I'm getting so down with all this. I've tried so many meds and don't tolerate them well. Being totally alone in a new state and home is not easy. My family is in NE and now my son wants me to move back so they can help out. I can't afford that area and think it would only add to my "woes". I hear your stories of how hard it is on your "spouses" and think maybe I am better off alone, til I get better? I just don't think a med is going to "fix" me, I need to get this back fixed! Seems my son has me half dead, wants me to buy a new home near them and give me an "inlaw" apt, plus baby sit! Not much family left and not a good support system either. I love my new home just have not been able to get out to meet people and do activities due to my pain. Sorry to vent, having the "blues".
Have you tried Celexa? I am not sure if that is how it is spelled. I am going to give it a shot. Everyone that I know is taking it for depression. They call them their happy pills.
It can be really hard when you are someplace where you don't have a support system. My mom is in a place with really no family members left. She went out and joined clubs, groups, just to get out. There are people of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds out there. Our paper publishes a page with lots of different groups to join or volunteer opportunities. The lunch buddy and or the reading to kids programs work well for getting out, meeting people and getting to be around kids. It only takes one hour, as many times a week as you like, and it is great for taking your mind off of the pain for an hour. It is amazing how working with kids takes you away from the pain.
These boards are a great support group. It allows you to talk to people with like problems.
I walk for depression and lay in the sun for fifteen minutes a day. I bundle up and go out no matter what. If I can just get sun on my head for fifteen minutes, it is better than before.
I was on anti-depressants before the back pain, but they only work to a point, I have spent many a nite crying my eyes out over the pain. My husband & family get tired of hearing it, I can understand that, as I'm sick of this whole mess myself, so it gets to the point where you have no one to talk to about it. I guess coming here is one way to vent, as most of us here are in the same boat. Sorry to not be much help, but I've been in pain in the thoracic area of my back since last Oct. Have been to two different therapys & so far, no one has been able to cure it!!!
Thanks QuietCook! I really can say it's not totaly "depression" I do have such a positive outlook on life. I just am in constant PAIN. When I get that under control all is ok. I am truly blessed with my life right now, just unable to do anything. Yes, I do have a great specialist I am seeing Friday. I will know more after that. I am just praying I can hold on til August when my medicare kicks in. I've gone this long, and I have an appt with pain mgt on Wed and hopefully get some relief, no more trying to deal on my own. I am one tough cookie but it's getting old, so willing to take some relief. The docs I see on sparatic moments just throw anti d's at me, I am not depressed I am in PAIN! yes they go hand in hand but give me relief and I am ready for anything!!!! So keeping my fingers crossed for finally getting a specialist, and I think Erlanger Tn is good, I will finally get fixed? Ain't dead yet!!!