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Depression and fibromylagia

From: AuntMorag - 6 years 40 weeks ago

I've had fibromyalgia for more than 10 years. It has disabled me, and I've lost my job and stay home most days. As I'm home I don't see many friends anymore and sometimes I go 2 or3 days withut talking to anyone (my son calls most days but he lives in Dalas so he can't come and see me). I think I'm getting very depressed. Sometimes I stay in bed most of the day (I can only say this becuase you don't know who I am or I'd be embarrassed).

Does anyone know of anything that can help depression? Don't sday exercise because it hurts too much. Does St. Johns Wart work?

AM

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I would definitely see a pain specialist. a drug like cymbalta is prescribed for both depression and fibromyalgia. It might be a good place to start.

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Thank you for replying. I am going to see my doctor on Friday and will ask him about this medicine.

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Thank you for replying. I am going to see my doctor on Friday and will ask him about this medicine.

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hi Aunt
what about walking,swimming or stretching exercises a week 3 times like 30 minutes.If you take massage and if you have acupress for on painful muscles it really helps.emotionally and physically.Sleeping is not quit well for fibromyalgia patient so do 10 times deep breath in / out ,

hope you feel better

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I am new to this webside...so I will tell you a little story....
Fybromyalgia will not KILL you.........You can get OLD with it.....You have to tell yourself ..you are "BOSS" over it. I was 18 years old...I went to bed and the next morning I could not walk.....The doctor came ( I lived in Holland where they still do that..!!!!) I had to stay in bed for 3 months...got a bottle with a very sour tasting medication...was told that I had "RHEUMATISME OF THE SOFT TISSUE" ( In Dutch) and eventually I got up again and lived on.....I want to make the story short if I can....It would come and go...sometimes I was fine for weeks and at once there it was back again......In the muscles...the ligaments...the tendons....I got a system for myself....Rest as much as I could if it was bad.....They had no special treatments for it. I treated it as part of me.......( I am a very optimistic person) I grew up...married.....traveled all over the world and in 1959 we came to the States......
When the pain was bad I saw a doctor...but he just looked at me.......did not say much about it. I did not even know the name in English he gave me something for pain. So I lived on the way I had done for so many years.....but the pain got worse and the time in between shorter.
In 1998 someone send me an article from a Dutch Newspaper and there it was....FIBROMYALGIA......It had a name and than I started finding out as much as I could...Found out that in the 1980 they had started to see it as REAL...not an illness..but a symptom of something...and they still don.t know what.....I am now 81.......I still have it......and now it does not go away anymore...but I am still the boss. You have to try to be optimistic. Every case is different.I have tried so many different medications......some with bad side effects.Over the long...long time (more than 60 years) I think it has made my ligaments and tendons very weak. I use a walker for 15 years already......
BUT..........the sun still shines........I cannot do much anymore...but I have lotts of memories ( my husband died in 1995.) It just is part of me and that is how I handle it...I hope one day they will find a cure....!!!!!!
For me (at my age) that maybe will be to late.......I don.t know how old you are....but try to get up...tell your pain that you are the boss....do only what you can do on very bad days...and keep contact with your friends. But don.t tell them constantly that you are in pain.....and don.t run from one doctor to an other..Try to find one who understands you and will listen to you......I hope I have helped you a little bit.

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