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Cheryl Dotson

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I have Fibromyalsia, before I was diagnosed correctly I had 3 different

Posted by @cheryldotson, Oct 12, 2012

I have Fibromyalsia, before I was diagnosed correctly I had 3 different episodes of Extreem Fatigue and anxiety attacks. I went to doc after doc trying to find out why I suddenly felt like I was dying. I had them take every blood test possible…AIDS, LUPUS, HEPETItOUS A-All of them, LYME Disease…ect., They fially found out I had EBSTIEN BARR VIRUS…ACCUTE. I asked what that was and they said “Nothing We Can DO Anything About”…here are some Antidepressants…Thank you and Goodbye! I had to do my own research to find out what Ebsien Barr Virus was….It’s the closest thing too Mono…But Worse. Only time can bring you back from this illness and put you into remission. It took a long time…6-9 months. I got it again a few years later and again was only symptom treated for the now present depression, IBS and anxiety, nothing for the fatigue…just rest. I worked 6 days a week, had 2 kids and my husband was allways working out of town. We had pets and a home to take care of and I was diagnosed with Endometriousos and Cervical Stenosis….Overwhelmed was an understatement. I delt with these issues one by one….but Ironically even though I made changes to my lifestyle…I ended up colapsing completely from exhaustion a third time in 2003, and by then I was also obese. My sypmtoms began in 1993. I had Acuute Ebstein Barr again…multiple upper respitiory infections…even pnomonia that I needed hospitalization for. By now I had at least 5 different doctors…and they decided to give me Effexor XL…they had given me Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac and others. The meds did not help…they made me worse..I was exhausted to the point of collapse and then the meds would not let me sleep…I was getting really stressed and anxious..I told the doctors it was the meds…they decided I need more and raised the dosage, they sent me to a sleep study….my brain would not shut down to rest…I told them again..”ITS THE MEDS”..they decided I needed more and raised the dosage so high I was crawling out of my skin and was litteraly a crying basket case. I told them..the meds are making me worse…They raised it again, this time I did “NOT” Take the new doseage. But the damage was done and I wanted to die…I had reached the point of no-return, no hope and could not take anouther day of this miserable life. My sister called and I told her I was done…she immediately sent my parents too me and called the doc to admit me into the psych ward to get off the meds. During the admittance exam…I was shockingly told that the Ambulance was on the way cause my blood pressure was so high that I was going too Stroke out any minute. OMG…..New Nightmare….5 doctors and no-one ever told me i had high blood pressure????? Really! Finaly I got taken off those meds, put on a low dose of prozac…which had the least side affects for me…AGAIN..A LOW DOSAGE! Islowly returned to feeling like a human being, I was able to sleep again….I got myself an Advocate, Licenced Therapist and a Psychiatrist that worked together..and they helped me to slowly regain some of my life back and helped me realize that I was not going to ever have it all back. At least it was honest help and NOBODY could play God with my Mental health Again….If the doctor you see is not a mental health pyscician…then they should NOT perscribe you ANY TYPE OF PSYC MEDS!!!!! Period!!!!! @hopeless


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