Becoming a basket case!

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couchtater
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   Posted 8/12/2011 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like I'm on the verge of tears lately! smhair
I find myself with tears welling up in my eyes at the drop of a hat.
I'm not normally so emotional. cry
 
Do any of you feel so emotional all the time? Is this part of Lupus?
 
I feel like I've been on an emotional rollercoaster for months with all that's happened to me and lately it's been down hill. smhair
I find I want to chew out co-workers, then cry out in frustration, and cry over a commercial or TV show. sad
I nearly had a meltdown at work today.
Joy

Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/12/2011 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I found that to be the cumulative side-effects of the meds I was taking & lupus itself. I never tried to isolate & see if it was just one med in particular, I really think it was the cumulation. It'll pass...and pass faster once you realize it's not you, its the chemicals in your body.

Although if you are not taking any kind of anti-depressant you might ask about one. Mine helps a LOT!
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suetoo
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   Posted 8/13/2011 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi!
My screaming nerves and almost overwhelming anxiety grew intolerable. My neuro listened and gave me a trial script for trazodone, didn't help, and the dry, cotton mouth was horrible, and then amitryptylline, which really, really seems to help. I take 10mgs at night and I am so grateful. I hated adding another med to the list, but it was becoming a big quality of life issue. My last flare was so bad, I truly said for two nights, that I couldn't, didn't, want to live like this. Please talk to your dr. soon. yeah
hugs,
suetoo
ps. isn't there an old commercial that advertised "better living through chemistry"? tongue

God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Asthma
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. (20-40mg prn), Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and Ambien every night. Advair, Albuterol and DuoNeb inhalers.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/15/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm feeling better today. I think I'm perimenopausal too and this past week was just too much for me.
After restricting myself to two days of being inside away from the sunshine and any stressors I'm doing better.
Nerves aren't quite as raw.
I do think if this happens again I need to seek professional help. I wasn't psycotic, just weepy for no reason and grouchy at the same time.
Joy

suetoo
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   Posted 8/15/2011 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi!
Glad today is better, and sunshine does a job on me, too, and I love being out in it or near it through a window. I was lucky with the menopause deal, 7 months, and 25 hot flashes and I was over it. Had a big fight with my GYN, I was sure hot flashes were fatal. She said they weren't.... tongue
hugs,
suetoo
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Degenerative Osteoarthritis, Asthma
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, meloxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily. (20-40mg prn), Vit. B12 2400 mcgs, Vit D 1000U and Ambien every night. Advair, Albuterol and DuoNeb inhalers.

troyka
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   Posted 8/18/2011 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! this is my 1st post.  I dont have lupus but and struggling with other conditions.  My husbands best friend called last nite & stated his wife, who is battling lupus had left him. He said "the lupus is messing with her head".  I read some of your posts and wanted to know if anyone would be kind enough to educate me on how lupus effects emotional health.  Is it indeed likely that this condition would cause a woman to become irrational enough (for lack of a better word), to leave her husband of 10 yrs & 4 children?  As an ICU RN, I understand the disease from a medical perspective but would appreciate information from a more personal experience.  Thank you

lupusnewbie
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   Posted 8/18/2011 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Troyka,
Lupus had a profound psychological effect on me. People tell me I am not the same person. What your friend's wife is trying to do is escape from herself. We've been there and some of us ARE there. It absolutely does affect you emotionally. Being sick ALL the time can drive anyone over the edge. How supportive is her husband? I am recently diagnosed, and I am having a very difficult time teaching my husband how to be supportive. Woman are much better caregivers than men. Suggest that your friend join this group.

troyka
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   Posted 8/18/2011 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Lupusnewbie,
Thank you so much for your response. I understand what you mean and will certainly try to explain this to our friend. As with most people, he doesnt understand how devastating it can be to be completely healthy 1 day and diagnosed with a chronic, potentially fatal disease the next. I particularly appreciate your comment about your husband. I was diagnosed with Hep C & cryoglobulinemia last yr. The symptoms were so severe I could no longer work d/t severe pain & open wounds covering my arms and legs. At times I spend days in bed d/t fatigue & depression. I traveled all over the state & every doctor refused to treat me. They said it would "cripple" me and make me "suicidal". After 1 1/2 yrs of living with this my husband and family are annoyed when I try to talk about it. They say I am letting this disease "define" me & need to "think of something else". They are tired of hearing about it. I get so frustrated I just keep my mouth shut. I have no one to talk to. The 1st year my husband was also non-supportive and at times cruel. He would say I was faking it and would act so put out if he had to take me to the hospital. It was awlful. How are you coping with things?
troyka
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