Sounds like you might be talking about
an anti-depressant. That's something many of us need (myself included) not only because of the emotional pain that comes with all the losses in our lives from CP, but the physiological process of pain actually is similar to that which creates depression. Add to that many of the medications we take depress the CNS. So I would suggest talking to either doctor - kind of depends on who is the best one. I mean does your pm just do injections, or is he/she prescribing your pain meds, too. If so, then that's hwo I'd talk to. But even talking with your PCP would be fine, as long as he/she knows enough about
how the pain meds are affecting you.
Anti-depressants can take a few weeks to reach their full effect, so I'd suggest getting started as soon as possible. I know with the holiday it may be tough to reach any of your doctors, but someone who's seeing your regularly might not have difficulty calling in an anti-depressant over the phone so you can get started. Have you ever taken one before? If you've taken one that's been effective, you could ask to be put back on that. Sometimes it also takes awhile to adjust the dose. Another helpful piece of all of this is to talk with a psychologist or counselor who has some knowledge of chronic pain issues. You're not crazy, but the stress of all of this takes a toll on us, to say the least. I'd suggest asking about
the anti-depressant, and then a referral to a pain therapist.
Post Edited (PAlady) : 12/22/2008 6:49:05 PM (GMT-7)