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thoughts on depression + pain

Posted by floatingbridge on April 2, 2010, at 15:08:09

Still teasing out the relationship and then finding sustainable treatment.

With my pdoc's & gp's permission, I'm continuing daily 'pre-emptive' hyrocondine until my psyiatrist appt. I credit my pdoc w/ recognizing that my daily pain level is abnormal--I didn't.

Why do I feel more energetic w/ Vicodin?
Well, I'm not qualified to answer; how I
feel is more comfortable, less fragile. Bending, engaging w/ my child, housework are all easier--even possible. Keeping my kitchen floor clean was a task I needed to steel myself for, never
mind waiting for the 'right' day. (And
when those 'right' or 'good' days do come, there is quite a backlog of tasks queued up!) I've marshalled cbt, dbt, every cognitive technique I had access to.

So, my personal, layperson's pending answer is that pain-relief is largely responsible. I had no idea how much discomfort I carry daily. The build-up, I imagine, was slow accumulation. Depression, what ever that is, is envolved, of course. I've never fully recovered from my first breakdown ten years ago.

I've been reading about ultracet as an antidepressant pain reliever. Horror stories abound--and maybe it won't be
right for me. Could the withdrawal from tramadol xr be so much worse than effexor or pristiq? Whatever rx I take is
for life, irregardless.

The danger I see, in my case, would be
tolerance--the need to increase dosage.

TCA's are shown to relieve pain for some.
Can maoi's do that, too? I know there's cymbalta, savella, lyrica....after years of ssri, snri experience, I am skeptical of trying them.

Thoughts so far.
(To anyone successfully trading in an snri for tramadol xr, or other pain-relieving med, I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to babblemail me if you like.)




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