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Re: Effects of long term SSRI use... My Story...

Posted by NewQuestions on April 16, 2009, at 15:53:28

In reply to Re: Effects of long term SSRI use... My Story..., posted by bleauberry on April 16, 2009, at 15:20:23

Bleuberry, help me figure this out! I have gotten a battery of blood tests. The only abnormalities:

1. High triglycerides and low HDL
2. High AST and ALT liver enzymes

I was tested for metals, testosterone and thyroid and it came back negative. I didn't take DMSA so maybe the metal test wasn't thorough? Once I tested high for folic acid and B12 but it since stablized.

Given the high AST and ALT, my doctor is now checking out:

Hemochromatosis (iron overload)
Celiac disease
Muscle related inflammation
Wilson's Disease (copper overload)
Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency
Addison's Disease

For Addison's disease, I will be getting a cortisol test this weekend and taking 1 mg of dexamethasone the night before. (Is that sufficient?)

I have found a bunch of people on that took elevated doses of an SSRI for a number of years, went off of it, and experienced a bunch of withdrawal symptoms similar to mine, including hypersensitivities to drugs and vitamins, and at least some cognitive problems. Given that, and the fact that I live in NYC, I don't think Lyme disease is a likely candidate. However, some type of cortisol problem is more likely as it interrelates to SSRI's and serotonin.

Does that sound right?




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