Is there anyone with fibro that doesn't have depression...

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by deb06, Feb 4, 2006.

  1. deb06

    deb06 New Member

    Is ther anyone in chronic pain and everything else that goes with fibro, that does not suffer from depression and anxiety? I also have agoraphobia and personality disorder and some things I can't pronounce... Debs
  2. smiffy79

    smiffy79 New Member

    in the list of additional symptoms for fibro is 'reactive depression' which i know i have but its not the same as clicical depression of depression as you would think of it.
    although with reactive depression we sink to that big pit we easily come out of it w/out needing meds or help.
  3. schaken

    schaken New Member

    I have fibro and a couple of other things related to it.

    But I don't suffer from depression or anxiety attacks. I thank God for that.

    The rest is enough for me.

    Tender hugs.

  4. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    when I go into a bad relapse then I can get down about it but after a day I'm fine again, I know I just have to see it through.

    I'm very lucky because I know many people get depressed and there really is no choice there.

  5. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    however, I don't have depression. I have anxiety at times.
  6. dancingstar

    dancingstar New Member

    I have low seratonin since my Effexor nightmare. I was never depressed until I both took and withdrew from Effexor...but it's starting to pass. I'm laughing like normal again.
  7. laspis1

    laspis1 New Member

    I did not have depression, but with the onset of FM I developed anxiety. When I discontinued lex 6 months ago I did notice that my mood started to decline very slowly. I have also developed other symptoms and anxiety hit me like a ton of brick. I wander if this is the case with most of FM people, where we are more prone to anxiety rather than depression, although that does not mean some of us do not have depression along with the rest of it.
  8. SusanEU

    SusanEU New Member

    I have a few bouts of depression in the past, nothing too serious, but my biggest problem is the Panic Attacks/Anxiety. I find that even worse than the pain and the fatigue.

  9. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    I am always on the go about calling sadness and being fed up or disheartened exactly what they are. The word depression is cast about far too much. I honor those with true depressive illness, it is the pits, but many of us are called depressed when in fact there is a reason we are feeling the way we are, rather than our illness having an organic base. Organically based depression results from the incorrect firing of neuro transmitters in the brain, and it is true that some physical illnesses or the medications used to treat them can in fact cause the organic neuro firing results. However, if we are really sad, tearful and down due to the pain, chronic nature of our illness or because we are lonely or being treated badly, then this is a true melancholy caused by outside events. I think many people when chronically ill may get either of these types of "the blues" and "a lot more than the blues"-typical would be post partum depression. I used to like to really talk to my clients and asxcertain exactly where their melancholia was coming from, as often, therapy or just being given support will help alleviate the one, whereas the other may need chemical intervention.

    So I do get frustrated, sad, mad, tearful from being in pain. A,m I cli ically deprressed? No. Do I get very worried to the brink of being anxious? Yes, Do I have anxiety disorder? Not yet!!!

    Much love to all as this DD really gets to us all, it IS very hard to deal with and we all deserve a great BIG HUG for sticking it out as well as we all do! (ps I make these distictions as far too many docs use our state of being down to explain how our illness is all in the mind when relaly it is a chicken/egg situation.

    Lots of love and blessings, Anne
  10. deb06

    deb06 New Member

    I got worse with the depression and developed the panic attacks and agoraphobia after filing disability and being called a liar etc etc. It about destroyed me. I am hoping that now that the 5 year ordeal is over- I can slowly get better.

    At this point in time- I can say that depression is probably more debilitating than the pain from fibromyalgia. It affects every minute of your day and your enjoyment of even your favorite activities. Love, Deb
  11. lease79

    lease79 New Member

    I've had it in the past, but am happy to say that I haven't suffered from it at all in the past 3 years.
    I was sent to see a psych & he concluded that my depression was caused by the FMS/CFS not the other way around ;)
    I got rid of the depression & got myself anxiety. Go figure!
  12. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    I have them all big time plus cfs..
    The anxiety/depression and agoraphobia are so much worse than the cfs and whatever else I have..I am waiting on an appointment with the rhuemy..

    Haven't been able to tolerate Antidepressants but do take xanax for anxiety..

    I didn't have anxiety etc until after my cfs..
    Sure can relate,
  13. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I'm not sure if I'm depressed or not!! LOL

    I know I never was before this disease hit me.
    and I think I did pretty well for a few yrs.

    But I get extremely bummed out nowdays.
    (just looking for a break)
    waiting and hoping all this goes away.
    But it does'nt.
    Its been 12 yrs. and I'm not getting any better.
    so,..yea,..I'm depressed having FM. but not in general.
    (man! am I making any sense!!) lol
  14. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I have fibro, and am not depressed anymore....

    Before I found a doctor to help with my pain I was very depressed. I've had alot of stress in the last several years. In addition to fibro, I have a elderly mother who is very ill (and demanding).

    I have one brother who only recently started helping with my mom. Anyway, once I got help to control pain the depression got better.

    It seems natural to be depressed when you are in pain day after day - also isolated because you don't feel like going anywhere.

    My fibro is much better these days and I have learned some lessons.

    I cannot do it alone, I ask for help.
    Careful not to over commmit myself to others, learn to say no.
    Eliminate toxic people who make me sick - I have a stepdaughter who is very mean. I decided to stop all contact. (She is older, married, etc).
    Found a excellent pain specialist who works with fibro patients - he is my angel.

    I also had a terrible time with anxiety and am also getting better. I use a small amount of Klonopin each day and it really helps.

    [This Message was Edited on 02/04/2006]
  15. pam_d

    pam_d New Member

    I absolutely agree with you about depression being more mentally and physically debilitating than FM.

    I have FM, but my sister-in-law has suffered from very severe depression for many years (but no FM). I definitely agree that it affects the entire scope of her life, much more debilitating than my FM. She too suffered from agoraphobia.

    It's only been in the last six months that she has found the right combination of drugs to help (and she continues weekly therapy, too). She is starting to become my smiling, joking sister-in-law again, and I'm so happy. She's such a sweet person, and I can see that again!

    Hang in there and keep working on finding the right combination of therapy, drugs or other treatments---it took two decades, really, for her to find what seems to be working for her.

  16. jfrustrated

    jfrustrated New Member

    I used to have depression and anxiety, and the occasional fully blown panic attack: I also still have a reluctance to go outside sometimes, which I fight hard to overcome.

    I think that it's all due to chemical imbalances - fix these and the "psychological" issues resolve themselves.

    I have had the best results from SAMe and Bach's Rescue Remedy. Both these things have helped emotional stuff more than anything else I tried.
  17. katykat24

    katykat24 New Member

    I have depression, severe depression actually, but i had it long before the fibro - it runs in my family. I do get really bad anxiety which only started after I got fibro.

    I think for most fmers, the depression is a reaction (reactive depression?) to the fibromyalgia, and not a long-term (necessarily) thing.
  18. deb06

    deb06 New Member

    It is good to hear from people who know and believe you fully. I can just imagine all the eye rolls behind our backs. Luv, debs

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