Symphysis pubis dysfunction and post natal depression - anti depressants?!?

Samantha - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )





I've recently been diagnosed with symphysis pubis dysfunction and post natal depression and wondered if there is any other moms out there suffering with either of these or both at the same time!?! The pain is constant and just adds to the depression!!! I live in a small town and there's not much support available. The GP is going to start me on anti - depressants next week if there's no improvement. What are people's experiences of them? I'm worried about becoming dependent on them. Also stressing about having to go back to work soon and how I will cope with the chronic pain am in, which painkillers don't even touch and the depression on top!!! It would be nice to hear from anyone else who is in or has been in a similar situation.


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Orangegloves - posted on 03/23/2009




You wont get dependant on the antidepressants. They are correcting a chemical imbalance, and when it is restored, you will be able to cut down and stop them with your GPs guidance and all will be well. It is very rare that post-natal depression turns into a permenant chemical imbalance causing chronic depressive disorder (which would require daily medication/ADs to manage) so you have no worries there.

I suffer with pelvic problems which caused SPD on top when I was pregnant. Although 8 months later it is not as bad as it was when I was pregnant, it is still and probably always will be painful now. I have other chronic pain disorders as well (autoimmune diseases and M.E) and it is very difficult. I know how the pain contributes to the depression, it is a vicious circle that is very hard to break.

PLease dont worry about using antidepressants as a crutch to get you back on track. And dont be afraid to accept prescribed painkillers too. As long as you are careful and aware of what you are doing, you will be fine and able to come off both when you are well again.

Robynn - posted on 03/20/2009




Do you have a large university hospital close to you? I make a three and half hour trip to Cleveland Clinic. It is worth it. What state do you live in? I would look for a pain clinic.

Trish - posted on 03/20/2009




hi my name is trish and i have got spd i have had it for 4 years now also depression due to this because i can not leave the house or do any everyday tasks.

i have been on anti-depression tablets for about a year now and so far doing well on them.

how long you have spd is diffrent from person to person the only thing keeping me going is that one day it will be gone.

if there is anything elese you would like to know or for just some advice please feel free to contact me at hope things get better soon for you.

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