fighting depression

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by najerry, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. najerry

    najerry New Member

    Hi all, haven't been on the board for a long time. I was laid off my second job in Oct. Went to an attorney and am prosessing the disability route. The problem is since I stopped working, I 've become worse. Changed docs 2x. One only wanted my on steroids and would not write reports for disability.Now I going to a new rheumy..he rx aquatic therapy.....then he said he probably change prozac to cymbalta next time. I'm really getting so depressed not working being in pain and no real help. Anyone have suggestions???? Ive been rx vicodan which I take sometimes, but mostly aspirin.
    This new Dr lectured me on the fact that my pain thermastate is messes up.
    Does any of this make sense or do a need a phsychatist to give me mor meds.
    I knoe thr disability will take long but in the mean time i need hrlp feeling better. I'm in s.Florida any suggestions please??? Sorry I'm very mixed up.
  2. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    try the shake..put it into the search up top..

    i am in pain all the time sometimes worse..but i have been on so many darn ad's and have bad side effects...i am at a loss except try the shake...and be mentally positive...

    but i would suggest if you have the coverage a good psychaitrist to prescribe some ad's...tiral by error

    jodie
  3. matthewson

    matthewson New Member

    So your new Dr. lectured you on the fact that your pain thermostat was messed up, but he didn't give you anything for pain! Honestly, Drs can be so dumb! They should be cursed with chronic pain and then see how they would make it without pain meds!

    I would ask for a referal to a pain clinic. They are more equipped to deal with chronic pain. A vicoden once and a while is not going to do it. You need to be on a consistent pain med plan. Have you tried tramadol (ultram)? This has been a life saver for me. If you just have FMS pain, which to me feels like my skin is burning, it may work for you. It won't touch pain from say degenerative discs or other physical problems, but if you just have FMS, it might do the trick! I take it along with neurontin and the two together seem to work better than each one alone.

    I see the Dr. did mention Cymbalta. You might want to try that. Some people here have had good luck with it. It is an anti-depressant that seems to work for pain also. I haven't tried it because my regiment works well for me.

    Take care, and hope you find something that works for you. I would read, read, read this board and try some things that work for others here. That is how I found my regiment.

    Sally
  4. AnneTheresa

    AnneTheresa Member

    I experienced a worsening of symptoms while I was going through the disability process. It was a very stressful situation and kept me in a near constant flare.

    Once the insurance went through and my stress level decreased, I was more able to invest the time and energy into my own health and well being. This went a long way in helping my symptoms and improving my quality of life.

    One thing I've learned about being off work (I'm also prone to depression) is that I need to make and maintain a schedule of some sort throughout the day. No matter how awful I feel, I make sure I get dressed every day, make my bed, eat something healthy, talk a walk, etc. Some days I can do more than other days but I make certain to do something every day.

    Take good care. God bless,
    Anne Theresa
  5. Sunidayz36

    Sunidayz36 New Member

    I have major depression disorder also. I started taking cymbalta when it first came out. It helped with the depression and the pain as well. I also take another antidepressant. I get them from my psychiatrist so it may become helpful if you see a psych. dr. as well. They also understand the issue of fibromyalgia. I also take vicodin for any breakthrough pain when I get really bad. So you are kind of on the right track. Steroids are definitely out of the question! They are like a "band aid" and have many side effects that you do not need.
    I also do aquatic exercise class for arthritic people. That has helped a lot. It's in a warm pool & its slow exercises that work on the joints. SO that would be something to look into as well. I have been collecting SSDI for a year now but it took 2 years to actually get it. So I hoped this helped, good luck.
  6. mme_curie68

    mme_curie68 New Member

    Sorry to hear you are having such a difficult time.

    I do recommend that you see a psychiatrist to get help with the medications. They are the experts you need to help you find an anti-depressant that works for you. Unfortunately, when it comes to psych. meds, sometimes you are going to feel like a human guinea pig. Brains and brain chemistry are so individual and unique that what works well for one person may not work at all for the next person.

    There are other drugs that can be used in conjunction with an anti-depressant to help with mood stabilization. For managing your pain symptoms, I would encourage you also to go see pain specialists. There are other drugs in addition to narcotics that may help your pain.

    I know its a long and frustrating row to hoe but your persistance will benefit you. Start a pain journal and chart your pain on a day-to-day basis on the 1 - 10 scale. That helps the doctor evaluating you to know what kind of pain control may work best for you. Keep a list of what you take and when and if it had any affect on your pain. Note what functions you can no longer do, or what seems to make the pain worse.

    This way, when you go to see the doctor, you can show him/her your charting and how the pain is affecting your quality of life, and it shows that you are willing to work with your doctor to develop a longer term management program.

    Long-term use of aspirin is not a good idea. It is very hard on the stomach and can lead to gastric irratibility and bleeding. FM'ers in general tend to have easily irritated GI tracts or GI disease.

    When you ask for a referral to the psychiatrist, tell them you are feeling really depressed and feel that you need to be seen on an emergency basis, that you can't wait any longer because your mood is very unstable. This should get you in very quickly so they can start you on something sooner.

    Hang in there, I know it's tough, I've been there many times and it stinks.
    Hugs,
    Madame Curie
    [This Message was Edited on 04/10/2006]