I am a district manager, so under quite abit of pressure. But I love my team. I have also been battling chronic back pain and conditions for 3 years. I take a daily concoction of solpaldol, Tramadol and pregabalin to get through the daily pain. I am with the pain clinic and I do have more options planned. But my main concern is that all this has changed my life completely and if honest with myself I have been feeling depressed for 6 month or more because I can't take the daily pain anymore and still try and work with all the tiredness and pain. 2 weeks ago I plucked up the courage to tell my doctor how I am feeling..I wouldn't let him sign me off as I don't want to let my team down and he put me on fluoxetine 20mg... I still feel so down, I don't want to go out, go to work as I hate it now, but I do and put on a brave face or I do not want to do anything really.. I am tearful and this is totally not my personality type. People come to me 4 help and I support others... I am hoping someone can reassure me it will get better as I know it can take longer to feel better on this. Thank you if you do take the time to reply.
Hi Catherine: These medications are unpredictable, as they work differently for different people. First thing you need to do is contact your doctor and tell him what you are experiencing from the fluoxetine. Maybe he can augment it with another med, a "quick-acting" one, temporarily, till that one has a chance to kick in. He might be able to add an anti anxiety medication in the meantime. I hope you start to feel better soon. I know you contacted your doctor 2 weeks ago, but it's time to have another conversation with him. G
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