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Mesh
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/5/2005 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hi,
  I have a chronic illness, that pretty much fustrates me, and have had depression, anxiety problems, panic attacks, and was starting to get agraphobic for awhile.  I'd just like to say, that with the help of LEXAPRO... I am doing much better.
 Of course I still have my days.  But haven't had any really bad panic attacks in quite some time. (Thank goodness !)
 Just wanted to pop in, and say "HELLO", and mention the Lexapro.
 I'll be lurking here and there. 
I feel for all of you.  This is soooo hard sometimes !
 
Remicadex6weeks, 6-mp, b-12 x month,&lots of others...for all the other troubles lurking...~Michele~


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/5/2005 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Michele!!

Yes . . . chronic illness most always bring some depression issues, especially if you have chroic pain with it. I too take lexapro and it is a real blessing! It allows me to be 'me' again.

I hope you continue to have good results with it!!

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie
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SeaOtter
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   Posted 6/5/2005 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Guys : )
 
Not sure how I ended up over here because the Chronic Pain forum usually keeps me to busy for me to start meandering around the rest of Healing Well.  However, I do have depression and I am on Lexapro and I see from the couple of posts I read that Lexapro is a popular choice for an antidepressent these days.  Would you guys mind telling me what dose you are on?  I am up to 40 mg and just kind of wondering if there is any room for an increase or if I am pretty much maxed out.  Thanks so much!!  Hugs to you both!!

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Mesh
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   Posted 6/5/2005 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 30mg of Lexapro.  I hear 40 mg. is a usual favorite.  But I do not know if it goes any higher.  Sorry.
Remicadex6weeks, 6-mp, b-12 x month,&lots of others...for all the other troubles lurking...~Michele~


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/5/2005 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmmmm . . . I am on 10 mg most of the year . . . but I cut that tab in half for the summer months.

I am absolutely amazed at the difference with it and without it. Glad it is helping others too!!

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptylene, Salagen, Lotrel
 
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SeaOtter
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   Posted 6/6/2005 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Guys,

Just wandered back over to this forum to see if there were any more responses and realized I had put down the wrong dose.  I am on 20 mg of Lexapro.  I was on 10 mg and was recently increased to 20 mg.  I truly felt a difference for a couple of weeks and now I feel as if I am struggling (mood wise) again.  I have also had an increase in my kidney pain for a few weeks so it is hard to separate the two i.e. if my pain would decrease, my mood would probably improve as well.   I really wanted to know if there was any "room" to increase my dose if my mood continues to decline.  It looks as if there is a little wiggle room which is a good thing.

Thank you to each of you for your input : )  I am wandering back to the CP forum for now - Take care!


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My illness: LPHS (a rare kidney disease causing severe chronic kidney pain and hematuria)

Peace~    Susan

Co-Moderator for Chronic Pain Forum


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 6/6/2005 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey SeaOtter!

Some of these newer drugs do have a low ceiling of effectiveness . . . meaning more isn't necissarily better. I sure would talk to your doc and see if he can either change your dose, if appropriate, or add another med to help you through this.

My rheumy has recently added amitriptelyne (which is another anti-d) to act as a sleep aid and it has done wonders for my sleep. Now I get long, restorative rest!! Yeahhh!!! This has helped everything improve, my pain is minimal now and I am starting to feel less fatique.

I hope you quickly figure out the best combo for you!!

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptylene, Salagen, Lotrel
 
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Having2LeftFeet
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   Posted 6/7/2005 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  Hi, Mesh,
Glad you popped in to add a line of two. I think you will find this group very helpful and calming. We understand what others are going through even that no two cases are alike. We all have our demons to fight off. Welcome, post and rean posts. That's the best way to learn a little something about all of us.
 
"Lefty"
There is no such word as can't. Can't simply means wouln't. Grab as much as life as you can. Future is a long way away for those who don't believe. Don't build a foundation of life on sand. It will take it away with the tide. Love a little more, be unkind a lot less.

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