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Wotan
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   Posted 7/2/2005 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
---Hi Friends-need your help---you read my first post in "Bipolar" section---AND--the terribly sad situation causing me the grief.   Saw a terrific therapist Wed--( A young Lady----very caring--empathetic...w strong Jungian background--my favorite)----my "official" diagnosis.."General Anxiety Disorder..WITH Major Depression".......wants me on 50 mg Zoloft (after starting w 25mg for one week)----also suggests meditation & once/week therapy--said i am experiencing WORST LOSS ANYONE COULD HAVE----LOSS OF A CHILD (No--not in conventional sense----see my post in BP)------but she KNOWS what i'm going thru.    Now...will Zoloft--meditation & therapy work??     Is Zoloft ok (or any of the SSRIs---???  any good stories)???----Thanks---Rob (I Also have an underactive thyroid--will see an endovrinologist this Thurs---she says that does not help---& Mitral Valve Prolapse.--WITH bouts OF SVT!!...& SEEMING "Chronic Fatigue"...i need to nap..EVERY AFTERNOON....about 2 PM or so-----WHAT A MESS!!!     Another question---IF..IF i need SYNTHROID----it will not make my SVT (supraventricular Tavhycardia WORSE....will it???)----my cardio nurse---she is so nice...said.."NO"...in fact--she said my UNDERACTIVE THYROID could be PART of the CAUSE OF my SVT!!   I knew an OVERACRIVE thyroid could do that--but an UNSERACTIVE ONE, TOO???   PLEASE--SOMEONE....ANYONE...get back....i need some reassurance!! Blessings--Robert confused

Williamm1985
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   Posted 7/3/2005 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue. My doctor at first thought it might be depress. I did take zoloft for about 2 months. I didnt feel better or worse. Didnt have any side effects either. All the doctors I went to said it works different on every person. But it also could not have done anything because I have chronic fatigue and not major depression. I think zoflot is safe though. I have also been seeing a therapist and that helps too. From what you said it sounds like you do have a chemical imbalance which is what can cause depression. Zoloft is designed to fix that. I am no expert though, but I didnt study all the meds.

Hang in there, good luck

Wotan
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   Posted 7/3/2005 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Williamm,
 
  I , too, have chronic fatigue syndrome.     My cardiologist did not say it--but when i saw his report on the "pay" sheet---he had marked off--"Mitral Valve Prolapse"     "SVT"   &  "Chronic Fatigue syndrome"     But, man---i feel so tired--all the time!      Do you feel like you wanna sleep a lot??   Also--feel like all my energy is drained!    My blood tests all came back "normal"---get back--Thanks -Robert

Williamm1985
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   Posted 7/3/2005 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I replied in the CFS section in my post

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 7/5/2005 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Wotan,

You are certainly headed in the right direction friend. The doc has set you up on a course to succeed. I can't comment on the SVT question, but I have taken Zoloft . . . took it for about 2 years. It worked very well for me . . . but I did start out with a headache which went away after about 10 days and I would also get a headache if I forgot to take it. But on the whole, I felt very well on it.

So sorry about your loss.

Keep us posted.
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taintedangel
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   Posted 7/8/2005 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think zoloft is for me. I started taking it about two years ago when my husband and I were seperated. I've been on it since and within the last 6 months or so have litterally hit an all time low. I've been diagnosed with severe anxiety and severe depression and my counselor doesn't feel like the zoloft is doing me any good. I haven't felt like its been working at all. within a year I my grandmother, grandfather passed away and I had a miscarriage along with other things going on it's been a very tough year and I feel like my body is trying to tell me enough you need to take care of yourself and that's what i'm trying to do. she has me seeing a psychiatrist in a week so we'll see what happens from there. my family doctor gave me 100mg to try before they start switching me out on different meds. I hope they find something for me that works. I'm so sorry about your husband. That's one reason why i'm getting the help i am now. years ago i tried to kill myself so when i started having these feelings again I finally had enough.

Wotan
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   Posted 7/15/2005 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
As I stated on another forum, (i think "Panic attacks")--i returned from my 1 wk trip & all went well. My heart was unusually "well behaved"---&-taking the sage advice of one of our members---i held off starting the Zoloft. I still feel a bit "down"--but, the trip was so relaxing & peaceful (& met people who i liked)--did lots of quiet , spiritual reading & meditating--that my depression seems somewhat less. Question---now that i'm back--should i start my Zoloft? (25 mg -first week---then 50 mg)----i've been reading & hearing about some side effects---esp. sexual (don't like sexual side effects)----is there ...."anyone"----who has been helped by Zoloft ---without side effects??? Thanks----Rob

AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 7/15/2005 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rob!!

Glad you had a good vacation!! You really should talk to your doctor and ask him the same questions you asked here. I had very good success with Zoloft and it IS wise to start gradually like you mentioned above. My only side affect was a temporary headache . . . . but I did have a sexual side effect after being on it for a while . . . good news is, that after I was taking for several months, I would skip it on planned days and everything was OK in that department. But your doctor should be made aware of your apprehention and he should answer your questions.

Let us know how it goes.

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie          "We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!"
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, Plantar Fasciitis, Inflamatory Arthritis, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Metanx, Synthroid, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptelyne, Salagen, Lotrel


MARYME
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   Posted 7/22/2005 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All:)
   I am a member of the heart and cardiovascular disease forum.  I'm visiting you guys because I guess my paxil isn't doing what it needs to be doing for me lately.  I've been on it for almost a year in September.  I have CAD with 2 stents in my RCA since last August when I was going through changes then.  My cardio asked if I could possiby ride this out and I said no way, I needed help then.  Low and behold I was given Paxil 20 mgs. which did the trick for awhile, however, I am now going through financial problems and I'm about to file for bankruptcy and I feel like such a failure.  I went through this thing that I could have had a heart attack and died, but I survived and received stents.  I was truly grateful and thankful to God for this.  Yet now I wish I could go to sleep and never wake up.  God forgive me for this but its how I feel right now.  Do you have any thoughts about this.  Please feel free to reply!!
   Love, peace and happiness to everyone. 
    God Bless and take care all.
    MARYME 
    P.S.  I've had chest pain several times and was hospitalized 3 times since stents, all my tests were normal, yet my heart cath showed my 75-80 degree blockage. I'm going nuts here.  HELP!!!!! I will see my cardio in August and tell him of my misery.

Wotan
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   Posted 7/22/2005 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Maryme,

    Just "hang in" there.     Things will get better.   Have you applied for "medical assistance"?    Bankruptcy is no big deal--lots of millionaires go thru it.    And, never underestimate the power of prayer.    I'm a practicing Roman Catholic.      God will not leave you comfortless...& you will come out of it stronger.   I promise to keep you in my prayers----Keep in touch--let me know how you're doing--Prayers & blessings---Robert

 


AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 7/22/2005 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Deep breath Maryme . . . you are going through a LOT right now. It sounds like you are sitting on a time bomb sis!! I would be anxious too.

I know it doesn't help much for me to tell you this, but please don't feel like a failure!!! I hate bankruptcy when people are careless and run up bills they have no intention of paying . . . but when a family goes through a major health crisis like yours, that is what banruptucy is meant for.

Please talk to your doctor NOW about your current dose of Paxil not being enough. He can either add another med or increase your dose. Tell him about all the anxiety too because there are different meds for different symptoms.

God knows how you are feeling sis, and hopefully you will be feeling better soon. But that won't help you now . . . don't be afraid to reach out.

Keep us posted sis!!

Blessings!
In His Grip,
AlwaysRosie          "We can't control the waves, but we can learn to surf!"
Psalms 139
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, Plantar Fasciitis, Inflamatory Arthritis, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Metanx, Synthroid, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptelyne, Salagen, Lotrel


MARYME
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   Posted 7/22/2005 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Robert and Always Rosie:
Thanks for your advice here and I promise to keep in touch and let you know whats happening with me. Thanks and God Bless you and help you with your problems too!! I appreciate and love that I have somewhere to go and express my feelings. My upcoming visit is on Aug. 4th but I may change it to the 18th. Need blood work for him. God bless, take care and be well everyone!!!
MARYME
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