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I have been on Sertraline since late May, for gastrointestinal issues, reflux, back/chest sternum pain, and anxiety/depression about my health. I started on 25mg and am now on 150mg. Since that point I have gradually felt physically worse musculoskeletal and nervous system wise.
It started with tingling pins and needles in extremities, then gradual muscle aches/soreness, joint and bone cracking, and tension/tightness. My whole body head to toe/both sides is stiff, sore and achy when I get up and fluctuates with severity during the day and week to week. My joints and bones are cracking excessively (deep breaths or movements). I have spine/back soreness and tender points. My neck has been diagnosed with Neck spasms and a bulging disc (straightened cervical spine - MRI) I have random muscle twitches and mini spasms all throughout my body, but really is hardcore in my calves. They will spasm and twitch like crazy, especially after use or exercise. My jaw is fatigued and tight when eating. My legs feel heavy and muscles are so tight they are cramping at times.
I went to 150mg and noticed my neck is stiffer and my calves/ feet are cramping slightly more. It is not debilitating, but really annoying and concerning. I have had all sorts of tests and blood work. The rheumotologist felt it wasn't fibromyalgia due to lack of severity and pain in certain points. Not one of the million doctors I went to has indicated that it may be sertraline and to get off. I am losing my mind with whether sertraline could be the cause to many of the musculoskeletal/nerve issues or if it a slow progression of another serious issue.
Has anyone had musculoskeletal issues and muscle/joint tension like this, while on SSRI? The side effect list makes it seem like muscle tension is rare and only when combined with other bad allergic reaction type symptoms.
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