Depression or CFS????

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 7/24/2005 8:54 PM (GMT 0)   
I know no one is a doctor here..but I just have to vent. My doctor diagnosed me w/ depression/anxiety and prescribed zoloft for me because I had been getting [what I called "the rundowns"..for lack of a better name] these episodes of of exhaustion would happen every few months off and on for years. The exhaustion would last anywhere from 3-7+ days , but would never be relieved from sleep or even extra hours of sleep. I woudl have to play 'suck-up' to my body and give it days, and days of rest. Now when these "Rundowns" occurr, I am always frustrated because in my head I wanna do the things I need or would like to do, whether its going to work or playing etc.. Its like my mind is saying 'go, go', but my body is saying 'no', no!  Its soooo frustrating!! Its been going on for over a decade. When these rundowns hit, all i can do is lie down and stare at the t.v or out the window. NOw i am a hyper person, who unless i'm sick does not lie down espec. in the afternoon! I do notice I get these 'rundowns' after either a physically stressfull &/or emotionally stressfull week.
Anyhow, I guess i've known i had a bit of depression my whole life, but when my doctor confirmed to me [after several lab tests] that it's not CFS, that i should try the zoloft. Well the zoloft, much to my surprise has helped me w/ the anxiety and ocd and i noticed I didn't get the rundowns for the first 6 months! And when they did start to creep back, they were functionable, that is I could force myself to work and perform, albeit not w/ the same as my usual energy.
o.k, so today I have got the rundowns again, and i wanted sooo bad to go out and do things this past weekend, but fear if I do I'll 'pay for it' if i don't listen to my body and stay home. AAhh its depressing, my brains says "go" and my body says "no"! 
Can anyone relate to this? and if so, could the doctor still be right and I get these run-downs from the depression and not CFS?!!!!!
Thanks for your time!!

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   Posted 7/24/2005 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Grayson . . . and welcome to the forum.

I do believe that if a chronic desease were to blame for your fatigue (run-downs), the Zoloft would not help you feel more able to function. You did a great job of describing your dilemma . . . but it does sound like good old depression.

With chronic illness where the person has fatigue as one of the symptoms, there is often depression that goes hand in hand with the illness. The anti-depressant (zoloft or others) will help stabalize the mood, but will not help restore energy.

I AM glad that your doctor ran some tests . . . there really are several things that should be ruled out when making a depression diagnoses.

I hope you continue to feel better. I am assuming that you posted at the chronic fatigue board as well . . . they might have some good info for you as well.

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