Depression and Fibromyalgia

Depression…it will stretch its ugly hurtful self into the soul and steal away hope, contentment and happiness. This genuine medical condition is serious business and not a conscious choice. A simple “down in the dumps ” day is no cause for worry, but when a week of this suffering turns into two or three and the life luster is gone, well it’s time to take action. With time and assistance, major depression can be cured. The biggest step is to accept the need for help and seek treatment. The sooner you begin, the sooner joy and health can be yours again.

Well what does this have to do with Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia can be a very painful and frustrating illness to have. To say the least. Fibromyalgia symptoms like chronic headaches, sleep disorders, muscle aches and pains,  and constipation, all these can make living with the illness difficult and tiresome. Lack of understanding from the medical community can also make many fibromyalgia sufferers feel isolated and alone. As a result, many people with fibromyalgia syndrome experience chronic depression alongside their other symptoms.

Depression can leave you feeling very alone, anxious, and extremely sad. This can make fibromyalgia even more difficult to deal with. It is important to recognize the symptoms of depression so that your can seek appropriate treatment from your health care provider. You are not alone …help for depression is out there.

I remember my pain management doctor saying to me ” I think your need to see a professional therapist to help you deal with your life.” I took it as him saying ” the fibromyalgia is all in your head”. Of course I got upset with him, cried and asked to see a different doctor. Later on, I did start seeing a therapist and taking antidepressants. Between the two I started feeling better within two to three weeks. He was right.

What are the symptoms of depression? Depression tends to manifest itself in all areas of life, including your physical body, emotions and your behaviors. Signs of clinical depression tend to be numerous and will persist for weeks. It is important to consult with a health care provider if you do recognize any of these depression symptoms.

Emotional symptoms of depression are the worst. You can experience chronic sadness, feelings of worthlessness, feeling “empty” inside, the lack of enjoyment in activities that once were pleasurable to you, loss of sex drive, excessive guilt, and self blame. The behavioral symptoms are like trouble concentrating, reluctance to make decisions, not participating in social activities, irritability, being overly inactive, and periods of time when you may feel like self harm. Then there are the physical symptoms that can manifest themselves in your body or your appearance. Like nausea and indigestion, lack of or increased appetite, constipation, and difficulty sleeping, insomnia.

Most of these symptoms are also the symptoms of Fibromyalgia itself, so how are you suppose to tell if you are depressed or just have amplified Fibromyalgia symptoms? Chronic pain associated with fibromyalgia may be a portion of the cause of depression. Dealing with frequent and debilitating pain can leave anyone feeling down in the dumps and this may be a factor in fibromyalgia depression. However, this cause is debated because not everyone with fibromyalgia pain suffers from depression, and those with the worst pain may have a very healthy mental state.

Clinical depression in fibromyalgia is thought to be caused by low levels of certain chemicals in the brain, particularly serotonin. Low levels of neurotransmitters, specifically serotonin, cause most depressive episodes. These neurotransmitters send signals to different parts of the brain, manipulating your mood, pain sensation and other functions of the body. Extremely low levels of the neurotransmitters may cause you to feel depressed. Fibromyalgia Syndrome is known to be associated with low levels of neurotransmitters in the brain and depression may be one side effect of these low levels. In this case you probably need medications to help you through your depression.

There are different therapies that help in the treatment of depression. There are the traditional medications, herbal remedies, bio feedback, and psycho therapy to name a few.

So as you begin the journey toward recovery, rest assured there are many therapies out there to assist you. Contact a physician or therapist, this is imperative in the on going quest for the feeling happiness and to achieve a good balance in life.


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This is a blog for all Fibromyalgia sufferers. I have fibromyalgia myself. I blog about my fibro health and life. The problems I have with Fibromyalgia and how I solve them. I write about therapies, medications and the life itself, as a disabled person who wants to be thought of as normal. I have two children, they both live at home with me. Both boys they are 22 and 18 years of age. I also have at home three dogs and two cats. Yes, sometimes it’s like a zoo around here. I live in California. I am surviving on Social Security Disability Insurance and marketing online. It has been slow going but I am making it work. I am no longer able to work outside the home because of the fibromyalgia. I used to be a Loan Officer for a large mortgage company. I also have a Real Estate license. I use to be a very busy person. The fibromyalgia has taken a lot out of me. As I am sure it has for you too. So I write for you, the hurting and disabled with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, IBS, and all the other symptoms we so boldly carry. My hope is that you’ll get some value out of this blog. Always feel as if you can comment on my views. I would love to hear some interaction from my readers. I have created the site to truly help people that are experiencing difficulty in their own lives with Fibromyalgia. Many people in America and all over the world are suffering from this disease. This site is dedicated to helping provide the most up to date information about living and coping with Fibromyalgia in your everyday life. I am not a doctor, nor am I licensed to give medical advice in any way. Any information you find on my blog is strictly an opinion and should not be taken as medical advice. You are responsible for any information you use from this site in your own life. Please talk with a licensed, medical professional before making any important decisions about your health or illness. Thank you. Sincerely, April Baldner (myfibrolife)