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   Posted 2/3/2013 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I have become very forgetful and tend to tune out half of what people say.  I don't do that purposely, I just realize later that I have no idea what someone is talking about.  This is causing my husband to think that I don't listen to him because I don't care.  This is and has been a big problem this entire weekend.
Doctor put me on Effexor XR and Wellbutrin XL.  I have been on Effexor for many, many years and cannot go any higher on my dose.  He added the Wellbutrin 5 weeks ago.  I thought I would feel less depressed but, I feel worse sometimes.  I am crying off and on and more tears than usual are coming out.  I also feel like my pain has increased and I feel worse.  I wonder if I should get off of it or not...don't see much benefit from it. 
Sometimes I just want off of all medication.  I have no idea who I really am anymore.  I have been on meds for depression since 1991.  I wish I could do a complete detox, but be asleep when it happens.  The pain that I have put myself through to do that before is beyond what I could ever tolerate again.  I am very active and was at a point that I could not even get up off of the floor.  All of my bones and joints were was horrible.
I really want to go to a Naturopath and get some advice.  I am sick of living like this.  I don't give up easily but, after a while this stuff gets old.  I am 44 and was diagnosed in 1996.  It all just keeps getting worse.  I even quit smoking once for a year and a half and did not feel any differently.  I stopped sugar for 2 months...still nothing.  I am taking a slew of vitamins and supplements... So, what gives?!

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   Posted 2/3/2013 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, TJP. Welcome.

It's not easy to say what's going on with you, but I can tell you you've found a very supportive group of people here. Have you been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia? Whether yes or no, I'd advise taking a look at Fibro 101, our first thread....much good information there. So much of dealing with this crazy condition is trial and error, and what helps me might not help you...I take Gabapentin for nerve pain, and Hydrocodone for post-surgery nerve pain...but I'm weaning off that (I'm tired of feeling even spacier than usual.) For sleep, I take Klonopin and Nortriptyline.

There are also Chronic Pain and Depression forums here at HealingWell, by the way.

Unrelenting pain surely does get old. It sounds like yours isn't being managed well enough, for whatever reason. I wish I had a magic wand....I would be dancing, running, skipping, and doing cartwheels through life, and so would you and all my friends here! :)

Of course, you already know that smoking is one of the worst things you can do - whether you feel any different when you quit or not?! I know it's hard to quit - I did it in about 1985 - but it certainly can't be helping anything.

How do you like your doctor? Does he/she really listen to you? That's crucial.

I really hope you find something soon to help you, whether it's medication, exercise, rest, Naturopathy, or a combination of all of them. And I hope you keep posting.

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Fibromyalgia, herniated disc L4-5, (recent discectomy), DDD, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, IBS, migraines, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably Menieres) with balance issues, chemical sensitivities

ak angel
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 2/4/2013 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
TJP welcome! I am sorry your having a rough time. Fibro can be tiring on your body. I am 49 myself and I can understand what your going through. My memory is pretty bad and I lose conversation real quick. I try not to worry as much anymore about it. I do try to read and challenge my brain to games. It does help. I just use lots of sticky notes from costo.

I have been on antidepressants for many years. I have stop them before and didn't like the results. I know these meds can play on you.
I have had good results with my anti depressant that I am on now.

The best thing you can do is have hope and faith in each day. This is the best thing that gets me through each day. I try to keep myself distracted so the pain doesn't consume me.

I hope you can learn some helpful hints on managing your fibro from here. I came to this site depressed, fatigue and severe pain. I now have that all under controlled. I learned it from here. Try to stay strong and open minded to new things.

Post Edited (ak angel) : 2/4/2013 12:08:17 AM (GMT-7)

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