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Depression and Chronic pain
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Noca - November 9

Chronic pain causes depression and depression causes chronic pain. The depression seems like it will never end. Ive had clinical depression since 2005 and before that I was just Dysthymic. Is there light at the end of the tunnel or is depression a life sentence for those with chronic pain?


Canada17 - November 9

It does seem like a vicious cycle.

I can only speak from my experience with depression, I think I was lucky.

I have always been a realist and when my thoughts started to turn negative, I knew I had a problem. I was diagnosed bi-polar when I was 18 years old. The doctor put me on Effexor XR to help me cope. I read everything thing I could on the medication, I even read a "drug dictionary" as I call it that my sister had from school. The information was scary; I did not want to have to be on this med for the rest of my life.

From that point forward, whenever I had a negative thought (and there many) I would shake my head and force myself to think of things in a positive light. The bad thoughts occurred less and less and I was weened off of the meds after six months. I haven't needed them since.

As I said, I was lucky, and I know that. But when I took control of my thoughts and realized the effect they were having on my life, that's when things changed.


axxie - November 9

I have question for you, Canada17, do you think that the medication we are taking, could cause bi-polar?

I don't think so, but I'm not sure, but I should know, I have a girlfriend of mine who is bi-polar and a nephew by marriage that is also bi-polar?


Noca - November 9

I dont have negative thoughts other than I want to die. Thats not really a cognitive distortion so I cant really challenge it and make a balanced though through the use of CBT. I just feel depressed for no reason other than my poor health.


axxie - November 10

Noca, everyone of us, battle mood disorder, being depressed or hormonal imbalance, or endoctrine problem.

The pain, causes the depression, because we are constantly in some kind of pain.

I sometimes think, that maybe our problems are all hormonal, and endoctrinal.....

I've been taking thryroid medication for years now, if I forget just one day, I seem to be more depressed and feel that I have problems taken on the world and little problems bother me.

My husband says he knows if I forgotten to take my thyroid, because I'm constantly nagging. Go figure and I want to pick fights..... rather he says' I'm real opionionated....



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