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Wed, May 20 6:14pm · Why Genetic Testing for Mental Health Meds is Important in Depression & Anxiety

Hi cookie6845 I wanted to respond because I can relate to not wanting to be on effexor! I was on it (venlafaxine) for almost 20 years. I successfully got off in February 2020 (right as Covid-19 was peaking everywhere). It was a horrible ordeal to go through the withdrawals… I'm not sure how much was exacerbated by timing (pandemic stress). But the good news is there is life after effexor! I posted a lot about my experience in Feb on a Mayo thread 'getting off venlafaxine' (something like that title). I might have done better tapering with a 'helper' antidepressant like Lexapro but decided I could handle it knowing what I was in for… I felt I was going crazy but just kept telling myself it was 'okay' that my brain would eventually re-adjust, and eventually it did. But for 2 weeks I felt like I was on hallucinatory drugs day & night – not fun. Anyway – the REASON I am posting here is that 3 years ago I had 2 types of genetic testing (one may have been Genomind). What matters MOST is to have someone qualified to interpret the results. In my case my MD/Psychiatrist said I was deficient in several important neuro-related nutrients/supplements and that if I brought those to functioning levels I wouldn't BE depressed. At the time I did not believe him (as I said, for ~20yrs I 'needed' venlafaxine). About a year later I had established a consistent routine of the recommended supplements. A year after consistently taking these I began having the strange sensation of feeling happy for 'no particular reason'. I also began to notice venlafaxine made me fuzzy-brained. So I began lowering the dose (gradually) which actually made me feel – Less Depressed! So in my case, genetic testing was key to resolving my depression. I was not offered a 'cure' for depression – I had sought genetic testing for a completely separate issue. But the geneticist told me I was seriously deficient in several important vital 'nutrients' that would make me healthier overall. Once I supplemented with these consistently (took 2 years) I was no longer depressed. Every person is different – that's why genetic testing is so important. In the hands of a skilled neuro-geneticist your own individual needs can be assessed. The solution for me would not be applicable to you (or anyone else) because were not genetic equivalents! We all have unique needs. The sooner Doctors learn how to use this testing the better – cookie-cutter medicine should be a thing of the past… It will help with the current system of 'trial and error' prescription of psychotropic medication that causes so much stress and heartache…

Sat, Mar 14 7:56am · Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this! in Women's Health

Thank you for sharing your experience and for all the great information re doctors and surgical procedure! It is reassuring to know I'm not alone. And good to know others ARE talking about rectocele – I need to change the title of this thread 🙂

Sat, Mar 14 7:28am · Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this! in Women's Health

I've read that they sometimes recur even after successful surgery. I hope this is not the case for you! Thank you for sharing your experience!! It's helpful to know what to expect (or what post op might be like)!

Sat, Mar 14 7:44am · Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this! in Women's Health

Just a bit more background on my particular set of circumstances:
Since my constipation was due to medication, nothing helped until I stopped the medication. I had years to experiment with laxatives and the like. My inclination as an otherwise healthy person was to eat well and exercise regularly. What I found is 'at best' I would experience 8-20 days of marble-sized 'pellet' poop (some of which invariably stayed stuck in my rectocele until I manually removed it) interspersed with an occasional 'miracle day' of a pretty ordinary (but occasionally runny) poop. I thought I might have mild Chron's disease but my symptoms didn't fully match. But my point is – whether I hiked, biked, ran, played tennis, whether I ate salads and high-fiber vegetarian all week, whether I fasted or ate steak – NOTHING altered the pattern – Until I stopped the anti-depressant. My constipation eased immediately when I began tapering off that medication. Now that I'm 100% medication free I have wonderfully 'average' bm's again! Instead of every week or 2, I poop every day! And no more 'pellets', but normal consistency.

Medication can be literally life-saving. But constipation is no small matter as a side-effect. I wish biochemists or whoever creates these drugs would take this side-effect more seriously – especially when it can create conditions requiring surgery! Throwing more drugs eg stool-softeners on top of the problem is not imo a solution.

Sat, Mar 14 7:14am · Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this! in Women's Health

I'm sorry to hear about your difficulty eliminating. I truly understand your pain and suffering. I've had back pain caused by the unnatural bending/twisting (to reach into my own rectum). I hope the right type of fiber, stool-softener helps!

Sat, Mar 14 6:37am · Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this! in Women's Health

Thanks for all of your responses! I saw a NP at my GP's office. I didn't want a urogyno eval (as my condition is rectal) so the NP referred me to a colorectal specialist (surgeon) for evaluation. My appointment is still a week away. Will lyk…

Sat, Mar 7 1:02pm · Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this! in Women's Health

Thanks JK. You got it! This is exactly what I'm talking about. I do not think I can spend the rest of my life manually pushing poop out my patootie! I'm just not gonna be able to sustain this! I may be developing arthritis related to arm contortions… I will def post after my appt. Ty very much for your caring and interest!

Sat, Mar 7 12:37pm · Any experience with rectocele? No one EVER talks about this! in Women's Health

Thank you JK. I appreciate your response. R/O – rule out the possibility of a rectocele. I am interested in "incomplete elimination" due to feces being literally TRAPPED in a rectocele. I'm not needing info re symptoms per se. I would like to know how the condition "rectocele" may have been (or failed to have been) addressed. Fecal incontinance (and many other symptoms) may well be associated with the condition but these are not of interest to me at this time as I have no extenuating factors – just a poop pouch I want to get rid of. I've no doubt a rectocele left untreated eventually leads to all manner of unpleasant symptoms. Which is my point! Why doctors, gynos especially, don't talk about it! The burdon is on patients to bring up a frankly embarrasing topic. Gynos have no problem proactively bringing up prolapses, atrophic vaginitis, urinary incontinence, even vaginismus… all of which get talked about a LOT, regularly and openly. But I sought relief from severe constipation for 20 years and was NEVER taken seriously – the result – a rectocele. I'm really not interested in comparing symptoms.I hope those who wish to discuss associated symptomology will start a NEW thread. I am only interested in the diagnosis & treatment of a rectocele. Has anyone had procedures to correct this as a single surgery. If so what kinds of outcomes were experienced. Do they have advice as far as what to expect/avoid in terms of surgery or other treatment for this one specific condition? I understand the norm is to consider the female urogenital tract/pelvic floor as a "lump" sum. In many cases this makes sense, but there is a dearth of information re individual components of the female pelvic region other than the vagina which (rightly enough) is paid plenty of attention. Thanks for your understanding…