My sister and I are just 11 months apart and miles apart living in different states. We are very close and stay in close contact. She has very recently been diagnosed as Type II Diabetic. We are familiar with the disease as our mother has had it for many, many years. She has done everything she needs to do to treat her disease and is in excellent control of the numbers.
However, she has had chronic back pain that is probably neuralgia and is missing work regularly to try to get a grip on it. One of the drugs she has been prescribed is nortriptyline in very small doseage to start at 10 mg. and increasing to 20 mg. The doctor says that she should not experience depression, but she is out of control with her emotions, crying and on the brink of crying all the time.
She doesn't know if it is related to the chronic back pain or the drugs or what. Nothing seems to relieve the back pain. She is under a lot of stress at work and I have strongly pushed her to take a medical leave to get herself under control without having the stress of her job. I think she will do this for at least a couple of weeks, but didn't want her to work through this alone. I feel that those with this disease are best equipped to help get us some answers for dealing with this.
Can anyone suggest help for the back pain primarily and clues as to the emotional breakdown?