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stkitt
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   Posted 1/30/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Crohn's disease has no mercy. Crohn's disease can be very painful, embarrassing, and unappealing. Many  people do eventually become depressed.
I would like this thread to be a place to share your experiences with  depression  and post ways in which you have been coping or not coping.
I have depression and I was diagnosised 26 years ago.  I also live with my husband who has depression due to his chronic illness and is unable to acknowledge it.
 
I ask you to share your cares, concerns and support here to help each other.
Bless each of you
Kitt
 
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pb4
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   Posted 1/30/2008 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
My personal experiance with crohns and depression....

I've had crohns for 16, going on 17 yrs this spring....I never got depressed until only about 5ish yrs ago and I developed severe anxiety for the first time ever as well, very close to the same time as the depression, I think they can easily go hand in hand.

Suicidal thoughts like you wouldn't believe, very moody like never before and it was the most horrifying experiance for me and I'm sure my family as well...although the kids likely didn't understand much, just that I was all the sudden nutty about leaving the house and very *****y.

I was very close to asking my doc for anti-depressants, but because of the side effects I didn't want to dabble with that, instead I asked him for sleeping pills, never using them but often getting the RX filled for them (you know where I'm going with this).

You know what "saved" me, bee propolis and exercising regularly. This support forum here at HW also helped immensely, all the sudden as I started to feel better physically, I then started to feel better emotionally and then being here at the forum and trying to answer posts as best I could became very mentally theraputic for me...so thanks guys, you've helped me....and I hope I've managed to help some of you along the way as well.

That's my experiance with depression and anxiety with this horrid disease.

:)
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Nanners
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   Posted 1/31/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I like PB4 developed anxiety about 5 years ago. Mine is caused by constant worrying about things. What if this happens, or what if that happens. I do take an anti-anxiety med when needed, but would like to worry less about things. I can't tell you what triggered it, possibly having resections, and the side effects I live with because of them maybe. But this site has been alot of help for me too. Being able to share our fears and worries with others who are suffering just like I am, has been a godsend. I am still working on it and really do have a long way to go, but I am confident that this too shall one day pass. Plus I think I have the most amazing and supportive husband a woman could ask for. And that alone makes all the difference in the world.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


stkitt
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   Posted 1/31/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for sharing. Bee propolis that is great that and exercise are good for you in everyway.

Talking about your problems and how you cope is good therapy.  Remember your taking care of the whole person, not just the Crohn's.
Hugs to all..................

Kitt


 
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Glad Bag
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   Posted 1/31/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
caution: *sarcastic remark of a chronically ill, depressed man*

i have to fight the temptation to fall into depression, but i find if i can't be happy about my life, pretending to be happy is far more fun than acknowledging my depression....
"The things that make us feel so abnormal, are actually the things that make us all the same" - from PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives - by Frank Warren


pb4
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   Posted 1/31/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Good point Glad Bag, I go there sometimes too...never judge a book by it's cover....what you see on the outside may not necessarily reflect what's really going on inside.


:)
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debbikay
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   Posted 1/31/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kitt! I'm over here now.  This is a mixed bag.  Crohn's and depression.  Kinda like the question "what came first the egg or the chicken?".  I went to the doctor for the depression before I was diagnosed with Crohn's.  I've had depression a few times in my life, I think Maybe always at some level slightly depressed. But this has been major depression, the disabling kind.  And the final diagnosis of Crohn's really topped it off.  I knew it might be, Crohn's but now that I know for sure, it's been  harder to deal with than I thought it would.  Especially since I was already in a major depression before diagnoses. I definitely think there is a chemical link between the depression and the Crohn's inflammation. I think your whole    skull chemistry goes whacko when you get an autoimmune disorder like Crohn's.  I've have never felt so crummy. I was feeling better for a while but now I think I'm flaring up. First thing I noticed before the physical flare was the emotional flare. That's probably why it's called systemic, it effects everything.  It sucks!I had to change my GI appt. to next week.  It was snowing real hard and I don't have four wheel drive. I have a 1992 Nissan Sentra with 250,000 miles on it so I decided to change my appt. to next Thursday.  I really need to go. I don't feel good.  My digestive symptoms aren't what bothers me so much as I just feel sick all the time.  What's that word malaise is that it?  Is that normal?  I also need to call my psychiatrist too because I think my antidepressants aren't working anymore, but it maybe could be the Colocort side effect.  All I know is I'm tired of crying   sad all the time.  I've been crying for days.  I'm just not coping with anything anymore.  I need to get a job but I don't feel good and I'm afraid I will cry and blow it. I read where you have been through therapy, well I'm just starting.  I have to go through the county cause I can't afford a private therapist.  I like the one I'm going to but I've gone 4 or 5 times so far and we haven't gotten past all the intake and red tape Q & A stuff yet.  So I just cry and cry some more.  Listen to me! I sound like a crybaby don't I? Wah! Wah! WAh!  OK I'll stop now.
 
 

debbikay smurf Crohn's, ADD, Migraines, Anxiety & Depression….I take: Lexapro 10mg, Topamax 25mg, Adderallxr 20mg, & Colocort

 

Post Edited (debbikay) : 2/2/2008 1:53:53 PM (GMT-7)


timmysang
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   Posted 1/31/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I was going to start a topic on this the other day. Glad I saw this one. I don't know if I am depressed or not. I could be because sometimes I just start thinking what is the point to all of this. I just feel like giving up. I work at a job that I hate and get no satisfaction from but I have to pay the bills. That is a sad way to look at it but that and the need for medical insurance is what keeps me there. I keep thinking to myself, is this what the rest of my life is going to be like? That's no fun.

I am 52 years old and not many companies recruit people in my age bracket, or at least I'm not aware of an. I feel stuck now with not too many options. I need to keep working where I am to cover the medical expenses from the Crohn's. There are times when I just feel like quitting my job but I know that I can't.

I also suffer big time from anxiety. I constantly worry about things. Especially work related stuff. I work in the IT field and feel like I am under constant pressure to get things done. To get things fixed fast because other people can't do their work when the computers are down. Then you have managers hounding you about when will things be fixed. Most of the pressure is self imposed when I start thinking about it. Just don't know what to do.

I also worry about things that I know I should not be worrying about but I do. And the kicker is that I know that I shouln't be worrying.

I have had Crohn's for about 12 years. It was in remission until last year so I never really thought about it. I came back and I had several strictures that caused blockages. Had to have a resection in Oct. of 2007. This really brought home the point that this is a chronic condition that I have and that there is no cure for it.

Maybe the Crohn's, anxiety and depression go hand in hand.

Right now I am going through some toughs times emotionally and so I just need to vent a little.

debbikay
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   Posted 1/31/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi timmisang,  I know exactly what you mean!  I was in that same high pressure, high tech multitasking environment until 10 months ago when I had a meltdown.  I didn't know I had Crohn's yet.  I thought I was just tired and burned out from all the stress.  I thought all I needed was to rest and I would be OK.  It hasn't gotten better for me yet. It did for a little while but its getting worse again.  Normally I would have loved being home taking care of things but I'm too depressed, fatigued and sick.  When I started The Lexapro I felt much better for a while.  I think I need to up my dosage, which is not unusual I guess.  I think I could handle the physical parts of this if I didn't have the depression and fatigue.  I'm glad you came on here.  I know how you feel.  My family, mostly my sister has all but disowned me because I quit my job and I'm Kinda poor and depressed right now they don't understand at all.  They think I'm just being flakey and irresponsible. I'm 50 next week, I'll be flakey and irresponsible if I want so there!  Nevermind that I'm sick.It sounds to me like you are having depression.  I have noticed on this forum that a very high % of Crohn's members do take antidepressants.  And I don't mean to sound hopeless,  Mine were working for a while,  it just takes time to find the right one and the right dosage.  I tried cymbalta at first but it made me too nauseated and dizzy.  My son has very bad anxiety and depression and cymbalta worked wonders for him.  I would Talk to your doctor or psychiatrist about it. I think if I had known all this a year ago, I might have done things a lot different.  I may have changed jobs but I think I would have gotten meds before it reached the meltdown point.  By the way when you describe what you do, I almost know you.  I ran the statement department of a 33 branch bank and we produced and mailed 75,000 statements each month.  We depended on you to keep us going.  Statements have to go out on time and be perfect! LOL  I know the pressure you endure.  It is very intense.  Please take it from me, get help soon.  You don't want to end up like me.  I may be working at Mickey D's soon!    P.S I feel old too

debbikay smurf Crohn's, ADD, Migraines, Anxiety & Depression….I take: Lexapro 10mg, Topamax 25mg, Adderallxr 20mg, & Colocort

 

Post Edited (debbikay) : 2/2/2008 1:55:22 PM (GMT-7)


vidoska
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   Posted 2/1/2008 4:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I just want to share with you that I do not know how to cope either with depression or with Crohn. I think I have been depressed all my life. Somehow I am not able to recognize joy in life. Also, I feel so old.
Pb4, could you tell me more about bee propolis that you are taking, which form, how many times a day, etc.

38 years old female, Dx'd July '06, Crohn's collitis and terminal ileitis,

Used Meds: Cipro, Flagyl, Sulfasalazine, 5ASA, 5ASA Enemas, Probiotics,B12 and Iron shots, blood transfusion, Urbason 60mg, Prednisone 20mg - Irigography, X-Ray Intesinal Passage, Colonoscopy in April 06, July 06, Hospitalized - Symptoms long before diagnozed (diarrhea, weight lost, fatigue, exhaustion, pain, subfebrile temperature, joint pain, especially knees)

Current meds: probiotics, prednisone tapering 30mg, sulfasalazine 3x1g, B12 shots, folic acid, omeprazole, xanax 2x0,25mg, alternative: royal jelly, tea mixture,

No surgery so far- History of Graves-Basedow disease in 1995


debbikay
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   Posted 2/1/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   

I would like to know too PB4. Also Is that the same as royal jelly?  Does royal jelly work?  I tried st johns wort before and it did nothing at all.  Believe it or not, my ADD meds made a huge difference.  I felt normal for the first time in my life for about five years until this Crohn's thing.  I know I have issues I need to work on and I am but this is a sick kind of depression that I believe is because of the disease.  I know that the Colocort isn't working and  I'm getting worse. It is also giving me really bad insomnia which I've never had a problem with before. That seems to make the moodiness and depression even worse.

debbikay smurf Crohn's, ADD, Migraines, Anxiety & Depression….I take: Lexapro 10mg, Topamax 25mg, Adderallxr 20mg, & Colocort

 

Post Edited (debbikay) : 2/2/2008 1:56:29 PM (GMT-7)


Matthew
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   Posted 2/1/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
What a weird but fun looking font guys! LOL

Any way Kitt,

Post dx from the UC one because I had to face a chronic disease & with my family, I of course, was totally alone. Situation Normal All ***** Up!
Then came CD. That was the WORST. With UC I had the hope maybe I could have it cut out. Wearing a bloody bag beats this crud! But that was now dust in the wind. Circa 91-94 time frame.

Matthew

stkitt
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   Posted 2/1/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi All, I will be back in a bit, going to town...........and I will try to help you. 

Deb, Hey there, your font is fine can you size it down to a 10 or 12 before copying to the forum to save the room.  Thanks sweetie.

Thanks..luvs ya all
Kitt
 
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gumby44
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   Posted 2/1/2008 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think it is possible to have a chronic illness without some element of depression. Add in some steroids, and side effects from all of the other meds, and I think it is inescapable. What helps....supportive friends and family, THIS FORUM (my personal life-saver), exercise, antidepressants, therapy, meditation, yoga, and lots of patience. For me, gaining as much knowledge as possible is also helpful, but with Crohn's it also drives me crazy...it seems that the diets contradict each other (like are mashed potatoes and rice great for flares, or horrible because of the carbs...everyone has different experience and opinions) Even the philosophies of treatment ..aggressive versus least aggressive first, are highly contradictory. This adds to my sense of hopelessness and depression at times. I try to make sure that there is always a part of the day when I force myself to focus on something other than my illness....but that is much harder to do when I'm not feeling well.
49 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007
currently taking Pentasa 2750 mg- 9pills/day and on and off Prednisone for flares


pb4
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   Posted 2/1/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
vidoska and debbikay :)

I read about bee propolis from another support forum...this poster with crohns took it and it put him into full remission, so I thought I'd try it, I had nothing to lose since I'm either allergic or non-responsive to traditional oral RX used for IBD....

I could only find bee propolis liquid at my local health food store so I bought it, it tasted terrible even mixed with anything but only a small amount was needed...well I had always been skeptical of the "natural route" but I was desperate, and holy cow was I shocked when the next day my bleeding had stopped, my frequency cut back some and no more lower back pain during every trip to the can for a BM (which at the time was 30+ times a day, it cut back my daily BM's to around 15....I moved onto the pills I purchased them from puritans pride online and I bought the bee propolis 500mg and took 2/day the first day I got it and it continued to help in the same way as the liquid....

Things continued to improve as I added more things, like prodiem stool bulker (a fibre therapy my GI told me to take, he was impressed with the bee propolis as well and encouraged me to continue with it for the rest of my life, saying it was also an excellent dietary supplement), then I added omegas 3-6-9, BM's continued to lessen a bit each day, and when adding the prodiem no more mucus (although the bee propolis cut alot of the mucus down too) and then I added the probiotics, the one I use is called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way...well with the above mentioned regiment I went from 30+ BM's a day along with alot of mucus, lower back pain and alot of bleeding down to 5 or less BM's/day, no blood, no mucus, no pain, formed stools (sometimes the TP is clean when I wipe).

Through all this I also altered my diet, no junk-foods/beverages, no processed, no refined sugar, caffeine, animal fats as these can all exacerbate IBD symptoms.

No, I'm not in full remission but I'm a heck of alot better off than I was...I also exercise regularly with cardio and weights.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


keepingthefaith
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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have too much anxiety and depression to even write about it!
Dx with CD 1987, 3 resections, 3 abcess sx, DD back & hips, bulging disk, Major depression/anxiety, kidney stones & sx to remove, now 44 yrs old.  Still trying to figure this disease out & of course all the little extra complications that come with this rollarcoaster of a life with CD. 
 
Meds:Humira 40mg every other wk, Imuran .75 daily, welchol 625 x 3 daily, cymbalta 60 mg daily, norco 10/325 x 4x, fish oil, vit e,folic acid,Vit B12,inject monthly,
 
         
 
 


vidoska
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   Posted 2/1/2008 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks pb4. Surely it's worth trying. I am convinced that exercising is good to fight depression, but the problem is how to overcome depression by making a step forward to motivate yourself. I completely understand keepingthefaith saying to have too much depression even to write about it ... with years, I have been too much depressed even to speak ... I have found myself speechless. I think that CD is more about your feelings than it is your food. Sadness, stress, restlessness are more powerful triggers than any of food

38 years old female, Dx'd July '06, Crohn's collitis and terminal ileitis,

Used Meds: Cipro, Flagyl, Sulfasalazine, 5ASA, 5ASA Enemas, Probiotics,B12 and Iron shots, blood transfusion, Urbason 60mg, Prednisone 20mg - Irigography, X-Ray Intesinal Passage, Colonoscopy in April 06, July 06, Hospitalized - Symptoms long before diagnozed (diarrhea, weight lost, fatigue, exhaustion, pain, subfebrile temperature, joint pain, especially knees)

Current meds: probiotics, prednisone tapering 30mg, sulfasalazine 3x1g, B12 shots, folic acid, omeprazole, xanax 2x0,25mg, alternative: royal jelly, tea mixture,

No surgery so far- History of Graves-Basedow disease in 1995


Pampers
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   Posted 2/1/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
wow, surprised this tiopic is on the board today - ironic to say the least since I just had a breakdown last night at my bf's house and I was crying for all through dinner. I cant help but be depressed sometimes, crying about it, and then feel real stupid for feeling sorry for myself. He's very understanding and all, but gets mad when I hide CD things from him-and talking about it to make him feel like I'm 'sharing' is very hard. i never really feel like going into the details of what goes on with me so i sugarcoat everything, and then he gets upset i feel the need to do that. then i feel depressed about lying about it to him- on top of already being depressd about CD. Its just a big sad disease that takes its toll on more than your body. Its hard not to be depressed...

I always feel so bad for everyone around me whose lives are also impacted by it. My dad, my sister, the bf...all they ever hear about is my butt and I'm sick of it. So hard to have a normal life
Diagnosed with UC 8 years ago/Diagnosed with Crohn's 6/26/2007
Canasa / 1 per day
Azathioprine / 100 MG Day
Colazal/ 9 per day
Entocort/ 3 per day
Humira
 
Tried:
Asacol / 12 per day
Levaquin 1 per day
Flogyl 1 per day
Rowasa / 1 per day
Prednizone / 40 MG Day( finished taper!!!) 
 


pb4
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   Posted 2/1/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome vidoska, just keep in mind to avoid bee products if you're allergic to bees...I've been taking it everyday for 5 yrs now with no problems or side-effects, it's 100% non-toxic unless you have bee allergies...one day after about 2 months of taking it I thought I would see what, if anything, would happen if I stopped, well after one day of not taking it at all, the first thing that came back was bleeding so I made sure to start taking it again and the bleeding subsided, I wasn't going to wait to see if the frequency and pain would return too.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Birunji
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   Posted 2/1/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Great topic.

My depression also predates my UC (as you can see in my signature). Having UC certainly doesn't help, though I'm glad that I got back on anti-depressants shortly after being diagnosed. I think it made a BIG difference. The most depressing thing about having UC for me is seeing myself as a "sick person." Before I was diagnosed, my health was something I took a lot of pride in. Beside the occasional cold, I rarely got sick before. So it's really changed how I see myself. It didn't help that my ex saw me as a sick person too. I mean, he was supportive in a lot of ways, but he had a hard time not seeing me as weak or fragile. I also find that (at the moment) by biggest symptom is just being exhausted all the time. It really saps me of my motivation and makes it harder to do a lot of the things I enjoy (dancing, painting, writing, etc.). And because I'm lucky enough to not be flaring too badly, I feel guilty for being so tired all the time since there's no obvious reason for it.

For anyone who's on the fence about anti-depressants, I would personally recommend them. I didn't used to be a fan, but I really think they take the edge off when you need it most. I'm trying to build up my own defenses to depression (through yoga, meditation, etc.), but the meds keep me afloat in the meantime. The other thing that I find helpful, silly as it may sound, is doing activities that are low-energy but high results. For example (don't laugh), coloring those fuzzy velvet posters (remember those from your childhood?). It doesn't take much effort, but it's enjoyable and it look really nice when you're done (giving you a much needed feeling of accomplishment).

I'd love to hear other people's coping mechanisms.
Erin, 25
Dx w/ left-sided UC June 2007
(Flaring since June 2007)
Meds: Asacol 400 mg x 9; Prednisone (since 01/09/08) 20 mg 15 mg 
Supplements: Iron, Multivitamin w/ Calcium and Vit. D, Fish Oil & Probiotic Yogurt
Dx w/ Depression, GAD, and OCD in 2001
(Currently in therapy)
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stkitt
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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow, I am impressed................you are all doing great sharing.  Somtimes being able to just get it out and talk about it helps with the depression.

A lot of people need to be able to express their feelings and their fears.  I am glad to see this  happening.  We have lots of  threads about the treatments and the surgeries but your feelings are a large part of who you are so share here if you want to.  No one will ever be forced to talk or criticized here for any feelings they bring up.

Everyone is entitled to their own feelings but depression hurts, I know, I have depression and I hid it for 24 years from friends.  I just kept it inside of me.  I feel safe coming to HW and talking about it. 

Link to short info on depression and IBS or IBD:

http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/mentalhealth/a/blues.htm

I offer you support and my email is open if you need anything. Bless each of you and lots of hugs too.

Kitt


 
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timmysang
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   Posted 2/1/2008 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Debbikay for the reply about the work and the depression. The job is so stressful to me and then upper management whats more work out of you. I fight everyday to keep it together with the work that I already have to do and they want more.

I already know that I have issues with anxiety. I now tend to believe that I also have depressed. I go to church and pray for help. I tried to exercise a couple times a week. I try to do some other things to keep myself busy and to keep my mind occupied. It's the times that I am not doing anything that my mind starts to wonder and I will start to worry or get anxious and depressed because I know that I have the Crohn's.

I currently take buspar every day for anxiety and zanex during the week to take the edge off. A couple of posts mentioned lexapro. From what I gather
this drug is for both anxiety and depression. Does anybody have more information about lexapro? I have been seeing a therapist for the past couple of years for the anxiety and my issues at work. I finally decided to see a psychchiatrist. My appointment is in a couple of weeks so I will ask him about the meds and my other issues.

debbikay
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   Posted 2/1/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome timmysang,  I'm so glad to here that you are going to the pdoc.  I am taking Lexapro. It started working within a few days for me instead of a month or two like some of the others. What a relief it was to start feeling good again so quickly.    I didn't get the bad side effects with it like I did with Cymbalta.  My son has very bad anxiety and Cymbalta works great for him.  Like I said you may have to try a couple of things till it's right.  I was feeling better till I started the steroid enemas. I think depression is a side effect of those so it may be counter acting the Lexapro. Until that the Lexapro was working good and things were looking up.  I'm going to email my psych today and ask him what I should do. I think I may need to up my dose since I'm on the lowest dosage now. I'm sorry you feel so trapped at your job. That's a terrible feeling. I know how it is when no matter what you do it isn't enough and you never get credit for a job well done. How long before you can retire?  My heart goes out to you especially since It's all still very fresh in my memory. I never want to do that again. Well I have to go get dog food before it starts snowing again.

debbikay smurf Crohn's, ADD, Migraines, Anxiety & Depression….I take: Lexapro 10mg, Topamax 25mg, Adderallxr 20mg, & Colocort

 

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/2/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Debbikay..........
Could you please make your font a 10 or 12 like Kitt had asked in prior post
It will save alot of room
Thanks in advance for your co operation

LYN
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Dave D
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   Posted 2/2/2008 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my first rectal fistula 30 years ago. Fifteen years ago I perforated my colon and had an out-of-body experience. I actually watched the surgery! Ten years ago I had my entire colon removed and a J-pouch installed. Five years ago I had emergency surgery to remove a trapped capsule endoscopy. Recovery was another out-of-body expeience.
This past year I have Postier Scleritis of the right eye, a rare auntimmune disease associated with others like Crohns. I have been on heavy Prednisone for a year to treat it. My mood swings are driving my wife away. I'm now blind in my right eye and the disease has found its way to my left. In three days I will take my 5th Remicade infusion in attempt to quiet the eye inflamation. If it doesn't work, by this time next year, I will be totally blind.
Where can I find a pill that will make me happy?
Dave D


Retired male in late 60's. Perforated Colon in 92. Diagnosed as Ulcerative Colitis in 93. Uncontrolled flareup in 97 dictated J-pouch surgery. 04 Capsule endoscopy diagnosed as Crohns not UC. Emergency surgery in 05 to remove lodged camera capsule. Biopsies positively diagnosed Crohns at that time. 12/06 Unsucessfully tried Naltrexone(LDN). 2/07 developed scleritis of the eye, tearing and detaching the retina. Treated with high doses of Prednisone. 6/07 Thought eye was healing and started taking Entocort counting on the residual (non-systemic portion) as treating the eye. Wrong. In October eye was not stabilized. 11/07 Started Remicade to try and reduce the ocular inflamation of the Scleritis since I had been requiring more and more Prednisone to keep the eye quiet. 12/07, retina tares and detaches again so it's still not working. Now blind in that eye. 1/08 now taking Remicade monthly with no real progress treating inflamed eye. Vision still <20/200. Inflamation starting to show up in good eye. I haven't given up yet, but it doesn't look promising.
Married with 4 grandkids.

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