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Depression and Pain
January 12, 2011
6:19 pm
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Is chronic pain always accompanied by depression. I have a lot of pain from arthritis and have been diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I wonder if pain medication makes this worse?

January 13, 2011
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The pain medication could be making your depression worse, although it's not unusual for the pain itself to be causing your depression too. I would suggest talking to your psychiatrist about your pain medication in terms of how it relates to your depression. A good psychiatrist should know whether you're taking the right combination of pain medication and psychiatric medication to treat both your pain and depression.

January 22, 2011
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Thank you. I've had a feeling that this was making things worse. I really don't like taking the pain medication but sometimes I have no choice. Sometimes I wonder if I'm sabotaging myself by NOT taking them soon enough. I will take to my practitioner at the next visit about this.

January 24, 2011
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I have fibromyalgia so I can understand where you are coming from. I don't have the depression all of the time, mostly it gets to me when I am having a flare up. I get depressed then because it is hard to think about living the rest of my life in all the pain and not being able to do what I want to when I want to. I have had doctors push anti-depressants on me for it but I refuse to take them.

January 26, 2011
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Rhyannon,

I've confronted the fact that I can no longer physically do what I wish to do. I can't even envision that any action by me will make a difference. I'm currently in physical therapy for a knee injury but the whole issue is being impacted by the fibro pain. Believe it or not, I'm one of the few males with fibro. I get some funny looks from everyone when I tell them I have it.

January 27, 2011
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That is true it does affect more women. That is one thing I haven't really accepted that I can't do what I used to. I push myself hard all the time which I know isn't good but I'm not ready to admit it I guess.

January 27, 2011
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At some time, you pretty much just have to admit that things just will never be the same again. Today has been a very bad day with a capital D. I've managed to exacerbate my pain today and have had to take pain medication all day long. I hate this type of day! 

June 4, 2013
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Depression in patients with chronic pain frequently goes undiagnosed, it often goes untreated. Pain symptoms and complaints take center stage on most doctors' visits. The result is depression, along with sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, lack of energy, and decreased physical activity which may make pain much worse..Some treatments can improve both chronic pain and depression.

December 5, 2013
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Pain killers will always make you feel better.

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