The easy way out?

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Blairstl
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   Posted 3/30/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I think after 15 years of suffering from Crohns's and arthritis I am finally admitting that I am depressed. It seems that only now, at least in the past year or two, that I have been able to really recognize it as depression. Here’s the problem- I can admit it to myself and this forum (barely) but certainly not anyone else. In addition to the diseases mentioned above, I suffer from IBS which can become extremely painful at points. My doctor suggested taking a low dose anti-depressant to help control symptoms. This might sound twisted, but I am also hoping it can assist in some of my depression problems. I am pretty sure they diagnose a fairly low dose for IBS, but even so, will this help my depression? Any input is appreciated and carefully considered. I am posting this both on the Crohn’s forum as well as the Depression forum. Thank you.
Diagnosed 10 Yrs. ago at the age of 13 with both CD and AS Arthritis. Suffered from illness long before that. Allergic to many drugs including Sulfas and Imuran.


getting by
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   Posted 3/30/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blairstl,

If I were you, I would let the doctor know that you are depressed. If you get the wrong medication for your depression, it doesn't always work out. Though he may be assuming that you are depressed anyway. He might think that with all of your difficulties, that you would naturally be depressed. I honestly would suggest that you let your doctor know how you are feeling mentally and emotionally. It would be for your own good. I am not saying that the medication wouldn't help you. I am just saying that you should let your doctor know.

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Blairstl
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Karen, you are right. Avoiding the problem always seemed the easiest, but I have grown tired of that. I think I am ready to really try. I appreciate your help.
Diagnosed 10 Yrs. ago at the age of 13 with both CD and AS Arthritis. Suffered from illness long before that. Allergic to many drugs including Sulfas and Imuran.


getting by
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   Posted 3/31/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
You are so welcome, I am glad that I helped you.

I think that you will find it easier in the long run by talking to your doctor about depression. I am sure that you will be glad that you did it.

Good luck
Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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