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Lefty85
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 4/24/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.
 
I've looked at this forum a few times but never posted.  I've been in the fibromyalgia forum for a couple weeks, but I also suffer from depression.  I believe my depression started during childhood.  For as long as I can remember I've just been generally unhappy and upset, without any cause or reason.  I'm very shy, and I tend to always assume that people won't like me.  I tried to avoid people I don't know as best as I can.  I keep to myself and try to hold all my sadness inside.  On the surface, no one can see my suffering (with depression or fibromyalgia).  Most days I feel so hopeless.  Between the constant pain and one thing after another always going wrong it just gets to be so much to take.  I'm sure many of you understand what I'm going through, better than my friends and family who simply don't get it. 
 
Anyway I just wanted to introduce myself.  Take care everyone!
 
SaraBeth
23 years old
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in April 2009 ~ Suffering since 2008
Diagnosed with Depression & Anxiety in 2007 ~ Suffering since childhood
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Diflusinal, Nortryptiline, Celexa, Flexeril & Percocet as needed
starting Lyrica today (4/23) hoping it helps!!!!
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"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."   -Robert Frost
Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.
 
 
 
 
                                                                                  


Raniah
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 1190
   Posted 4/24/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi SaraBeth,

Welcome to the forum! I'm glad you came here to share your story.

I can relate to a lot of what you're saying. I've struggled with depression since childhood, too, and have always identified myself as a shy person.....although now I would say a better definition would be "introverted", as there is a certain distinction between the two terms. It's important to share your pain with someone, whether it be a trusted friend or family member, a counselor, or even if it's just here on the forum. There are a lot of people who experience the feelings that you do, and since you've already looked at the forum, you know that there are compassionate and supportive people here who really care.

If you don't mind, I would like to recommend a book to you, called "The Introvert Advantage" by Marti Olsen Laney. I found it enormously helpful in identifying what my needs were as far as 'alone time' and my reactions to overstimulation from the hectic and sometimes overwhelming world we live in. It also made me realize that although I'm in the minority as an introvert, there's nothing 'wrong' with being that way, and in fact there are certain advantages when it comes to dealing with both social and employment environments.

I hope you will continue to post and share your experiences with us.
Living one day at a time. 
 


getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 40595
   Posted 4/24/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi SaraBeth,

I too suffer from fibromyalgia and depression. It is so hard, becasue one causes the other to get worse.

Keep posting and know that we are all here for you. sorry that this post is short, but I had a medical procedure today and am not thinking all that straight.

Best wishes for a wonderful day.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies


Lefty85
Regular Member


Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 4/25/2009 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you to both of you. I appreciate your responses and advice.

Take care,

SaraBeth
23 years old
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in April 2009 ~ Suffering since 2008
Diagnosed with Depression & Anxiety in 2007 ~ Suffering since childhood
***********
Diflusinal, Nortryptiline, Celexa, Flexeril & Percocet as needed
starting Lyrica today (4/23) hoping it helps!!!!
*********** 
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."   -Robert Frost
Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.
 
 
 
 
                                                                                  


stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 4/25/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
SaraBeth
Good Morning, this is Kitt.  It is so nice to meet you. I am glad you took the plunge and posted in Depression.  It is hard dealing with depression as well as other disorders and as you said the fibro is a issue for you.
 
You have come to the right place to find caring members that know where your coming from and what your going through.
 
I would like to suggest meditation. It increases serotonin production which influences mood and behaviour. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
 
Please do try the meditation:

Choose a quiet spot where you will not be disturbed by other people or by the telephone.

Sit quietly in a comfortable position.

Eliminate distractions and interruptions during the period you'll be meditating.

Commit yourself to a specific length of time and try to stick to it.

Pick a focus word or short phrase that's firmly rooted in your personal belief system. A non-religious person might choose a neutral word like one, peace, or love. Others might use the opening words of a favorite prayer from their religion such as 'Hail Mary full of Grace', "I surrender all to you", "Hallelujah", "Om", etc.

Close your eyes. This makes it easy to concentrate.

Relax your muscles sequentially from head to feet. This helps to break the connection between stressful thoughts and a tense body.

Starting with your forehead, become aware of tension as you breathe in. Let go of any obvious tension as you breathe out. Go through the rest of your body in this way, proceeding down through your eyes, jaws, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, upper back, middle back and midriff, lower back, belly, pelvis, buttocks, thighs, calves, and feet.

Breathe slowly and naturally, repeating your focus word or phrase silently as you exhale.

Assume a passive attitude. Don't worry about how well you're doing. When other thoughts come to mind, simply say, "Oh, well," and gently return to the repetition.

Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. After you finish: Sit quietly for a minute or so, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes open. Do not stand for one or two minutes.

Plan for a session once or twice a day.

I hope this helps you, SaraBeth. Give it a week and see how you feel. You can do this.

I wish you peace,

Kitt


 

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SmurfyShadow
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 2386
   Posted 4/25/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi SaraBeth, I'm Desi. Our Kitt is an awesome mod and very resourceful. And there are some of us that understand. But we all understand depression. You know, it is not good to hold it in. I go to counceling and I do pet therapy. I got a note from my doctor saying my cat can go anywhere with me and he was a therapy cat. Maybe you should try a cat or dog. A very super duper loving animal is very helpful. Not only do they depend on you, but they have LOTS of love to give in return. Also, talk to a councelor. And us, at any time. Me and Kitt and a lot of others are always always willing to listen. I also do a lot of writing when I'm down, so I get it out in a healthy way. This way I dont say or do something that hurts others that I care about because I'm depressed. I know some take meds for it too. I do when I well you know.... I have enough responsibility to call my doctor and demand a med, he just calls it in without even seeing me now cuz he knows if I say I need it, I need it then.
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
Desirèe 
 
DX: Wegener's Disease, Migraines, Diabetese Type II, PCOS, Lactose Intolerant, Benign Heart Murmer, Depression, Asthma, Asperger's Syndrome, Necrotizing Gramultous Inflamation in eye, A.D.D., Acid Reflux, Tumor Behind the Eye, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyolgia, Clasterphobic, Arthritis
 
Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prilosec, Protonix, Zantac, Advair, Cingulair, Albuterol, Calcium + Vitamin D, Pro-Air, Pepcid, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops
 
PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl
 
Undergoing Radiation
 
Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) on Radiation Days

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