antidepressants and hep
- <<agreeing with Marty and shaking her head yes while reading :) >>
I never thot of myself as a depressed type of person. Never considered
antidepressants at all till my gastro suggested them to help me sleep. At
first my brain said.. hell no! I'm in control. I'm not a psycho freak. Who
does he think he's talking to? I'm a mature intelligent woman in control of
her life.... then realized... where am I? In the gastro's office.. Why?
cause I got hep and I hurt and I'm at the end of my physical and mental
perverbial rope trying to stay "normal" and it ain't workin.
And wow the difference a little blue pill made! :) I slept almost all nite.
Didn't wake up every 2 or 3 hours. Felt more refreshed mentally and
physically. Still tired and still had hep sides, but I was totally amazed at
the difference. Then after a while the amazement wore off and I told hubby I
thot I'd stop the antidepressant. We had no insurance at the time (last
summer) and it gets expensive. He says "Oh no you don't! I don't want to
live with that other person you were when you didn't get any sleep!"
So... heh... I stayed on em.
- I was discussing the matter (via E-Mail) with my mother who is looking
after my chronically ill father. She suggested that it seems logical to her
that depression would accompany any serious, chronic illness. The reason
she said so is that I told her that Dr. Weinstein had asked me, almost out
of the blue, if I was depressed. I know the symptoms and said yes. Though
mine is a little yellow pill because I know from past and family history
that they work, I agree, it's making a difference!
At 03:51 PM 09/03/2000 , you wrote:
>And wow the difference a little blue pill made! :) I slept almost all nite.
>Didn't wake up every 2 or 3 hours. Felt more refreshed mentally and
>physically. Still tired and still had hep sides, but I was totally amazed at
>the difference. Then after a while the amazement wore off and I told hubby I
>thot I'd stop the antidepressant. We had no insurance at the time (last
>summer) and it gets expensive. He says "Oh no you don't! I don't want to
>live with that other person you were when you didn't get any sleep!"
>So... heh... I stayed on em.
- David.. good to hear from ya!
Yeah.. just so frustrating. I'm used to doing a lot of creative things.
Now... I just think about doing them. I do the ones that don't sap my energy
cause I gotta save that for work. As I'm sure is true of all heppers, I used
to be so busy! I joined clubs, stayed out all nite on weekends with the
astronomy club, did my weekly critique writing group on wed nites, wrote
after work till the wee hours of the morning, kept my house spotless,
visited my friends and family, slowly but steadily working toward a degree,
Today is shot day! :)
Now I just stay out of the heat!
Someone told me that back in the "old days", (I'm paraphrasing excuse me)
people with porphyria (sp?) didn't know not to stay out of the sun. They'd
work their fields or whatever. And finally got so bad and painful they had
to stay indoors and only came out at nite. This supposedly is where the
"werewolf" legend started.
He also told me that 20% (?) of heppers get porphyria.. 100% people with
porphyria have hep.
Your facts are right about the prophyria - my husband went from a
construction worker out in the sun all day to a night person on the combo
because of the HepC and the porphyria from the Hep C. He is not happy about
the changes of course. They say once the porphyria is under control you can
get back out in the sun but the people with PCT that I have talked to say
differently and have had it for years. We shall see one day I hope.