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CandacecomCCandacecom Posts: 1
edited 04/29/2015 - 8:39 PM in Depression and Coping
Just had spinal fusion surgery 6 weeks ago and I'm off all pain meds but depression is setting in ... I was on Paxil before surgery and I don't know if this is normal or not in feeling hopeless


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  • Hi Candace,
    We are all here because of serious pain/ back/ neck problems and we are here to help. You are only 6 weeks out. Please be gentle with yourself. Your body has changed and you do not yet know what the new normal will be. Each day has its own set of challenges and triumphs. Healing thoughts coming your way.

  • Depression & chronic pain go hand in hand. Post surgery depression is very, very common, I've been told its something to do with the anesthesia causing chemical changes in us. I know it completely sucks but at least you can rest assured that you're normal. Best of luck with recovery. Take it very slow & steady & if you need a little prescription help don't be afraid to ask. Depression is common, normal & treatable. Your poor body & mind has been through (& is still going through) so much.
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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You say you were on antidepressent before surgery?
    Did doctor resume that med postoperative?

    You might want to remind doctor of that part of your conditions.

    I have been treated for depression prior to chronic pain and continues to present.
    Feeling hopeless may be a struggle that many experience....but for myself, I will never accept it as "normal".

    I continue to see psychiatrist and work through issues and feelings...meds tweaked and changed throughout the years.
    I want the best of life I can...joy, hope in the future......and you deserve such, also.

    Not all need to think of life long depression..many only need a little help during a transition...such as dealing with pain.

    Healing takes a lot of energy. Keeping your thoughts clear will help that energy stay with healing process.
    Talk to doctor about everything you are going through.
    You're not alone!
    Good luck

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  • While antidepressants generally help people to cope with the depression, one of the bad side effects is that if you stop taking them immediately and with no psychiatric supervision, you can get more depressed than you were even before. Thus, you have to speak with your doctor. Also, you said that you are off pain medications, but if you feel severe pain that is not treated as whatsoever then it is natural to be depressed and hopeless. Pain medications are used to help in the transition period and as well when you feel terrible pain and you should not be reluctant to take them when needed.
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