I have some questions, so bear with me.
How long have you had your ileo? I ask, because, of course you shouldn't do abdominal exercises while you're healing from surgery, but once you're healed, you should be able to exercise without worrying about
getting a hernia. Just start out slow and increase as you build muscle and get stronger.
Were you generally a happy person before having surgery? It's normal to feel depressed after having major surgery. You have been through a lot and your body is healing, so try to be patient.
Have you had bloodwork done to check your Vitamin B and D levels? When those two are low, it can make you feel depressed. Also, if you're anemic, you can feel weak all the time.
If you aren't already, you should be taking a daily multivitamin supplement, calcium with D, and a B-complex vitamin, since the B's are mood boosting vitamins. Make sure you're getting outside in the sun for vitamin D, and take a walk every day if you can. Exercise is an excellent mood booster, so if you want to exercise, go for it!
What kind of foods are you eating? Do you have a favorite food? If you're healed up from surgery, you should be able to eat a variety of foods, especially your favorites, and want to eat. Have you told your doctor that you have no appetite? You might be dehydrated and need to get some IV fluids to feel better. Your doctor needs to know that you're feeling weak.
When it comes to prescript
ion anti-depressants, all of them can be absorbed by ileostomates, so I think it's just a matter of personal choice as to which one works best for you. The only pills we can't absorb are extended release tablets.
Did your doctor tell you that it takes a few weeks for them to work? How long have you been on them? If you want to try a natural anti-depressant, like St. John's Wort, you shouldn't take it at the same time you're taking a prescript
Have you ever tried Xanax? It works right away and makes you feel relaxed, especially if you are feeling anxious about
Can I ask why you had surgery? It takes a little while to get used to the new way your body is eliminating, but hopefully, once you get used to it, you will hopefully come to appreciate not being sick anymore (if you were sick before).
The bottom line is, I think you need to make an appointment to see your doctor and tell him what's going on, and please keep us posted on how you're doing.
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.