My last post looked into the benefit of some drugs with an anti-depressant effect in the treatment of the chronic pain of fibromyalgia . Well, now it would seem that there is no overwhelming evidence supporting the use of anti-depressants in the treatment of chronic low back pain . However, the authors of a recent review (in the "Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews") of the subject are quick to point out that this does not mean that depressed patients with back pain should not receive medical treatment for their depression . The hypotheses for even considering anti-depressant drugs for chronic low back pain does, nonetheless, make sense: First, patients with chronic low back pain often also suffer from depression, and improving the mood with medication may in turn improve pain tolerance. Second, many anti-depressant drugs have actual pain-relieving activity which often occurs at lower doses than those utilized for the treatment of depression . Finally, many ...
Happy Thanksgiving! Next week, President Obama will issue a pardon to another fortunate turkey while most of us partake in the yearly ritual of gorging ourselves on succulent turkey meat. Afterwards, a satisfied, sleepy feeling will hit us like a ton of sheep. Some believe that turkey dinner makes people sleepy because it contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid. In fact, some people actually take a supplement containing L-tryptophan to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression. What is the big deal about tryptophan anyway?
Because tryptophan is an essential amino acid , this particular amino acid is not produced naturally in the human body and must be included in the diet of everyone. Fortunately, many foods naturally contain tryptophan like turkey. But, how often do you eat turkey? Once yearly consumption of an essential amino acid cannot possibly be enough to meet the demands of a human body; however, other foods contain tryptophan too. Do you eat elk?? No?!? Well, elk does ...
Paxil is an antidepressant sometimes used to help those with anxiety. HealthCentral expert Marcia Purse recently wrote a post explaining about this medication and I thought it may be useful to some of our members on the AnxietyConnection site:
Medications for Bipolar - Paxil (Paroxetine)
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