Is lupus and depression related

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cilly
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   Posted 4/13/2016 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Any one else has lupus and anxiety/depression issues.

Are they related.

Thx yeah

Lynnwood
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   Posted 4/13/2016 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
No, not related except that anyone with Lupus, just like anyone with any other chronic illness, is liable to become depressed as a result of the pain and limitations of an illness.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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Melissa D.
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   Posted 4/14/2016 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I do have depression and anxiety, it may or may not be related to my lupus. I believe it's mostly caused by medications and the fact that I've had to alter my life style so much from what it once was before my illness escalated. Both my depression and anxiety have worsened lately, to the point I tried to take my own life at the beginning of February. This is totally out of the norm for me, my rheumatologist knew that and became very concerned and believes my lupus is affecting my brain and neverous system. I am going in for another MRI and seeing another neurologist for a more through work up.

Please talk to your doctor if you are depressed, lupus related or not let your doctor help you.

Hugs,

Melissa
Married the love of my life, mother of 2 beautiful adult children, 1 amazing daughter in law, and 1 grandson who is truly a gift from God! lupus SLE 1996, sjorgrens, raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and lupus NPSLE at 19. I try to live life as though everyday is a blessing, otherwise it would be hard to put one foot in front of the other...hugs

Lynnwood
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   Posted 4/14/2016 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Another kind of workup regarding brain issues is a "neuropsych" exam. Performed by a neuropsychologist, this tests your comprehension, response times, and lots of other things that involve brain function. I found it provided quite a wealth of information - and was quite helpful when was applying for disability.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
DIAGNOSING LUPUS & HW's LUPUS 101
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cilly
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   Posted 4/18/2016 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not have insurance which makes things worse,my lupus has slowed my response time and reflex actions .

I cannot follow up with rheumy.
Try to manage with Aleve ,Tylenol.

I have to try disability for sure.
Cilly

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   Posted 7/9/2016 1:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, sometimes I feel depressed to but I think it happens because of my depression to this disease, not because of lupus. And sometimes I think the medication also cause depression. It's hard not to feel depressed but I'm trying to.

Bsime
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   Posted 7/9/2016 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Lupus can cause clinical depression as can some of the meds, like corticosteroids, used to treat lupus. Below is the link to the Lupus foundation and their explanation of it. Of course, any of us with a chronic illness can experience depression and it might not be clinical. Most eventually cope with it and accept our new normal.

Hard not to be depressed when faced with such life changing circumstances that will be with you for life....or until someone comes up with a cure for lupus and other autoimmune diseases.

http://www.lupus.org/answers/entry/can-lupus-cause-depression

Bill
MCTD (SLE Lupus, polymyositis, scleroderma). Diagnosed 2005. Kidney, liver, GI tract, dysphagia, raynauds, barretts esophagus, quadriplegic in 2005. Recovered and now active in downhill skiing, golf, hiking. Meds: amlodipine, benezapril, omeprazole, potassium, folic acid, vitamins, maxide.

Remain Optimistic and you can overcome.
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