Posted 10/27/2005 5:47 AM (GMT -8)
Brief medical history:
•Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 2000
•Liver Abcess in June 2000
•Colon Resection in Sept 2000
Shortly thereafter, I developed Ankylosing Spondylitis.
After I got out of the hospital in 2000, I began taking pain medicines. Before this, I didn't drink, smoke & do any recreational drugs.
First, the pain meds were to help after my surgery. Then, with my AS, I needed help with my back pain.
Obviously, I developed an addiction. It's not something I'm proud of, but it happened. I went off of the Pain Meds, but nothing seem to help me feel normal emotionally
I became very depressed around this time. My family doctor put me on a number of depression medicines. I continued to take those pills for 3 years. My symptoms didn't improve, so I weaned myself off of them early this year.
I'm not sure what my problem is anymore. My energy levels are down because of my Crohn's (I get a B-12 shot monthly), I'm cheerful, but I just don't feel good inside.
I feel like I have to constantly keep moving because if I stop, I am miserable. I've taken an extra job on the weekends just so I don't have to sit around the house.
I need something to help me sleep because otherwise I would stare at the ceiling all night.
I've asked my family doctor for help, I've talked to counslers...I just haven't gotten any answers.
Does anyone else have similar issues? Can anyone shed some light?
I try to keep my mind occupied when I get home from work, but I can't seem to "Come Down" and relax.
Thanks in advance.