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Emotional side effects

Kris-NYKKris-NY Posts: 2,207
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Pain Medications
Very common on the meds we take is a side effect of change in emotions. Some specify violent tendencies, some depression, some just general changes to emotions.

Of course they tell you to let your doctor know if this happens. And I guess if it is visible to others you or someone would call your doctor.

But I'm wondering if others have found that they just have occasional random outbreaks of emotions? I have always had a soft heart but I find that I now can break out in tears at the simplist things. Just a thought can do it. Or reading a post and thinking about how it relates to me. Or thinking about the future.

Of course I do my best to hide this from my husband. I imagine he would just be impatient. Or think I'm going crazy. My daughter knows that anything relating to animals can make me cry. Over the years the kids have had reading assignments where the animal dies and I'm a wreck by the end of the book.

So I'm wondering if I am alone in this and should tell my doctor or if mild occasional outbreaks are common?


  • Kris,

    Nope! You're not alone. Like you, I hide the "girlie tears' from the hubby. He!! I can be watching a movie about a person getting screwed over, and I cry! I was watching a movie the other day about this woman district judge that was on the short list to be a Supreme Court Justice. This guy gave her the date rape drug, undressed her, did her, and then tried to keep her off the Supreme Court with threats of putting the CD of it on the Internet. She won in the end, yes it came out (but only to the President and cabinet) but she was applauded for her strength. Big tear moment when she was appointed! Stupid right?

    Certain things on the news, same thing! Now I only take Lyrica, Darvocet and Aspirin... I think pain that is constant Kris also affects our emotions. Just my thoughts there.. Taking the famous quote, No Kris "You are not alone"... :) *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I'm on so many meds right now, I am just an emotional wreck. I'm seeing a therapist and trying to get a handle on it, but haven't been that successful :( I wish I could hide them from everyone!

    I'm just always very uncomfortable and really rather miserable lately, which is really unlike me. I need to change my sig line to something much less cheery.
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  • I get them sometimes and I am very blessed for all I have..so no reason for way i get sometimes...

    I get very mad sometimes,like i'm gonna expload but I realize I am irish so could be my nice little temper.
    I do so feel it's pain meds that have added to my drop( of hat) crying moods...when pain is outta control I do take meds...which somewhat takes edge off pain..
    And I can tell when my body/mood is changing I personally have told my family..
    Warning Warning !!!!mom's taking her pills and they have learned to stay clear of my room...just for some short times i get weird feeling then I calm myself down thru meditation..

    I hate when i get the boo hoo's but as many have seen me in chat it happens...some days the pain is just exhausting and gets me very very down..

    And no anti-depressants help when i'm low i'm just low...

    Hang in ther and when you get those moments come here and post and let it all go
    We're all here together thru hell and sunshine

    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • Kris,

    Here's one for ya. I'm watching "America's got Talent" and I am getting teary with the judges decisions of going, not going to Hollywood!!! Hehehe, so, see, emotions. (G)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • there have been many times when i have just started to cry .sometime from constant pain but sometimes i just don't know why ..maybe frustration about not being about to love like a normal person /lack o=f sleep maybe who knows!!!kris i would not worry i think its part of the pain all the time thing
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  • Pain meds always make me incredibly weepy- my family has just had to learn that I'm fine even when I have my weepy moments. It can get embarrassing though because really small things can send me on a crying spell that is hard to stop...I know pain comes with depression, but for me the tearfulness is not a normal part of my pain- it only occurs when I've taken pain medicine.

    I'd recommend talking to your doctor about it. He may have some solutions. I recently tried Nucynta which is a narcotic with an SNRI in it, so it's not supposed to cause the depression that other meds do.
  • Ditto just about every above mentioned comment!

    I cry for just about everything. I can totally relate to the America's Got Talent issue lol and the animals. Anything having to do with animals, infants and children, and the elderly make me an emotional mess. Growing up I was not like that, almost to the point of being cold and insensitive. After having my first child things started to change. After these back issues, they DEFINITELY changed, opening up the water works. I was never really cold or insensitive, I just presented that way. Well, now there's no hiding it. I'm on 2 different anti-depressants and still cry for just about anything.

    My doctors have told me that if it gets to the point that I am crying uncontrollably, for no forseen reason, constantly, then there may be a further issue going on. But that doesn't seem to be the case. I just feel extremely more sensitive to just about everything. I'm thankful too that my hubby doesn't even think twice or give it a second thought as he's gotten used to this. He sympathizes and is soft hearted himself, thank goodness! We're all just a big ball of mushy mess :)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,348
    I think there is no question that people that are on pain medications and other medications for spinal problems tend to be more emotional.

    Part of the reason, I believe is because of the roller coaster ride we are on. Dealing with the Ups and Downs of chronic pain can wear anyone thin.

    Personally, I do not want/like to hide my pain. I know that the people that surround me have know me for so long, they can see when I am in pain or not.

    Just the other night at our Lake Community dinner, one woman said to be, I can see you are feeling better, like a bright light all over your face

    My pain comes out in my eyes. That I know is something that you can't hide from someone. Many people can not tell if someone is dealing with pain.
    Its not as if we have a brand on our forehand saying
    I am in pain . But one look into someone's
    eyes can tell the truth.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • emotional and sad time in my life. I never had any children, but a "once in a lifetime" dog named Maddy who I had to put down in April due to kidney failure. I had her for 13 years and to me, it was like losing a child. The last few months have been really tough, like I'm going through the motions but not really living or have any hope for the future. I have my husband, but he seems to handle life hurdles much better than I do. Of course, living with some degree of pain 24/7 always adds to the mix. It may be time to consider an anti-depressant, but I don't look forward to adding another pill to my daily meds.
  • Kris You hit the nail on the head I started to tear up reading your post and the responses. I think just being in 24hr pain is making me a lot more emotional. The meds probably have some impact also but I am definately on a roller coaster. Luckily my "support system" gets me and knows that sometimes I just need to have my "moments". Take care!!
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