Always angry, always on the edge after surgery

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   Posted 11/9/2010 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
So people like us have been through a lot over the years and I have fought this for almost 14 years now.
After my surgeries last year and the JPouch not working I became really "tough".
Then I reverted back to an ileostomy this year and went through a really bad blockage experience caused by adhesions and since then honestly life has been great. I finally am taking no medications and generally feel a lot better.
However, I'm always on the edge, snapping at everyone. Don't smile as much anymore, just plain serious all the time.
Anyone else experience the same? Do I need to see a doctor for that? all they're going to do it put me on a bunch of pills. :(

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   Posted 11/9/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Could either be depression or PTSD. Both are common after years of chronic illness coupled with surgery and recovery. about 6 months after my surgery I sought help for depression when I realized that surgery didn't address the depression. I took antidepressants for about 4 years which helped tremendously. I have not been on them for over 5 years now. Do yourself, and your friends, co-workers, and family a favor by getting treated. It's totally normal.


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   Posted 11/9/2010 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I've already spoken with my doctor and he's recommending prozac ... sounds scary. :(
What medications do others around here take?

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   Posted 11/9/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm doing Celexa and Wellbutrin. So I am on 2 anti-depressants. When I first started the Celexa, the first couple of weeks were weird and I felt out of sorts, then it kicked in and I felt a lot better.

Most anti-depressants take 2 to 6 weeks before they start working, but it made a really big difference for me. I feel a lot better. More myself.

TLC - take good care of yourself.
51 - male - in North Carolina near Asheville
UC is GONE!! Permanent ilieostomy on July 8th, 2010.
Stoma is named "Sparky".

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   Posted 11/9/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It's totally normal to feel on edge after everything you've been through. A low dose antidepressant will help you feel more like yourself again, so it's nothing to be afraid of.

My dad died unexpectedly two weeks after my proctocolectomy. After 6 months of feeling really sad, my doctor suggested a low dose of prozac. I wasn't thrilled about taking it either, but it really did help me feel like my normal self again.

Plus, after 7 years of being sick with Crohn's and then suddenly well after surgery, I think I had some PTSD, because every time I had a stressful day at work, I would panic and think that the Crohn's was going to return. The medicine helped with that, too. I took it for less than a year and when I felt like I was ready, I weaned myself off of it, and have been fine ever since.

If you choose not to take any medicine, exercising is a great way to boost your mood naturally. :-)

Take care buddy,

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.
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