Can Anti-Depressants Help RA Pain?

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Registered: 08-16-2001
Can Anti-Depressants Help RA Pain?
Thu, 12-27-2012 - 2:50pm

Antidepressants are used to treat not only depression, but anxiety, chronic pain and sleep issues. In fact, doctors may prescribe antidepressants for treating chronic pain caused by RA, or even sleep problems, rather than for depression or anxiety. The drugs’ use for these symptoms in people with RA remains controversial, as they may not be that effective in reducing RA pain. Some studies suggest that antidepressants may even treat inflammation itself, but this has not yet been determined. ...

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Thu, 12-27-2012 - 7:48pm

Very Interesting Molly!

I am on an Anti-Depressant for Depression but it does help me to be a little more motivated.

When you are living with Chronic Illnesses it's very hard...:(...

I know when they stop working and also when they do work...or if the dosage needs to be changed.

I think I am in a Flare right now, which is of course not helping. Pain level is through the "Roof" today but I did go out in spite of a snow storm...:)...Really proud of myself for that!

I LOST a really good friend on Saturday and am finding that difficult to right now...:(...