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Is it really depression?

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  • Posted By: Chrispcat
  • April 13, 2007
  • 05:34 AM

I have had major depressive episodes as far back as the age of 15 (I'm 39 now). When I was in my 20's I was actually diagnosed with clinical depression and I've been taking anti-depressants (of all kinds) ever since.

The thing with me is that sometimes I have a weak feeling in my body but I don't think of it as normal fatigue. It isn't always consistant with my depressive episodes. I can be depressed and not have the weak feeling or I can have the weak feeling and not be depressed. I remember as far back as the age of 18 having this feeling. The docs would tell me it was stress and I just needed to exercise. I excercised and felt the same or worse.

To me it feels likes it's in my blood.. like everywhere my blood goes I feel weak. There is nothing that takes the feeling away even laying down doesn't make it go away. At times when it gets bad and my doc switches my anti-depressants it will improve but it always comes back.. and it's unpredictable, I never know when it's coming. Except the one consistency is that I usually have that feeling one day before my period.

I have had my thyroid tested a billion times and all the other "normal" blood tests. I had high levels of ANA's but went to a rhuematolgist for a year. He ruled out Lupus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia.. and everything closely related. In fact I would sit in his office feeling like I was going to die and he told me everything looked fine.

I think that this isn't just depression. I think I have something else going on but I have no idea what it could be. Any thoughts?

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  • I have had major depressive episodes as far back as the age of 15 (I'm 39 now). When I was in my 20's I was actually diagnosed with clinical depression and I've been taking anti-depressants (of all kinds) ever since. The thing with me is that sometimes I have a weak feeling in my body but I don't think of it as normal fatigue. It isn't always consistant with my depressive episodes. I can be depressed and not have the weak feeling or I can have the weak feeling and not be depressed. I remember as far back as the age of 18 having this feeling. The docs would tell me it was stress and I just needed to exercise. I excercised and felt the same or worse. To me it feels likes it's in my blood.. like everywhere my blood goes I feel weak. There is nothing that takes the feeling away even laying down doesn't make it go away. At times when it gets bad and my doc switches my anti-depressants it will improve but it always comes back.. and it's unpredictable, I never know when it's coming. Except the one consistency is that I usually have that feeling one day before my period. I have had my thyroid tested a billion times and all the other "normal" blood tests. I had high levels of ANA's but went to a rhuematolgist for a year. He ruled out Lupus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia.. and everything closely related. In fact I would sit in his office feeling like I was going to die and he told me everything looked fine. I think that this isn't just depression. I think I have something else going on but I have no idea what it could be. Any thoughts? My personal beliefs is that you are on a multitude of different antidepressants. You need to have your doctor try ONE antidepressant and sometimes may have to change until you find the right ONE brand. Not combinations. You didn't mention it, but are you on high blood pressure medicine? That can also give you an elevated ANA and in combination with any antibiotics or antidepressants. I would "start over" from scratch. Have doc wean you from the meds...except one...until you are only on one and see if that helps your depression. If not...wean and try another. Always until one is in place. You can also get a "PRN" medication such as Ativan for "high anxiety-panic feelings" to have on hand in case while on one medication you have an "episode". That way it only works for that episode and you can carry forward. Hope this helps. Take care.
    Mrs_Potato 23 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did you ever have any kind of studies done with your brain? Like a CT or MRI? They might provide explanation if you had a tumor or cyst causing problems. Consider asking for it to rule out that possibility.It's also possible the medicine you're taking is causing the problem. What kind of anti-depressant is it?
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  • Did you ever have any kind of studies done with your brain? Like a CT or MRI? They might provide explanation if you had a tumor or cyst causing problems. Consider asking for it to rule out that possibility.It's also possible the medicine you're taking is causing the problem. What kind of anti-depressant is it?I also replied to the poster, but I am not the poster. You need to resend to the first message...the person who posted their problems. Take care.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • The weakness has been around since way before I started anti-depressants. I have tried many anti-depressants by themselves and in combination. Right now would not be a good time to mess with my meds because I am presently participating in an partial hospitalization for major depression and I have been suicidal. I would love to just be on one med! I do have ativan for anxiety too.. only take it as needed. Never had a brain scan... I have a feeling my doc would laugh at me if I asked. I think it's time to switch docs.I feel like giving up!!!!!
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