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Hello!  I am not depressed.  Having suffered from chronic depression in the past I know I am not but I swear, if my new GP tells me one more time that I am, I am going to lose what is left of my patience with him!  So cross with him baning on about it, because it has arisen because I told him I had occasion to telephone the Samaritins because I was up druing the night in dreadful pain, standing looking at all my meds with the idea of taking the whole damn lot and being done.  I was in despair after three months of intense 24hr a day pain and him not giving me any additonal pain relief,  My wonderful husband later looked at the side effects of my medication - pregabalin and oxycodone - and the side effect are EVERYTHING I have been seeing my GP for over the last 4years! so, because the consultant said if the meds dont work, don't take them - but offered nothing as an alternative- iwent back to see GP who wants to put me on Duloxetine AKA Cymbalta - and the side effects are the same - if not worse - so told him I was afraid -seriously afraid to take them because at this moment, I cant bear the thought of being worse!  he then said well you have two choices. take it or find a new GP!  Then he told me I am chronically depressed! WHY?  Because I dare to disagree with him?  Because I am afraid?  Honest, Iam not often given to wanting to hit anyone,but he is top - he is the ONLY person on my list!  grrrrrrrr.

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    Well said Peta. Every time I go near a GP they want to fill me up with anti-depressants. I always tell them what to do with them. From the posts on this forum you can tell that the d*mn things are handed out like sweets and just what they do to people. Not only are anti-depressants a waste of time they are a waste of NHS money. These are just a few of the side effects the supposed magic anti-depressant Citalopram can cause and thiis is from the makers own site!.

    blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;

    headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats; severe nervous system reaction - very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out; high levels of serotonin in the body - agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting; or low levels of sodium in the body - headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, feeling unsteady.drowsiness, dizziness, weakness; anxiety, feeling shaky, sleep problems (insomnia);

    vision changes;nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation;

    dry mouth, yawning;cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough;increased sweating; changes in weight; or decreased sex drive, impotence, or difficulty having an orgasm.

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    You need to find another doctor who will listen. My insurance had changed when I first got sick due to the loss of my job and the doctor they gave me told me i was just depressed. I told him I felt like I had epstein barr and my heart was racing but in constant fatigue. He looked at my throat and said no to epstein barr, didn't even check my heart and said again that I was just depressed and that's what was causing me to be tired. I just needed to get up and get a new job and would be fine.

    Thought maybe i was crazy. Talked to a friend and she told me i have to be my own advocate. So I called the insurance company and got a new doctor. Turns out that it was most likely an epstein barr and the start of fibromyalgia. Also the doctor sent me to a cardiologist and found that the epstein barr had effected my heart and now had leaky valve which caused afib.

    I worked with my new doctor and referred specialists to get diagnosed and to come up with a treatment that works for me. One of the specialists gave me scripts and sent me on my way. Told my GP that they made me sick. She offered alternatives and wasn't keen on the side effects of those either. She supported me switching to supplements and chiropractic, physical therapy and accupuncture. Was so thrilled that she listened and wasn't shoving pills down my throat. You need to find someone who will do the same for you. This illness is frustrating enough. You don't need someone who is supposed to help frustrate you more.

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    It's tough when you see commercials on these meds and the side affects are too scarey to even try. And shame on ur dr because it's your right to deny the Med choice I know I do it all the time. For me the problem is many doctors don't have the answer or they just don't want to work hard to help the patient find a solution. I tell my drs this don't keep giving me meds that make me gain weight, Don't assume I'm depressed and give me meds I can't function on. So whatever you give me make sure you can prove to me why u feel I need it or I won't take it, I have enough symptoms I don't need a doctor creating more for me. Feel better

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    I have never understood the logic of giving a depressed person drugs which make them walk around half asleep and in a daze all day long. It only makes a bad situation worse. Ask any doctor what Serotonin is and how it works and they will invariably look at you with a blank stare. They simply do not know. They just use the drugs as chemical coshes.
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