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do-over
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   Posted 10/26/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -6)   
the days are getting shorter, and my mood is sinking.  i'm taking cymbalta ... for the first time in over a year i'm using meds again.  this is a new RX for me.  it was primarily prescribed for my fibromyalgia pain .. and seems to actually be helping with that for the first time ever. 
 
i've had almost 3 weeks now of increasing relief from all over pain .. and that's been great. 
 
I know there are lots of 'environmental' triggers and things that are dragging me down .. things i can't seem to do anything about right now.  The thing that scares me most is that I'm realizing that all I want to do is go to bed ... and it's getting harder and harder to fight the urge.  I came downstairs this morning and realized that my dishes have gotten ahead of me, just like the laundry.  The floors are dirty.  The bathrooms need to be cleaned.  Sheets need to be changed.  Yeah .. it's snowballing again ... here we go .. again.
 
 
 

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   Posted 10/26/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
 
I am sorry to hear you are having a rough time.  What I have found that is helpful when I get to the point where I keep putting off the things I should be doing is to make a list for each day.  My list may include wash one load of laundry, Vacumn, Make Dr's. appointment,  exercise for 10 minuites etc.
 
If I fail to get the things on my list done I will carry the unfinished items over to the next day and no beating myself up. I keep my list short so I am not overwhelmed.
 
One thing I did promise myself years ago is that I would get out of bed and get dressed every morning.  Unless I am physically ill,  I have kept this promise.
 
Kindly,
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Trying to Understand
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   Posted 10/26/2010 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thats a good promise to yourself, get up and dressed every morning.

And good suggestions for setting priorities. You are thinking of it as all HAS to be done. Not when you not feeling well.

Try setting the kitchen timer for 5 min, and see what you can get done in that time. When you are up to it, another 5 min wiping the bathroom sink and vanity. Laundry, do the not so important to fold stuff, like underwear and towels, even if it sits on top of the dryer for awhile. Laundry can eat you alive if you let it, gather it, put it in the washer, put it in the dryer, fold it, put it away. Ugh Break it down into small spurts, get someone's help if you can. Sit down when you are folding.

So glad to hear that physically you are feeling better, and for 3 wks already ! Wonderful. Regarding the depression, are you at the max dose of Cymbalta? Maybe an increase. Can you sit outside for a breather now and then during the day? Absorb some sun and get fresh air?
Sandy
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do-over
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   Posted 10/27/2010 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks to both of you.  Good advice!  I really AM trying to focus on the positive ... and these are good suggestions to keep me focused. 

I don't know what the max does is, but I'm only taking 30 mg of Cymbalta .. supposed to increase it to 60mg next Monday.  My dr knows how hesitant I am to take meds (because of a horrendous experience a few years ago with a 'rabid' psychiatrist) and so he suggested that I start slowly.  (My family doc prescribed the Cymbalta ... he really listens to me.  I'm so thankful for him.)  I'm not sure that I ever agreed whole heartedly with the disagnosis, but I was diagnosed a long time ago as having Bi-Polar II disorder, so I worry about taking anti-depressants.  It can whip me into hypo-mania .. which (i admit) i enjoy a little too much .. it feels so good to feel good .. at first.  And then .. it's too much, I make bad choices, I do stupid stuff, and I feel awful about it .. and then BOOM .. here comes the depression.  I haven't been medicated for the Bi-P II for 2.5 years now ... and have been ok ... but I worry that it's always lurking ...

Since I started the Cymbalta, I've been struggling with night sweats, dry mouth, icky belly, and um ... 'personal' side effects, and at first .. insomnia, though that seems to have straightened out.  In fact, I get a little scared that I want to sleep all the time now .. but I think that's just depression + shorter, darker, colder, rainy days + adjusting to a new med. 

I didn't get a lot done yesterday, but I got more than the day before .. so I'm gonna call that progress.  My kids were happy all evening, so I'm going to chalk that one up to 'good job, Mom!' too.  A friend stopped by in the afternoon and we visited for a little while ... for the first time in a LONG time I admitted that I'm struggling ... it was good to talk about it .. although I didn't want to at first ... and I'm thankful that I have such great friends who do care about me ... so  .. I'm putting that on the "Things that went well yesterday" list.  :) 

I have been on the depression merry-go-round since I was a kid ... it was nice to have a break .. and I know it won't last forever .. but it sure is discouraging when it creeps back. 

Thanks again for helping me stay focused and giving me specific things to try to accomplish. 


Trying to Understand
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   Posted 10/27/2010 4:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Max dose for Cymbalta is 120 mg. Building up slowly is wisse. You can google side effects of cymbalta, but don't freak out, you know they list everything.
I had severe dry mouth taking both cymbalta and wellbutrin, both have dry mouth SE. Since stopping them months ago, still have dry mouth. Don't know why, its miserable, I drink lots of water, but it just doesn't do anything. Just was reading tonight that xylitol is good, its found in gum and hard candies, really helps your mouth, will fight tooth decay of dry mouth. I got a little cavity for the first time in yrs :( Have been told to chew gum and it does help. Have not tried hard candy because the sugar then leaves the dry mouth feeling raunchy. Will look for xylitol hard candies next. When I initially looked up dry mouth, it said smoking, coffee, soda pop all make it worse. Quit them all, even smoking. Helped a little, not much.
How nice that you got to visit with a friend, and come clean with the fact that you are having a struggle. The kids are happy, you made some progress with the house. You're right, it was a good day !

Many more...
Sandy
BP II
Severe depression

It's what you learn after you think you know it all - from my rusty AA toolbox.

getting by
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   Posted 10/27/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Do-over,

Have you thought about trying some vitamin D3? I take it when the days become shorter like this. It really helps a lot. Seems to put you in a better mood. Give it a try. I take about 2,000 iu a day. You might want to see your doctor and get it checked in case you are way low.

Hugs, Karen
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