Hi everyone, first of all I am usually in the lupus group. docs and I have been trying for a long time to put a name to my illness. In the mean time I am beginning to feel the side effects of the depression of this illness in a major way. I will tell you first off the my family suffers from depression. I myself do not feel suicidal if for no other reason than that my brother commited suicide when he was 29 and it about killed my parents. I could never put them through that again , on that I'm am certain!. I'm 50 years old and a widow for 8 years. My only child lives 1000 miles away and is 70% disabled from the iraq war. So he has enough trouble taking care of himself. Lupus can cause anxiety and depression so I am on 1mg of xanax and 150mg of effexor.
So that's a little background of me. I am on disability for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.) doctors give me 10 years to live. I'm actually ok with that because hey we could all be dead by than. I was just put on medicaid and they have a counselor I can go see that they will pay for so I am considering that.
So here are my questions
1. is effexor a good drug for depresion? 2 does depression make you forget things? I worry that I will not get my bills paid. I forget to turn the stove off more than normal people would. somone will tell me somthing and I will forget what they said within a few miniutes. I'll be in the middle of a sentence and completely loose what I was saying. I don't tend to cry very much is that normal with depression? I'm always afraid I'm gonna screw somthing up.
Is any of this stuff related to depression or is it from the autoimmune disease?
anything you can tell me to shed some light would be a blessing to me.
thank you for listening
Lupus like symptoms, with pbc symptoms, stage 4 COPD w/CHF, Cancer survivor. Osteoporosis,osteoarthritis
Prednisone,Plaquanil800mg,vicodin 4x5mg,Evista60mg, Effexor 150mg, HCTZ25/Triamterene37.5mg,Xanax 1.0 x3,Singular,nitro spray, aciphex, percocet 10mg.x4.
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