So, preface- before I was diagnosed with MS I had been taking an SNRI medication to help manage anxiety and depression. I’ve continued to take it even long after going through my first relapse, but recently due to complications with my prescribing doctor’s own health, I’ve been without the medication for almost a week (thankfully I’m picking up a refill soon). The effects on my mental health aren’t as related to my MS symptoms (because I already had underlying mental health problems). I’ve only been without this medication once before, and the symptoms I’m about to describe happened then and ceased after I got my medication again, so I definitely know the SNRI is affecting this.
I’ve been aware after looking into the specific medication that I take that many people use it to manage nerve pains. I don’t know how to describe what I’ve been experiencing being off the medication, but it’s not good. I definitely think it’s nerve related, it’s as if every moment I move it takes my nerves several seconds to process and “catch up”. It feels incredibly disorienting, because tiny little jolts just kind of follow my movements. I don’t even know that this is a typical MS symptom, but whatever it is didn’t happen to me before I developed MS. I’ve been on the medication for years, and now and again there is a small patch of time while I’m waiting to meet with the prescribing doctor that my supply is stressed, and this weird symptom has not happened pre-diagnosis.
TLDR; weird nerve stuff? SNRI’s definitely have some effect on me that isn’t limited to my mental health
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