i don't know what to do now? no help!

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   Posted 12/23/2006 5:41 AM (GMT -7)   
i am so fed up. as you may remeber from my other posts i was sent to see the mental health unit by my doctor. well i thought he was going to help me. today i recieved a letter saying he is refffering me to see psychiatrist about my health. they also gave me loads of anitdepressants i am feeling low because i feel like crap. i don't want to take anitdepressants i wanna know what is going on. why is it so hard to be believed? that every thing is not in your head and you are making it up. how can the bleeding be in my head.

i really don't know how much more of this i can take. i don't wanna live like this i wanna enjoy myself. just because one test doesn't show anything up then you must be mental. easyest way to deal with it is just to give you anitdepressants and forget it.

i am not even looking forward to xmas this year. the only good thing is i can have a drink which i am going to get plastered which won't be to hard as i haven't had any alchol for about a year now. not surpost to drink it as i have a high sugar level. pre diabetes. thats my life good ain't it.

sorry to moan i can't talk about to anyone at mo. just needed to to let off some stream.

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   Posted 12/23/2006 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I know you want an answer but don't discount the antidepressants. It is not necessairly because of something wrong in your head. There is more serotonin in your intestines than in your head so they do help sometimes. It certainly turned a friend of mine around with some Prosac or one of those. She hadn't reach the depression stage but was having all kinds of intestinal problems. She didn't believe it would work but decided to give it a try and is glad she did. Of course this was prescribed by the gastro Dr. not a psychiatric Dr. If there is anything that will help relax you and get you back on track till they find a solution I would try it. The anxiety is onlly going to make things worse. I have had illnesses that took a long time to be diagnosed and they were constantly talking about anxiety. I kept saying Yes, I didn't start with anxiety but I sure have it now. doubled over in pain and throwing up. It is very frustrating. Then they didn't have all the things they have now but I would have tried anything to make my life better. Give it some thought. Don't give up on the pursuit of finding out what is wrong but don't discount the antidepressants. Just don't take them and drink and remember alcohol is a depressant. Have your drinks, take a long nap and then think about it.

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   Posted 12/23/2006 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   

I am so sorry you are suffering so right now.
What Canyon says is true... Antidepressants do help lots of people with their GI problems.  It is worth a shot.  If anything, you won't be so down about all this.  Tell the psychiatrist about your pain and blood and maybe s/he will convince the docs you need further testing.  Don't give up!
When you're drinking alcohol, stay away from beer and maybe even wine.  Unless you know for sure neither of those will cause your guts more distress.  I go for the hard liquor, it works faster and with less consumption.  Less peeing too.  tongue

Take care and BE SAFE...

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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
hi thanks for your relpys.

i hope you had a lovely xmas.

i am going back to to see doctor in about two weeks so maybe i will get some help. i have actually been taking another brand of anitdepressant but that didn't help at all. that is why i am so sceptacal that the new lot will work. today i had to go to see the gp as last night i totally lost control of my bladder. just something esle to add to my list. they are not quite sure what it is. had yet more tests for that. when is my health problems gonna stop. my gp said today that the psychiatrist will help me to deal with my problems in a different way. it doesn't sound like they are going to help me to explain that something is wrong.

just one question what are the chances of the anitdepressants working bearing in mind that i have tried two lots already this is the third brand. i have had no joy with three brands of anitspasmotic drugs and also have had counciling. god knows how many different types of painkillers i have had. i just want something to wrok.

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   Posted 12/27/2006 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I understand, only certain types of antidpepressants work on the bowels. The one I've seen mentioned on here (of course I can't remember what it is...) is a fairly recent addition (been out a year or two now). I haven't heard that the older types work on the bowels any. So, yes, it could be that this one will work where others have failed in the past. Also, antispasmodics seem to be notorious for working or not working (nothing in between); it can take some time to figure out which one of those will work on you as well. Of course, if your problems stem from, say, a bleeding ulceration of the intestines, no antispasmodic will work, because it's not a spasm causing your pain and other problems. For that matter, antidepressants won't work if your bowel problem isn't caused by functionality/motility problems; they won't do anything to help ulcerations either.

Have you checked into the UC and Crohn's boards yet to see if they have any recommendations for things you can do to maybe help yourself?

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   Posted 12/27/2006 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Oneday,  Hello..  I have the same problem you do..  I have had stomach issues for 10 years.. I have been to may doctors had hysterectomy gallbladder removal and every test you can think of and they say IBS..  I am sick every day of my life..  Now my gp says maybe you should see a pychologist..  I tried zoloft but the side effects made me sicker than I was..  I wish someone would understand I did not have they issues before all my stomach problems..  I am now housebound because I am affraid to leave because of the pain..  Please feel free to email me direct if you want to chat..  Sully03@windstream.net..  Take care...


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   Posted 12/27/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Paxil is what helped my friend. I thought it was Prosac. I just saw her today and she said it was like a miracle with her. She was not clinically depressed. The Dr. just thought it might work because of the seratonin. She said she has had only one episode since she started almost a year ago.

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   Posted 12/29/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Why don't Drs get it?? You are depressed because you ARE ILL!!! The anxiety caused by illness is a proven fact. I had to go to the Pain Dr to find relief!, Now I see that Drs are now prescribing older antidepressant like Elavil,to take with Prozac. www.immunesupport.com I also got Xanax for anxiety. I don't want to be comatose,I just want to go out like normal people. Ryleigh,I am housebound too,and wear diapers or at least big pads,everyday. Sex with my Hubs is out of the question,what if "something" happens? I hear you loud and clear. My mail is here,too. If you ever want to talk. Scrappy
    1. Do I have IBS or UC? My Dr.can't seem to make up his mind

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   Posted 12/29/2006 11:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a friend that was given Elavil for spinal fractures from osteoporosis. She said it really helped.

When I read what some of you go thru it breaks my heart. I have problems but they pale in comparison to what some of you go thru. You really have my sympathy and wish I had a solution. It doesnt matter at my age 70 whether I can go out and party, have sex, etc. it would be nice but it doesn't have to be part of my life like it should be with you guys. I had my time without this problem. I just wish you all a solution to your problem in 2007.

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   Posted 12/30/2006 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks every one.

god i had a really bad day yesturday i couldn't leave the house i went over twenty times and even had to get up at night. although my pain is now better well not to bad something i can put up with at the mo unless it gets that bad again. i just can't deal with not going out i am 25 and feel like i this controls my life and as the medical perfession don't want to help i feel like i can't go out. i want to go out at night to clubs and pubs but it is just out of the question. i end up crapping myself or wetting myself as it all goes at mo. i don't seem to havew any control of both bladder or bowels.

i want to live life as a 25 year old should go out and enjoy myself. i am not really a big drinker and only had a couple of glasses of wine over xmas but would like to have the option to if i wanted to go out. last time i went out i had to make a quick exit as i had to use the loo so many times in a club it just ain't possible in the end i had a little accidnet and went home early very early and my poor friend who was staying with came home as it riuned both our nights i ended up in agoying in the bath room. i now just don't bother going out. i wouldn't mind so much if the only prolbem i had was my stomach but the list is growing longer all the time. all i need now is for my prediabetes to turn into diabetes and that will be finished.

i am going back to see doctor soon as i am not taking the anitdepressants because of another health conditon i have is making my hair fall out and the anitdepressants can make that worse.

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   Posted 1/4/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Wow...same thing happened to me.  4 years ago when I started having this pain and I was sent to a psychiatrist although I must admit that I did become suicidal as the pain was relentless and wouldn't allow me a moments rest.  As first it was thought I had crohn's and to date I still have no diagnosis except possible nerve pain or adhesions or endo or (insert whatever here).  Regardless, anti-depressants work on pain by "turning down the volume" as my doctor would say.  I was on Celexa for 3 years and although I still had pain, it helped me immensly.  As for the psychiatrist, he was NO help at all as he tried to enter my childhood and other mumbo jumbo into the picture which had nothing to do with my situation.  Anyways, just wanted to let you know I understand.

Hope you feel better  :-)



Take care, Softy

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