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Hi, I am doing 100% better than a month ago.. if you don't remember a month ago I was taking medication every 4 hours and in pain and unable to eat solid food at all.. this lasted for close to 2 months.. I started Elavil and was able to eat in 2 weeks and the pain went away... I have no pain and no D!!!! it is wonderful... I am glad that this happened after me being sick for so long... I have started to exercise and tone after the 25 pound weight loss.... I am glad I seem to be in remission and will enjoy it until the next time... thanks to everyone who posted and encouraged me... I am planning my wedding now and am trying to not let little things bother me... I now know that I was pretty depressed and the Elavil did a world of good...------------------sandwomin
 

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Glad to hear it Sandwoman,stay positive and congradulations on the wedding and the IBS news!
 
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Did your GI or your GP prescribe the Elavil for you? I am looking into it myself ... both my mother and my husband think that I need to take something for the depression (I have clinical depression on top of the depression that comes from being an IBS sufferer). Can you tell me more about how it helps you psychologically/emotionally?
------------------~If I'm gonna go down, I'm gonna do it with style ... and you won't see me surrender~
 
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So glad you're feeling better. Keep us posted.------------------LET'S ALL PRAY FOR A CURE TO THIS IBS SOON!BETTIE
 

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sandwomin - got your e-mail to me tonight and was glad to hear you're doing well. I answered you back - could you check to see if you got it. For some reason, Spirit isn't getting my hotmails lately and I've been using my other e-mail account to correspond with her. Just wondering if ANYBODY is getting my hotmails...Getting the "jitters" yet about the upcoming wedding? Guess its still a little too soon for that hey?
 
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Way to go Sandwomin!Glad you have had such a great improvement, and didnt just fall off the face of the earth.
A wedding will definetely be something to look forward to. take care Jenni
 

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That's great to hear, sandwomin! Congrats on the wedding...when's the big day?
 

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Ladie, I believe elavil IS an anti-depressant. At least that was what it was prescribed for 20 years ago. Talk to the doc about it. I took it once for a week, there were dosage problems though, and I couldn't deal with the side effects. (I got shaky hands, felt buzzed, trouble sleeping.) After I quit taking it, the doc said I could lower the dose and do better, but I deceded against it.
 

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Great to hear, sandwomin! Keep us posted on that wedding, too.Ladienyte: I am taking Paxil, which is specific for anxiety as well as overall depressin. I started out on 20mg/day, but after a month not much improvement was seen, so it was upped to 40 mg/day. I am much better now.Yeah, this is a chicke/egg question: depression brought on by IBS, or IBS and depression going together.....????
 

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Sandwomin-I have been thinking about posting about you for the last couple of days to see if you were OK. I know how bad off you were for a while. I'm SO happy that you're doing better.
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Thanx for the responses maggie and lefty.
I am going to try to talk to a doctor about Elavil and Paxil .. see which one might help me best. I am leaning towards Paxil right now, as I have heard Elavil has quite a few side effects. Now, to find a doctor .. I don't have one right now! :/------------------~If I'm gonna go down, I'm gonna do it with style ... and you won't see me surrender~
 

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Hey, Sandie - I'm so glad to hear how well you are these days!! And, having been through my own wedding 3 months ago, I know it can get stressful, so please feel free to e-mail me if you want to vent/have questions/whatever! I feel like a pro at weddings now!
So glad to hear you're better!!
------------------"Welcome anything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else." -Andr� GideMissycat
 

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ElavilDepression (with or without symptoms of anxiety or sleep disturbance), chronic pain (from migraines, tension headaches, diabetic disease, tic douloureux, cancer, herpes lesions, arthritis, and other sources), pathologic laughing or weeping caused by brain disease, and bulimia.Amitriptyline and other tricyclic antidepressants block the movement of certain stimulant chemicals (norepinephrine or serotonin) in and out of nerve endings, having a sedative effect and counteracting the effects of a hormone called acetylcholine (making them anticholinergic drugs). One widely accepted theory of depression says that people with depression have a chemical imbalance in their brains and that drugs such as Amitriptyline work to reestablish a proper balance. It takes 2 to 4 weeks for Amitriptyline's clinical antidepressant effect to come into play. If symptoms are not affected after 6 to 8 weeks, contact your doctor. Tricyclics can also elevate mood, increase physical activity and mental alertness, and improve appetite and sleep patterns in depressed people. These drugs are mild sedatives and are useful in treating mild forms of depression associated with anxiety. Amitriptyline and other tricyclic antidepressants have been used in treating nighttime bed-wetting in young children, but they do not produce long-lasting relief. These drugs are broken down in the liver.Usual Dose����������������������������� Adult: 25 mg 3 times per day, increased to 150 mg per day if necessary. Dosage must be tailored to your specific needs. Adolescent and Senior: lower doses are recommended, generally 30 to 50 mg per day."American Medical Association"
 
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Hi, thanks to everyone that posted!!! The bigwedding day is April 1, 2000.... I am very busy planning the big day!!! I just have to book the DJ and I am done!!!!!! Trying not to get to stressed out!!! You guys got me thru a really rough time!!! I love you all!!!!! I am glad that my GP found an antidepressant that worked for me... I was really down and didn't know what to do....But now things are on the right track and I am enjoying everything again!!!!!!!!! If I can get my engagement photos on disk I will post them here on the BB...and the wedding too!!! the only good thing about me losing weight so fast is that I will fit into my sister's dress.. tee hee... I never want to go thru being that sick again but I know what to do now... thanks again to everybody!!!!
 
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