RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

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peanut1
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Re: RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

Postby peanut1 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:31 pm

Ann,
I do think if I can get over my terror about the ADs, I think I CAN cope with the situation and can keep my job if I get an electric scooter. I just don't feel I have my sleep stabilized enough to do that right now.

I feel just like Beth did with her post on death the answer. On good pain days I don't feel that way and that happens once in a while, but many days I feel like my life is over. There is surgery, but my podiatrist and 2 other orthopaedic surgeons have recommended not to do it stating I will get more pain down the road. However, I have known people who got the surgery and were happy. If this is my life: no sleep, chronic pain, depression and anxiety, unable to be mobile. What the hell am I here for?

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Re: RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

Postby Polar Bear » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:41 pm

Perhaps allow yourself a specific time span to try the ADs and see if they help. Say 3 months. Though it is possible that it might take longer than 3 months if there was a need to try a different AD, or to adjust dosages.

If this is my life: no sleep, chronic pain, depression and anxiety, unable to be mobile. What the hell am I here for?


If your depression was treated might you feel more optomistic about life.
However, each person has their own views on ADs and should decide for themselves what type of meds they do, or do not, wish to take.
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Re: RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

Postby ViewsAskew » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:17 am

peanut1 wrote:Ann,
I do think if I can get over my terror about the ADs, I think I CAN cope with the situation and can keep my job if I get an electric scooter. I just don't feel I have my sleep stabilized enough to do that right now.

I feel just like Beth did with her post on death the answer. On good pain days I don't feel that way and that happens once in a while, but many days I feel like my life is over. There is surgery, but my podiatrist and 2 other orthopaedic surgeons have recommended not to do it stating I will get more pain down the road. However, I have known people who got the surgery and were happy. If this is my life: no sleep, chronic pain, depression and anxiety, unable to be mobile. What the hell am I here for?


I know that I am supposed to say something wise and upbeat...but I honestly have no answers. Wish I did. The best I can say is that - in my experience at any rate - things surprise me when they change and all the sudden it's different/better/resolved. Things that didn't seem possible occur and end what was hell.
Ann - Take what you need, leave the rest

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Re: RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

Postby peanut1 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:34 am

Thank you Betty and Anne,

I have a new neurologist and he gave me lyrica sample and also a prescription for endocon? which I think is an offshoot of oxycodone. He had to also prescribe me some anti nausea meds since I get so sick on the Vicodin. I need to get the sleep stabilized before I can think about a regular antidepressant. I am on the sam e which I think is doing something, but am not exactly sure. (sam e is a natural antidepressant that has few if any side effects save for mild insomnia.) For exercise, I've learned how to swim without using my arms due to a shoulder injury which is also interesting. If my feet feel better after this treatment I might be able to walk in the water. I really do miss working out though or even swimming in a meditative way and the walks in nature, but if I can stay out of pain, neurological and foot pain, I can manage somehow even if the mobility is limited. My hope is that the opioid can work for both.

I think part of why I got so down was that I was worried about that the new doc (old one retired) would not give me what I needed due to the pain killer crackdown. I was so worried I'd have to go out there looking for less than reputable sources to help me take care of that pain (and sleep) and that so depressed me.
So I guess you were right Ann, that sometimes things change and end that hopelessness.

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Re: RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

Postby peanut1 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:44 am

endodan is the new drug I was prescribed

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Re: RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

Postby peanut1 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:59 am

Finally, I did talk to a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon today and he was able to answer my questions and calm my fears about what the other doctors said about the surgery. I still have 2 more ortho specialists I want to interview. So there is some hope re: the chronic pain. However, it may be a while before I'm able to get the surgery.

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Re: RLS, Depression and Anti-depressants

Postby ViewsAskew » Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:15 am

So happy to hear all of this, Peanut. When are you thinking of having the surgery?
Ann - Take what you need, leave the rest



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