10/15/07 #10 - Neck pain, impotence from meds?

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    I suffer with daily headaches. My family doctor prescribed amitriptyline and atenolol which got rid of the headaches completely, but it made me impotent. We switched to amitriptyline and Toprol which did not work. I was referred to a neurologist and x-ray and CT scan were normal. I keep telling my doctor that the pain starts in the left side of my neck and then the headache comes on. If I move my head while I'm sleeping, I wake up. Any sudden movement of the neck brings on the headache. Bobby.
     

     

     

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    Dear Bobby;

     

    I know you'd like us to be able to give you a quick and simple answer, but there aren't any. Sexual problems are a common side effect of tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline. There are other antidepressants without that side effect that you can discuss with your doctor as a possibility for him to prescribe instead of or in addition to the amitriptyline. Wellbutrin is one to discuss with your doctor.

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    Without carefully studying your medical history and symptoms and conducting a full exam, it's impossible to guess what the correlation is between moving your neck and the onset of your headaches.

    If you're unhappy with your doctor, it's time to take charge of your health, and get a new doctor. If you want to consider a headache specialist, there's a link to our directory of patient recommended specialists below.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: October 15, 2007