Depression and your health

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mom9mom
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/26/2008 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
shakehead  I am different then most of you because my health problums were caused by a self-in-flicted injury that came about because of sever depression.I take medication for that now and it works real good. The only time I get down now is from medical issues.I try very hard not to let it get to me but some times it still happens.I post on the depression site as well as this one and I was thinking about all of you.I know it has to be hard for everyone at times to deal mentally with this kind of disease.Also if you have surgery of any kind you have a very high chance of becoming depressed.My hope for all of you is that if you need it that you will reach out for help.Wish I had and I could have saved my self a lot of pain,surgerys,infections and disabilitys and most of all I would have saved my famialy alot of pain and suffering from watching me come with-in a hair of dieing more then once.

peggy113
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   Posted 9/27/2008 2:53 AM (GMT -6)   
mom9mom,

You are such a brave person to share this information and also one who is strong enough to conquer it with the help provided. Thank you for sharing and caring enough about the others on this board to do so. I am so happy for you to have found some meds that work real good for you.

I believe that it is only natural for anyone who is facing major medical issues, whether it be treating the disease, facing surgery or multiple surgeries, going through the trials of diagnosing the problem, whatever it may be - to feel depressed. It is a very tough time in your life.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


dnri
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   Posted 10/1/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I had my ileostomy on 9/5/2008.  I was fine in the hospital, but on the second night home I suffered a real bad panic attack.  We had to call the doctor that night for ativan.  After taking three pills it only calmed me down a little.  The next day depression and anxiety set in really bad.  I thought I was loosing my mind.  I couldn't understand how a operation on my stomach could cause a totaly different person.  I got to the point were I went to the the er and they recommened a therapist.  I was lucky to get in right away.  She put me on meds (not all have kicked in yet, takes 3-4 weeks) but as of today I do see a little difference.  Before I would cry for hours at end and be angry at everyone.  Hopefully I am on the road to sane recovery.  We came to the conclusion most of this is grieving over everything I lost.  I worked out and was always proud to have a six pack at 40 after 3 kids. Working out and doing crunches was always a stress reducer for me, now I can't.  I use to wear tight fitting clothes now I can't.  I go into my closet and I cry.  I bought new clothes (baggy) but it feels like they are not mine. My abs are now all scared with a bag.  I do feel better health wise and I try to focus on that, and I pray it can be reversed by next year.  Thank you for letting me vent!

dmnri  


Total Colectomy 6/30/08
Ileostomy 9/5/08


peggy113
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   Posted 10/1/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
dmnri,

You sound like you are doing better - at least you have a place to come to vent, and we DO understand. We are or have been in your shoes, so to speak. I was very young when I had mine done and have learned to grow into it, I guess. It's just a part of my life now. I am thankful everyday that I am not ill or in pain and it is all due to the surgery and ileostomy. I will have to say that I too turned to Paxil to help with the grieving process of my parents' deaths and it helped me a lot. With my DH recently diagnosed with ALS, which is usually fatal in 2-5 years, I will probably have to adjust my dosage as time moves on.

Please feel free to vent anytime.... I think at one point we may have had a thread titled just that... VENTING!!! Maybe we should start another!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 10/2/2008 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
dnri--glad to hear you were able to get help...just remember, after the grieving process, you can be a "normal" as you want. I workout...I don't wear tight spandex, but I wear workout clothes...and, I have given away my "baggie" clothes because I HATE the way I look in them:( I do choose carefully, but I wear jeans and tight shirts all the time...my family says its my "uniform"!!!

BTW, I am 40, too, and have a permanent ileo...

mom9mom
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 489
   Posted 10/3/2008 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Dnri I just read your post and I want to tell you that alot of things will get better.At first I also had to take ativan. I was on it for a few months. I think about four or five(My memory dos not work to well any more because I got ARDS. when I was in the hospital). I don`t need it any more. I was so happy to get ride of my bag but as I look back at it now I know that if I had to have one again that I would be able to deal with it. But I hope that I never have to. about clothes I dont know if it will help you but I always felt that I looked better in a dress. Thay can be a little tighter under your breast and then flow out in the skirt part to help hide the bag.I always felt like it was poking out 6 inches.Well I hope that this will help you even if its just a little bit.


Lost half of my small intestine, Nerve damage to right leg,part of my right hip bone removed,hernia,infection in my back called discites,and depression

Post Edited (mom9mom) : 10/4/2008 12:08:54 AM (GMT-6)

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