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<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>tweva wrote:</div>The way antidepressants give pain relief is completely separate from the anti-depressant effect. The dose required for treating depression is much higher (often over 150 milligrams (mg) a day) than the doses used for pain relief. Also, there are many different antidepressant drugs available that are effective for treating depression, but only a small number are also effective pain killers.

<div class=”d4p-bbp-quote-title”>tweva wrote:</div>It is important that the patient is given a full explanation of the rationale for antidepressant therapy. It is not that the doctor believes your pain is due to depression. So do not think that you are not being taken seriously and that the pain is “all in the mind”.

ty tweva, that was a perfect response. i really appreciate that.

it sucks that the first thing that comes to my mind every time we are given the option of a treatment for something is trust. you just don’t know whether your kidney needs to come out, or the doctor is trying to pay off his car…

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