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13 hours ago · Alcohol Neuropathy??? in Neuropathy

@purplewillow we are not doctors so cannot diagnose. I can say the biggest cause of neuropathy in Germany is alcoholism. There are, however, many causes of neuropathy. I do not have diabetes and my tests all came out normal. You would need a neurologist to try and get a detailed analysis of possibilities. My neuropathy cause remains unknown. I understand you have not done the tests to even see if you have neuropathy so it may prove to be something else. Please keep us posted on your progress in getting a diagnosis.

4 days ago · So tired of being stuck... in Depression & Anxiety

@lindak1tx welcome to our group. As others have replied, I will report my experience with depression. There are 2 main reasons for depression. One is experience, that is what have we and/or are now going through that causes us stress. Are we dealing with it a good way. That is where a therapist comes in. I have gotten a psychiatrist, but nowadays in the U.S. that is hard to get. After being with him for a year, he is turning me over to a nurse practitioner. That is the way things are going so I realize I need to accept it and go on to using that to my advantage. I also had depression most of my life. That brings up the second cause of depression, a chemical imbalance due to my brain not properly handling the chemicals that control moods. That is where the antidessants come in. Like you, I became resistant to them. Mayo has done some research and concluded that it is a result of no longer having enough of the medicine. As we age our bodies become less efficient at digesting it. Also we may gain weight. Thus we need more. I am taking about 3 times the normal dose and it is finally working. I have been mostly free of depression for over a year. I realize I still need to deal with how I handle life's situations so I work on that as well. I need to make sure to eat properly, get enough sleep, and not be negative in my thinking. I hope this helps you and please keep me posted on how you are doing.

6 days ago · Not sure if it’s anxiety or something else in Depression & Anxiety

@rab I have had problems with anxiety. If it is anxiety, then it can manifest in many ways. Some people will breath fast, others will have pain in the chest, and some may feel faint. If you have anxiety, the doctor could have suggested a medicine to get you through the worst. You could also try therapy. You have come up with an observation about your condition by yourself. That is great. You could still try therapy as a way to determine if the cause is from something in your life or a chemical problem. I take an antidressant to control my anxiety. If you want you could continue with your self observations by looking for something you have happening or are doing at the time the anxiety happens. My anxiety is worsened by any stimulants — caffeine, msg, and chocolate are common sources. I hope this helps you to find help for your condition.

Tue, Jan 7 6:45pm · Naps: Good? Bad? Does napping work for you? in Sleep Health

@wgatap21 and @elwooodsdad have either of you been tested for sleep apnea? Sleep apnea can leave you feeling tired after sleeping. I do have sleep apnea which I treat using a CPAP machine, but some days I still need a nap so it doesn't have to be sleep apnea. However, sleep apnea is a serious condition that should be treated.

Dec 31, 2019 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

@sandij different people respond differently to meds. When I took Cymbalta I became very angry and my doctor said some people respond that way. Cymbalta is used as an antidepressant and also as a pain killer. You could ask your doctor if there is anything else you can try.

Dec 30, 2019 · What is the most cutting-edge Treatment for depression? in Depression & Anxiety

@aliali we are not doctors, but only people who have had depression. The brain is complex and so something that works for one may not work for another. For me the best is an SSRI medication. Others in here can tell what has worked for them. Hope this is of some help to you.

Dec 28, 2019 · My husband has REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) in Sleep Health

@pamela51 I have a friend who has similar symptoms as the RBD but it is not every night. Did your husband have the symptoms every night?