This year my depression has come back with a vengeance, and I've been miserable for the most part of this year. Tasks that would normally be easy for me, take so much more effort to get done. For example, I dread commuting. Sitting on crappy train seats triggers flares and the walking exacerbates it.
I'm waking up multiple times at night in pain, and I'm perpetually tired. I've had to take days off from going into uni for lectures and tutorials, as I've been in too much pain.
Is anyone else just miserable as a result of this condition? How do you deal with it?
Unfortunately chronic pain and depression are great mates you don't know you've got it until you start misfiring or in my case crying.
Commuting is a pain even without chronic pain so you aren't alone, I could suggest taking a book or an I reader an iPad with games or an iPhone and join the Pokemon go craze it could help.
Depression can come about from you not getting enough sleep , if your waking up at night due to pain talk to your doctor there job is after all to aid those in pain.
They may be able to give you a plan with a psychologist and if they are good they will help you without confusing you (I have had to find a new one due to mine retiring the first meet I said "please don't confuse me with cognitives I couldn't do algebra" ) if they can do that keep em.
Hopefully some of this helps .
In pain we are family
as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse
It's like Johnno said. You can't have one without the other and you feel like your going in circles just like a merry-go-round. I agree that the broken sleep would be a major factor but I too would recommend you go see your doctor for some help and a referral to a psychologist. I can't remember where you live but here in Melbourne the GP's can do a mental health plan before referring you to the psych, then you can get a certain amount of appointments for free. Maybe you can ask your doctor about it if it helps.
Hope this helps
Thanks for your responses guys. I'm already seeing a psychologist for anxiety and depression (that I've had since around 2002). My psychologist is also suffering from back pain at the moment. My body feels like it was hit by a bus. I had to pull an all nighter, as my group lost a group member (they withdrew from the subject) for a group assignment. So I had to do all the Excel stuff.
Sorry hun I can't remember if you mentioned it before but are you on meds for your depression? You may need to have them reviewed as if your depression has gotten worse you may need to increase the strength. At least until you get the pain controlled.
Hope this helps
I hear you!! I suffer in the same way and public transport is the worse. Unfortunately, depression is a part of the chronic pain journey. I too suffer from depression associated with my chronic pain. No one understands what I go through and I won't wish it on anyone, not even my worst enemy. Anti depressants help, although they are not a cure for every thing. Stay strong...chin up and God Bless xx