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    Quit taking the medicine

    I haven't posted much lately because I have been struggling with what to do about the medicine, the fact the I am working now hundreds of miles from where my doctors are and that I don't think there is any medicine that will really work for me. The side effects of both the Risperdal and Cymbalta were too hard to take and so I quit taking them. I don't really care anymore what happens. I can't go to work so nauseated that I can't function and I really can't function on any of it anyway so I pretty much give up. I don't want to burden you all either so I am just writing this to let you know why I have not been able to offer anything. There isn't anything left to offer. I will work till I can't work anymore and then I don't know what to do. I give up on all of this.

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    i am sorry you are having such a hard time.

    did you just quit cold turkey and without consulting your doctors? why not give up working right now and focus on getting well? try not to slide further into deeper depression by continuing work, it won't help matters but just make them worse.

    i know things look hopeless but they aren't. it's so very hard to see that when in the depths of depression. there are a lot of medications out there, and a lot of different combinations available as well. you just need to keep working together with your doctors on this.

    do you have any support available to your family?

    my heart goes out to you tg. please keep talking here.
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    ~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
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    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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    Re: Quit taking the medicine

    Texasgirl,

    First of all I too am sorry to hear that you are struggling right now and my heart truly goes out to you. Second, I can so relate to what you posted. I too have tried numerous medications and had lots of side effects and difficulties in general finding the right ones to work. Being able to work through all of it has been tough and I agree with Ladybug that sometimes taking the time off in order to take care of yourself and focus on you is exactly what is needed as hard as it may seem.

    Third, please do not ever feel like you are a burden here or that you don't want to post because you don't want to unload or burden us with your thoughts and feelings or with what you are going through. We care about you no matter what and are here to support you through the good and bad....that is what family does

    Take care TG and keep posting and talking and you will make it through.

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    Re: Quit taking the medicine

    I try to explain the side effects to the doctors and I don't think they hear me. I cant quit work because my husband depends on my insurance for his treatment too. I used to take a drug called Trilafon (sp?) and it didnt cause nearly the side effects I have now. I went into atrial fibrillation yesterday and today (I do have some medicine for that which I took) but it's all stress related. I dont have the strength to find another doctor right now especially living in a hotel. I have to think about what to do but I can't think.

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    can you send your doctors a fax stating exactly what the problem is with your medication? it might be easier to put it together in words on paper than to say them over the phone. seeing it in black and white on paper may actually get through to them better. is it an option to have your current doctors contact a local pharmacy for a new prescription of something else?

    do you have a therapist? could you call him/her and discuss your difficulties right now and get them to help you with a solution to your situation? do you have any friends or family you could call? even if they are far away and can't come to help, they may still have good suggestions on what moves to make next.

    hang in there.

    one other thing, texasgirl, if you go on sick leave from work would your insurance coverage not continue to be available to you? when i ended up being taken off work by my doctor i did not lose my insurance, as i was out on medical leave and had not quit my job.
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    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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    I am so sorry you're going through this. I can relate. I do think you should try to call your doctor if you can or go to an emergency room perhaps?

    I know it's hard, but please hold on.

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    I am sorry you are feeling so down. I've definitely been there. I've been on many meds and sometimes felt that none of them would ever work. That's why my advice would be to keep working on that angle (with the guidance of a physician). Perhaps you just need to decrease the dosage so the side effects aren't as intolerable. That's upsetting to hear about the atrial fibrillation, I just saw it in your second post. I agree with Janet's suggestion... how about going to the ER? There you can get help for both things.

    Hang in there

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    Texasgirl, I am sorry you are struggling right now, but please dont ever give up. I have had trouble with meds too, and you just need to find the right one. Call the Dr and see what you can come up with.
    You are never a "burden" here. We all have things in common here and can relate to each other quite well. Talk to us about it and let us know how you are doing.
    I do know what its like to not care anymore, but you have to pick yourself up, even when you dont want too. One step at a time.


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    I really do appreciate everyone's kind comments and suggestions. I am trying to figure out primarily what to do about the doctor situation since my doctors are in the city where I used to office and now I am on the road all the time so can't even get back to see them. I am most likely going to have to change doctors which as we all know is not particularly easy. My therapist is a nice guy and has been working with me on my schedule to some degree but because I am often called into last minute meetings and have to change flights etc. I can't easily predict when I am going to be available for regular therapy anymore. And the medicine had pretty serious side effects for me, including heart arrythmia, severe ankle and leg swelling, and nausea. In all honesty I prefer the psychosis. I know that it wasn't a good thing to go off cold turkey but I also know that I can't afford to deal with Afib either.

    This job is a new one and I have almost 100 people under me with a startup operation of a new division for my company. To leave now and go out on disability would be very difficult. Plus I am moving my house as I said before. I am trying to get rest whenever possible so that I can think. I do need your help in trying to figure this out - I don't have family here and my husband is recovering from cancer surgery so I don't want to burden him.

    thank you all and i'm sorry for being so confused.

    TG

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    Re: Quit taking the medicine

    i think the first thing you have to focus on is your medication. you need to contact your doctors, explain the situation, see if they can fax a pharmacy where you are currently located with a prescription (not sure if that is even possible, but look into it - you could even go to a pharmacy and enquire how one would go about doing that). i would most definitely explain on paper to your doctors what the situation is. if you need help with writing it you can post here and we can offer suggestions.

    how long are you to be in the city where you are right now?

    who's taking care of your husband while you are away?

    do you have children and if so, who's taking care of them?

    is there any way you can NOT move house now? i think this would be a lot of pressure you could take off yourself right now.
    ~ our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising each time we fall - confucius
    ~ it is the journey, not the destination, that matters
    ~ keep hanging on, the sun will come shining through for you again

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