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DonniesGirl
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   Posted 8/7/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm feeling so depressed.  :(  I don't know if it is my meds or not, but I think so.  I am taking Tramadol 50's up to 8 pills per day, and Lyrica 100's twice per day.  I am also on Paxil.  Do you think there is a drug interaction causing this?  I don't feel like doing anything.  Just getting that old, familiar, dreaded, hopeless, worthless feeling.  Any help??? 
 
:(  DonniesGirl
 
p.s. Was taking Hydrocodone in the past.  Went off of it about a month ago.  Doc said to try Tramadol instead.  Could I just be dealing with withdrawal?
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression
 
Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Tramadol, Paxil
 
 
 
Even though the journey's long,
and I know the road is hard,
there's One who's gone before me,
He will help me carry on...


getting by
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   Posted 8/7/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

It is possible that you are going through withdrawals from the hydrocodone. But may need a new antidepressant. Depression goes along with fibromyalgia because there is so much that we can't do like we use to.

I also moderate the depression forum and you are more than welcome to post there if you would like.

I hope that you feel better soon. Keep posting, it really helps. Know that we are all thinking of you. And are here to support you.

Hugs, Karen
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vestabula
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   Posted 8/7/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donnies Girl...of course I am not a doctor but you are on some pretty potent meds.  I know from experience that durgs like Paxil can cause increased anxiety and depression in some people....the exact opposite of what it is designed to do.  Add Lyrica and Tramadol to the mix...sounds like it all might be too much for your system, as fibromites react to drugs differently than most 'normal' people. I would tell your doctor about how you are feeling.  Maybe this is just not the right combo for you.
 
Donna
fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


Sherrine
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   Posted 8/7/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   

I would talk to the doctor about this.  You could also ask your pharmacist.  They know how these meds can interact.  That's their speciality!  But, you don't want to take something that make things worse for you.  You will find the right combination of meds that will help you.  It just may take a little time.

Sherrine


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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


DonniesGirl
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   Posted 8/7/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all. I'm trying to struggle through, and talk to God throughout it. I am making an appointment with a new dr. that I found in my area that is a family doc, but is very symplathetic and knowledgeable in Fibro and actually gives speeches to physician groups to educate them (the ones who will listen). He said my current doc doesn't come to those meetings. :( I am afraid that he wants to try Savella. I'm scared of it. Not sure why.

I'm thankful for my HealingWell friends!

God Bless,
DonniesGirl
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression
 
Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Tramadol, Paxil
 
 
 
Even though the journey's long,
and I know the road is hard,
there's One who's gone before me,
He will help me carry on...


KerriH
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   Posted 8/7/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Donniesgirl,
 
I am so sorry that you are hurting, both emotionally and physically.  cry
 
Please keep posting, as you need to.  People on here are so wonderful and supportive.  A lot of "broad shoulders" any time you need some. 
 


tyno3
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   Posted 8/9/2009 1:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure which came first, the depression, or the egg, I mean the Fibro. It seems to me I have been battling depression my whole life. Paxil was a disaster for me. Set me off on a roller coaster. Never again. There are other SSRI's, like zoloft, that don't weird me out so much. However, they only take the edge off the depression. Getting busy at something is my only way of dealing. Going from Hydrocodone to Tramadol, is like going from water skis to flippers. Not even in the same catagory. Does it help?

DonniesGirl
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   Posted 8/9/2009 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
tyno3,
Well, you are right on about the hydrocodone and the tramadol.  The hydrocodone helped a lot, but no doctor's around here are willing to prescribe it, unless you have had back surgery, or are suffering with cancer, (which I am thankful not to have had to face either one.) 
The tramadol works a little, but seems to be messing with my head more than helping with the pain.  I actually feel like it is taking away the effectiveness of the Paxil, and not giving enough of it's own to help me feel "normal".  (I was on Zoloft for about 7 years, then changed through a whole slew of meds until I got to Paxil.) 
I've thought about going off the Tramadol, then I think, maybe I need to be off the Lyrica, b/c it doesn't seem to do that much, I don't know what to do now.  I'm lost.  Do you go into what feels like a dark tunnel when you are depressed?  I'm in it now.  And I don't see anyone around, but me.  I hate it.  :*( 
 
DonniesGirl
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression
 
Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Tramadol, Paxil
 
 
 
Even though the journey's long,
and I know the road is hard,
there's One who's gone before me,
He will help me carry on...


tyno3
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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Donnies Girl, and all: Yes, I go into a state where all I want is to be left alone with my misery. It is pretty common with depression. I have suffered all my life, even as a child. My mother described it as "malingering". I just could not face the world. Everything goes to rats---. I cannot manage to shower, eat, talk on phone, so I don't. Usually something snaps me out of it in 3 or 4 days. I don't "make myself" do whatever, b/c that causes me tremendous anxiety. I often wonder what became of all the "baby boomers" that were raised as I was, with parents operating on the "should be seen and not heard" principals of the 50's and 60's. My parents first priority was always their own needs. Unlike today, when the familiar refrain is, "parents sacrifice their own needs for their children", which is what I did with my children.

Dagger
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   Posted 8/10/2009 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't "cold turkey" off the tramadol. You should taper down slowly so you don't have strong withdrawal symptoms. Some people can stop easily and others claim it's worse than narcotics.

Tramadol has a mild affect on serotonin levels like an antidepressant. It may be affecting your moods a lot since you are on a strong dose. I notice a difference in my mood when I take tramadol for a few days in a row and I usually only take 100-150 mgs a day tops.

Fortunately for me, I am not depressed. The only time I became depressed was when my docs had me try different antidepressants for sleep and pain. They made me very depressed. Tricyclics made me almost suicidal. The tramadol can be contributing to your depression.

If you stay on the tramadol and your doc puts you on an antidepressant, be careful. The combination can cause something called serotonin syndrome which can be dangerous. Learn the symptoms so you can monitor yourself.

DonniesGirl
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all...I'm making an appointment with my dr. tomorrow to see if we can get things back in order. I'm hoping...

~DonniesGirl
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, GERD, Irritable Bowel, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression
 
Rx:  Lyrica 100mg 2x, Prilosec OTC, Tramadol, Paxil
 
 
 
Even though the journey's long,
and I know the road is hard,
there's One who's gone before me,
He will help me carry on...


RoseCrone
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
DonniesGirl-
I would not be surprised if the tramadol may be affecting your depression, I am also on max dosage (8 a day) and just had Percoset added because of the tolerance I built up with the Tramadol. But pls do not stop cold turkey, talk with the doc first. I had an experience that showed by body is seriously addicted to the tramadol.
I can't take AD's but I know early on the tramadol did elevate my mood so it could very well be interacting with other meds. It doesn't anymore tho.
Of course, if you are in chronic pain, depression can come right along with it. I really crashed with the depression when the pain got worse, tramadol was barely working, stress at work got worse, and my impending divorce had my anxiety sky high. I am hoping after the trial everything will start getting better - I will know what I am left with and can start a new life. Fibro will always be around I think, but the "perpetuating factors" will ease up for me.
Good luck with your doc and hang in there.
Rose
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getting by
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   Posted 8/10/2009 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I am glad that you are making that appointment. Let him know everything that is going on. So he will know what to do next. And as I said before, feel free to visit the depression forum. You are always welcome there.

Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
 
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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