- Sep 26, 2016
- DX FIBRO
I've been absent from the forum for a while, just got into a depression because of multiple things going on and kind of closed off as much as I could to the outside world. My doctor started me on Effexor in February for depression and to block some of the nerve pain I have. She increased my dose when I went back about 3 weeks ago, and I have seen a little less pain most days (not much, but I'll take any I get). My depression hasn't really improved any, but that could be due to more things going in a likely bad direction. At the same visit a few weeks ago, she gave me the news of my blood results... My ana came back positive. She's sending me to a rheumatologist, but I still have another month to wait for that appointment. That will start more tests to lead to a diagnosis of whatever auto immune issue is now adding to my fibro. On one hand, I know having the information and getting actual treatment (which I have yet to get for the fibro) will be better than not knowing in the long run, but I'm not sure I can handle getting another diagnosis to add to my list. I already got a diagnosis of carpal tunnel and degenerative disc disease when my neurologist told me abbot the fibro, so I really need a fourth thing wrong with me, fifth if you count the depression treatment? I can't work because of pain and weakness in my legs, if I drive even a couple miles in our current vehicle I increase my pain for the day by at least 50%, I have trouble even walking short distances (literally just around my house) without having pain, weakness, and needing my cane. I'm 34 years old, this can't keep getting worse! I'm engaged to get married and I've even lost interest in planning my wedding since I don't know what my limits will be next year, money is tight with me not working since September, and now finding out that I'll soon have another health condition to manage and combat against. I try to stay positive, do what I can, and not wallow in self pity, but I feel like the more positive I try to be, the more I get sucked down. Thank you if you've gotten this far, I just needed to get some of that out to people I know can understand what I'm going through. I haven't even talked to my dad or other family I usually keep in touch with in months because I gave just been trying to wrap my head around everything, much less trying to explain it to others when I can't explain it to myself.