I have had major all over body aches for approx. 2 and a half weeks. I have been tested for Lymes disease and for arthritis and my hemoglobin and hematicrit levels are low requiring me to take iron supplement. My lymes test and arthritis test have not came back yet. I have been on this medicine for approx a year if not longer.
What you are experiencing is not listed or it has not yet been documented as a side effect from zoloft:
I suggest you contact your Dr. asap and inform Him / Her about your severe body aches.
All the best,
Zoloft would not be causing these types of side effects, however if you do have arthritis and/or lyme disease these would. I would either wait for the tests to be completed, or if you are in too much discomfort, contact your doctor to see if he can give you something for relief until the tests results are back...
I have been on sertraline (zoloft) for about 2 years - varying from 50mg upto 100mg and currently back down to 50mg (trying to come off it). The side effects come and go - currently I feel like I have arthritis all through my joints especially fingers elbows and knees. Whoever commented earlier in the thread and said zoloft cannot cause this obviously hasn't ever taken it. I also dont believe the stats about '2%' affected by rare side effects. Thats marketing BS. I have experienced most of the rare side effects at various times. The worst one is shortness of breath and suicidal feelings when you first go on it or change doses (Lasts about a fortnight). Also get skin rashes, red spots all over, itchiness, awful tiredness every day, stomach upsets etc the list goes on (not all at the same time I should add). My Doctor just advises me the whole time the benefits outweigh the side effects then keep going. Compared to depression the discomfort of the side effects is a walk in the park. That said - I'm ready to come off it now.
I can only speak of my own experience but I think that it could be causing Fibromyalgia like symptoms in me. I've put on a lot of weight and due to the pain in various parts of my body, which seem to be everywhere including a new diagnosis of plantar fascilitis, I find it hard now to walk or exercise:(
I've been taking 50 mg per day for 18 months having had a really rough time on Effexor! I put on a lot of weight with Effexor but did lose some before going on to Sertraline. I'm going to ween myself off the stuff over the next 4-6 weeks and look into using 5htp or St John's Wort or perhaps SAM-E. If my "Fibromyalgia" etc improves to the point of being able to exercise again I will try to use more natural methods to treat my depression/ anxiety such as regular exercise , nutrition and CBT to dispute unhelpful beliefs.
I really hope things can improve.
Shall try and report back in 2 months or so to let you know how I get on. Just realised how old your post is! I hope you found out the cause of your pains and no longer suffer? All the best.
Apologies for my casual, round-about way of responding.
All I'm saying is while I was on Zoloft, for about the same amount of time as you were, I suffered horrible joint pain to the point I had to wear a wrist brace. Doctors from all over desperately held on to the idea that it wasn't zoloft. They couldn't find anything wrong and diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.
I stopped the medication, and within a couple of months, the pain was gone completely.
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