Depression being brought back by sciatic injury and suppressing emotions

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Posted this in both a sciatica thread and in a depression thread. Was unsure where was best to post. Thanks.

Just to give a little insight I used to be very depressed nearly everyday I would take a step closer and closer to running away and leaving everything behing and at one point I would spend weeks in my room only leaving when I knew no one was in the house or knowing I could cook dinner or shower without making any contact with family.

3 years later I have come very far, it's almost like I nerver suffered from it before but now my sciatica caused by a prolapsed disc on S1 and a smalelr prolaps pressing on L4 and L5 is making me feel emotionally sick and exhausted, I find it very hard to find any motivation to try and exercise, I'm only eating 'comfort foods' but like their given name they are no longer comforting me.

Does anyway who suffer from sciatica and/or depression understand what I'm talking about.

If any of you do understand or has had a similair issue is there anything you can reccomend I do? Something that could help me aleviate myself of supressed emotions before It gets too bad again..?

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this and reply!

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    Hi, I've had surgery on my L5S1 due to the disc bursting.  I've also suffered from depression, both during times when I've had back pain and not.  It sounds to me that you are experiencing some depressive symptoms and I'm not surprised, since the pain can be very debilitating.

    Previously, I've tried to cope with the pain without medication and there's no doubt that it had a detrimental effect on me.  I would recommend visiting your GP and it may be that you can take something like amitriptyline which co-incidentally helps both pain and depression.

    I'd certainly recommend taking some positive action, such as visiting your GP, since that alone will help to alleviate the burden.  I was nervous about taking medication, but having been through it, next time I'd turn to pain relief straight away since the pain can be so hard to live with.

    Good luck.

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    Hello Ellisrobo,  the question you ask begs the question what emotion / s  are you supressing and who from ?   You state you don't want these feelings to get bad again, what lifted them last time, and why can it not continue to do so?   

    The pain you are going through is physical so needs a physical approach,  pain relief to enable you to move around and get exercise, which will in turn help with the emotional problem.  A good walk in the fresh air can do wonders,  much better than just lounging around the house on your own.  Is there a river you can visit, water can be calming and uplifting,  mirrors life in a way,  some times goes at a steady pace,  others it is still and then the times it runs so fast.  What part of the river reflects your life at the moment?  What would you like to see happen to clear the Damm that is putting a block on your life - before it totally floods.  Sciatica is something irritating your sciatic nerve,   an x ray could show if it is a disc or arthritis that is causing this,  meanwhile stretching and exercise may help to alleviate it by unsnagging the irritation.   

    Hope you can find it in yourself to get out and about before the end of summer,  movement after rest can be very painful but does ease up when you get going.

    Best wishes,  Jessie.

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    Hi I.have severe nerve damage in back which causes problems with L3 &L5 and since then I've been depressed I do have other issues but I believe this back problem causes the mist of my depression so I no how you feel I've been having fentanyl patches for 6 years x
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    Yes i had spinal fusion done over 8 yrs ago on the L4/L5  my Specialist tells me it is moving further up my spine and theres not a lot that they can done,but iam going to go back again to get it all checked out as my back pain is on the increase.

    Regards Alex.

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