Today it occurred to me what a difference Effexor has made in my life, but I really had to fight to get it.
Today a troll wandered into another forum that I frequent to shill some "alternative treatment", which sent me searching for some of my back posts from earlier this year. Reading what I had written took me back to a time when I was in the pit of despair and quickly unraveling.
I had been fighting cancer for three years, then my wife was diagnosed, and treated, all in about five months. My GP pretty much dismissed everything I told him about my emotional state. I asked my oncologist and got the brush off as well. I changed doctors in April and told him everyone I knew seemed to be on antidepressants and he just asked me if I wanted some. Wow. I wasn't sure what to say.
So I did some research and found that Venlafaxine (Effexor) had some properties that seemed to address many of the problems I was facing. Having started four months ago, I can now say I don't know how I made it thru the past few years without it. Apart from a constant buzzing in my head, there have been no other side effects. Small price to pay. I believe that I am a much more stable and less volatile person now, and probably much more pleasant to be around. I recently mentioned to my wife that I may be on it for the rest of my life and she just asked why. Clueless, sorry to say.
Today was a big milestone for me. My first (of three) cancer surgeries was one year ago today. And as of today's treatment, I am one-third of the way done with radiation. The monthly injections I get should end next year. Things are looking up, and I can't even imagine the frazzled state that I was in earlier this year. I should have done this long ago!