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Brendabudlight
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   Posted 4/23/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone.
 
I have inflammatory arthritis :( and would like to ask if you take an antidepressant which one and are you happy with it? (Happy with it, sorry, just couldn't resist!)
 
Brenda

CaMama
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   Posted 4/23/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome!

I have been on Elavil, Paxil, and Wellbuterin. I did the best on Paxil. However, everyone reacts to them differently.

Are you starting an anti-depressant?


 

Post Edited (CaMama) : 4/23/2007 8:23:13 PM (GMT-6)


Brendabudlight
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   Posted 4/23/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks CaMama
 
I guess I should have introduced myself. Hi I'm Brenda, and no I'm not crazy!
 
I started having joint pain about 4 years ago. Been through what many of you all have, doctors saying it's all in your head, yadda yadda. I finally have a good Rhummy and just found an intern that actually listens instead of just wanting to give me an antidepressant. Funny thing is, I went off Effexor about 3 months ago when I fired my old internest, but I think I need something antidepressant wise.
 
I'm thinking about asking to give the Wellbutrin a try.
 
:) Brenda
 
Please forgive my typo's it's been a 4 ultracet day.

CaMama
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   Posted 4/23/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   

No worries. I understand.

I was very against starting an anti-depressant, but my doctor convinced me to try them as they are also used as a pain management tool. She also, casually (sneakily?) gave me info on depression. It had a quiz on it and said if you had 3 of the 10 symptoms, you may be depressed and I answered yes to 9 out of 10.  I had been in massive chronic and debilitating pain for a good year (with multiple doctors saying I was crazy and nothing was physically wrong with me)  at that point, it was a wonder I survived that long w/o the help of an anti-depressant.

Wellbutrin is supposed to be a good one as well.

Good luck and Good to Meet you! :-)


 


Brendabudlight
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   Posted 4/24/2007 5:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand completely what you saying CaMama!
 
For me, I was seeing an internest who for years told me I was just depressed. Nothing wrong physically, I was just depressed. I believe the only reason I stuck with him for so long was about 6 months in, he started me on the effexor and you know, it really took the edge off. Not knowing any better, I thought that confirmed that I was just crazy!
 
I was never out of pain, It was just manageable. It slowly started creeping back and really came to a head the first of this year. I was desperate to get some relief for the pain in my neck. Back to the internest in tears. Nope he said, all in your head maybe you should see a therapist. Out of desperation I went to a Chiropractor who was a friend of a friend. He ordered an MRI of my c-spine and 1 herniated disc and arthritis later, that was one fired Internest!
 
Anyhow I guess the point I was making for myself is, yes, I realize I am depressed. But I'm a "have something wrong physically and depression now goes along with it" and not a "I'm depressed and it is causing physical symptoms"
 
:) Brenda
 

patsysue
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   Posted 4/24/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi new to site so my question may already have been posted, but here goes
 
my son is 22, has anklysourus spodolitis (sp?) back pain is so intense, he is taking Enbrel shots...anyone out there doing this also?  I have a concern about his "anger", talking about being better off dead and i think I need to try to find other forms of treatment...
appreciate anyones response or guidance?
 
mad  patsysue
 
 
 
 
 
 

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 4/24/2007 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome.I was dx with Osteoarthritis at age 25,had to quit being a waitress,so went back into being a CNA in a Nursing Home,Hosp.& private homes.I still hurt & my hands would swell up.I took Tylenol & went on.
Of course all the heavy work I did over the next 30+ yrs.didn't help any but I perseveered.I qiut work In 1992.
SnowyLynne


CaMama
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   Posted 4/24/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Brenda - I most definitely agree with you......I had the pain first. I was happy as a clam prior the issues. In fact, I went MONTHS trying to stay positive even when I had all these so-called specialists telling me I needed to see a therapist and not them. It was getting harder and harder to stay positive and still not get any relief for the pain. Then, when the doc wanted to try prednisone.....forget it, I went crazy, immediately started gaining weight, was thrown in to a deep depression...and thus began the insanity - and it only took 2 weeks of steroids to do it to me. I must have been a time bomb and it was only a matter of time. The steroids just helped it along in a quicker manner.

Patsy - Welcome! There are quire a few here on HW who are taking Enbrel. If the Enbrel is not helping, you need to get him either on something else, or have some additional meds to help with the pain until the Enbrel takes effect. Many of us have to take multiple medications.

I figured I was "better off dead" for quite some time too (before I started the anti-depressants - which I've been off of for some time) my pain was so debilitating, this was in my mid-20's. HOw long has he had this? I know adjusting to the fact you have something like this that is out of your control is very hard to adjust to. That can't be helping.....but I strongly suggest you get him some help to manage his pain, wheather it is a therapist, a support group, or even medication.   You can't help but get depressed or angry at constant pain that bad. I learned that the hard way. Good luck.***


 


patsysue
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   Posted 4/24/2007 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANSWERING..THIS IS MY FIRST TIME EVER CHATTING--NEW STUFF IS LEARNED EVERY DAY. :-)

 

My son has been with pain since he was about 9, but doctors always said it was "growing pains"...then about 1 year ago I sent him to Tijuana Mexico to visit a relative who is a doctor and she identified his condition.  I then went back to our primary doctor and confronted (yes angrily) about this and questioned how come he never even considered to check for other types of disease...so he has been sick with his back pain, leg pain, arms and legs jerking, not able to sleep at night, ANGER and i do mean anger just after he takes his shot, not able to sleep and all of these are conditions that to me seem to be ignored by dr, even his specialist.  I willl contact them and make sure they try to give him something to control his anger and now his voiceing of "death would be better"...

yeah   :-) hanks again

pat


magsmom
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   Posted 4/24/2007 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
patsysue said...
Hi new to site so my question may already have been posted, but here goes
 
my son is 22, has anklysourus spodolitis (sp?) back pain is so intense, he is taking Enbrel shots...anyone out there doing this also?  I have a concern about his "anger", talking about being better off dead and i think I need to try to find other forms of treatment...
appreciate anyones response or guidance?
 
mad  patsysue
 
 Patsysue,
 
I have R.A., just diagnosed in January, BUT my older brother has ankylosing spondylitis and has had it for 25 years.  It turns out that the 2 conditions are possibly on the same genetic marker.  Anyway, after going through his condition with him, I would definitely say GET HIM DIFFERENT MEDICATION AND GET SOMEONE TO GET HIM ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS!    I've been taking Prozac for 10 years and I will never go off of it unless they tell me it will kill me!  My reaction to my diagnosis has definitely been helped by Prozac.  Instead of having the fear, anger, and constant anxiety that my brother had, especially during the early years of his illness when he was still trying to be the big jock and going at every sport full-blast and then sitting around with ice-packs all over his body in horrible pain, I AM  ABLE TO LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME, HOPEFUL THAT I CAN FIGHT THIS DISEASE WITH WHATEVER I NEED TO USE.  Your son needs to know that things can get better and if Enbrel doesn't work, then other drugs are out there to try.
 
Good luck and this blog is just the best thing for all of us!
:-)  magsmom 
 
 
 

patsysue
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   Posted 4/24/2007 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks mags mom fo ryour input...i will be giving him copies of these and all information i receive from this site...what a wonderful site...i have been thinking he needs to get off enberel, not to mention it cost $1500 for 4 weeks...ugh...once he no longer qualifies for our insurance, i don't know what we will do...he is going to college right now hoping he can get some kind of degree that will allow him to get some kind of job....what? i don't know...again thanks....
 
patsysue yeah tongue i fell a little more hopeful now...

rock528
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   Posted 4/25/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brenda,

I started a low dose of Celexa last month. I was having trouble sleeping and was anxious a lot. This definitely had been picking up intensity since the RAish thing set in last summer. I've always been an anxious, slightly dark person though, and I have resisted the idea of meds for years. Anyway, took the plunge and LOVE it. Feel like a normal person. After 3 weeks I was driving to work on a Monday morning and thought, "Wow. Is this how regular people feel about going to work? Like just a mild jitter and some anticipation of what the week will bring? (as opposed to serious dread and worry!)." So, I recommend it and like this drug I'm on. 2 weeks of mild side effects and now I feel fine. Not happy all the time. Not spacey. Just well balanced. And it might be helping with pain. Can't tell. But I have enough energy now to work out and that started post pill, so it could be related. Good Luck!
Rocky
 
Actually happy to be sick and not just crazy . . .


Brendabudlight
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   Posted 4/25/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
patsysue.....
 
I want to tell you that your a GREAT Mom! You have gotten some good advise, and please encourage your son to talk with his Doctor about the feelings he is having. A support group, online or in person would be great.
 
One of the biggest things that has really kept me going is knowing that I am not the only person going through this. To hear stories from other people, that I was not the only one who went to doctors that told me I was nuts, was, well, I can't really explain. It gave me hope.
 
I'm starting the Wellbutrin tomorrow, thanks everyone for your input.
 
:) Brenda
 
P.S. Rocky, I LOVE your signature!

patsysue
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   Posted 4/25/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Brenda, sometimes you forget that what you do has value, and other times you wonder why you keep putting up with )*)*....but he is my son and I want the best for him.

we are setting up an appointment with is doctor and I am PLANNING on going to tell her what I see and why she needs to spend more then 5 minutes with him....i will keep all up to date on what happnes..in the meantime maybe I can get some sleep and pray for his feeling better...

again thanks to all

patsysue

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