Hey Bill Kasey,
Just treating depression is only treating the symptoms, not the cause.
No wiser words have ever been said according to me. I think I have truly been misdiagnosed sometimes in depression, and never treated the real problem. I could be wrong of course. I am trying to get my rheumy to do an MRI to see if I have more white matter than I had in 2000, when the first stroke happened to me. If I do have more white matter, (lesions on my brain) than symptoms of depression could have been increased because of this white matter. I am just guessing of course, but I definitely believe that Lupus causes the depression. There may be hundreds of people with depression that could be caused by Lupus.
It is my findings that many people presented themselves to thier doctor, like me, who had a host of symptoms. One of those symptoms was/is depression. It is my understanding that some people have a host of symptoms and a good doctor could see that the person could have Lupus, so they get tested. But I would bet that most go undiagnosed for Lupus, and do not get treated for Lupus.
I apologize Kayse that I seemed to have gotten my words lost again in my post to you. Rereading my post to you, I could see my mistakes. I try to reread them again, but messed up somehow. I am guessing that maybe Lupus caused this last stroke. I could be wrong. but my echocardiogram heart was good, and my corotid (spelling) arteries were good, so what caused it? Do I need to get prednisone again? don't know. I certainly do not wish to weigh over 200 pounds again, but I would like more relief, especially from depression. but maybe the damage has already done by my brain, and I couldn't get relief anyway.
Here I go again. Still wanting to vent, still wanting to list my own pain and problems.
Hope the day finds you in good spirits Kayse.