flares, depression, and the sun

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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 4/14/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
 
I hope everyone is doing well, I guess I'm doing ok, I'm still alive so thats always a plus, and just a warning, the a's on my keyboard is having problems, so if I'm missing some a's in this post, I apolagize in advance lol. My question is, does anyone here seem to get a worse flare during the summer months?? It seems like the sun stimulates me too much and causes depression which always causes me to flare up bad. I know it seems like the winter months would be worse, but for me it's the summer. This is the first time in life of depression that I've taken an antidepresant and stuck to it, so this upcoming summer would be the first I've taken any meds for my depression but it still scares me, I'm always stuck in the house doing nothing cause I feel like I cant move, which makes my kids upset cause they wanna go out swimming and to the parks, and I just wanna lay on the couch with the blinds down doing nothing. I'm just wondering if theirs somethng I could do now before the summer hits to stop this depression from happening, cause I'm scared that that the Cymbalta wont be enough, does anyone here take 2 antideppresants at the same time?? I know my friend takes prozac and wellbrutin together, but one is for the depression and the other is for her panic attacks, so I'm wondering if something like this would help, but I dont wanna be drowsy the whole time. And also I dont do well with alot of meds for depression, like Celexa, paxil, and lexapro makes me freak out, and feel like I cant sit still and makes me have worse anxiety, so that doesnt leave too much more to try. I'm just wondering if anyone has takin anything along with the cymbalta that helps and wont cause severe side effects? I see my doctor at the beginning of next month and was going to ask but I was wondering if I could get some ideas. Thanks alot.
 
-hellokitty


26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg,Arthiritis in my back, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks, Bipolar
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the counter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet), and Biofreeze  
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, marsupilized bartholin gland cyst
 
"Never go to a doctor's office whose plants has died."
 
 

Post Edited (Hello~Kitty) : 4/14/2009 1:11:42 PM (GMT-6)


Sherrine
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   Posted 4/14/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
It may not be the sun that is causing the problem.  Sun and brightness are supposed to be good for depression.  I used to live up north and when I moved south I was much happier.  It seems I was suffering from light deprivation.  It might be more fear than anything for you.  Being in the dark all of the time can cause depression.  Google it and see what it says.  I do hope you find  you really can be out enjoying the summer months with your children.
 
Sherrine 
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/14/2009 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I'm here to tell you that you can take more than one antidepressant for your depression. I take three medications for depression. One is not characterized as an antidepressant but works with my other two to fight it. I take serzone, celexa and risperdol. I am a very complicated case and it took a while to find the right combination of medications to help me. I also take the lyrica for the fibromyalgia, so it took a while for me to learn to stay awake taking all these drugs. Then I also take the percocet too. No wonder I have problems. Factor into that, the fibro fog and I don't know if I'm coming or going half the time, but I am not depressed!! Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

I, once again, agree with Sherrine, the sun is suppose to help with depression. Maybe since this summer you are on medication, things will turn out better for you and managing your situation. I hope so.

Lindaloo
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And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help.  I will be there.
 
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Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 4/14/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I know the sun is suppose to help with depression, I have done ALOT of research on it, but their is a such thing as too much stimulation from the sun, which makes me feel so wierd, almost like I'm in a huge fog, literally, my sight is cloudy like I'm looking through a fog. My best friend also has the same thing as me, she cant be in the sun too long or she gets major depression also. But I was thinking of what kind of antideppresants will be okay to mix with cymbalta. I have tried paxil, paxil CR, effexor, lexapro, celexa, remeron, seriquel, and a few others I cant remember right now, and they all made me much worse, except the seriquel made me a zombie, and then there was Geodon, which made me forget 3 months of my life, I have absoutly no memory of that time and I did some scary things, like driving an hour away in the middle of the night with my kids in the back seat and parked at a gas station in the middle of nowhere and fell sleep on my steering wheel, and the lady working at the gas station drove my car home while her friends followed behind, she said I was out there for a few hours sleeping and she was very concerned, and I could have killed me and my kids, I have no memory or driving anywhere at all, very very scary. I'm just wondering if maybe prozac can be mixed with cymbalta, but I think they are very closly related so it might be too much of the same type of med, I dont know. Has anybody have any experience with zomig?? I guess I could ask about those 2 meds, I've also never tried Wellbutrin, does anybody have any experience with that one?? I remember trying elivil a few times a long time ago and that did nothing for my depression or pain, but I only took it a short time. Well I know I cant take benzodiazipines for my anxiety cause it's a very deadly combo with my suboxone, so I have to try something else, does anyone have any experience with Buspar for anxiety?? I know it's weak, but maybe it could help some?? I know you guys are not doctors and cant tell me what I should take, I just want to know what your guy's experience is with these meds, thank you alot.

-hellokitty
26 year old Female , single mother of 2 kids, on SSI for migraines, pain, pancreas issues
All the things broken with me: Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Chronic lower back pain that causes severe pain/numbness/tingling especially to my left leg,Arthiritis in my back, Genetic Pancreatic Divisum that causes chronic pancreatitas, Asthma, Depression w/Anxiety/panic attacks, Bipolar
Prescription Meds:Suboxone 24mgs daily, Cymbalta 60mg nightly, Lyrica 50mgs nightly, Imitrex as needed, Ibprofen 800 twice daily, Zanaflex as needed, Ventolin as needed for asthma attacks, Advair twice daily
Over the counter meds: Benadryl nightly for itching due to meds (not sure which one yet), and Biofreeze  
Surgeries: Gallbladder removed at 15 years old, 2 ERCPs, stent put in pancreas, countless upper GI scopes, marsupilized bartholin gland cyst
 
"Never go to a doctor's office whose plants has died."
 
 


Piercings
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 4/15/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally I wouldn't necessarily say it needs to be another antidepressant. You may be able to use something like a mood stabilizer. Such as the welbutrin or lamictal. But I am not the one to make a call such as that. I would talk to the doctor that's rxing your current anti depressant about it since they're already aware of what you're taking.
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