I'd like to hear from others who have had depression all their lives, I've tried numerous meds. Prozac worked well for about 6 yrs. Then stopped working. Now I take Effexor XR 225mg daily with fair results. I also take Lyrica 100mg in am and 50mg in pm. Depression is still a big issue but am fearful of adding more/another med because of the CFIDS and fibro. DR. suggested Cymbalta and possible Abilify. Have not been able to work for over a year now due mostly to CFIDS and fibro. No income. No insurance. Still depressed! Plus I just turned 50!! Life wasn't suppose to work this way but I guess it could be much worse!
Depression, CFIDS and fibro?
- 31 Aug 2009 by cntry gal
- 31 October 2016
- abilify, prozac, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs), anxiety and stress
Added 31 Aug 2009:
Forgot to say I also take Dexedrine 30mg at first for ADD but also for the fatigue issues. I am also on thyroid replacement 0.1mg of levothyroxine. I take an adult aspirin daily along with 1000mcg of vit B12. This regime has kept me somewhat stable but if I miss even 1 day I have a major "crash" that could last 3 days to a full week!. The CFIDS part is the hardest to deal with.
Hi cntry gal, I've also had serious trouble with depression as far back as I can remember. As a kid, I was a cutter and also took tons of any sort of pills I could find, hoping they might kill me. I went on to a serious addiction problem. Oddly enough, when I was just turning 30, I ended up getting zapped with a defibrilator... this seemed to reverse a lifetime of depression. As soon as I woke up after that, I felt as though the depression was gone. It was entirely strange and took quite awhile for me to actually believe. I wondered about it for the longest time and finally came to the conclusion that the defibrilator acted like a shock treatment! I know... it's totally weird!! Anyway, I went right into a detox and got off all the drugs. Several years later, I started having trouble with pain issues and began taking percs. Before that could lead me to more serious trouble, I got back on a methadone clinic.
I had always found that methadone worked extremely well on my most serious problems: pain, depression and bigtime sleep trouble. I'm now getting off of the clinic because of some stupid reasons that I won't bother you with. I have to admit that I am concerned by the possibility of the bigtime depression returning. It's been gone for about 21 years! I guess my best advice to you would be that if you are experiencing a lot of pain and depression trouble, you might want to consider calling a pain clinic. When you compound pain with depression, you can feel very trapped and hopeless. They may be able to help you find a solution. Best of luck to you, keemo7
Hi! I think I have had depression longer than I would like to believe. I have been trying to figure out what was wrong with me for two years now and they finally diagnosed me with Fibro and Rhematoid Arthritis and Lupus. So now I'm going through the trial and error of finding the right "cocktail" of meds. I too am on Prozac, dosen't seem to be working anymore. I'm on Neutron for pain. Nothing works and people look at you like you are fine. when you are actually scremaing in pain. Plus I too, turned 40 in April. My doctors has mentioned trying Lyrica, but I'm nervous to try it as I heard it was addicting. I have a feeling that dealing with Fibro is going to be a never ending battle. Take care.
This is for cntry gal and Missy. I have found the biggest problem with fibro is the fact we beat up on ourselves just because nobody can see our pain they don't think it is real. All you need to know is you know what you feel, and beating ourselves up only makes the depression and pain worse. As far as the meds and hoping fibro is not never ending, unfortunately til they can find a cure we will always have it. Maybe at times only in flare ups, but I know the last ten yrs have been hell. Missy I guess it is harder to control pain once you had problems with meds, but if methadone helps the pain then dont beat youself up. I hope things work out where it can still help you. It's easy for others to label people or judge, but they don't walk in your shoes. To you both I would say taking this disease one day at a time is all you can do. They are coming up with new meds and don't call it addiction call it dependence.
These meds are a god send and they are there for a reason. It is nothing you planned on. I have been thru alot and thought I could get thru anything til this knocked me out of the game of life. Most of it was and is caused by us pushing ourselves to the brink and not giving ourselves enough credit or slack. It seems unfair that people who give so much to others without thinking of themselves are the ones who end up with fibro. Self-centered people usually always make it because they do put themselves first. Cntry gal dont beat yourself up because all the meds just keep holding on and trying new things til something works. As far as the depression my mom fought it all of her life, but thankfully there is alot more help out there than before. As I said before, cut yourself some slack and don't give up. Both of you will be in my prayers. Luvdazy
That's a lot to have to manage for sure and I get your hesitation about a new medication if you've found some form of 'stability'.
Abilify helps many people, but its side effect potential is high - not for everyone though, and even if you do experience negative side effects they may not be too bad or last too long if it's the right med for you. Make sure your doctor lets you know what you should expect and what you should lad check-in about, which is always ok anyway if you're concerned.
Effexor and Lyrica both can react with Abilify and potentially cause dizziness, confusion and fatigue (among a few others) so your concern is warranted.
Another consideration, Abilify causes some people to be unable to sleep and makes others sleepy - if it keeps you awake you could take in the morning and it may actually help with your fatigue (this isn't the most common outcome, but it's still enough people to be reported).
You could still try it and stop if it's too bothersome by the side effects or if you find it's not helpful.
I have weird medication reactions frequently (like corticosteroids take so long to metabolize in my system if I must take them due to asthma, I take the infant dose and still feel icky and have insomnia for extreme periods) and so I have added many non-medication add-ons to help fight-off depression and feel my best possible. I have found a minimum of 15 minutes exercise makes a huge difference, such as: stretching, gentle yoga, walking, gardening and more depending on what you like and can do. I've used yoga (types: gentle, yin and restorative) and found my hypermobility put me at risk so I even got my RYT-200 to learn how to safely continue yoga and now I don't have to pay for classes too! The 15min minimum of exercise is true for everyone, but especially when in a 'special population' (like us). Exercise should be modified to your level and the potential injuries you are most at risk for identified and what to do to avoid injury.
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