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Aug 11, 2016 · Autoimmune Diseases and Fatigue in Autoimmune Diseases

I suffer from Anemia and Interstitial Cystitis. I take 4 Ferex Forte 150mg per day for the Anemia; the highest # I’ve reached is 11. My body simply doesn’t absorb iron. My first cousin has Lupus. Between the Anemia and the Interstitial Cystitis, I am exhausted. Additionally, I’ve had 4 bouts of pneumonia requiring hospitalization within the last two years, so I know my immune system is shot. I’m on 2 antidepressants, 1 anti-anxiety, B-Vitamin with Methylfolate, Probiotic, Magnesium, and three for the Interstitial Cystitis: Elmiron, Uribel, and Oxybutin. However, I am one of the lucky ones: Elmiron doesn’t work well for many suffering from IC, but it works wonderfully for me.
Additionally, I have a large cyst in my right kidney, 2 smaller ones in my left kidney, and for the second year in a row, 2 kidney stones. I’m now on Bactrim; hopefully these stones are small enough that they will pass on their own. Last year I was hospitalized for the extraction.
I am going to attempt to go back to swimming laps. That is a great stress reducer for me, and although it leaves me exhausted, I’m hoping that the additional exercise will help my body overcome these challenges. So glad to have found you!

Aug 11, 2016 · Need help! Depression and anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I was on Sertraline 100mg and 1mg Clonipin PM. The Sertraline stopped working; evidently I had developed a high tolerance. Tried the Trintellix – side effects SO BAD I reported them to the FDA. Now I’m on Escitalopram 20mg 1 pill AM and Duloxetine DR 20mg PM. Still taking Clonipin at PM. Additionally, I’m taking a B-Complex Vitamin with Methylfolate; read studies indicating Methylfolate (or Folic Acid) helps body to process anti-depressants better (my doctor also read the same study and concurred). Combo of Escitalopram and Duloxetine working perfectly! I hope that soon you’ll find the right combination of medicines that will help.