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Idontfeelwell
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   Posted 1/30/2012 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am new to this site and have found it very interesting.  I have been diagnosed with depression the last 2 years..  I am 59 now...married 40 years.. 3 grown up children.. no grandchildren yet..  We have had as a family many varied and stressful events over the last 10 years or more... marriage breakdowns, family members died, family members causing major problems, moving away, illness with parents etc. etc. etc. so eventually I had a breakdown and my body and brain told me it wasnt coping at all.  Anyway, to cut a very long story short I feel much better now that I have the meds under control.  I am worried about when they need to be decreased, whether I should do that or go back to my GP, but I not going to start worrying about that yet.
 
I met a very good friend yesterday who also suffers with depression and although we dont meet up very much we do have a lot in common obviously, but she makes me laugh with her stories.  After talking we realised we have had similar symptoms with our legs!!  Now, I dont know how to describe this.  But, it is a very strange pins and needles, creeping cramp pain, it gets very intense that I cannot walk but have to sit down. She got hers whilst she was driving, but didnt tell her passenger until she stopped the car!   I wondered if it is nerve pain, or reaction to the meds. but when my friend said she has similar things along with restless legs it made me wonder if others have had similar pains in their legs along with their depression.  somedays it is more noticeable than others.  Also I get the "nodding dog"/tremors syndrome.  when it doesnt happen I forget to tell my GP and act as if everything is ok... then it might start again for a couple of weeks.  It cant be normal can it?  Some days I feel really good but it does take me 1/2 a day to get started.
 
In October 2011 I had a seizure, doc thought it was brought on by stress, out of the blue (well perhaps the tell tale signs were headaches every morning for two weeks) but anyway I collapsed taken to A & E, had all the tests and they came back negative.  I havent had another one but am banned from driving for 6 months which ends in April... if it happens again then its another 6 mths... So, apart from just moving into a new house, having a seizure now I cant drive which only adds to the depression!!!  Sometimes I feel like I am going stir crazy especially with restless legs too.  Its a good job I havent lost my sense of humor totally.
 
Anyway, at least now I can see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel, I am no way near as bad as I was 2 years ago for which I am thankful but it is good to be able to read how everyone else deals with their problems. 
 
 

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/30/2012 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
When you next see your doctor, make sure to bring up this seizure and
ask if it could be related to your depression medications? maybe ask about
slowly coming off the depression medicine your on and maybe starting a newer
medicine at a lower dosage to see if that can help....
make a list of the seizure you had and write down the other things happening
with your legs such as the pins and needles...maybe seek out a referral to a neurologist
for further evaluations and or testing...just to be on the safe side...
Keep us posted on this and many many well wishes to you...
p.s. I always make a list of things I wish to talk to my doctor about along with all the medicines I'm
on, so that if problems arises we can talk about them and it also gives me a chance to relax
by having my lists with me, as I don't forget anything important anymore...Hope a list can
help you too.....
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getting by
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   Posted 1/30/2012 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I have fibromyalgia and suffered restless leg syndrom bad. I tried mirapex and it made it worse, but it may work for you. I am glad that you started a thread. You will find many here to welcome you. Some of our members are in other countries and time zones, so it may take a little while.

I hope that you don't have anymore seizures. So that you can get your lisense back. It must be hard depending on other methods of transportation.

Keep your chin up. Keep posting. We all care about eachother here, you have joined a good forum.

Take care,

Hugs, Karen
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fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

greenbean885
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   Posted 1/30/2012 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad you found the site to help you. Sometimes sharing and helping others will help you feel better. I am sorry to hear about your seizure- I would imagine that is very scary for you.

Please keep posting and let us know how you are!

Idontfeelwell
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   Posted 1/30/2012 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the great welcome!

The seizure was worrying but I had no knowledge of what was happening.. It was more scary for my OH. I had no memory for 4 days so he had to fill in what was happening, (he told me I owed him a lot of money ;-) ) My Grandmother died of a congenital tumor on the brain which I didnt connect at the time with my seizure, when I did remember the docs were concerned but the tests all came back negative tho thank goodness. My GP didnt think it was to do with the meds, he thought it was probably stress related. I was wondering if I had forgotton to take my meds that morning and took another one, I have such a bad memory., even worse since the seizure (lost a few brain cells I think - hoping its not the onset of "old timers disease"). I have to write everything down and religiously take my pills on the day on the packet now just in case, I even has to shout out that I have taken my pill so that people remember for me. What a performance... I never have had to do this in all my life til now. Suppose I should count myself fortunate really.

Chartreux
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   Posted 1/30/2012 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there now, I'm younger than you and have to write things down, so yeah your lucky...
keep us posted as to what your doctor says...thinking of you....
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getting by
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   Posted 1/30/2012 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Do what I do, use a pill box. You fill it up for the week. If your pill is there, then you know that you didn't take it. If it is gone, you know that you did. I take a lot of meds, and it really helps me out. It may you too.

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia


fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies

Idontfeelwell
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/31/2012 4:42 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for those suggestions... I have only one pill to take so I should be able to remember. My OH said if I was on the pill when I was we were younger then we would have had a dozen kids!!! :-)

getting by
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   Posted 1/31/2012 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
lol...

But you do need to take your meds consistantly or they aren't going to work right. I do suggest a pill box even if you only take one pill. You will atleast know if you took your pill. Sometimes the pharmacy gives them away free. Think about it.

I hope that you are having a great day. Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia


fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies
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