Celexa Ruined My Body And Self Confidence

Hi everyone!

I was on celexa for a relatively short period of time, just under 6 months. I had a very low prescription and took it to help with my dysthymia. At first, it seemed to really work. I was feeling again, not consumed but the numbness I had been in for the past 2 years, and I was in the best shape of m life. This was in May.

By the end of the summer I still felt great but noticed very large red stretch marks appearing on my lower back and thighs. I was confused because I was eating the same way I always had and kept up a moderate exercise routine as well. I went back to school shopping and found I moved up two whole sizes in pants.

I now was becoming very concerned and self conscious. I had never struggled with weight before now. I've always been curvy but in shape, now all of a sudden I had love handles when I buttoned up my pants.

I was too afraid to step on a scale at home, fearing what all the signs were showing me. Sure enough when I went for my annual physical that fall I had gained a whopping 17 pounds. 17 pounds!! In 5 months!! That is an extreme weight gain. The doctor looked shocked and led me through this whole big thing, questioning me about dietary habits and exercise. She final,y reached the conclusion that it was my medication causing it and because it was such a low dose, let me stop it completely.

That was 3 months ago. I have so far lost 5 of the pounds I gained but I don't feel any better at all. My stretch marks will not go away, if anything I feel they are getting larger even though I'm starting to lose weight. I have lower self confidence than I ever did before. I can't wear half of the clothing I used to be able to. I'm now watching what I eat everyday and exercising at least 4 times a week. Nothing much is happening. I am frustrated and annoyed. This medication was supposed to help me feel better about myself and while my dysthymia is better, my self esteem is at an all time low. Spring is fast approaching and I don't know what I'll do. I want to hide my head in shame because tight/ short clothing looks horrible on me now. I have a family vacation in May and I'm going to have to wear a swimsuit. I'm so embarrassed about my body and the stretch marks, I might just not go swimming all summer. I have never felt worse about my appearance in my life.

If anyone else has dealt with this and can help me shed this weight and the marks from it, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Ashley1797 Ashley1797
18-21, F
Jan 17, 2013