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   Posted 12/7/2006 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I could use some advice from some medical professionals, if there are any out there.

I am going through a bad bout of depression, and I feel like it's getting worse. I'm not sure why. I am recently engaged to a wonderful man that treats me very well. We recently bought a house together, and I have a kitten I adore. I have a good job working for an architecture and engineering firm, and my boss likes me. I have good chances of moving up in the company. Sometimes I work a lot -- 60, even 70 hours a week -- but I'm only 28 and that shouldn't be a problem. Money is a little tighter than I'm comfortable with, but we're getting by ok.

Despite all that, every day it just gets harder and harder to get out of bed. My doctor switched me from Effexor to Cymbalta, which has worked pretty well for me for the last 6 months. She switched me because I have gained about 35 pounds this year, which is definitely one thing causing me to be depressed (and also contributing to the financial issues -- do you have any idea how expensive it is to buy a whole new business wardrobe every time you go up 2, 4, 6 sizes???) I haven't got the slightest idea what's causing the weight gain, and neither does my doctor. (I've seen her once a month for the last 9 months to try to figure out what's going on, but she hasn't figured it out or helped me lose any weight.) I watch my diet carefully and log everything I eat. I exercise regularly, using the eliptical at home, taking yoga, participating in a competitive volleyball group, etc. I'm clinically obese, and my reflection in the mirror devastates me. I'm consumed with self-loathing.

The last few weeks I've been sleeping a lot, napping 3 hours when I come home from work, zoning out in front of the tv, then going to bed early. Everything just seems overwhelming to me, from going to work to fearing all the housework that needs to be done. Forget doing anything fun for myself or planning a way. That's overwhelming to the utmost! Concentrating is very difficult for me, and I zone out a lot. This is affecting my work and productivity, as well as my relationships with my coworkers, my fiance, and friends. I worry that if I up my medication more, that it's going to either cause me to gain more weight (which makes me more depressed....a nasty cycle) or it will make me even more of a space cadet and seriously affect my work.

As far as the suicidal thoughts go -- Yes, I have them....every day, in fact. However, I don't know if this is usual because I have had these thoughts for as long as I can remember....middle school and even younger. They have always been there, lurking in the background. They seem stronger and more insistent and harder to ignore, and I have to admit it kind of has me freaked out. I suppose those are the biggest reason why I'm writing this right now.

Can anyone offer any advice? What the heck is going on with me, and will it ever stop? What steps can I take to help myself? I feel like I'm on a very scary downward spiral and I'm afraid of crashing hard. I really don't know what to do.

Pete trips again!
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   Posted 12/7/2006 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Dert, have you had your thyroid checked? I had to have mine taken out surgically a few years back and those sound like the symptoms I had. Actually I still do, I can't seem to get the meds dialed in right. Good luck!!
Your friend, Pete
53 years old, Surgury, Radical Prostatectomy 8/20/03, PSA 6.6, Gleason 3 + 3 = 6, Adenocarcinoma extent (moderate) Stage & Margin:T2NOMX, No Metastases, Organ Confined, bone scan: Neg.  

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   Posted 12/7/2006 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pete,
Yes, I had my thyroid checked about 3 months ago and the levels were within the lower range of normal. My doctor said she was confident that the thyroid was not what was causing the weight gain. Thanks for the reply though!

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   Posted 12/7/2006 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

If your doc has ruled out thyroid , and you're logging you should request to see a sepcialist.

You mention that your sleep pattern has changed - have you ruled out sleep eating? Check for missing food , maybe log what's in the fridge/cupboard so you can tell , and look in the bin for wrappers.....sounds crazy but you never know.

Or maybe you just need a second opinion on your thyroid?

Sorry I can't be of more help , nor am I a proffesional.

Take care - I hope this gets sorted for you real soon.

Smiler tongue

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   Posted 12/9/2006 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, If your doctor did like most doctors he probably only checked the TSH for the thyroid and the old guidelines for this have been changed and many labs still use the old guidelines for TSH levels leaving many people under diagnosed for thyroid conditions. My own thyroid problem was under treated until I told my doctor about the new guidelines......Even though recommended changes to clinical laboratory standards were announced last year, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) identified changes early this year, and journals are publishing information about the findings, your doctor probably is still unaware that a major revamping has been done to the so-called "normal range" for Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) tests -- the primary blood test used by conventional doctors to diagnose thyroid disorders.

Until recently, the standard was that the normal range for TSH at most laboratories has fallen in the 0.5 to 5.0 range, with hyperthyroidism being below .5, and hypothyroidism above 5.0.

The new guidelines, however, the range for acceptable thyroid function, and thyroid treatment should be considered for patients who test between the target TSH levels of 0.3 to 3.0, a far narrower range. This was information coppied off of the internet. You can do a search on new TSH guidelines for thyroid replacement. When my thyroid was low I was tired all the time and my hair got thin and my memory was poor. People with low thyroid also get depressed and gain weight easily. Good luck, I hope this helps. Lesley

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   Posted 1/19/2007 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the responses and links, those helped.

I'm looking into seeing an endocrinologist to see if they can help.
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