Meds alcohol and stress

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I am 42 and suffer with anxiety related pain the nerves in my shoulders become compressed and I get referred hand pain. I take progablin 150 twice a day. I recently lost my job and my house I am already on anti depressants. Last night I took 7mg zopiclone and whiskey, I stopped drinking but nothing else takes the edge off. I hate drinking. Today with the stress of everything I want to die. I have seen loads of doctors and specialists but basically my nervous system is always on high alert due to pain and a bad marriage. Anyone out there who suffers depression will understand how I feel right now. Been sick. I have two kids that don't live with me, but dads a bum now so what's the point. Worked the job for 11 years and it's what resulted in the nerve issues. The uk seems be behind on treating such issues. Bloody meds don't help.

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    I'm sorry to hear about everything you've gone/going through, rough ride, however you must stay strong! I know it's completely easier said than done but there are ways that can help without the need for medication, if you can, try not to depend on meds. 

    I found when I went through a depressed patch of my life excursive and music were a massive help. Just getting out and going for walks with my headphones in listening to some of my favourite music. Try to get out as much as poss, do not lock yourself in doors and over think everything. Try and do a weekly list of goals you'd like to complete for each week. 

    Stay away from the booze, anything with caffeine and smoking too if you can - these all are a massive no no with anxiety and depression

    You can do this, be the person you want to be. You have 2 children, which is a blessing right there. If that's not something to fight for then I don't know what is. 

    Good luck. 

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    I suffer nerve damage and take Amytryptalene to control referred and direct nerve pain. It is an antidepressent, although you do not take the drug for that as the dose is not very high.

    If you are always in Chronic Pain your GP may be able to refer you to a Pain Clinic where you will learn techniques to control your condition

    I do drink with Opiates and associated medications, as long as you do so in a sensible way and know the revised limit

    Several machines may help you some of them covered by the Pain Clinic, they are VTENS, PAIN PEN, and HYDRO THERAPHY.. Pysio is also used.

    You can also try Mindfulness Relaxation Technique, books available Amazon

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    Nice to hear from are you feeling today?

    kind regards


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