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Imaworrywart

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    Central Coast CA
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    learning crochet, staying at home, in my recliner, with my loyal catdog in my lap, internetting and writing.

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  1. I'm on 5mg of Abilify and 90mg of Cymbalta. I can so relate to the feeling of being bored! I'm also disabled with AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis) so am pretty much homebound. I never felt bored until the Abilify. Thanks for this topic. I think I need to talk to the doc about getting off it. I feel like I have NO focus or concentration. I can't think and I can't read much and retain what I read. Very distressing.
  2. Thank you. I think I'm ticking to 5 mg Abilify. My head isn't telling me to be so perfect anymore. And 90 mg of Cymbalta, those together might be a good combo for me. Have a great day!
  3. Anyone take this combination? For me, 90 mg Cymbalta and now will be combined with 5 mg Abilify. Wondering what to expect. Just a ball park as I know we're all different.
  4. Hi Jen! I've got Colitis possibly Crohn's but the bloodwork showed negative so since my NP could care less, I don't know what I've got except the porcelain pan and adult pull-ups are two of my BFFs. I hope you'll enjoy talking here. I've got other stuff going on but running to the bathroom every 10 minute is annoying! I'm also urine incontinent. Diaper rash is real! ?
  5. I have not been in your situation but I wanted to say HELLO and tell you I'm glad you're here.
  6. Welcome! I hope you benefit from your time here. Feel free to vent. Everyone does it and when others listen and respond, it really can be a big help.
  7. But, I always say to myself, that we work hard for ourselves, so at the end of the day, if I can be proud of what I did and that I can sleep at peace knowing that I was honest (irrespective of other peoples dishonesty) then I have accomplished my goal. Yes, it hurts to not feel valued for our work ... but at least you (and your father) can be truly proud of yourself. ---------------- When I was in the working world, this attitude got me through so much rubbish I had to put up with the turkeys I worked with. I even had a supervisor tell me when I protested that I was doing most of the work while my team members gadded about only to work sloppily at breakneck speed at the end of the day, of course, whining that they had too much to do. My supervisor had the nerve to tell me that "Not everyone has the same work ethic as you, Sandi. You can't take it personally but we need you to be the star in getting this project done." In other words, you work hard. These other lovely ladies can do as they please because they are chatty and charming. I was taught to work hard as if I was working for the Lord and that is what I tried to do. At review time, I always got low points for social interaction. Introverts are not really ever popular in the workplace. Unfortunately companies tend to hire based on CHARACTER and not WORK ETHIC. It's hard to soar like an eagle when you ork with a bunch of turkeys,
  8. How gracious and loving you are Follena. You truly helped make my day and wanted me to take a little time as it comes along to pass an encouraging word to one or a few of our members who could use some encouragement. Thank you my new friend. My kitty cats are Emily and Victotia. Here is me on my Scooter on my second ride.
  9. An older member wanting to jump in the pool but for a different reason. I've basically copy and pasted my profile here because my life is so different from the last time I moved in. If I may, I would like to rejoin this fabulous community that had a share in helping me feel better. This Is me now. LAST VISITED 2 minutes ago COMMUNITY REPUTATION Excellent See reputation activity 0 warning points No restrictions being applied Options 0 Followers No followers About CurrentlyViewing Forum: DEPRESSION CENTRAL About Me Now Retired on Disability due to Sacriolititis and possible Ankylosing Spondylitis with Osteo Arthritis and mild Cerebral Palsy. Surprisingly, I still move around independently in my house but use mobility devices, including my new Little Red Corvette mobility scooter for errands, riding the bus and just being more independent. Married for almost 36 years and hooparents to 2 sweet 6 year old sister cats named Victoria and Emily. Doing better now that I've found a doctor who Is listening to me and is doing the appropriate tests. I still see a P Doc as was suggested by other doctors, because they didn't want to research my pain, stiffness, gait, etc. I did find something out that was pretty amazing. My head MRI, which was done by one of four Neurologists I had seen. I truly only own less than half a brain. Apparently I had a massive stroke early in my development but my brain mananged to do a work around so up until 3 years ago, I did Reception work and other clerical work. I can honestly say I am wired differently...LOL. Now I have focus and memory problems, never drove due to low vision. Retired for health reasons and got SSDI the first time around through an attorney. The P doc has me take 90 mg of Cymbalta, which has really helped with my anxiety. A teeny bit of Abilify has really helped to give me my Happy back, so I call it my happy pill. So why am I here? I would hope that I could be a positive resource for those who suffer with depression because of chronic illness and pain. No, I am not a doctor but I know what it's like to lose friends, be ignored and be treated with less than respect because many in your circle will say "But you don't look sick." To be devalued like that can put you straight into the depression wringer. I hope I can be encouraging with kind and uplifting words since having gone through this whole discouraging mess. By the way,sometimes I need a shoulder to cry on too. Let's all lean on each other learning acceptance, peace and contentment. Oh! Here's my brain, black part is brain. White part is emptiness with fluid.
  10. No thanks to my PCP who thought I was faking something or crazy I guess because she just sent me to a P Doc. The short story of this is in my research, I felt I had all the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis a serious spinal arthritis. There is a blood marker for this,however my PCP doc never suggested that I get the blood work and grudgingly wrote the script. By this time, I had stopped working, won my SSDI and had given enough blood to drown a camel. Other symptoms have been Diarrhea for two years and no bladder control.....still in diapers...and insane short term memory issues. So FINALLY the marker came back positive for possible AS. Got a referral to a Rheumatologist which took 6 months to see only to be told I needed a pelvic MRI. NP called that I have Sacriolititis, a hallmark to AS. So either it will stay as progressive Sacriolititis or move into AS. I have another appt with the Rheumatologist end of the month but at least now, I hope to get relief from the excruciating back and butt pain I have. So I'm feeling hopeful. Now my next task is to get off the Cymbalta. It is really doing nothing for me now but turning my sleep upside down, i have to use a wall, cane or walker to get around the house. I've never drove so I got myself a Mobility Scooter this last week so that I can have SOME independence and can help out with household chores like going to the grocery store. It will make me feel useful again. I was given the tinniest amount of Abilify to work the Depression and really like it but feel if I'm off the Cymbalta, which I've heard is a bear to get off of, I shouldn't need the Abilify either but was wondering if the Abilify may help the withdrawal symptoms of the Cymbalta? I was on 120. Now on 90 for 4 months or so with minimum trouble Does anyone know? I just want to use the Abilify as a back up and then discontinue it too. I haven't checked in for a long time but maybe it's time to look in more here, rejoicing that I'm going in the right direction that even if I have a disease that is painful (I usually can't sleep flat but my recliner has become my new bed), pretty much, that FINALLY, FINALLY! I am learning my new normal with contentment and peace. Thanks for having me back. I'll check in now and again. I love you all! Sandi Teddy545 likes this Quote A wonderful hope for the future carries me through but sometimes living in the moment stumps me. Imaworrywart
  11. No thanks to my PCP who thought I was faking something or crazy I guess because she just sent me to a P Doc. The short story of this is in my research, I felt I had all the symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis a serious spinal arthritis. There is a blood marker for this,however my PCP doc never suggested that I get the blood work and grudgingly wrote the script. By this time, I had stopped working, won my SSDI and had given enough blood to drown a camel. Other symptoms have been Diarrhea for two years and no bladder control.....still in diapers...and insane short term memory issues. So FINALLY the marker came back positive for possible AS. Got a referral to a Rheumatologist which took 6 months to see only to be told I needed a pelvic MRI. NP called that I have Sacriolititis, a hallmark to AS. So either it will stay as progressive Sacriolititis or move into AS. I have another appt with the Rheumatologist end of the month but at least now, I hope to get relief from the excruciating back and butt pain I have. So I'm feeling hopeful. Now my next task is to get off the Cymbalta. It is really doing nothing for me now but turning my sleep upside down, i have to use a wall, cane or walker to get around the house. I've never drove so I got myself a Mobility Scooter this last week so that I can have SOME independence and can help out with household chores like going to the grocery store. It will make me feel useful again. I was given the tinniest amount of Abilify to work the Depression and really like it but feel if I'm off the Cymbalta, which I've heard is a bear to get off of, I shouldn't need the Abilify either but was wondering if the Abilify may help the withdrawal symptoms of the Cymbalta? I was on 120. Now on 90 for 4 months or so with minimum trouble Does anyone know? I just want to use the Abilify as a back up and then discontinue it too. I haven't checked in for a long time but maybe it's time to look in more here, rejoicing that I'm going in the right direction that even if I have a disease that is painful (I usually can't sleep flat but my recliner has become my new bed), pretty much, that FINALLY, FINALLY! I am learning my new normal with contentment and peace. Thanks for having me back. I'll check in now and again. I love you all! Sandi
  12. I've Never Been To Me. Charlene Tightrope. Electric Light Orchestra Thunder & Lightning. Electric Light Orchestra ...and others. There. I just dated myself. ?
  13. I have not logged in lately but I did want to share my good news. Through a disability attorney, my SSDI was approved the first time around. I am so relieved! Since being here, I'm more stable on the mental end. Cymbalta 90 mgs seems to be working fairly well though I still feel so much guilt for having little energy and I do sleep a lot during the day. On the other hand, my physical challenges have gotten worse. I have little short term memory, lots of brain fog, almost ready to transition to a power scooter or wheelchair due to spasticity and the feeling that my lower spine is crumbling and I can hardly move my legs. I now wear hearing aids which do help but the Tinnitus is still very loud. I can walk pretty good with a rollator walker. Just wanted to share. It took about a year all together. With my memory and focus issues, I would never dream of doing it myself! My experience with the attorney service I chose to use was fantastic!
  14. It's been about a month or so on 30mg of Cymbalta. Visited my PDoc yesterday and mentioned that I'd like to feel even more better....hmmmmis that bad grammar? He agreed and upped me to 60 mg, which I believe is the normal therapeutic dose. Doing okay except I was really sleepy today. Took 2 naps! I take my dose all together....he recommended that...right before I go to bed. High hopes.
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