I've posted before about my many symptoms which are getting worse and more painful from head to toe virtually. I've been told it's neurological, rhumatalogical, that it's neither and that it's both over the years. But still with no solid diagnosis for my various problems and doctors virtually giving up on me, the only thing they all keep saying is to take antidepressants. In fact, that's what I was told by the internist I saw recently. "We'll never know what's wrong with you. You should take antidepressants to cope with your symptoms ". My x rays alone show plenty wrong.
I know I have a lot of stuff wrong with me. I know it was not down to depression from day one but now I feel as if I've had enough. I'd be foolish to think after almost 10 years of this that I wasn't depressed about it. But I know if I start on antidepressants I'll have a whole new set of problems with which type, dosage, side effects (I already have 90 % of listed side effects and I take no medication at all), and possible withdrawal symptoms and the rest. But, in particular, once I've started taking them I'll be told my symptoms are side effects of the antidepressants even though I've had them for years. It'll be a good excuse for my doctors to wipe their hands of me once and for all. This is why from the beginning I refused to take such medication knowing I needed doctors who listened rather than dished out unnecessary pills.
But, I keep reading that antidepressants can help with pain. I'm trying many things for pain that now aren't working well enough but pain isn't my only problem.
I suppose I'm asking if anyone on the forum takes antidepressants just for pain and whether it's working for them and if they think it's worth the risk. And if they feel better or worse since taking them.
Any responses will be much appreciated.