Well, you certainly are getting a lot of exercise. Is it too much? There is a balance between too little and too much exercise to treat the pain of fibromyalgia. It sounds like you have tried a lot of meds. Be very proud of yourself for having tried so many medications. That's not easy. Imagine that you tried Savella for your fibro which has "cured" many people's fibro from the reviews. I couldn't stand the nausea from it to treat my fibro--so too bad. But Trazodone has helped me quite a bit with my fibro.
Several questions to ask you. 1) When the anti-depressant stopped working, did you try increasing it? I was on an anti-depressant that stopped working and I was in severe depression. Just increasing it completely took away my depression a month later. 2) Have you tried MAO Inhibitors? They are very seldom prescribed because you have to avoid certain foods, but I never felt so good as when I took that. A bit too good in fact. 3) Have you been to a good psychiatrist who can give a mixture of medications to you? Sometimes just adding something like Abilify can make all the difference. 4) Have you tried ECT? It's not terrible like it was in the far past. Wouldn't it be worth a try rather than you struggling so much?
I feel really bad for you, but there is hope for you if you haven't tried everything. And there are always new meds coming out because so very many people suffer from depression. There could be a really great life ahead for you. I hope that you won't give up. Let me know if any of my suggestions are new to you. Wish you the best.View Thread
You don't say what meds you are taking or how much overweight you are. What size are you? It sure sounds like you are doing everything right and must be healthy as a horse. Sure you can talk to your doctor about it.View Thread
Can you get some counseling to help you through a very difficult time? Also it sounds like clinical depression is a genetic trait that runs in your family. Have you tried MAO Inhibitors such as Nardil? If so, then why not try ECT? It is not the nightmare that it was in the past, and it doesn't sound like you have much to lose since you're considering ending life. And all you will be doing is adding more grief to the rest of your family who are already reeling from your family deaths. Get help for yourself. You deserve it.View Thread
If your meds didn't help you, then they need to be increased, or you need to try meds in a different class. Have you really tried meds in all the major classes? You sound like you have clinical depression since you know that reality is good. I had a wonderful life in every way and knew it, but was severely depressed. Finding the right medication fixed everything. Then I got severely depressed due to very bad life circumstances. It was so situational that I didn't think anything could help me. But just raising the anti-depressant completely took away my depression. Your life and happiness is in your hands. Don't give up.View Thread
I don't know why you stay with a man who is no doubt harming the children with his anger and mood swings. If he won't seek help, then you have many years in agony, but more so for the hchildren. If your children don't even want to come home, why don't you leave him and let your children feel some peace. Even if you have to live in a "shoe box", it would be better.View Thread
I agree with Rohvannyn. You don't state any reason why your parents should stay together other than that you as their child would like them to. That's very typical of children. I think that the only thing that could possibly help them is to go to marriage counseling. You could certainly suggest it to them. But from what you describe, I only see personality differences that have worn terribly thin. Can you consider that your parents might be far happier if they were in fact apart? The alcohol use might go way down without the constant stress of the marriage. Sorry that I don't have a more cheerful answer for you. You take care.View Thread
Have you figured out that nothing but nothing you can do will make him better? He has to be the one to change and seek help. Why do you stay with such an abusive husband? Your children will be much better off if you leave him. You would be better living in a shoe box than staying with him. The only thing that you could do which MIGHT help him to change, would be if you left him. Kick him out of the house. And by the way, your husband suffers from a lot more than depression.View Thread
You are suffering from fibromyalgia and severe depression. You say that when you refuse to try another med, it ends there. The doctors don't have anything else to offer you.
There is one thing that is not a medication that the fibromyalgia experts say is the single best way to treat it and that is exercise. You have to start off very slowly. You could start with swimming or slow walking--not too far. Then increase it.
Regarding your depression, you've only mentioned one anti-depressant. You need to try others in different classes from the Cymbalta. You have to try to get better. That's the only way. It's in your hands.View Thread