkey and in pain, please help

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So I've been taking amitriptyline for roughly 4-5 weeks now I'm 18 years old and suffer from back pain. Started off taking 10mg then went upto 20mg as didn't see a difference. I started suffering from daily headaches so spoke with my doctor and he advised coming off them to see if there's a difference, whether it's causing the headaches or even helping my back. I stopped taking them Friday and am now in a lot of pain, my left arm and shoulder rally hurt and ache, my ribs hurt along with my back. Is this because I'm having withdrawal symptoms or not? And is there anything I can so to ease the pain sad please help

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    What else have you tried for the pain in your back? Is it all in your back or does it go down your legs. Any numbness in the legs?

    sounds like Amitrip is not for you. Drink plenty of water and stick to paracetamol and ibuprofen (if you can take them) until it subsides. You might need some physio or osteopathy for your back if it is not settling.

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      Tried Co codamol a while back, low doses tho but no help. Had physio and now attend back classes but that's only got 6 weeks. It's lumba pain But the actional upper back pain. Now and again a little leg pain but nothing major and don't think it's sciatica as I have lots of movement. Yeah just taken some ibuprofen but really don't know whether to maybe start taking just 10mg then down to nothing. Just in so much pain right now, don't know where to put my left arm. Is this common side effects? Just glad I'm not at work today or tomorrow but back on Wednesday. I have a desk job so it doesn't help the pain in my back. Apparently it's the core muscles that support my back that are supposedly weak and causes the pain
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      I didn't understand 'actional back pain'. Trying to work out what the typo means without success.

      sometimes osteopaths have more success when physio has failed to help. Ask around for recommendations of a good one if you can afford it.

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    Hi, I would recommend a gradual tapering off. It's not really a good idea to stop them straight off. I always use a tablet cutter and taper off by a tiny bit every few days. It may be making you feel worse by just stopping them. Xx
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      Doctor told me to just stop taking them, and I have, so I'm already not taking them x
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