I have suffered from depression pre and post ileostomy. Thee surgery is life changing and the emotional and psychological effects should not be taken lightly. Certainly, as Peggy wisely points out, nutrition plays a big part, but you may need to reassess the meds that you are taking to treat the depression. Their are many new meds out there with better efficacy and fewer side-effects.
I think it also helps to get out and move around. I'm far from an expert but I know I always feel better even if I just go for a walk.
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We are about
the same age and I know that just regular aging is tough to deal with let alone having a special condition. But, life can still be good as is definately worth fighting for. We still should have a couple of good years ahead of us and I for one am going to do my best to enjoy them to the fullest.
Keep in touch and let us know how you're doing. We're pulling for you!
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.