Three Things You May Discover By Using Anti-Depressants For Pain Management

Posted on: 6 April 2017


Some doctors currently prescribe anti-depressants for pain management. You may be wondering why that is, but considering that some people feel an all-over dull ache while depressed, it is easily explained. If your doctor prescribes an anti-depressant for your pain management, you may discover some additional things about yourself that you may be surprised to learn.

You Have Depression

This one surprises a lot of people. Since there are many grades of depression, some of the pain you feel may be related to low- or medium-grade depression. These less-than-totally-blue grades of depression allow you to feel happy and content most days, but sad, blue or troubled the rest of the time. You may not even be aware of it until you have taken the prescribed anti-depressant for pain for a several weeks. It then becomes an important detail to discuss with your doctor, as well as a therapist or psychiatrist, to find out if your depression is strictly medical/physical or if there are some unresolved issues in your past.

You Have Nerve Damage or a Neurological Disorder

Since physical pain often responds to treatment with medication, your pain should subside somewhat on an anti-depressant. If your pain does not subside at all or becomes worse on the anti-depressant, your doctor may test you or examine you for nerve damage or a neurological disorder. Changing your medication to anti-epileptic medication or a nerve-blocker and finding that you have more pain relief than you had on the anti-depressant is a good indicator that you have something going on with your nervous system. It may take some time to track it down, but then your doctor can prescribe other medications and therapies that can help you.

Regular Exercise with the Anti-Depressants Makes You Really Happy

If you go for a daily walk while taking an anti-depressant for pain and you find that you are overly excitable or extremely happy for no reason, the problem may be a chemical imbalance in your brain that auto-corrects itself with exercise. Talk to your doctor about these wide, upward mood swings with the addition of daily exercise. If you are also pain-free now, the doctor may remove the anti-depressant slowly and ask that you stick with daily exercise for pain management. It may just be that a lack of movement and an increase of movement was all your body needed to get back on track and not hurt quite so much.

For more information about pain management and your treatment options, visit a local medical center in your area.