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pain, depression, and anxiety

emma777eemma777 Posts: 19
edited 04/25/2015 - 7:01 PM in Depression and Coping
Hello everyone, I am 66 years old and have been diagnosed with spinal stenosis. First, they did an X-ray and said I had arthritis of the hip. They have me a steroid injection. It didn't work. Then they did an MRI and saw that it was my back, not my hip that was causing the problem. That is when they diagnosed me with spinal stenosis. I had a spinal epidural almost 2 weeks ago and I am still in pain. Now, severe anxiety and depression has joined the pain. Could the shots be causing this anxiety and depression? How do steroids affect the emotions? I live alone and have no one to depend on close to where I live. Should I go to another doctor? I am scared! Emma777


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    You don't mention how long you have been dealing with the pain. It's not unusual for depression and anxiety to be a part of chronic pain. There is an article here...The Blend.....you might find helpful in finding ways to cope.

    I don't know about steroids re' emotions. I have had several epidurals and most ineffective. I remember the disappointment didn't help my already present anxiety with the chronic pain.

    I, too, am very alone and on daily basis, that can take its toll. But I've learned that for me, it's easier alone than with someone not understanding and pushing for me to " feel better".
    I am blessed with few friends who try to understand my situation. But they have busy lives.
    But I've learned to ask for help..ex. help to do grocery shopping.

    Also, about last three years, I've been working with social worker...at no cost to me. She has been tremendous help with resources that I didn't know were available. With enough notice, someone would drive me..shop for food, doctor appointment, help with light housekeeping. So far, I shop with friends about once a month and have not yet needed other assistance, but it's good to know what is available.

    With good communication with my doctors about my conditions, my depression is under control.....so much better!
    You are not alone! We can be a support to you. It's also beneficial to have support system where you live...with skin on. :)

    Keep in touch with how you are doing
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  • I have been dealing with pain for about a year. I have decided to go to a spinal specialist and not have anymore epidural shots that don't work! My former doctor put me on hydrocodon-acetaminoph 7.5-325 to take every 6 hours as needed. Granted, my situation is depressing; however, after I started taking the hydrocodon, the depression grew so sever that it frightened me, I started researching my pain medicine.and found out that one of the side effects can be depression and anxiety. I immediately stopped taking it. My depression is still there to some extent but so much better. Pain meds can cause depression in some people!!! I just want everyone to be aware of this. Benzos (valium etc.) can also make depression worst. I think a lot of the medicine that we are prescribed just may be contributing to our depressions. Thank you everyone and stay well.
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