Whats the link of depression to fibro?

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   Posted 9/5/2018 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone who has fibro NOT had some form of depression before being diagnosed with fibro? Since nothing shows up on a physical as the cause of this disorder I'm wondering if it may be more psychological as in a physical response to emotional pain or trauma. I may be way out of left field on this one and by no means am I trying to suggest that fibro is "all in our head" because I suffer every day and know that this disorder is REAL. I'm just trying to see all sides of this illness. I had trauma in my past and suffered terrible depression for years before I came down with fibro and I wonder if there is a connection.

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   Posted 9/5/2018 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not suffer from depression. I think positively and it’s helped me a lot. I know of no physical “link” to depression. If there was, I’d be depressed too. I think the only connection between fibro and depression is that when you suffer from chronic pain it beats you down and you become depressed over the situation you are in. It’s hard to have a painful illness and the doctors don’t know what causes it, don’t have anything specific to take the pain away, and some doctors don’t believe it exists! It doesn’t leave much room for hope so people become depressed. But there is ALWAYS hope...hope for a much better day.

Check out Fibro 101. In there is a link to how to maintain a positive attitude when you have chronic pain. This is very helpful. I do know what depression feels like. My husband died suddenly and I became extremely depressed. Depression hurts and there isn’t a lot you can do about it. So this link could help you work your way out of depression.

We had a mod on this forum who suffered from depression and she found that a light box helped her a lot. So there is another idea for you. I do hope you start feeling better soon.


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   Posted 9/6/2018 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree with Sherrine that I have not seen information of a positive link between fibro and depression. That said, many people with fibro do have depression. It does beat you down and wear your happiness out after months and years of pain.

I do have depression but it came before the fibro. Mine came from the death of my oldest son. I fought the depression for 2 years and could not shake it off myself. My doctor offered help and it's made a huge difference in my life. If this is a problem for you please talk to your doctor about it before it gets worse. I shouldn't have waited so long because I only prolonged the misery. I'm' doing better now.

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   Posted 9/9/2018 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
For the longest time Dr. would think fibro was depression. They do share some symptoms. But, it is not the same and that has been proved. That doesn't mean you can't have both. And, it can be hard not to have some degree of depression when you're chronically ill. But, that doesn't mean you can't do things to help with it.
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