postpardum?

Sinead - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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So, my daughter is about to be 6 months.

and i have had the worst anexity and depression ever.

the obyn has put me on prozac and what not. but its not seem to be working and ive been soo extremmly tired. and my daughter just now sleeps threw the night while i toss and turn. anyone have any idea what i should do now?



Oh aand i have really bad migraines everyday what gets rid of them?

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Lise - posted on 12/30/2009

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Not sure how long you've been on the meds, but anti-depressants usually take at least 3 weeks to fully get into your system.

Sarah - posted on 12/30/2009

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For the migranes, try to lay down in the dark with an ice pack on the back of your neck. There are muscles in your neck that stimulate things in your head. You can also try a heating pad if the ice is uncomfortable. I know the ice works well. I am having WAY bad anxiety too. I am afraid to drive, to fly ( I have to go to Chicago without my son when he's 2 months old) , etc. He is 4 1/2 weeks now . I just keep telling myself it'll get better. I go for my 6 wk check Jan 8 and am thinking abiout getting put on something. I hope it all gets better for you. If the migrane doesn't go away- hot showers or baths (always try to sit in the dark) Light affects migranes alot.

Holly - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Mattee:

I have struggled with depression and anxiety since my early teenage years, and I honestly believe that the only thing that truly helps it excersize. After my divorce I was at rock bottom, and I could feel it, and didn't like it at all... I knew exactly what was going on with my depression so I decided to do something about it (I was on prozac, too at the time) and had been for a year. It became obvious to me that since the medication wasn't working, that maybe I needed to take matters into my own hands and realize that no "happy pill" was going to make me "happy". So I started out slowly, and after a week of half running and half walking a mile I felt 10 x better! So about every week I pushed it about another half a mile, in about 4 months I was walking about 8 miles a day! Once you get past the inital tired and wore out of the physical exertion, the endorphins are amazing! I think it's more puwerful than any drug, but silly as it sounds, it's addicting... I excersized too much (once I realized how good I felt), and got down to 115 from 135, and I'm 5'7... Too skinny, but PLEASE for your sake, try excersizing. Push yourself as hard as you can and I promise you will feel better, and you will sleep better, too! It's been 2 years since my divorce and I have been off my depression and anxiety medicine for 1 1/2 years, I don't need it anymore and it feels amazing! I'm not going to say that this will solve all your deperssion, I still have bad days and the wintertime only makes it harder to keep your head above the water... BUT you can do it! And, as with myself, it sounds like it's going to be all up to you to take it into your hands and make it better for yourself... *HUGS*

Here is an article:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depress...


I totally agree!!! This is what made me start running. I always heard about the 'runner's high' and wanted to find it for myself ( I never used drugs and rarely drank alcohol).  Exersize made me feel better than anything else had!!!

Holly - posted on 12/30/2009

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I had horrible PPD also and unfortunately the only things that worked was exercise and time

Dmaxwell0008 - posted on 12/30/2009

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just read the end of your post, zomig for migraines works wonders! no side effects, no drownisess or anything! talk tto your dr

Dmaxwell0008 - posted on 12/30/2009

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i had the same reaction with prozac, i think you should try other meds, i was afraid to because of the reactions and trying to take are of my daughter. talk to your dr maybe counseling would be a good thing.

Mattee - posted on 12/28/2009

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I have struggled with depression and anxiety since my early teenage years, and I honestly believe that the only thing that truly helps it excersize. After my divorce I was at rock bottom, and I could feel it, and didn't like it at all... I knew exactly what was going on with my depression so I decided to do something about it (I was on prozac, too at the time) and had been for a year. It became obvious to me that since the medication wasn't working, that maybe I needed to take matters into my own hands and realize that no "happy pill" was going to make me "happy". So I started out slowly, and after a week of half running and half walking a mile I felt 10 x better! So about every week I pushed it about another half a mile, in about 4 months I was walking about 8 miles a day! Once you get past the inital tired and wore out of the physical exertion, the endorphins are amazing! I think it's more puwerful than any drug, but silly as it sounds, it's addicting... I excersized too much (once I realized how good I felt), and got down to 115 from 135, and I'm 5'7... Too skinny, but PLEASE for your sake, try excersizing. Push yourself as hard as you can and I promise you will feel better, and you will sleep better, too! It's been 2 years since my divorce and I have been off my depression and anxiety medicine for 1 1/2 years, I don't need it anymore and it feels amazing! I'm not going to say that this will solve all your deperssion, I still have bad days and the wintertime only makes it harder to keep your head above the water... BUT you can do it! And, as with myself, it sounds like it's going to be all up to you to take it into your hands and make it better for yourself... *HUGS*



Here is an article:



http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/depress...

Amanda - posted on 12/28/2009

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I still have episodes of post partum depression so I don't know...my son turned 1 on 11/28/09 and my ob had put me on meds right after his birth but I took myself off of them because nothing was working and I knew I had depression before that I could handle just fine on my own. You really need a good support system of family and friends and belief in yourself. If you had depression before the baby you will always have bouts of depression no matter what but if not, it could still pop up at other times just because of the weather or things happening with the baby. It is a normal phenominon and it will go away with time.

Emma - posted on 12/27/2009

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I have suffered for years with depression and anxiety, after giving birth the bouts of depression aren't nearly as bad. However, like I said I have battled with depression for a very long time, and headaches do infact get worse the more tense you are.



There are alot of tricks you can do to help eleveate the tension headaches/migraines you are suffering from; warm water bottle or microwaveable heat pad on the base of your neck (do this every night when you want to go to sleep) it will help loosen the tense muscles in your neck and shoulders, advil migraine relief, prescription headache tablets, cool room to sleep in.



As for the depression, get yourself off of your current medication and switch to effexor. It works wonders! With my depression coupled with PTSD the effexor was the only med that gave me any relief and allowed me to successful deal with my PTSD and get out in the world again. Eventually with counselling my depression began to go away and I slowly brought myself off of effexor, but it was the effexor that helped me stabilize my moods so I could deal with the issues I was having.



If you ever want to message, feel free to do so. I may not be suffering from post pardum depression, but I understand how debilitating depression and anxiety can be.

RACHEL - posted on 12/27/2009

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My son is 8 months old and I suffer from PPA/PPOCD. I will be honost and tell you that medicine alone will not cure you. The most effective form of treatment for long term recovery is Therapy. Alot of women with this go threw cognitive behavioral therapy and find complete success and recovery with no relapse.

I too have had migranes from anxiety..its from being so tense. I hope you find this helpful. PPD is nothing to mess around with..Help yourself so you can help your beautiful child :)

Much success to you!



P.S. for a great website google the words.. Postpartum progress. tons of info there

Jessica - posted on 12/27/2009

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Quoting Angela:

If you could get to a Dr. maybe you could ask about switching to Effexor, if you are comfortable with it, I know it took me a long time to "dare" to switch from Paxil, to Zoloft to finally Effexor. The Effexor worked for me and like I said I have no side effects from it. I take 150mg and I also take Synthroid to go along with it to help it to work better rather than up my Effexor even more. Effexor has practically saved my life. I am not in any way trying to push this medication on you....I am just telling you how much it helped me when I was so down I did not know if I would be able to get back up. It may or may not help, but I know several other people on anti-depressents and they prefer Effexor. For days that are harder than others, or when something really bad happens (my mother in law died unexpectantly on my bday) I take Ativan to get through the day. I only take 1mg..it is addictive so it has to be used for "emergencies". It can also be used to fall asleep at nite when you just can't sleep, but I find Gravol works best for that. As for headaches, I have tried alot of stuff and have not found much either. :(



I have 2 family members and a few friends that suffer from depression, and they are also on effexor, the change in them was WHOA! they feel so much better, and will swear by it, so i agree with Angela, go see a GP get them to switch you, the first 1-2 weeks will be crappy while the old ones goes out of your system and effexor take effect. The only side effect i have been told was a little nausia at the start, but if your anxious anyway this may be something your deal with now.



 



Good luck, i know it can be hard to actually take that step and get things going, but once you do you will feel so much better and everyone deserves to be happy!



 



=))

Angela - posted on 12/27/2009

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If you could get to a Dr. maybe you could ask about switching to Effexor, if you are comfortable with it, I know it took me a long time to "dare" to switch from Paxil, to Zoloft to finally Effexor. The Effexor worked for me and like I said I have no side effects from it. I take 150mg and I also take Synthroid to go along with it to help it to work better rather than up my Effexor even more. Effexor has practically saved my life. I am not in any way trying to push this medication on you....I am just telling you how much it helped me when I was so down I did not know if I would be able to get back up. It may or may not help, but I know several other people on anti-depressents and they prefer Effexor. For days that are harder than others, or when something really bad happens (my mother in law died unexpectantly on my bday) I take Ativan to get through the day. I only take 1mg..it is addictive so it has to be used for "emergencies". It can also be used to fall asleep at nite when you just can't sleep, but I find Gravol works best for that. As for headaches, I have tried alot of stuff and have not found much either. :(

Sinead - posted on 12/27/2009

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i havent. my obyn had gave me prozac. but everyone tells me to see a doctor and i havent found one yet so im all confussed

Sinead - posted on 12/27/2009

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exdrine worked for a good mintue. but it has caffeine in the pills now i cant have any caffine it makes my head worse. so nothing works on the head ache.

Angela - posted on 12/27/2009

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I was put on Effexor for my post partum and it has helped!!! I am not as tired on it as with the others I have tried. I also had headaches on others, but I have no headaches, no symptoms on Effexor. Have you asked about possibly switching anti-depressents?

Renae - posted on 12/27/2009

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I think you need to be referred to a psychologist specialising in PND. You need a personalised treatment program developed for you which will probably include a combination of medication and a fortnightly chat with a therapist. Please seek help from someone who is specially trained to help you.

Raesheal - posted on 12/27/2009

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I immediately had depression after the birth of my daughter, but I had major depression issues before pregnancy. My anti-depressants help some, but I have to try to stay positive. Easier said then done I know:) Have you tried Excedrine for your migraines? It works well. As far as your daughter goes...try to put her on a schedule. Some say it can't be done, but I have a 2 month old that sleeps through the night every night. The first month was hell...but now she takes 2 short daily naps and her bedtime is midnight and she sleeps until 7 am. If she's sleepy I try to keep her up! Hope this helps...it works for me. Good Luck:)

Kristina - posted on 12/27/2009

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i had the same thing when my son was born...my dr put me on meds to and they didnt work...so he uped the dose and they started to work....im still a little anxious once in a while but i think it does get better you just have to give it time...talk to your dr again they are there to help you through these rough times!!!...i get migraines every single day...i dont know how to get rid of them but ibprofin helps alittle but you should talk to your doc about that to...hope everything gets better good luck!!

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