anti-depression tablets for chronic pain?
January 29, 2012 8:52 PM Subscribe
It's been about six months since I last brought up depression and taking tablets with my therapist. I think I'm going to bring it up again in my next session later this week. For those dealing with chronic health and pain issues, did you find anti-depressants helped you manage and maintain a semblance of normal function?
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I'm coming up on my one year anniversary for being on medical leave and am preparing to move to disability. Long story short, it's related to inflammatory arthritis with a primary diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis. I've been on pretty much all the normal therapies and am about to start my second TNF antagonist, but the long and the short of it is, it's aggressive and not under control.
As soon as I realised this wasn't going away, I began working with a therapist. Mainly to keep my head straight and try and stay rational about the situation. I asked at one point about starting anti-depressants. His response was that he didn't think I needed them. That I was managing a difficult situation maturely and as reasonable as could be expected. My GP is also against the idea of any extra tablets. (in fact, so am I)
I'm beginning to disconnect and lose track of the pain, fatigue, motivation, and ability to get on with things. Plus, I now seem to have something neurological happening with frank muscle wasting in locations with associated weakness (Drs confirmed), so I'm about to enter into another involved diagnostic cycle. All the while trying to maintain a positive attitude.
I've always been against the idea of anti-depressants, but at this point I'm not really seeing a down side to giving it a try. I would love to hear your experiences.