When fingers and hands start to ache, we immediately think of arthritis. But aches and muscle pain can be symptoms of many conditions, including depression. It's important to see a doctor for a medical evaluation to determine the cause.
Depression and pain are interrelated. Thus, when you're depressed, vague aches and pains -- such as joint pain -- become more apparent to you.
Antidepressants are designed to
boost mood and relieve sadness, but for some patients, their side effects fuel
another emotion: frustration. Just ask Maryland resident Jane Niziol. Her
doctor prescribed Paxil after a difficult breakup left her feeling depressed
and overwhelmed. Niziol recalls the medicine calmed her mood. "Suddenly I
didn't care about anything."
Except that the drug started to affect her waistline. After just a few
months on Paxil, Niziol gained nearly 35 pounds. She...
Could your aches and muscle pain be related to depression? Find out by keeping a symptom diary, which can help you identify patterns. Print out this symptom diary, and fill it out. Then take it to your doctor to discuss what may be causing your symptoms.
David Baron, MSEd, DO, chairman of psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine.
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