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Miserable but anti-depressants not working

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  • Posted By: simmer
  • August 4, 2010
  • 11:21 AM

Basic details:
Mid-30s male, BMI 26, BP borderline normal/high, never smoked, drinking moderate, nothing major in family's health history or mine, reasonable diet but probably not enough exercise.

Symptoms:
Last year diagnosed with depression. Tried 3-4 different anti-depressants but none did any good - in fact made it worse because of the side effects of each one. Gave up after 9 months with consent of doctor. Blood tests (quite a wide battery of tests) normal; also had sex tests because of an itchy penis (turned out to be the soap I was using!), also normal.

Various times in the past I've had ear problems, mainly to do with drainage; I sometimes need irrigating after a heavy cold. Possibly related, my balance is impaired sometimes - last week I took my son on a bouncy castle, did a somersault which I used to do all the time as a trampolinist, and felt decidedly drunk after each somersault (no alcohol).

I used to sing (amateur) but my voice would literally give up after less than half an hour with tickly throat or feeling of a frog in the throat. Saw an ENT specialist, stuck a camera through my nose, couldn't see much wrong, put my on Omezaprole (acid reflux) but 6 months later it's no better.

Also have bouts of IBS, mostly consists of ******g a lot but sometimes I have phases where I go for weeks at a time with a painful abdomen. Eventually it goes away. Biscopan etc doesn't really help.

The worst part is my mood. I used to be easy going, patient, and friendly. Now the smallest thing can put me into a bad mood, and I stay that way all day. I rarely laugh or smile, in fact try to suppress it if I'm in a bad mood. I have little patience for people whether in a good mood or not. I've always been a bit of a loner anyway so maybe I need some space, but it's a bit difficult with a wife and toddler. I'm impatient and have an annoying habit (to me at least) of wiggling my feet or tapping. My mind wanders easily.

I get tired easily, yet it often takes me a while to get to sleep. I can get a good 7-8 hours yet still feel tired (same if I only have 6).

Sex drive is limited to 1-2x per week.

I do have various stresses, nothing major but perhaps the sum of them could be a factor.

So, several symptoms above, perhaps completely unrelated, but listed in case there is any connection. The neurological symptoms do scream "depression" yet nothing worked and I hated them - maybe something else like mood balancers or whatever they're called?

Thanks for any ideas.

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