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Anti-depressants for pain control

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.


  • ShmooeySShmooey Posts: 89
    edited 11/28/2013 - 1:20 PM
    How are you doing now? Is the anti-depressant helping?
    (see profile for medical details)

    I *heart* my TENS unit.
  • MSGMSG Posts: 296
    edited 01/29/2014 - 8:33 AM
    After my hysterectomy, I got hit with the depression part of menapause literally overnight , & biodenticals saved my life. Not saying this will help with chronic pain, but being depressed doesn't help either, so maybe you can at least get some help with your hormones.
    We can't always control the cards we are dealt in life, but we can control how we play the hand
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