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Mon, Jan 27 4:39pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks for your reply.
Good you can work, actually ! Takes your mind off everything else!!

Mon, Jan 27 2:50pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Are you taking Effexor now secretwhitepop? I’ve been following you for quite some time with many of the same symptoms except I’m still on Effexor xl 75 and every time I try to wean down, I have difficulty.

Even with that I have a lot of depression and I’m just not myself. My whole personality and zest for life is so different.

Dr just added 5mg Abilify and I feel worse . Went up to 10mg a couple days ago and I feel worse yet. I don’t understand the logic to if it’s not working and you don’t feel well, then add to it until you level out. Makes no sense to me!

I was a teacher and medical insurance service for much of my career life but I’m now 76 years old and retired for about 10 years. I think that’s a big part of it – keeping busy and feeling worthwhile.

I’ve tried part-time jobs, volunteerism, etc. but have physical problems now that keep me from moving forward there.

I’m divorced for a long time, had two children with one now living in Florida with his wife and daughter, my granddaughter, who is 20 years old. Each of whom are so happy and I try to visit when I can.

My daughter and her husband and three children lived in the town I do but my 47 yr old daughter passed away of ovarian cancer about 3 1/2 years ago and I’m struggling so much missing her. It must be PTSD. Two of the grandchildren are away at school and my granddaughter is home with her dad. I do as much with my granddaughter I possibly can. Kids are so busy these days

I see a psychiatrist and a psychologist and can’t seem to break through this mental anguish

Even really true friends are backing off now because it’s no fun being with me the way I am even when I fight it.

They and my son have given me so much support for the last three or four years. They feel helpless in trying to get me out of this having never experienced it. I have no other immediate family.

Thanks for caring to read this

Jul 30, 2019 · Shoulder Replacement Support Group in Joint Replacements

Hi- I’m a 75 yr old woman who had total shoulder replacement May 21,09 and agree with the recommendations for clothing. Slip on footwear is good as long as secure on feet to prevent fall.
I wore a sling for about 3 weeks and did PT in an inpatient rehab facility, followed by PT and OT at
home therapist visits and then have been going for outpatient rehab 3 times a week for 3 weeks so far.
I have been in constant pain day and night since surgery. My dr felt I just needed more PT and time.
I’ve been to him twice since and neither X-ray showed a problem structurally with shoulder .
From the location of my pain, he surmised that I have considerable nerve inflammation .
Yesterday he prescribed Prednisone and Lyrica which I’m starting today.
This 10 weeks of constant pain has caused considerable depression and anxiety keeping me at home a great deal of the time.
I’ve investigated many post surgical tsr and find such varying outcomes that I so enjoy reading those of little or no pain.
Has anyone else had the nerve inflammation outcome as mine?
Be well!

Jul 19, 2019 · Shoulder Replacement: Still having pain in Joint Replacements

Thanks Justin. I take a small dose of trazodone to sleep which helps quite a bit. I wake during the night with pain but I’m able to fall back asleep. I’m not sure of the severity of the surgery or recovery after between rotator cuff repair and total shoulder replacement but both are a very arduous journey!
I just don’t want to take a lot of drugs but I don’t want a lot of pain and I guess there’s not a solution there. Somebody told me to try Aleve which you also mentioned but I don’t know if it’s strong enough. I’ll give it a try.
Did you have much PT?
Thanks again and best to you

Jul 19, 2019 · Shoulder Replacement: Still having pain in Joint Replacements

Are you still in pain from your rotator cuff repair in 2018 or is it range of motion you’re working on?

Jul 19, 2019 · Shoulder Replacement: Still having pain in Joint Replacements

Tramadol is Ultram which has really not helped this post surgical shoulder pain so i’m going to try going without for a couple days and see if it really does not help the pain for sure. I’m at a loss now what to take. I’ve been taking Advil as well but it sounds like Aleve works for you and I’ll try for this. It is very frustrating and very depressed to be in constant pain. I don’t want to go back to an opioid like Oxy eight weeks after surgery. My doctor doesn’t recommend it either. I use an ice pack a lot which helps somewhat. Physical therapy is very painful and when I come home I’m in extreme pain as well. I’ve had a lot of surgeries including a hip replacement and a couple of shoulder arthroscopic surgeries but none hurt like this.
Thank you so much for your response. I’m not sure there’s anything that you can do to help but appreciate your input!
Just trying to find someone who maybe has had a shoulder replacement and has also experienced this amount of pain for so long as it’s so debilitating. Have a good day