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11 hours ago · Bad nights and dreams in Mental Health

Hi, @ryman – good to hear from you. Glad you came here to share some of the changes and challenges you are going through right now.

One Connect group you may want to check out is the Sleep Health group. Two discussions in particular that come to mind are:

– About bad dreams https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/disturbing-detailed-dreams

– About waking up during a night's sleep https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/tired-of-waking-up-at-2am/

I'd like to bring in a few members to this conversation who may have some suggestions related to dealing with anxiety and depression, especially without medications; waking up intermittently during the night; and any breathing trouble at night, such as @johnbishop @parus @contentandwell @rachelanne @pearlbaby7 @mamacita @dandy.

Sounds like you've had bad experiences with anxiety and depression medications, @ryman. Is this with side effects you've experienced? When you mention trouble breathing, is this an allergic or asthmatic issue, or something else?

15 hours ago · ~ just dropping by ~ in Mental Health

Hi, @amberpep – I merged your message with this previous discussion you were having this last month so that the others you were talking with can catch up on what is happening with you currently, like @hopeful33250 @pjss48 @parus. I would also like to invite @johnbishop @lioness @gingerw @gailb to join this discussion.

I'm very sorry for the abuse you went through. That sounds very hard to have those things come flowing back.

I'm guessing you've had some memories of this situation in the '70s come to you before all of a sudden? How have you typically dealt with a rush of memories or emotions about it?

1 day ago · Adult Life after a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Brain & Nervous System

Many of you have talked about experiencing lingering symptoms after a TBI and the struggles you've faced, therapies you've undergone and how you have coped through this time. It would be great to hear how things are going for you, and I believe that your experiences will also benefit others in this discussion.

@kobeelya – how are you doing? Are you continuing with the homeopathic remedies you were using?

@dawnpereda – wondering if you ended up pursuing the intensive therapy program? Have you made more podcasts?

@carnes – how are things going with the exhaustion and difficulty staying asleep you were experiencing?

1 day ago · My experience with Small Fiber Neuropathy in Neuropathy

Hi, @fbell330 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds as though you have been through quite a journey with the foot and leg pain. Thanks for your words of hope for those dealing with small fiber neuropathy.

You mentioned side effects that you felt you could not handle with the duloxetine (Cymbalta). If you are interested in sharing about those experiences with others, I think those in this discussion about that medication would be interested https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cymbalta.

Are you experiencing any side effects on the amitriptyline? If so, what side effects have you noted?

@djroberts – how are you doing? How are the sensitive patches, pins and needles and other symptoms you mentioned?

2 days ago · shingles and neuropathic pain in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi, @tikigod18 – I truly feel for your daughter – what a long time to be in that amount of pain.

I have had shingles before, and postherpetic neuralgia. The pain and tingling feeling during this time was awful. I was really concerned it might last forever after my husband told me about a work colleague whose postherpetic neuralgia had never gone away. Mine did end up going away: I trialed off of the gabapetin I was taking for it about 6 weeks later, and the pain and tingling had stopped. I can't imagine how hard it would be to not see the pain end, and my heart goes out to her and you.

I also use three asthma inhalers (two are daily, one for rescue), and they really are expensive. With changes every year in insurance, formulary, manufacturer pricing and coupons, I'm working hard the first of every new year to figure out the most realistic plan possible to have inhalers that work effectively at the lowest possible price. I can imagine it would be really challenging to be dealing with the price of these and also a $500/mo pain medication.

I wish I had alternatives to suggest. I am wondering, though, how her mental health is doing, after so many years of pain?

5 days ago · problems after chlamydia in Women's Health

Hi, @junny500 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sorry to hear about the discharge.

Hoping that @lifesha12 and @poppysmith may have some insights on the residual discharge. @travelgirl and @contentandwell may also have some thoughts.

In the meantime, here is some Mayo Clinic information on chlamydia https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chlamydia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355355. This section may have applicability to what you mentioned about the discharge: "In most cases, the infection resolves within one to two weeks. During that time, you should abstain from sex. Your sexual partner or partners also need treatment even if they have no signs or symptoms. Otherwise, the infection can be passed back and forth between sexual partners."

Other than this discharge @juny500, how are you feeling?

5 days ago · This and That and Talk - My Transplant in Transplants

Hello, members of the Transplants group. I know many of you have gotten to know @contentandwell in discussions here, and thought you'd enjoy reading more about her in today's Connect member spotlight.

Check out the Member Spotlights and read the latest story about @contentandwell:
– Tech-Lover, Researcher and Cook: Meet @contentandwell https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed/tech-lover-researcher-and-cook-meet-contentandwell/

Be sure to subscribe (+Follow) the About Connect page https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/ and see new member spotlights published every 2 weeks.

6 days ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, @agiusto – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Hard with having weaned off the venlafaxine (Effexor) and experiencing such bad anxiety. Perhaps members here will have some ideas for you of what they have used effectively for anxiety. Has your doctor suggested something to take, now that you are off the venlafaxine (Effexor)?