Anyone else on Antidepressants?

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Jen77
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   Posted 12/24/2008 1:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I gave in today and went to my doctor for help. I've just been overwhelmed with anxiety and depression, mainly stemming from my health. I couldn't cope anymore, and just was not myself. Not enjoying life, and feeling just awful. I was beginning to see signs of a flare, no doubt from all the stress.
 
So he put me on Lexapro, and gave me an anti-anxiety med to help me through the next 2 weeks while it kicks in. Wondering if anyone else has had to go this route? I feel kind of like a failure, as I used to be able to handle things and cope okay. Adding more meds to my long list is not something I wanted to do either, but it came down to not really having any other choice.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


Julie1014
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   Posted 12/24/2008 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
First off, don't feel like a failure! I started taking Paxil and Xanax years ago, and it has helped tremendously. I still have bad days, but not like before. Good luck to you! Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 12 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg as needed (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


gachrons
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   Posted 12/24/2008 4:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen Hope the meds give you some relief and you can feel less stressed.Having so much to cope with is not the greatest and you shouldn't be feeling like a failure just because you need a little help sometimes having a medical problem can be a difficult thing to cope with .Hope you have a good Holiday .lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Nanners
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   Posted 12/24/2008 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Many of us Crohnies develop anxiety and depression due to this horrid disease. We have a wonderful anxiety/panic forum here on healing well, and many Crohnies are part of this forum also. No need to feel like a failure, you aren't the only one this dd is kicking their butts spiritually.

Gentle Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


spookyh
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   Posted 12/24/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I started having panic attacks in my teens, prior to getting crohn's. I've taken a variety of meds, and am currently on 150mg of Effexor. However, since my anemia has resolved for the first time ever, I think the Humira has healed my intestines up enough that I absorb better. I'm thinking about trying to reduce the Effexor to see if a lower dose will work for me.

MsRockonBelly21
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   Posted 12/24/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Jenn77 you are not a failure nono   I am on 20mg of Citalopram(Celexa) because the anxiety and depression I have was getting worse. I couldn't stop thinking about really dark thoughts about my illness(life too) and would cry at any moment. I was just like you not feeling like myself and not enjoying life(or my favorite hobbies). I started buying happiness(from food to jewelary). I was also drinking even though it makes my stomach hurt. My sleep has been interrupted since 2003 because of it(normal for me stay woke over a day).  When it snowed a few weeks ago(I'm from south Louisiana) I couldn't get out of bed to enjoy it with nieces and nephews because I was so depressed cry  I forced myself when it started melting, but it wasn't the same because the kids was already in the house.  I have only been on the meds since last Tuesday but I notice a difference. Finding this website and telling my family made feel better too. My doctor told me to call her in a month about how I am dealing. So I would give an update about my situation in three weeks. I am sending happy thoughts your way. Happy holidays.  



Don't judge a book by its movie.
 
In the past I have taken Asacol, 6mp, Prednisone(3x),  Remicade, Flagyl, Cipro, Phenergan, Colazal(think there was others).                       
 
I am on Metoprolol for high blood pressure and heart beating too fast. On Citalopram for my anxiety and depression. Started taking fish oil capsule for my high cholesterol. On Calcium pills. On Remicade(its my second time being on it because a former doctor refuse to give it to me so I left) 
 
Diagnosed at age 14 in 2001, first started sick getting at age 13, Sept 2000. I am now 21

Post Edited (MsRockonBelly21) : 12/24/2008 9:57:58 AM (GMT-7)


Jen77
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   Posted 12/24/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure appreciate the support here, it's been a really hard few months for me. I wish I would have gone sooner for help. MsRockonBelly21, I can relate to wanting to just stay in bed, and the crying. That's been me too. Same with not sleeping good. I still didn't sleep good last night, but it's only been one pill! I hope in a week I start noticing some improvement. H

I know this disease can do a number on our emotional well being as well. I just had always seem to be able to handle it for the most part, but it can get to be too much to handle sometimes! Happy Holidays to all of you, I hope it's a Merry one! Free of of this DD for at least one day!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


mtgman
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   Posted 12/24/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
hi! hang in there! i think we've all been in your place...I take Xanax as needed- which lately has been quite often with my longest flare ever, getting laid off, finding out my house is worth $300,000 less than i paid a year and a half ago and just having to put one of our dogs down...oh well- new year will be here soon-- hopefully a better one for all of us!!!! take care!

Celey
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   Posted 12/24/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Never! *Hugs Jen* You should feel like a success for recognizing that you needed help and went to the doctor to seek treatment for your anxiety... By the time I sought to get treated for my depression and anxiety from this stupid disease, I was a complete wreck... I couldn't sleep (Really. Sometimes, I could get 1 or 2 hours of sleep if I was lucky, and the lack of sleep only made things worse), I was on edge all the time... scared out of my mind over little things... crying for hours on end... Eventually had to go to a stress center because things got so bad. So don't feel like a failure for doing the right thing... *Hugs* I think a lot of people here have had to go the same route because this disease can be so difficult to deal with...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


zoso73
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   Posted 12/24/2008 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Jen
I used to be a professional football player, had Crohns through my career, and it really flared up afterward.
I always felt that I was extremely strong, but after my first surgery, I ended up with some stricturing around the incision area,
Also because to bleed extensively from what the doctors later found was a polyp in the SB.
I think the bleeeding put me over the top.
I went on Lexapro about 9 months ago,
Before then I would sleep 3 hours a night, and have severe panic attacks.
I now sleep much better, and my panic attacks have been extremely few and far bewteen.
I Am a big strong person, but have realized that I cannot fight crohns by myself,
It takes everything out of you, mind body and spirit.
So I do not see it as a failure to want to feel better.
Feel proud that you realized you needed help and got it.
Most people slip too deep before they realize that they need help

Rider Fan
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   Posted 12/24/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Zoso, so the lexapro has improved your sleep? Because many people complain that anti-depressants cause insomnia. Just wondering.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. 20mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


Betaine, digestive enzymes, Candicin (oil of oregano capsules), Beta Sitosterol.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


survivor49
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   Posted 12/25/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Jen
please know that you are not alone. this is such a tough disease, and the symptoms (diarrhea, pain, fatigue) can be embarrasing and take such a toll on one's self esteem. i am also on antidepressant- who wouldn't be with this dd. know that it is not a sign of failure- it is a biochemical reaction to something beyond your control. there is no way to "tough out" depression, just as there is no way to tough out crohn's. there has to be a special place in heaven for those of us with crohn's because we sure have had our hell here on earth!
h

dolphin424
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   Posted 12/25/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Jenn,
Your not a failure, and your not alone. Alot of us chronnies feel the same way. I couldn't believe the relief and help I got from just taking a small dose of antidepressant and I always have something for anxiety with me. Stress just makes your crohns flare up more.

LMills
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   Posted 12/26/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't feel like a failure for wanting to get your life back..
There is an unnecessary stigma surrounding the usage of anti-depressants when they can really help. It's simply restoring a chemical imbalance. If I'm not mistaken it has a lot to do with the release of seratonin which can help significantly in improving your mood, and, in some cases, your stomach. I've been reading a lot of Rubin's book and he explains in depth about their effects, how some might cause constipation if anything, but that they also bring some gastrointestinal relief due to the strong links with the brain, gut, and general mood. Stress obviously makes things worse(and I doubt most of us even need be told this) which creates that vicious cycle of decreasing quality of health and life creating more stress. Restoring some of the imbalance helps some people...
In any case, I think you should do what you can to make things better. You deserve so much more than the terrible feelings depression brings..none of us need to feel hopeless.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Celey
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   Posted 12/26/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
LMills, I've read Rubin's book, too... and I've done some research on him... While some of the things he says in his book are accurate and common sense (if he was totally out there, nobody would buy his book... or his products)... He's not a man to be trusted...

:(... Of course, I can't stop you from trusting him, but I'm just warning you so you don't get hurt later on...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


LMills
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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
It's not that I trust him completely, but based on what I've been studying at school and some of the things he has said I can agree on different points. I don't believe everything that he says(I'm pretty skeptical of most anything..) but I do believe there is something to it nonetheless.
My biopsychology had a lot to say on the effects of seratonin as well but it's difficult to cite her when no one would know her anyway...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 30 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, prilosec in the morning, tandem plus, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting the specific carbohydrate diet. Cheated once for Christmas.

"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Celey
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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
As long as you're careful... :)... *Hugs*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


55555jlw
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   Posted 12/26/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Jenn,

I have been where you are;  worrier, depressed, feeling like you are the only one who feels that way...  I went on Lexapro 6 years ago, I was 32 then.  I wish I had been put on it when I was a teenager!!!!   I would have handled life so  much better.   I am often way too full of pride adn thought I was handling things very well, until a day or a moment came and I snapped.  Then it all came crashing down adn I realized that I wasn't handling it well at all adn I wasn't like a normal person should be.  My brain was different.  I thought everyone had an opinion about me and that they were judging me.  The lexapro seemed to make all those absurd thoughts disappear.  I will occasionally have a bout with depression, but it is only 10% what it use to be and last a few days instead of a few weeks or months.  I think when you are in constant pain it can really bring you down a level.  Getting good rest instead of my brain churning all night really helps.  God Bless you and hope you get the same wonderful results from lexapro that I did.  It took about 6 months to regain my libido.  Being a healthy minded person was well worth it. blush

Jennifer.


Shelly24
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   Posted 12/27/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I was taking zyprexa for Bi polar disorder and when i was diagnosed with crohns they had to mess with my meds to level everything out, so i know how you feel, there is nothing wrong with taking antidepressants. Its stressful after a recent diagnosis. Dont feel bad :)
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