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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/1/2006 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this site. I have a coupld problems I would like some of you to express your feelings and comments.
First, I am seeing this doctor and he has changed my meds 4 times in 2 months. I have taken
effexor,prozac,wellbutrin and paxil. I am currently on paxil. Nothing seems to work but what I have read here, the medications I have taken havent any time to work.
My depression is getting really bad. I stayed up for an hour last night and cryed and cryed for no reason. My live in girlfriend woke up to find me a mess. She comforted me like always. She is awesome and always understanding and interested in helping me and researching things for me.
Needless to say I am glad to have her. 
As far as my job, I have been a prison guard for 12 years and I am 33 yo and have a 10 yo little princess. I am divorced and see my child every other weekend and whenever else I want. My x-wife have a good relationship about my daughter. I am currently out of work collecting workers comp from an injury at work. I soon have to get spinal fusion surgery and a laminectomy. Money isnt a problem but the pain is horrible, I am currently on Vicodin 10/660 4 times a day. I do think that the pain and being away from work for over 14 months is a factor of depression but the depression keeps getting worse and worse.
The doc i am seeing has also givin me zanax and kolonopin, .5mg to take on seperate occassions but they dont work at all, I mean .5, come on. I told me doc why not increase the secondary medication? He says he doesnt want to because of the addiction factor. I told him there is no such thing as addiction if your taking it to treat a problem, its when you take it for no reason when it becomes an addiction. He refuses to increase any of them. My girl friend keeps telling me to see another shrink but my blue cross blue sheild sucks and doesnt offer alot of docs in the philly area, and if they are available, they dont take new patients.
Im not sure where to turn or what do do about my condition. I would appreciate any help or comments.
Thanks confused

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 10/1/2006 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Irbe-
Welcome to HW. We have a great group of people here. I've gotten a lot of good advise.
I've taken a bunch of different combinations of things for several years and have yet to find the right one. All I can tell you is hang in there and hopefully the right combination will happen for you. Don't give up. It's out there. Keep trying to find a new doc if that's what you feel needs to happen. I'm on my third neuro, my second rheumy and my fifth PCP. Just keep at it.
Sorry I don't have any real help for you, but I can sympathize.
Take Care,
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   Posted 10/1/2006 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry your back is bothering you.Just wondering if.... you tried going to a Chiropractor for help with your back problems, they have new methods that include adjustments with decompression. It's done on a table, it's the new technique in traction. Just offering a suggestion...
Hope you don't mind. You seem pretty brave to me, because I'd be too afraid of surgery.
Wish you best on finding a good pdoc to help you out more with the depression. It is hard finding good doctors.
Good luck to you and keep us informed yeah

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 10/2/2006 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Irbe, Welcome to Healing Well we are happy to have you.

I agree that changing an antidepressant 4 times in 2 months is an extreme, even a lay person knows it takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks for most of them to reach their therapeutic level. It is possible you could be running into some drug interaction with taking the combination of medications that you are (Vicodin, Xanax & Klonopin) mixed with your antidepressant. Also, there is always the possibility of addiction with long-term use of these medications (controlled substances) and most doctors are careful with prescribing them due to this...Xanax & Klonopin are mostly used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.

I can understand greatly when you have medical problems that are causing depression. I have many medical problems myself and also have problems with my insurance (BCBS of MO) who are much like you described.  It is very depressing and daunting...perhaps you may try some counseling that would help you talk about the stress of some of the physical issues you have and what you have to deal with on a daily basis. 

Also, I wonder if you have a Primary Care Physician prescribing your antidepressants or a Psychiatrist?  If your not seeing a Psychiatrist for the care of your antid's than you may want to look into it as they are the best informed regarding these medications and what works best. 

Please feel free to keep posting here this is a wonderful site to find information and support.  Take care

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 10/2/2006 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Irbe said... 
I soon have to get spinal fusion surgery and a laminectomy. Money isnt a problem but the pain is horrible
Physical pain and depression create a neverending cycle .. as mentioned in a previous post. 
Hopefully, as you heal from the laminectomy and begin to feel better physically, your depression will gradually deminish - in the meantime, you have to treat both. 
My husband's laminectomy put an end to the fist clenching pain; he went from using a walker with constant unbearable pain to walking upright and pain free.  There is HOPE!  He still needs to go in for a day surgery to have screws removed - healed muscles are rubbing the screw heads and causing breakthrough pain.
By all means, see a Psychiatrist for depression meds.  They are able to access both your physical and emotional states.
Good Luck   :-)

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 10/3/2006 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
You are right you have not been on the meds long enought to work. You may need a higher dose. My doctor prescribed symbyax. It is prozac and a mood stablizer. It is usually used to treat bipolar depresson but it is also used to treat anxiety and treatment resistant depression. It worked wonders for me. My sister was having problems with depression and anxiety so she tried it. It really helped. This is a new drug on the market. It has been out for about three years. It has some side effects. One is increased hunger and to it makes you tired so you want to take it at night. Hope you feel better.
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