mental health issues and lupus

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Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/17/2013 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone here have any mental health issues prior to diagnosis of lupus or health problems? Or mostly after? This is a very trying thing and people can make you feel totally crazy!

couchtater
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   Posted 10/17/2013 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
No my mental health issues popped up after lupus.
I think it's the constant pain and health worries that have brought mine to a head.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 10/17/2013 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tina:

I had serious depression issues when I was a teenager and it's followed me all thru my life. However, I started having chronic pain issues and lupus symptoms at age 17. I caught a nasty case of Rheumatic Fever at 17 and was never the same after that.

My depression has gone up and down over the years. I've been in and out of therapy multiple times. I've spent two hospitalizations as mental health inpatient. Once for an attempted suicide and the other suicidal thoughts and intent.

I currently began therapy again, I was told in May that I have leukemia in addition to my Lupus/RA/Fibro. I've found that dealing with my life the way it is, is very difficult. I've pretty much reached a point where my Doctors are all stumped on what to do next.

I've tried all the medications for lupus with no real success. I've been on high dose steroids almost 13 years now. My leukemia is non curable w/o the option of a bone marrow transplant even. So I'm finding it very very hard to be positive about my future. No real quality of life anymore.

Lupus really takes a toll on us and many of us are on anti depressants, some seek therapy, and others try to muddle through things. Whichever way you go, you're NOT crazy, lupus is hard to deal with at times. Try to hang in there and if you're having a lot of troubles, maybe consider a anti depressant or therapy, never know it may help.

Hugs,
Barbara
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.

Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/17/2013 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to check In tomorrow! I can't take anymore! I have nothing left in me!

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 10/17/2013 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina:

Awww......sweetie I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. I'm going to assume you mean that you're going to check into a mental ward, if not please correct me okay.

I hope that your stay helps you get the care that you need. Make sure they contact your Rheumy and have her come see you. That way she can prescribe any medications that you may need.

If you're going into the mental ward I hope that they are able to help you cope with things and get you feeling much better mentally. They do have some rules and you may find them a bit difficult the first few days, but you'll do fine with them.

I'll stay on a bit in case you have any question. Keep us updated when you can and I hope that you begin to feel better both physically and mentally really soon. You'll be in my prayers

Hugs,
Barbara
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.

Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/17/2013 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a mess!! I don't know what to do

Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/17/2013 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had all I can take:-( dealt with depression anxiety all my life, now all this and a marriage that has caused me major stress!! Long story, but I have to figure it out :-(

Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/17/2013 11:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm going to consult with my rheum tomorrow, I'm at a loss?

Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/17/2013 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Barbra, I hope I figure out something!! I've never mentally felt so bad:-( I just knows lot of things are not right :-( I've dealt with so much, it's time. Hugs to u! Prayers going out!!

couchtater
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   Posted 10/18/2013 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
How are you feeling today, tina?
I'm worried about you.
Did you get to see the doctor today?
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, OA, Depression, Allergies, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 10/18/2013 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tina:

(((hugs))) I'm sorry that you're having such a hard time. I'm very worried about you too? Did you speak with your Rheumy yesterday? Did you go into an inpatient facility yesterday?

I know I just bombed you with a bunch of questions, but wanted to know how you are doing and what was decided to do to help you.

All I can tell you Tina is, once you start feeling better, things will settle out and you feel a lot better. Happier, smile more and want to work on your marriage.

Please give up an update when you can. You hang in there, loads of prayers are being said for you. Will check on the forum tomorrow to see if you've updated anything.

Hugs,
Barbara
DX- RA, Lupus, Fibro, LGL Leukemia, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bells Palsy, Gastroparsis, Blood Clots, Glaucoma, Chronic Pericarditis & Pleurisy, Severe Anemia. Way to many medications to list.

Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/19/2013 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you everyone for your support! And prayers! I know life could be worse, I am just used to feeling in control?! But I'm not! there is a higher power, I have to get though tomorrow, from there I am not sure? But I will be some where, probably the university, where my rheum and other drs are, it's time, love hugs and prayers to all of you also!! Day by day is my motto right now Lots of love!!

diznyfrk
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   Posted 10/20/2013 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tina. I just read this today and I am very concerned for you. How are you feeling today?
Sharon
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Tired Tina
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   Posted 10/26/2013 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you ladies for your concern and caring, my psychiatrist changed my meds which is helping, I meet with him again Monday. Evenings seem to be the hardest :-(
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