I concluded that already… Only 4% of people stop taking the pills because of side effects? Weird. I guess some depression can be bad enough that you’d rather live with the side effects.
I just don’t know what doctor. I’ve been to various specialists and they’ve either given me pain killers or antidepressants. Pain killers work and the short term side effects are minor, but I’m scared of long term side effects. So, I pretty much suck it up and live with the pain.
I am on day 9 off pristiq. It’s the first day I’ve felt almost 100%, although I still have a mild headache and had a minor emotional meltdown.
Days 3-7 were the worst: horrible stomach pains and nausea, coupled with foggy brain and emotional meltdowns. The stomach pain got better on day 6, but the brain fog got worse. It is not fun to prepare for trial while having brain fog!
Also, I was very very hungry. Food helped the pain. That seems to be better now too. I am a lot less sleepy, too. I guess my normal pain-filled life is back!