personal crisis, severe depression, increased pain

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   Posted 6/1/2010 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Depression has gotten really bad due to a personal crisis.  It is adversely affecting work and relationships.  I get things done, but it is really hard.  My pain has been worse the last 3 or 4 weeks, too.  Crisis is ongoing for about 3 months now.  It barely occured to me that this could be making the pain worse. 
I finally asked my dr. for anti depressant medicine.  I resisted at first because of the possibility of weight gain.  I know, shallow, but I thought I could lick it on my own, and I am formerly anorexic, so weight gain is super scary to me.   Maybe prozac will take the edge off and help me function.  Maybe it will help with the pain, too.    Better than climbing in a dark hole.  I am just not myself.

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   Posted 6/1/2010 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
((hugs)) said a prayer for you and please keep us updated.

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   Posted 6/1/2010 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope it helps. Often it does!
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   Posted 6/1/2010 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
You might want to look into something like effexor, welbutrin or other ssni's. they are less apt to cause weight gain and also will help with pain. Or help pain medications to work better.

You are more than welcome to check out the depression forum and ask questions. Just wanted to let you know. I sure do hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 6/1/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I just want you to know that I am on prozac and I dont believe that it has caused me to gain weight. I hope that it helps you with your depression. I know what it feels like to be depressed and I believe taking the anti-depressants do help. If this one doesnt work remember that there are many different kinds out there.

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   Posted 6/1/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not so sure about the weight gain but Cymbalta helps both pain and depression, but I would not recommend going on to one of these anti-depressents because it is hard to get both on and off them. You might be sick while starting either Effexor or Cymbalta. Hope that helps some....

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   Posted 6/1/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the support. I have tried Effexor and it gave me brain zaps when I forgot it. Feels like riding in the backseat of a car while it speeds up and down hills in a town that smells like hot roofing tar. with fibrofog, I am sure to forget it sometimes. prozac has helped me, before. I hope it helps again.
thanks again.

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   Posted 6/1/2010 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey I thought I was the only on that got that when i missed a dose. Thanks for replying.

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   Posted 6/1/2010 10:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Sue...

I'm so sorry you're near the edge of that dark, deep hole. I'm fairly sure most folks here have seen and possibly visited that place before. I'm so very happy you reached out for help.

I too remember when I knew I needed help and kept refusing 'that' medication. It was after the loss of my son. Doc gently offered me something after a couple of times..he could see what was happening to me. But he never pushed, just reminded me that I could always come in and talk or ask for medicine to help if I chose to. It was a full 2 years before my stubbornness caved in and it made such a huge difference in my life. I was on maybe 3-4 different kinds before I found one I could tolerate and then the dose had to be so small or the side effects were just too awful. But without it I was a wreck. I did go off for nearly a year but then the tears started and away I went again. It's a shame that there is such negative stigma attached to depression but as the word slowly gets out more and more people seek help as I did. One thing I did learn is that one particular antidepressant will likely work well for around 2 years. Then it slowly stops being effective. That's when doc changed me to something else and explained what was going on.

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   Posted 6/2/2010 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I just got out of the hospital for depression last week. I'm sorry you are having trouble too. It's a difficult thing to be in that dark place. Please just take one day at a time...or one minute at a time, if that is what's needed. Take your medication, it will be worth it. You can read what I'm on in my signature. I've had a chemical imbalance for 25yrs. You will come out of this and be stronger. Glad you posted what was going on. We are here for you.
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   Posted 6/2/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   

My husband was on Prozac and it helped him sooo much and he didn't gain weight on it.  I hope this helps you just as much as it did him.


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   Posted 6/2/2010 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Sue, I'm sorry that you are feeling so down but glad that you did ask your doctor for
something to help. Hoping you find some relief soon! Sending gentle hugs!!!

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   Posted 6/2/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue, I hope your family problem gets resolved soon. I also hope the Prozac helps. I've taken it for probably 10 years. Hugs, Diane
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   Posted 6/2/2010 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I am so sorry you are in such a depression.  I can completely understand.  I have been there and when you are in that hole, you feel as if you'll never get out.  But you can, if I did, you can too!  It just takes some time and patience (which is hard to come by when you are that depressed).

I take 40 mg of Lexapro every day and it has not made me gain weight.  I have been on other antidepressants and so far, I've been on this one for over 2 years, it's been working quite well.  You are NOT shallow - feeling good about the way I look makes a big difference in how I feel mentally and physically!

If you were diabetic, then you would take insulin, so don't feel, as I did for so long, that it's being "weak" if you take an antidepressant.  it took me a long time to "give in" but I'm sure glad I did.  It's the reason taht I'm sitting here today typing this!

Take care  of yourself and know that the antidepressants will help!

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   Posted 6/2/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
It is sad that so many others have been or are depressed, too.  But it is good to know that you are making it. 
 Haven't heard from my doctor, yet.  I am surprised and thought to hear from her by now.  But I only sent the message last night. 

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   Posted 6/3/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

I have nothing to share except a hug

{{{{{{{{{ Sue }}}}}}}}}

there's more where that came from if you need them!!

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   Posted 6/3/2010 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue! Hang in there. It will take a while for your meds to kick in and be at the right level for you.
Don't stop your meds with out talking your doctor. Antidepressants need to be tapered off not quit cold turkey.
I am on antidepressants and have seen how much they reduce my fibro pain. They also help with my fibro fog.
It is important that you find even a little time to do something you enjoy.
It might be hard at 1st but go back to something you used to enjoy. For me that's my sewing & knitting.
I spent the last 2 days sewing and I am so much better than I was last week.
As far as the weight gain, I kinda gave up that battle. I now try to eat healthy and not snack on too much junk.
Good luck! my thougts and prayers are with you.
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   Posted 6/4/2010 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Started prozac today. I think the hope that it will help has made me feel better. Today was a better day than it has been. I know it will not work for a few weeks, but the hope is actually helpful.

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   Posted 6/5/2010 5:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope you start feeling better with the Prozac.  My dad was on it for years and it never caused him to gain weight. 
My prayers are going out for you.  Keep us informed on how it makes you feel.
God Bless!
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