I was not sure where to post this and came to the chronic pain one because I feel this the best place to post this.
My name is Theresa (Most call me that :)) I just turned 39 years old. I am a wife of 19 years and a mother of 4 children. I was diagnosed with GBS (Guillain Barre Syndrome) in 2008 (The end and have relapsed) and was in the hospital for several months, a wheelchair for a long time, and had to use a cane for a long time (Still do from time to time) and had to learn to do everything all over again.
There has been a lot of changes in my life. I have severe pain and I go back and forth with the doctor from Loratabs to Percocets, etc. I did get off 26 different medications, but have still have several that I take PRN. Such as Adavan, Lunesta, and Phenegan. Also, my pain medications. I do other things to try to maintain a low pain level.
However, there has been many changes in my life recently, such as going back to college full-time, and the recent lost of my step-son (that I raised since he was a wee one) that was killed by a rear-end accident on October 29, 2011. My pain level has been extremely high, and I went and saw my doctor today. I know I have been depressed lately as well and think that all the stress has caused this. Therefore, They have put me on Loratabs (10 mg 4x's a day *Which I've been on for a long time now*) Ultram (50 mg 2x's a day *This is very new to me) and Zoloft (25 mg for 7 days and then 50 mg after that.)
The reason I am mentioning this is because there are 2 medications, Ultram and the Zoloft that are new to me and I 'd like to have opinions on this. I wish not to find myself back on a lot of medications. I do have a lot of permanent damage to the GBS, but I do not want to disable myself. I have strived and pushed myself to the max, and refuse to lay back for this to defeat me. Any and all opinions would be helpful.