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Started by trees. Last reply by Emma W Feb 4, 2013. 20 Replies

well no one seems to want to have a discussion about depression so I thoughtI would start one. Two days before Christmas. I have been recently diagnosed with depression. so I am on yet another pill.…Continue

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Comment by JW on October 1, 2014 at 3:26pm

Thanks for your encouraging words Dana.

Your understanding and support is much appreciated.

Comment by Dana on September 29, 2014 at 10:57pm
Glad you felt you could vent some of it, JW. I've been fighting PTSD a long time, too, and it goes in cycles. I finally got real enough with my GP that he was able to work with me on an anti anxiety med in addition to my antidepressant that I can take for weeks, if needed, when I am waking up screaming and then on high alert/ angry for days, either because of the dreams or just along with them. Who knows which came first, usually. I hope you find something that helps, and that they get some of your other diagnoses sorted out. It is very hard to figure out which drugs are causing what, isn't it? Vent when yu need to. Remember that the PTSD and the arthritis both wax and wane, so hang in there when it is at its worst. It starts feeling like there never was and never will be a time when it all hurts less, but that time always comes around again at some point.
Comment by JW on September 29, 2014 at 9:36pm

I appreciate your support and understanding. I have mixed feelings about putting it all out there for everyone too see, but I feel a bit better getting it off my chest.

Thank-you Seenie

Comment by Seenie on September 29, 2014 at 5:24pm
We do understand, JW. You're in a dark and difficult place right now, with not only PsA but many other things as well. You are lucky to have a GP who is taking your depression seriously. What's discouraging is the wait list for psychiatric help -- surely one of the worst things about our health care system. (The waiting list for a rheumatologist being the next worst!)
Your GP is going to be one of your best supports in this. Here is another resource which I think is probably available to you --
Sometimes just venting here, as you say is what you need. And that's what we're here for.
I hope you'll be seeing just a glimmer of sun before long.
Comment by JW on September 29, 2014 at 3:11pm

I'm having an incredibly rough time right now. In addition to my PsA, I've been dealing with depression for years. The depression and anxiety I deal with stem mainly Ptsd. The Ptsd diagnosis is relatively recent (3-4 years) but the traumatic event(s) all happened quite some time ago. Seems it all stated when I was a child, at home.

In addition to my PsA, I have Raynaud's disease (diagnosed 10 + years ago). I also have moderate hypertention and just purchased a BP monitor last week. What's really distressing to me is that it now appears that I may have Sjogren's. I cetainly have many of the symptoms. My Rheum. sent me for bloodwork last week, I am awaiting the results. I've also seen an Oral Pathologist because of a lesion on my upper lip (inside). Oral thrush comes and goes frequently.

I saw my GP last week about my depression. He straight up told me that I should have a Psychiatrist, but they're in high demand and in short supply in this area. I have to get on a waiting list. Back to the depression: I have a long history (20 + years). I have tried many antidepressants, but the only one that has ever worked for me was Imipramine, tricyclic. Lately however, the depression is overwhelming, the medication doesn't seem to be working. It worked well for over 15 years. My GP has now started me on Wellbutin, XL 150 initially, while cutting back my Imipramine from 100mg to 50 mg with a follow up in a month. Here's the thing: A day or two after starting the wellbutrin, my mouth became Incredibly dry, and the lesion inside my lip is driving me crazy. Is it the new med? I stopped it a couple of days ago, trying to figure this out. The dryness also occured about two days after seeing my dentist for a cleaning. I'm trying to get this figured out, but with all my medical conditions, the number of medications I'm taking (over 12) and the possibility of Sjogrens, it's difficult to say. I should also mention that a cold sore started about the same time (last week). I'm also a smoker (not good, I know - trying to cut back). Being as depressed as I have been, I've also been drinking far too much. That also need to be addressed. I'm just so overwhelmed with all of this stuff, and there's more to be honest. I don't know what else to say, I guess I just really needed to vent. 

This post is far from uplifting; I do hope you understand.

Comment by Dana on September 25, 2014 at 1:01pm
I had done really well on Zoloft (sertraline) for a number of years, but it just stopped helping. We went old school with the old tricyclic imipramine. It not only helped the anxiety and depression, but it also dulled the edge on the pain just a tiny bit. I found I could go an hour or so longer between doses of pain meds. I still go to counseling about every two weeks, but the levels of both depression and anxiety have benefitted from the med.

Comment by Jen on September 24, 2014 at 8:44am
Thanks Seenie. Input so welcome! I've only got to assume that Aus docs are just a little behind, as with biologics, so any info on what you guys are doing in North America is very useful.

Comment by Seenie on September 24, 2014 at 8:34am
Hi Jen, dealing with the brain symptoms is worse in some ways than managing the physical symptoms, isn't it. I tried many anti-depressants before settling on paroxetine (Paxil). Even though it didn't really do the trick, I figured it was as good as it was going to get. Then I asked the doctor for bupropion (also used for smoking cessation), and that is when I turned a corner. Fabulous! I do take a tiny dose of paroxetine with it. Hope this helps.

Comment by Jen on September 24, 2014 at 7:11am
So, how is everyone going? I seem to end up back here every 6 months or so.....even with what I'd describe as good disease control. It's getting very wearing. I've been managing it myself for a long time (not recommended - I know), but finally feel I've reached my limit and despite any pride it's time to get extra help.

So, I'd particularly like to hear any stories of what helped you. Meditation, meds, counselling, whatever (but please - I already eat incredibly well - so no need for lectures on that one!)

I'm currently taking humira, no depression or anxiety meds ( I appear to have symptoms of both). I'm planning to head to my GP in the next couple of weeks (oh just a couple more days denial.....)
Comment by notanymore on January 8, 2014 at 6:06am

Have a Good Day . The sun will shine and you will feel better- Really it will happen!!!

XXXXXXXXX from someone who has been down the rabbit hole and came out the other side. Stay warm and try on a smile today.. LOL


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