Fluoxetine for chronic pain relief

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has anyone had improvement in upper back pain, (which I believe is anxiety related), when taking fluoxetine? thank you for any advice please.

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    I would get pain between my shoulder blades got everything checked but no physical issues I think it's tied into my anxiety disorder also and I think it's a lot to do with the anxiety getting a bit worse before it gets better so it's easier for you to tense up your muscles. This is I find happens with me

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      Hi Maria. Coincidentally, my pain and other nervy sensations are around and between my shoulder blades. Are you taking fluoxetine and has it helped with the pain.

      Thanks.

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      Well I'm only nearly 5 weeks in and having some side effects but hopefully I will notice a difference in a few weeks I've been on this medication before and yes it does help so so much Just takes some time to work

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      Thank you Maria for your reply. I am now eight weeks and I still have the heightened anxiety and nervous tummy when I first wake and things improve later in the afternoon/evening. I have read it could take twelve weeks or more for it to show any benefit. Do you still have the pain between your shoulder,?

      good luck.

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      The odd time I would experience a sharp pain between my shoulders then I normally tense and make it worse so I tell myself it's myself and due to how I am making myself so uptight but trust me it will 100% settle. I'm 5 weeks in and also have heightened anxiety in the middle of the night it can take up to 3 months before you will feel a lot better but you will, best of luck

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      Thanks Maria. I will stick with it a bit longer as your assurance that it could take longer to feel better is very helpful.

      Thank you. Please keep in touch. by the way my shoulder blade pain is a steady ache. like tense muscles that will not release. thank you so much for your help.

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      Well I'm nearly done week 5 and today I had pain at my shoulder blade but again I was felt very uptight and nervous. Have you went to get it checked out before? Or has your doctor maybe just thought it is muscular I went and got an x ray on mine just to be sure so now when I get any sort of pain which can last up to a few hours I understand that it isn't anything serious and I won't panic. But yes definitely stick out the medication it's changing your whole brain chemistry so it only makes sense that it needs some time and fluoxetine is known as one of the SSRI's that take the longest to work but has great benefits its all about getting over that little bump of a time when side effects are a little infuriating but passes with time

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      Hi again Maria and thank you for the advice and reassurance. Yes I have seen a number of health professionals and nothing sinister found. I know my anxiety is hightened at the moment and this is probably causing this prolonged muscle tension and ache. It is a bit of viscous circle of pain, fear and anxiety, which I am hoping the fluoxetine will help calm down. I hope you are feeling some benefits now? As you have been on fluoxetine before, you will understand better on how and when it starts to work for you.

      Best wishes for your recovery.

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