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els
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   Posted 1/11/2006 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I have not posted on this site before but once, I thought I would give you a little back ground about me...... I am 32 divorced female and have Multiple Sclerosis diagnosed in 2001.  I have major depression since as long as I can remember and post traumatic stress disorder due to long history of physical and sexual abuse as a child.  I have been on Zoloft, Luvox, Prozac, Remeron and am currently on Effexor XR at 150mg a day. My depression seems to hinge mostly upon my health issues.   This past august I became very ill and ended up in the hospital for two weeks with low heart rate and low blood pressure.  I received a pacemaker for the heart rate and have to take several medication for the blood pressure.  I often pass out due to low BP.  My physicians believe I am in Autonomic Failure.  My psychiatrist started me on Effexor in hopes that it would help keep my blood pressure up, and this past week he upped it to 150mg,  I have been feeling very jittery and not wanting to eating.  I worked for a little over 10 years for a psychiatric mental health center managing two residential care facilities so I am pretty knowledgeable with mental illness and medications.  I am also working on getting my Bachelors degree in Psychology then hopefully my Masters. So I hope to be able to talk to all of you soon.....~elisha

sadsunshine
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   Posted 1/11/2006 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome!!

My goodness, that's a heavy load you bear. My mother-in-law had multiple sclerosis and that alone in overwhelming. I certainly admire your strength and courage!

You will find lots of helpful, caring friends here.

Peace,

Sadsunshine

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   Posted 1/11/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck in getting your degree. What are the docs doing for the autonomic failure? Hope you get some relief soon.
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
 
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Dx'd with Crohn's at age 12.
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Learning to live with this Disease rather than be its victim after 34 years.


els
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   Posted 1/11/2006 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you Sadsunshine and Randy for the warm welcome! 

Randy - Right now for the Autonomic failure which is actually a type of Parkinson's Disease called Multiple System Atrophy (MSA for short) they are just treating with medication to keep (hopefully day by day) my blood pressure up at a semi normal range.  When I go into a standing position I often I pass out because my heart and blood pressure cant keep up with the changes in position.  The doctors don't know how you get it and it is not curable. So I try to stay positive and smile even when I sometimes feel like screaming, I guess that is all we can do. tongue ~elisha


CheerDad
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   Posted 1/12/2006 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I can understand. Whenever diagnose with a life changing illness, mine was Crohn's Disease, it is natural to feel a great loss. the best advice I can give you is if you feel like screaming, scream. Go out whereyou can't be heard by anyone and let it all go. I spent 35 years keeping the happy face on dealing with my illness when inside, there were days that it was all I could do to get out of bed. Hopefully you will get some relife soon and feel like you are able to lead as normal of a life as possible. If you need to talk, my email link in HW is active. drop me a line. Best wishes!
We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
 
Randy
 
Please allow HealingWell to continue helping others by donating: http://www.healingwell.com/donate/
 
Dx'd with Crohn's at age 12.
Symptoms since age 5.
 
Learning to live with this Disease rather than be its victim after 34 years.

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