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Registered: 01-03-2001
Wed, 08-15-2012 - 1:09pm

Do you deal with depression along with pain or depression because of the pain?


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Registered: 06-06-2000
In reply to: cmkarla
Sun, 08-19-2012 - 11:20pm

I don't think I've actually ever been "depressed" as in clinical depression.  We tend to use that word now to describe having a bad day, when it's actually something that affects you for months at a time and is debillitating.  I will say that I have had a lot of days where I felt very sorry for myself, was upset and sad that I had to put off doing something I enjoyed because of the pain, and had a miserable attitude, but that's not really depression.  I can see how being in pain daily could lead to a true depression, especially if you weren't able to exercise, nothing but junk food tastes good, and you are watching everyone else live while you are on the couch in pain and exhausted after a long night of trying to sleep longer than 30 minutes at a time.  It's a nasty cycle, because FM makes you feel sad, and depression causes exhaustion and pain, so where does one start and the other end?  I suspect that is why antidepressants are at least partially effective for some people, whereas they make others feel like they are losing their minds and have nothing but bad side effects, like weight gain and flatulance, which could LEAD to you feeling hopeless and depressed......   There doesn't seem to be a clear cut answer for this one.

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Registered: 09-02-2003
In reply to: cmkarla
Tue, 08-21-2012 - 11:07am
I am lucky that I haven't had to deal with this but have seen people dealing with chronic pain issues that if not managed lead to depression - in which case addressing the physical pain may alleviate the symptoms of depression.

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Registered: 05-23-2012
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 6:10pm

I deal with it. I take both celexa and welbutrin. On just the celexa I could function somewhat but by 5pm I was sitting in a chair, near tears, in pain and unable to function. All I wanted to do was go to bed but I didn't even have enough motivation to get there. This is not good when I have 3 kids and a husband who leaves for work at 5pm. My kids are 3, 4 and 11. It is horrible. Adding the welbutrin helps the day to day but things still set me off.  Especially on days where I hurt so much.