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Monday, February 15, 2010

The Wonders of Medication

I am very glad that I gave Pristiq a full two weeks before deciding whether or not to continue taking it. The headaches stopped after 5 days, which is great. I have now been taking this medication for about 3 weeks and I have noticed improvement in how I feel already. Emotionally I feel more awake, alive, and happier than I have in a very very long time. I did not realize just how bad the depression had become until I started to feel better. I had gotten so used to feeling sad, blah, and just emotionally and mentally exhausted all the time that I had not realized when it got worse.

I am sleeping better than I was also. I have fewer nights where I just can't sleep no matter how physically tired I feel. I take the Pristiq before bed because it said it could make me drowsy. To be on the safe side I took the first dose at night and it did make me drowsy, so I stayed on the before bedtime schedule. Being able to sleep more regularly has helped me in so many ways. I have more energy during the day. With the increase in mental and emotional energy I am better able to deal with the pain. Sleeping more regularly has also made it easier to deal with the pain.

I am keeping an eye on how my feelings change because I know that I won't get the full effect of the medication for 6 to 8 weeks. Part of me is excited because I've already noticed improvement and how it seems to get a little better every day.

It really is nice to feel alive again!


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Knowing that someone has read my posts and commented on it, helps in many ways. The biggest two being that it helps ease the feeling of being "alone" and that no one could possibly understand. Secondly, it reminds us that others truly do care and that just feels wonderful!!

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and/or comment on my blog, it really does mean a great deal to me and is helpful too!