I'm sorry you're not feeling up to snuff... It most likely is the durned darker days ahead. You asked if depression is part of fibro. YES! YES! YES! It's not just the sadness from losing our old flexibility. Pain actually uses up serotonin in the brain. I mean it EATS IT UP!
Humans use serotonin for mood control, circadian rhythms (sleep cycles), pain perception, appetite and some other things I can't remember thru the fog. When you become deficient in serotonin you have difficulty sleeping, feel depressed and anxious, feel pain more strongly and want to eat "comfort foods" that are high in carbohydrates. This is because eating carbs gives a boost to your serotonin production. Sometimes when I'm having trouble falling asleep I'll have a bowl of cereal or some rammen noodles and I"m off to Zzzzzzzz land before I know it.
This is why doctors prescribe Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitor (SSRI) medications for fibro. These meds do far more than work as anti-depressants, as they are classified. Trying the different ones, because they all have slightly different chemical formulas, until you find the one that fits for you, is relatively easy. Just ask the doctor for some two week samples. I'd start with Prozac. It comes in an inexpensive generic - $10 for 3 months at most big pharmacies- and has the longest track record for success.
Drugs in this class include (trade names in parentheses):
* citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Cipram, Dalsan, Recital, Emocal, Sepram, Seropram, Citox)
* escitalopram (Lexapro, Cipralex, Esertia)
* fluoxetine (Prozac, Fontex, Seromex, Seronil, Sarafem, Ladose,
* fluvoxamine (Luvox, Fevarin, Faverin, Dumyrox, Favoxil, Movox)
* paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat, Sereupin, Aropax, Deroxat, Rexetin, Xetanor, Paroxat, Loxamine)
* sertraline (Zoloft, Lustral, Serlain)
* zimelidine (Zelmid, Normud)
I'd start with these meds (SSRI) before going on to the NSSRI meds (Lyrica, Cymbalta and others). This class of drugs works on your norepinephrine levels as well, and tend to make sleepy people more active. Sounds like you have the activity level going just fine so the less meds the better.
The light that I use is the 10,000 LUX one and I use it even in the summer if I'm indoors a lot baking wedding cakes. I keep it on my workbench in the bakery or on my desk in the office. It's like a balm for my soul. The light feels a little warm, and very calm and soothing. I LOVE it! Exposure to the light raises serotonin levels, too.
Hope this helps... I'd get the light pronto and look into the meds as well. You don't need a prescription for the light and I bought mine on Ebay. Well worth the money.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa
"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross