So I saw a psychiatrist yesterday. I was in no great need, but I've been having a lot of work-related problems lately. I always cover myself with a doctor's note.

Anyway, I fancied talking to someone about my disease. I don't burden my friends with my problems, and all they say is "You'll be OK".

My neurologist certainly isn't interested. I'm essentially a research subject to him.

I'm 45, male, and I've never in my life spoken to anyone about my problems.

So, I gave this psychiatrist such a tale of misery and woe. You can imagine what I said, I don't need to repeat it to you lot.

I hadn't taken any 4-AP that day, and I was stumbling everywhere. That added more colour, more backup.

In the end, what could he say?

I'll tell you what he said, "Would you like an antidepressant?"

Why not? Paxil, Paroxetine.

I took it this morning, then again at lunch. Calm ain't the word for how I feel. Everything is good with the world.

Yes, I know. These SSRI's have some real horror stories attached to them. So do Benzos, I've been on those for years.

I'll get to the point now. I have no leg spasms.

I've just been Googling about and I read that SSRI's are a good choice for neuropathic pain. I'll post links later.

No spasms, and, I don't have the tired, achey legs. Something going on here.

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  • That's amazing they work like that. Are you still getting the same benefits?

  • Everything has it's price. God knows what the knock-on effects will be.

    A lot of different things can bring on the spasms. Stress, tension, all that. Maybe, on the SSRI's, I just don't care.

    I'll give it a few more weeks, see how I feel. Spasms came late last night, but manageable/ignorable.

    Legs not nearly so tired though.

    I'm positive there's plenty more candidate drugs out there.

  • I hope it keeps working for you

  • What kind of exercise do you do?

  • I do a lot of cycling and Yoga, and meditation.

    Exercise is the best antidepressant (they say). There is something in that, all those endorphins.

    Depression is not such a problem for me, feel a bit down from time to time, but which of us doesn't?

    I have wife, child, sick mother, job, responsibilities. Feeling sorry for myself is a luxury I cannot afford.

    SSRI's are great. I know there are a lot of people rail against them, but they have a stimulant effect for me, and they really ease up my muscle spasms, and to a certain extent my spasticity. It is a lot easier to walk if I am totally relaxed.

    How about yourself JasonHarnum?

  • only swimming. Forgive me if I missed it but, can you walk ok, or do you need the assistance of a cane, walker, etc? Cycling would be super cool, but I have to settle on watching the Tour de France. :)

    You have a lot on your plate! I don't even have a cat to look after!

  • I can only walk with the aid of 4-AP. That stuff really is magical.

    Cycling is different, just pushing down my legs. That's no problem at all.

    Jason, how about yourself?

  • ? is this something your doctor scripted for you?

  • That's it, though the Wikipedia page makes it look like a pure poison. I take a lot of 4-AP.

  • Can I ask what 4-AP is and where you get it from?

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