This is Kitt. IMO depression is a big part of having RA, your life changes and you just feel helpless sometimes. Its normal to be down on some days.
The fact that others do not have a clue how much pain and fatigue you deal with daily is depressing as they don't all understand.
My mother-in-law suffers from severe RA and she is one of the toughest people I know, but I have seen her break down in tears. She is in her 80's and when she falls she always breaks a bone so more pain. I was with her at the hospital on one occasion when they told her she had broken her ankle after she had been told initially that she had not. The tears finally came and I hugged her gently as my heart broke for her pain and the set back in her ability to do for herself.
I do believe that adding a antidepressant may give you some relieve, others advocate therapy. Whatever works for you, go for.
People with pain have the right to pain relief. Please continue to advocate for you.
Gentle hugs and I support each of you.
Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.
I felt compelled to sign up in order to reply to your post. Medrol was awful for me too. I felt extremely anxious, very sad and angry at the same time, and confused. I would wake up in the middle of the night tapping my feet. I could not sleep, and would wake up at 4am unable to sleep. Apparently, the depression and anxiety can be severe for some on Medrol. My rheumatologist said to only take one pill in the am for the next 10 days (I called when I was on my 4th day). I think you will feel much better. Remind your doctor when you see him/her that you did not react well to the Medrol - mine put it in my chart. I know the Medrol reduced my swelling, but I was in so much emotional turmoil that it was not worth it.
Hope you feel so much better. I will keep reading to find out how you are doing. Take care, Laura
preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. ~ Katherine Mansfield
Realistic optimism fuels the body's immune system and triggers natural painkillers
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Optimism is necessary for good health," says Charles L. Raison, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the behavioral immunology clinic at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. "There's growing evidence that, for many medical illnesses, stress and a negative mental state -- pessimism, feeling overwhelmed, being burnt out -- has a negative affect on immunity, which is especially important in rheumatoid arthritis."
Indeed, your brain can create all sorts of tailor-made prescriptions to nurture your body. Raison says these include endorphins -- the natural painkillers; gamma globulin, which fortifies your immune system; and interferon, which helps combat infections, viruses, even cancer.
When depression sets in, we're less likely to take care of ourselves, which means the brain doesn't get prompted to produce those great natural remedies, Raison says. We don't exercise, because we don't have much energy. We don't eat right. We lose sleep -- or we sleep too much.
Even worse, we forget to take the very medications that can help us feel better, Raison tells WebMD. "There's a lot of evidence that when people are depressed, they feel hopeless, they give up on themselves, which affects whether they take medications," he says. "There's also evidence that people who have a positive attitude, what we call realistic optimism, the fighting spirit… they live longer, do better… they take their medications."