Re: ?... Who used antidepressants before Lupus?
I was placed on anti-depressants about a year and a half before diagnosis. I had so many things going on I don't know where t0 begin. I had terrible leg pain when walking, joint pain all over, dizzy spells from mild to so severe that I thought I would pass out, when i walked it felt like my feet were about a foot or more off the ground and my feet would hit the ground very hard because of my perception that I was so high up, I had trembling very bad throughout my body and I was so very weak I cried at the thought of trying to get to the bathroom. MY doctor didn't know what was wrong with me and he sent me to a Neurologist who did an MRI which was normal and an EEG which showed I had a seizure disorder....in the end he diagnosed me with depression. At that point in time I didn't care, I just wanted some kind of an answer. I got to the point though where I felt like I was going crazy and I actually called a Psychiatrist and spoke to her for 1/2 hour over the telephone explaining what was wrong and she finally told me that in her opinion I needed a second opinion from a medical doctor and that mental problems were not the cause of my symptoms....I was just that desperate. i wanted to just go to sleep and wake up when I felt normal again. I ended up with another Neurologist who immediately did bloodwork and found that I was Hypothyroid so I started on Synthroid. A few months later when that leveled off I was no better so they did EMG tests and found my nerve pain was from Neuropathy. Then he diagnosed me with FMS and did more more blood testing and I had a positive ANA so he sent me to a Rheumatologist. He did a complete evaluation and I explained everything to him and he said he didn't think I had Lupus and he continued to follow me as I started with 1 infection after another, bronchitis, pneumonia for 6 months, hepatitis, lost all the muscles in my legs, asthma....so many things that would just spread from 1 area of the body to another....it was very scarey.....and finally the diagnosis!
Since then I have had just slight flares, nothing quite as bad as that one, thank God. And to this day I am still on anti-depressants as with each flare I tend towards being down and emotional when i am sick. Also, anti-biotics make me depressed or kind of down in the dumps, but it all fades as I go off them. This is a crazy disease and virtually anything in our body can be affected. None of us knows what the next flare will bring, however I have noticed that I tend to get all the same things but each time they are a little worse than before. The mouth sores, nose sores and scalp sores, spasms, joint pain, and the overwhelming tiredness is always a problem.