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Oct 02, 2014 10:52 PM

no matter what I do, can't seem to shake this down, depressed feeling. I have a lot to be happy and thankful for..2 beautiful grand daughters that I love more then anything. I can't even put my finger on any certain reason why I am feeling this way. doctors say it's part of the lupus....so tired of everything being "part of the lupus"

Oct 03, 2014 8:09 AM

Treat the symptoms. The side benefit of certain Antidepressants, such as Trazadone, is that they actually make certain Analgesics more effective. If your Doctor hasn't already suggested an Antidepressant, fire him, because he or she is incompetent.
Hang in there, you are going to be all right. You have already identified that you have much to be grateful for in your life, which bodes very well for your prognosis. Obtain appropriate treatment for the Depression and Anxiety, and you will be amazed at how good you can feel, despite the pain!

Oct 03, 2014 12:20 PM

I think people forget humans are emmotional creatures it is when it becomes unmanageable that we need help. I have fibromyalgia and working on other health issues. I am on antidepressants and I have anxiety. The meds do not take away all the bad emotions or feelings. Let's face it health issues and not being able to contol them suck. But opening up and talking about issues can help. Sometimes unloading is therapeutic. Maybe a coucillor, minister, support group or so on could be helpful. You are not alone. Best wishes.

Oct 03, 2014 4:18 PM

You are definitely not alone!!! Sorry you have to go through this. Just like your grand daughters mean a lot to you...trust me, the feeling is mutual. Last week I felt like you. My grandkids came over, I felt better...I also pictured their life without me...I think it would ruin their lives. Hope you feel better!

Oct 04, 2014 2:03 AM

thanks for the encouraging words. I have been on antidepressants for years, they did help for a long time. over the years they had to be changed of course ...seems like the last year they just are not helping. I can't take a lot of them as they made my symptoms so much worse...hopefully this is just a long bump in the road and it will soon settle down

Oct 04, 2014 5:47 AM

Miss SA, you shouldn't be ashamed of feeling depressed and struggling with it. People, including myself, who have to deal with chronic pain all feel overwhelmed with wondering about the future, never mind having to deal with the pain of now. If you think you can't get a handle on your depression it would be best that you seek professional help. Talk to your doctor about it.

I am attending a course called mindfulness health from chronic pain, which teaches you meditation to control pain. I am new at it so I truly don't have a handle on how to meditate yet and I am not sure it will help me with chronic pain but I can say that many people who have taken this course claim it does help with the pain but even more importantly it helps with your mental health. I can see how it will help with that if you give it a chance as its all about clearing your mind and calming yourself. I have to admit I do feel some temporary relief after meditating and like I said, I am new at this. I recommend you ask your doctor about this and other mental health options in your community.

Oct 04, 2014 10:37 AM

thank you, it certainly is worth checking it out. I've dealt with all other mental health options here, this has been an ongoing issue on and off for over 20 years. it just seems that the last couple it has gotten harder to deal with. I am definitly going to look into meditation..thanks

Oct 05, 2014 1:27 AM

MissSA, if you are on opiates for pain control you may want to discuss with your doctor about other options as long term opiate use can lead to depression as well as a feeling of pain, which is weird because its prescribed to deal with pain.

Oct 05, 2014 8:16 AM

You also build a tolerance to them and they eventually don't work. It's hard I know. I told my Dr. I'm afraid to not have pain meds. Not because I seek pain meds but because I'm so afraid of the pain!! Try to use them very limited.

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