Dealing with post transplt depression

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   Posted 8/9/2010 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
hep 93.....thnx for the welcome to the foram!!!
You asked me about post transplt depression and if I still suffer with it. I guess the best way for me to answer that is do some background info on my experience. From the time I got "cut" until about a year out, there were so many drugs and residing side effects that if there was any depression involved I didn't recognize it.  After that, life was pretty good until  hep C reared his ugly head once again about 3 1/2 yrs post transplt. I was put on a 12 mth Pegasus program (max dosage), still I felt ok (depression wise) due to the fact the Peg sent so many mixed signals to my psychee.  Mr hep-c was once again surpressed, but for 3 mths only. Three months later I went back on the Peg program. This time for 18 mths. A year into this second program, I became a "mental" mess. Life as I knew it was scary at best and I was introduced to Lexapro (12 mths) and that helped considerably. The Peg ended Dec 2009 and I stayed on the Lexapro until 3 mths ago. So, to answer your question. Do I still suffer from depression? Yes, I would say I do but not anywhere to the extreme it once was.  Life post transplt is definately a "work in progress". Each day is a good day, some are just better than others. Sorry for being so "wordy", I just didn't know how else to answer your question. Gooddae 2ya.......I'm "still here"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 8/9/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the explanation, SH!  You can be as "wordy" as you like.  If hep C should return, I suggest you hold off on treatment until next year when the new 3-drug combo is expected to be available.  It is having a 75% success rate in trials.



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   Posted 8/9/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I felt strange for a couple of weeks after the transplant. I thought that there ought to be "more" to it and was worried. I went to talk to the transplant sociologist about it. She said a lot of people had that feeling. After that, i was fine. I'm lucky, though. I've never been depressed for more than 15 minutes in my life.
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