Depressed How is that possible

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kathybwi, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. kathybwi

    kathybwi New Member

    Hello Everyone,

    For some reason I am so depressed today. I am not even sure that is possible when I am on two antidepressants. I think it may be the pain or that I am very tired today. I could just sit and cry. Does this happen to anyone else?

    Hugs,
    Kathy
  2. nellie1953

    nellie1953 New Member

    Hi Kathy, I have been feeling like that also today,I think it's the pain but like you I am very tired Hope you feel better soon Love and Hugs Min from Scotland
  3. bknight104

    bknight104 New Member

    Hi Kathy,

    Yes I feel that way myself sometimes. Esp. when I'm very tired and in pain. Hope you feel better soon.

    Byron
  4. Valentina

    Valentina New Member

    Hi Kathy,

    Sorry to hear you're feeling low.

    I think it's possible to be depressed when you're on anti-depressants. I sometimes felt really low when I was on Paxil (I'm not taking any anti-depressants now). You never know what's happening in your system, and fatigue can be a HUGE contributor. I would just let yourself feel what you feel - crying can be an important natural release. If you can, try to get some sleep. I hope you feel better.

    We're here for you.

    Gentle hugs,
    Valentina
  5. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul New Member

    I have talked with several friends with FM and they agree with my theory on FM and depression. I found antidepressants just did not work for me, I was still depressed. I finally came to the theory that MY (please note the MY) depression was not a imbalanced chemical depression but was a PAIN depression. I was always in pain and always tired. I still liked life and my family but was too tired and hurt toooo bad to enjoy life and my family. I feel the pain depressed my energy. Once the pain was relieved and I got some real sleep, I now feel great. This is why I think antidepressants SOMETIMES do not keep FM patients from being depressed. Inflicting pain and keeping people from sleeping has been used as a form of torture! FM/CFS is a form of torture in my mind. You hurt, you're tired, it's OK to feel depressed about it. I think if you felt HAPPY that you were in so much pain and so tired, then you'd have a different type of problem! LOL I was at a point with my FM that if someone had told me Snake Oil would cure it, I would have been catching snakes and squeezing them myself! Keep looking for some relieve, there is something for you that will work! The antidepressants will help you till you find it! And remember to keep taking antidepressants until your doctors says it's ok to stop.
  6. suz41

    suz41 New Member

    Kathy:

    Sounds familiar to me, I felt like you described a few days ago. I was really tired, in pain but the FOG was thick. This is a day to be kind to yourself until your spirits perk up and the fatigue/pain decrease. Maybe talking with your doctor about decreasing the anti-depressants is needed unless you feel they are helping in some other way. I always find it hard to relax when I feel like this, have a good cry and take a warm lavender bath, who knows it might be helpful. Take care for now.

    Softest of Hugs,

    Suz
  7. Hippen

    Hippen New Member

    that there is a difference between being depressed and just having a "sad day". I have been taking an antidepressant for about three or four years(low dose). The antidepressants are not a miracle cure that makes all of our emotions go away. You are human and therefore have a right to a sad day. A good cry is a good thing...and I have even made myself cry on purpose as a release. I just feel kinda sad sometimes and turn on some sad music that I know will make me cry. The antidepressants take "the edge" off of the depression but life continues on for us...good and bad things continue to happen. All people have "Sad days" even if they are not clinically depressed. Just wanted you to know that you are not alone...we all have our days when we just want to cry our eyes out and sometimes there is no particular reason for it. I have a little bit of sadness in my heart and mind everyday for myself and for all of you on this board that suffer with our diagnosis. Being as sick as we are with no apparent rhyme or reason is very sad for all of us let alone dealing with the troubles of everyday life. I actually think we are all very strong for continuing to live everyday with our ill health constantly haunting us!!! Remember that we are storng but also human. Have a good cry sometimes and let out some of the pain and sadness. I send gentle hugs your way!!! Love, Hippen
  8. BILLCAMO

    BILLCAMO New Member

    AMONG ALL THE OTHER THINGS WE ALL HAVE TO FIGHT...AS STATED PREVIOUSLY..... WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH OR CAN'T DO : THE THINGS WE LOVE TO , LIKE TO , WANT TO , NEED TO , & SHOULD DO.....& ON & ON..... IF THESE DD'S ARE THE CHICKEN & BEING DOWN IS THE EGG, ....... THE CHICKEN CAME 1ST..... IT IS JUST ANOTHER CHALLENGE GIVEN TO MOST OF US BY THESE DD'S WE DIDN'T ASK FOR OR WANT. I GUESS THIS IS JUST A FANCY WAY OF SAYING.... YOU ARE NOT ALONE...... JUST DO THE BEST YOU CAN...... EVEN THOUGH IT PROBABLY ISN'T THE SAME AS BEFORE THIS UNWANTED "GUEST" CAME HOME TO ROOST.... PLEASE SHOOT THE "ROOSTER".... NOT THE MESSENGER.... TAKE CARE & BLESSINGS !!!!!!! BILLCAMO.
  9. lilchisler

    lilchisler New Member

    Hi Kathy and all...
    First of all, I, too, am lifting you all up in my thoughts and prayers. I am sorry that anyone has to go through the physical pain of this, but for me...the inner demons are harder for me to fight...please excuse the term. It has been a daily fight for me lately to not be depressed ( I am on effexor xr). I do think it has helped me or maybe I should say that it has helped those around me. I have tried not to be on it many times and I can't stand myself and the sad thing is...I have to be with me all day..haha. Someone wrote a post, sorry for the loss of your name, about depression coming from sheer pain and exhaustion. That was a great explanation for me. When I have overdone...the depression is very bad. Before this illness, I don't remember being like this. I had "sad" days now and then, but never sadness that lastest for days and weeks...and it seems that when the depression passes than the anger shows up. Does anyone else have a short temper? I am almost rebellious to anyone telling me anything. I can't stand this side of myself. Any suggestions on this.I feel like the tiger in the cage who has a thorn in his paw and anyone trying to reach in is a threat to me...even though most are trying to reach in and remove the thorn and ease my pain. I think when we are physically hurting, every problem seems large and even the slightest affront is taken as an attack. It is such a hard illness, because so many other conditions are associated with it. Every day is new and different. I know I have had better days than these. I guess that is what gives me hope. I hope for better days for you and that a shimmer of joy slips through and grabs on to you and all the rest of us too.
    "lilchisler"

    thanks for all the great responses. "lilchisler"
  10. kathybwi

    kathybwi New Member

    Hi,

    I am just like you I go from depressed to angry also. I thought I was the only one that happened to. I always feel like a caged animal and an isolated one at that. I snap at anyone because I am so easily annoyed sometimes. My children say that I am very grumby all the time. I try not to be but it seems the harder I try to be cheery but it is so hard to do when you are in so much pain. I also headaches so bad that I get sick to my stomache too. I must be miserable to be around.

    Hugs,
    Kathy
  11. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Pain can cause depression. It is very important to address our pain. Our pain usually has been going on for years and we just learned to live with it until it reached a certain level. By then, our whole systems were "rewired" to live with the pain. This includes depression. When pain is relieved, depression often disappears.

    The first time I achieved pain relief, I asked the doc if the medication contained an antidepressant. He just laughed and said, "No, you are just experiencing what it feels like to be pain free."

    If your pain needs are not being addressed, find a good pain specialist.

    Love, Mikie
  12. EMayer

    EMayer New Member

    Just like AHorseSoul said, I believe that there is a difference between depression caused by chemical imbalance and just being plain old bummed out...I mean common....who doesn't get depressed when they feel as crappy as we do, I mean not only are we in pain, but the majority of the time, nobody wants to hear about it and the Doctors won't treat it with the meds we need. When the dr. put me on antidepressants I was even more depressed like on Prozac...I would have these dreams that I could swear were real that I was not in pain and totally happy in a field of flowers or something and then I would wake up and cry for hours! I was like a zombi on those things....now that I'm not on those, I feel like me again, happy when I should be and totally bummed when I have reason...hope you feel better :)
  13. kim840

    kim840 New Member

    Good Morning,

    A couple of thoughts come to mind. When I have a day like that I just take a short inventory. I think of if I had enough sleep (ha ha), if I am in more pain than usual, if it could be hormones, if I'm stressed or concerned about any particular situation going on, things like that. Many times I realize it is probably hormones contributing to everything. Or, pain and/or fatigue. And for those of you who experience anger, that's exactly what sleep deprivation and fatigue, let alone chronic pain, can do to us.

    BUT, my husband suffers from chronic depression. What we've found through the years is that some meds work for a time but then stop working as good. You may want to journal your depression level from day to day and then talk with your doctor. It is certainly possible that your med is not working as it should and you need a change. Be very watchful of that.

    What Mikie wrote is so true. When I take my pain med and it works, boy does my mood improve and I have often wondered if it was working like an antidepressant.

    I'm so sorry for those of you who are really down today. Today is not my day I guess. I agree that with everything we live with we have every right to have sad days!

    And I am always amazed that we think we're alone in this or that symptom. I've found through the boards that we are NEVER alone. There's someone out there (and probably many) that is or has experienced what we are. What a blessing these boards are, eh???

    I will be lifting you up in prayer today.

    Marcia



    [This Message was Edited on 09/24/2003]

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