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Porter , I can't read a thing you wrote , but I can help you with your depression. I was down , real down with depression ,so I called my doctor and ask for somthing , they gave me xanax and Cymbalta and besides my pain I feel alot better mentally. Now I can deal with things , the only problem I'm having is my memory is going to the dogs , my wife laughs at me because I can't remember things ? I'm thinking it's the 150 mg Lyrica I'm taking thats causing my memory loss ?

Chin up my man , thing's will get better :wave:
Porter buddy, sorry you're going through this. I to had became depressed, really depressed a few months back. I lost my hope and I think that's what's the worst. Loosing our jobs, our lives basically, and we have to regroup change things. Not what we want. I went to my family doctor and asked for the cymbalta...he said it worked two ways, one was ofcourse depression the other was for nerve pain. He explained it to me like this,

When you take a pain pill like vicodin it goes to some place in your brain and trys to block the pain signal.
The cymbalta works at the spine, to block nerve pains from even going to your brain.

I don't know when he said it, it made sense. But anyway, it has helped me alot with the depression ALOT to where I felt tons tons tons better.

Also, my surgeon told me that nerve's can take up to a year to rejuvinate...and I know you are in pain, but don't loose your hope ok, you just went through a major surgery it takes time to heal buddy.

Are they giving you neurotin or lyrica for the nerve pain? If not I would ask for it.

I also take the xanax it helps me personally with all of the anxiety going along with it, like not having an income etc. It definitley helps take the edge off.

I lost my career to, and I know how you feel buddy. I think we have to refocus on what we do have, what we can do, maybe there are things that will turn out for the best, that would have never happened if we didn't go through this...for the best you know. I guess what I am trying to say, is that God has a plan for us, even if we don't know what it is.

Don't loose your hope buddy!!! I know it sucks to go to the doctor and confess that we feel this badly, but my surgeon told me that this happens to anyone living in chronic pain. He also told me that after a long time of pain your brain actually starts emitting a chemical that makes you depressed, and he usually recommends it for anyone living in chronic pain.

I hope you come here and keep posting, come on buddy, we are all in this together and we all understand.

Sending you prayers that you feel better..vette