mood are so different sometimes i can't sleep, sometimes i start crying, is been couple of times that i dont take a shower for 4 days, i feel so miserable... my life complete change, i need help.
Are you on any meds for pain or other problems? I was just wondering because if not you could be dealing with some depression. It sounds like all the classic signs of depression. Have you talked to your doc about this? It is important to find out what is causing this. I know I've been there and it's no way to live. Especially since there are so many ways to treat the problem. There are some really good antidepressant meds out and therapy to help deal with the problem. Hope this helps a little. I'm sure other wonderful people will have better answers than me when they are back on in the morning. Just wanted to let you know I understand and will be here if you want to talk.
Your friend -Terri-
It sounds to me like you are having a bit of depression. This is not uncommon in people who have chronic pain. Your symptoms are all pretty much classic textbook picture! You should talk about this to your pain Dr or your PCP, even if you dont feel necessarily sad, all the other symptoms point to possible depression. The good news is that there are ways to treat this condition. There are many medications that are antidepressants AND work to combat chronic pain. Cymbalta, amitriptyline and nortriptyline are the names of a few. There are also non medicine ways to combat depression too. Getting a bit of exercise can help a great deal. It doesnt have to be formal, in the gym, exercise, it can be just a brisk (or as brisk as you can go) walk, preferably outside in the fresh air and sunshine for even as little as 10-15 minutes a day on most days. Chronic pain effects the chemicals in the brain in many ways.
Getting a bit of exercise can help to release endorphins-our "feel good" chemical and being out in the sunshine can help us to get the Vitamin D that our bodies need. Studies have shown that chronic pain often comes hand in hand with Vitamin D deficiency. Chronic pain not only affects the bodies chemistry, there are many changes in our lifestyles too. It is difficult when we cant get the good, restful sleep we need and we cant get out and do things that we used to take for granted and just the general feelings of uselessness that come along with pain and a back condition. It is important to make time to get a good 7-8 hours of sleep. Set yourself a time for bed and make every effort to BE in bed, sleeping, by that time. Do not take the phone and the computer in the bedroom and keep the TV off. The bed should be used for sleep and sexual activity only. Studies have shown that all our modern day distractions in the bedroom detract from out ability to get a good nights sleep and we pain patients need all the help we can get, right? Also be sure to try not to nap during the day. We pain patients tend to nap because we are hurting, so we go lay down on the bed to stretch out our backs a bit, and then that lack of sleep combines with the drowsiness from our pain meds, and before you know it, we are asleep! Napping in the day throws off our circadian rhythm/body clock. By not napping, and setting a time for sleep and sticking to it even on weekends, will help to reset your body clock. It is also important to eat a good, well balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, fiber and plenty of fluids, preferably water, to stay well hydrated. Fruits, vegetables, water and fiber give us the "roughage" and fluid we need to keep our bowels, which can be slowed down by medications and make us feel sluggish and fatigued, soft and regular. Another important thing is to take time to laugh and be with people that are important to you. Laughter is truly the best medicine, or at least one of them! If you dont have anyone of your family close by, perhaps you can go to the park and observe the children play. Kids are wonderful to be around and for me, they always say things and do things to make me laugh. If kids are not your thing, then perhaps animals. Nothing is funnier than watching a litter full of puppies wiggling and rolling around nipping at each other without a care in the world and just loving life! Slow down and take time to smell the flowers and breath in the fresh air and just imagine it refreshing your spirit too! Take time to remember the things that make life wonderful and worth living-so many of us are so busy in our lives that we forget to do this every day. Even if you cant get out, there are so many sites on this computer that show stunning vistas, funny videos of kids and animals-you name it, you can find it online! Set up your computer on a site to send you a funny, sweet or beautiful picture and maybe a caption every day. A persons spiritual health is just as important, if not more, than their physical health! Coming on this site and trying to help others helps me to feel better. If you can, sometimes it helps to try volunteering at an old folks home or a daycare. Seeing the older folks gives you a way to help others and perhaps to realize that there are many others struggling too and just maybe making a difference for them will help make a differnce in you too! I have found that older people know so many stories and they have seen so much change in their lifetimes and all of that history will be lost once they are gone. They love to tell those stories to someone who listens and then that history lives on because someone remembers it! Helping at a daycare or elementary school-perhaps you could go in to read some of the little ones a story or help the teachers in some way and being around all that youth can being uplifting (and exhausting too, yes? just be sure that if you go volunteer that they know you are not able to lift). Taking good care of your body is important but it is equally important to get a good physical by a Dr to be sure none of these symptoms are from a physical cause. Having a bad back is not easy. It affects every part of our lives and I truly know how you feel as I feel the same way sometimes. Hang in there and I hope that you get to feeling back to yourself soon! Dzoo
Hi, you have already had 2 great responses. I just wanted to reply also as i have been in a similar situation to yourself. I had a bad back injury a couple of years ago, i'm guessing not as bad as yours, as i didn't need surgery. I was however bed bound for weeks, even sitting in an upright position was too painful. I didn't go out for some time and did start to feel very depressed. Back pain is one of the worst, because it takes over your whole body. I don't know if this is the same with you, but i had shooting pains just by moving my arms or legs. Anyway, my point is, that it is often quite common to become depressed when this kind of injury occurs and from what you have described, it does sound as though you are suffering from depression. As Dzoo has mentioned, there are some good medications that can help combat both pain and depression.
I was prescribed Amitriptyline which definitely helped. With this type of drug you have to be patient, and wait some weeks for it to work, but it is worth it. Do you have someone you can talk to about this? A friend or family member. If you haven't been assessed by your doctor recently, i think it is important for you to arrange an appointment. As Dzoo also said, the benefits of light exercise and getting some sunlight can really help. If you are restricted to your home, another option is to get a light box. This can also help improve feelings of sadness/lift your mood. Please feel free to write back, for advice or just to talk.
You list sleep disorders also, & a good nights sleep where you go into the REM stage helps a great deal with pain & depression. Just my thoughts... Benadryl is a good way to help you get to sleep. Try a couple of 25.mg tabs of ust benadryl alone at first if you are not taking other meds. If you are on other meds type them all into the interaction checker in blue at the top of the screen to see if the interreact with benadryl before trying it. It really helps me get off to sleep at night. Just take 2 about 20 to 30 minutes before bed, & relax. I usually watch TV, & my hubby comes to wake me to go to bed... Mary
Well I have couple of meds for my back pain but i dont take it than often..i have oxy 20mg, gabapentin 800mg and Norco 10-325 like i said i dont take it often... Before my surgery my doctor prescribe me celexa and didnt like the effect make feel soooo weird, also cymbalta too and i didnt like it either...
Last nite i went to bed around 1am wake un couple of times then woke up at 7am make breakfast and comeback to bed and i sleep for 3 more hrs... i dont know why sometimes i cant sleep at all and sometimes i just be so sleepy.
Thank you everyone for your responses. Tomorrow i have app with my Doctor lets see what he can say and help me with this.
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