I have multiple issues and have lived with back problems since age 6, I am now 41.
I was on an anti depressant for the longest time as just a part of my regimen to manage my chronic pain - mental and physical. I began with hormonal issues and other female problems last year and required a total hysterectomy in march this year. I thought I might not need the anti depressant anymore since I wouldn't be so 'crazy' from hormones. Thus I weened off of it.
Worst mistake of my life. I had NO IDEA just how much it helped my pain - particularly my neuropathy and lower extremity pain. I cry every day on my way home from work due to the pain in my feet and low back. I tried a new anti depressant with no success this time. Just last week I saw my doctor (whom I LOVE) and we restarted the one I was on prior to my hysterectomy. I hope and pray that it will work again because I don't know if I will be able to work much longer if it doesn't.
I admit I am feeling a little self pity these past few months. I am so glad I found this place.