Hi Everyone and thanks to anyone that can offer assistance!
My mother had a disc in her neck replaced on January 10 (10 days ago). The surgery went well however she has several new problems to deal with. She was in sever pain for 6 weeks before she had surgery.
A "doc in a box" as my sister calls it (urgent care facility) mis diagnosed the ruptured disc for an inflamed muscle or arthritis and prescribed her prednisone. After 5 days of the prednisone, my mom and everyone else thought she was losing her mind. SHe was depressed, crying, having "crazy" thoughts as my mom would describe it. Then she was prescribed nerve pills and some pain pills up until the surgery. Oh and coincidentally, she had a urinary tract infection right before the surgery that is now clear and she was prescribed medication for that too.
Now, after a succesful surgery, she is having anxiety, insomnia, burning bowel movements, loss of appetite, and panic attacks where she is having trouble breathing.
Her GP just prescribed her lexapro. My questions are as follows:
The doctor says he is prescribing this to unblock her receptors for seratonin and it should only be for 3 months, does a GP understand the intricate working of the brain enough to prescribe this drug?
After dealing with extreme pain for 6 weeks (the surgeon used the word excruciating) and the combinations of the pills have a significant effect on seratonin levels?
Is lexapro safe for a 56 yr old women?
Could it be menaupause or other hormonal changes that happen to be taking place at the same time? Other illnesses? (they are not checking for anything else)
Would hypnosis help? Any natural substances for depression? Like S-adenosylmethionine or SAMe?
could the prednisone, which was early on be still effecting her?
Sorry for all the information and long description but I live 3k miles away from my Mom and desperately need answers as I will probably move back if necessary.