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I've been suffering from various injuries for many years.  I wonder if I get injured as a result of having SSRI-induced weakening of the body.  Has anyone experienced anything similar?

various SSRI for years


20 mg Lyrica 2010

30 mg to 0 mg Prozac 2012

Reinstate 20 mg Prozac 2012

Drop to 19 mg Prozac 2013

Reinstate 20 mg Prozac 1 month later (2013)

Gradual decrease of Prozac dosage starting in late summer of 2015, currently at 11.2 mg/day


use of vitamin D3, fish oil, and magnesium at various times

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I think SSRI withdrawal definitely reduces resiliency to any kind of stress - be it physiological, mental, emotional.


I think its just to do with energy surplus and demands. As a crude model, we all have a certain amount of energy the body/mind can utilize for functioning in life, adapting to environmental stressors, healing, and so on.


SSRI withdrawal puts a big physiological drain on that energy, since the body requires it to heal. It also makes a lot of stimuli (e.g. light, noise) more energy draining than they would otherwise be due to hypersensitivity arising from physiological structure or processes that are yet to heal.


Given that SSRI withdrawal has eaten into this energy buffer, we have less energy than normal for other uses. For example for basic stress resiliency, temperature regulation, or as you say, perhaps bodily injuries.  We notice it in withdrawal because usually this energy buffer is large enough that we are oblivious to the demands of small stressors. For instance, we might normally be fine in cold temperatures, but during withdrawal, it feels uncomfortable and stressful. 


For me, the key here is cultivating sensitivity. Rather than worrying about whether SSRIs have compromised us, we must simply be sensitive to our energy surplus and the demands we are placing upon the body. Doing too much before regaining our resiliency can lead to being run down in many ways, and can also eat into the energy we require to heal. I used to be in a perpetual cycle of pushing too hard, crashing, pushing, crashing, and so on. Now that's shifted to be sensitive and gentle to energy management - to maximize both day to day wellbeing and long run healing. I wonder if injuries are happening because you're demanding too much of yourself.


Just a thought, Jay

  • 2008: Started Citalopram 30mg
  • Sept 2014: Tapered down Citalopram over 6 months and discontinued Feb 2015
  • Severe withdrawals peaked in July/Aug 2015. Totally housebound.
  • Sept 2015: Sertraline started @ 100mg on GP advice.
  • Oct to Dec 2015: Reduced to Sertraline 50mg due to side effects. 
  • Jan 2016 to March 2017: Tapered Sertraline to 2mg @ 10% per month. 
  • Severe withdrawals peaked again June 2017. Totally housebound. 
  • Diazepam: July 2017 5mg // Aug 2017 2.5mg // Sept 2017 1mg // 12th Dec 2017 0.85mg 
  • Sertraline Reinstatement: 23 Oct 2017 5mg // 15 Nov 2017 10mg // 23 Nov 2017 15mg 
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I keep suffering repeated injuries and I believe harm from psych drugs is partly to blame.


Someone here made the point that if your muscles are constantly tense they are easier to tear, which sounds feasible as an explanation (for muscle injuries.) I've suffered a severe injury lately and in trying to recover from it am finding I can't tolerate weight bearing exercises, they just make me more tense and this helps spiral me down further.  Physiotherapists act like I'm exaggerating but they just make it worse. 




I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.


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I am constantly bruising and sometimes even touch feels painful. A year ago I bruised my knee in a rollerblading accident and it still hasn't healed properly. It is devastating how fragile these poisons make you.

Citalopram (Sepram): 2005 10mg, 2008 20mg, 2010 30mg, 2011 20mg, tapered 2012 for two months quit in August 2012, restarted Oct 2012 with 10mg, January 2013 20mg, February 2014 40mg, tapered in August 2014, quit in December 2014

Suprium: Oct 2012 50mg, cold turkey after one month, December 2015 50mg, quit March 2016

Xanax: Oct 2015 2mg used it when needed, quit November 2015

Opamox: January 2016 15mg 3x day, tapered in March 2016, quit April 2016

Tenox: 3 weeks in February 2016 cold turkey

Lyrica: One month in Spring 2016 cold turkey

Abilify: 2 weeks in Spring 2016 cold turkey

Mirtazapine: June 2016 - mid April 2017 cold turkey

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Yes, I think WD negatively impacts our ability to heal from injury.


I tore my calf muscle in January, and it still isn't right.

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um yall should see the giant bruise i have from falling..i fall all the time. 

2020, October the 2nd

(in this members words)

Off the offending meds now for 1.5 years

Zoloft, Lexapro, then a whole ton of drugs i was destroyed by in hospitals


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