Post # 1
I have a condition that causes nausea, vomitting and pain for weeks sometimes months on end. It’s apparently very hard to treat, and I’m now on the last medication I can try, and it’s not working. My next option is either surgery with a fairly low rate of success or going back on the only medication that worked that really isn’t for long-term care as it causes other permanent problems. Since nothing seems to be working and I’ve missed a week of grad school already, I’m probably going to have to take a leave of absence. I’m just so disappointed and depressed. It’s sort of funny because the only things I’ve gotten accomplished are wedding related because I can do them from bed without a whole lot of need to concentrate. Anyone else coping with a chronic condition? Any ideas on how to feel not so depressed?
Post # 3
I am sorry to hear you’re suffering more often than not. I wish I had some advice to shed, but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you the best of luck and hope you feel better soon. -hugs-
Post # 4
I cannot relate to your situation but I read your post and I just really had to say that I am very sorry to hear this. I am sorry that you are in pain and depressed. Is your close family and/or Fiance very supportive? Have you ever talked to a counseler at your college or maybe a psychiatrist?
I wish you the best of luck.
Post # 5
@CharmCityLady: I have chronic illness, too, and I just want to hug you and tell you that it is ok. Mostly.
Post # 6
I too have a chronic illness but sadly I don’t have any ideas on how to deal with the depression that it typically associated with chronic illness short of medication. But as someone that deals with a chronic illness that deals with being unable to keep food down, that may not be an option for you.
My only suggestion would be to find a hobby that you really truly love to do, and do it as much as possible given your current condition. I know that always helps me – although I haven’t been doing that recently and I really should. It’s that whole wedding planning thing I’ve been doing recently.
I will certainly keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope everything turns around real soon for you and that you don’t need to take that leave of absence. But if you do, I hope its for the best and that they find something that will work its magic and you will be as good as new!
Post # 7
I have something similiar to what you described. I have naseua everyday. My stomach switches between diareah and constipation.
My only advice is to try other options. Have you seen a chiropractor? It has helped me a lot. Another good option is accupuncture or accupressure (like sea sick bracelets).
Have you tried anything for anxiety? The side effect of those often help stomach conditions.
Post # 8
I’ve taken a lot of different anti-anxiety and/or anti-depressant medications, seen 7 counselors and 3 psychiatrists, and I didn’t find any of it especially helpful. My fiancee and family have been very supportive, there is only so much they can do though.
Post # 9
I take Celexa for my IBS. It helps to slow everything down. Do I love it? No. Do I think it’s the end all? No. But for now it is keeping me alive.
I did not mean to imply it’s in your head or anything like that. Trust me-I know the pain is real. I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings.
Post # 10
I’m sorry that you are having such a rough time. I have a chronic pain condition that doctors have been working on for years. I have had surgery that has worked a bit but not completely and now I’m trying different medical regimens. I don’t really like taking medicine all the time though. I hope you can figure out something that will make you feel better.
Post # 11
@SoontobeMrsA: You didn’t hurt my feelings at all. I should have made it clearer that I was also replying to a poster above you who asked about seeing a counselor and if my family was being supportive.
Post # 12
@CharmCityLady: I’m very sorry to hear that, it sounds rough. I got diagnosed with a chronic condition two months myself and still trying cope with it. Apparantly I have chronic inflammation and ulceration of my bladder, so I’m always in pain, can’t ever drink alcohol again, can’t eat 80% of the things I love anymore, can’t eat out in fear of what’s in the food, sometimes can’t have sex for weeks, and on really bad nights can’t sleep because I have to go to the bathroom half a dozen times.
I can’t lie, sometimes I think my life is over and wish that I could just die. My husband is my biggest supporter in those times. He points out the good things in my life. He cheers me up and makes me laugh at stupid little things. He reminds me I’m still loved and needed, and that even though things are different we can still have good times. Also on the rare days that my symptoms subside, I feel like I was born again. The simplest little things like enjoying a burrito in a street cafe makes me want to cry with joy. On my low days I try to hold onto those thoughts. Still, I’m interested to hear others’ experiences because most of the time I’m angry and questioning why I got dealt such an unfair hand.