Re: Antidepressants

From: alanbaleyko (alanjess@yourlink.net)
Wed Feb 23 13:58:40 2000


Hi! Yes, with my kids too I have to be totally aware of everything in their environment and their emotional status. I can't take painkillers at school but sometimes I have to take half of one pill and I do OK. I find Aleve works to take the edge off the pain until I can get home to my pain pills. Yes, when I'm really hurting it's hard to keep the happy face on. What I find most frustrating is when that pain kicks in I kinda go into another "world". It's so hard to focus on the kids and do what we need to be doing because my mind is so busy trying to distract itself from the pain. Does that even make sense? It just hard to concentrate on anything when you're hurting! It took about 2 weeks for the medication to work. I think I have it a little easier than you do in some respects because I have an understanding assistant who can jump in and lead a lesson if I need her too. But since I've been on the Paxil I haven't gotten that bad! Good luck and keep me posted! Jessica

Paula Healey wrote:

> Jessica,
> How long were you taking the drug before you felt better? do you still take
> pain relievers? Didn't you find yourself getting cranky with the kids on
> your bad days? I feel so bad sometimes... It's not their fault. It's just
> so hard to be cheery when you feel like you could fall down at any moment...
> Pain killers are no good at work either. I really resist taking them unless
> absolutely necessary because I feel like I need to be totally "on". Do you
> feel the same way? Especially with your kids, it must be very difficult.
> I'll let you know how it goes.
> Thanks- Paula
>
> alanbaleyko said at “Re: Antidepressants”.
> [02/21/2000 16:48]
>
> > Hi again Paula, I too am a teacher (autistic middle school students) .
> > The drug
> > I am on is Paxil and it has not slowed me down at all. In fact, because
> > I am in
> > less pain now, I am able to keep up during the day and still have energy
> > for my
> > family when I get home! Jessica
> >
> > paula wrote:
> >
> > > Karen,
> > > Thanks for getting back to me. The Anti-depressant she prescribed is
> > > Pamelor. It says right on the CVS pamphlet that it is sometimes used to
> > > block nerve pain. You said you felt like your brain was "mummified in a
> > > cotten ball"- this is exactly why I haven't started taking it yet. I
> > > got the prescripton Friday, but I'm too afraid to start taking it.
> > > I am a first grade teacher- I can't be a walking zombie!
> > > I don't know what to do...
> > > Paula
> > >
> > > At Sun, 20 Feb 2000, Karen Kaplan wrote:
> > > >
> > > >Paula:
> > > >Which anti-depressant?
> > > >Not a doctor, but never heard of an antidepressant to block nerve pain.
> > > >Once, when I was being harrassed by both a subordinate AND my boss, my
> > > >doctor suggested I take 2 Prozacs a day to "mute the emotions". It
> > did, but
> > > >I felt like my brain was mummified in a cotton ball, so I took up
> > boxing
> > > >instead - to release the "emotions" physically..
> > > >If you are not depressed, I just don't see why you should change your
> > brain
> > > >chemistry, too.
> > > >It's not like this is an exact science.
> > > >Karen
> > > >

>> > > >----- Original Message -----
> > > >From: paula <phealey11@earthlink.net>
> > > >To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <adhesions@forum.obgyn.net>
> > > >Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2000 12:28 PM
> > > >Subject: Antidepressants
> > > >
> > > >> My pain dr. wants me to start taking an antidepressant to block
> > nerve
> > > >> pain (along with the million other things I take). Has anyone tried
> > > >> this? Has it worked at all?
> > > >>
> > >
> >
>


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