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Thursday, January 21, 2010 alley5, Community Member, asks

Q: Help, I have Depression and High Anxiety and husband with Guillain-Barre' Syndrome?

I have had severe Depression and High Anxiety with Homocidal and Suicidal tendencies since 1993. I had a complete nervous breadown 2 times in 6 months. Over the years my Psychiatrist has tried me on many different medications. Finally we have found what works best for me. It is Effexor XR, Trazadone and Xanax. Most days are pretty good then In 2005, 2006 and 2007 I had 3 neck surgeries. Now my neck is fused at C-4 thru C-7 with 3 plastic discs. And in 2005 my mother died of Pancreatic Cancer, my father has been dead since1977. I recently found out I have 5 small herniated discs in the T section of my back.  I am only 47 years old and stay in pain constatly. And as if this isn't enough to deal with every waking day, then read on. In 2009 during the week of Thanksgiving my husband began having strange feelings of pins and needles sticking him on his hands and feet. He worked those 3 days although the symtoms got worse. By Friday I convinced him to go to the ER. Doctor just said he needed Paxil and sent him home. By the next day he could not lift himself up from his chair. The ambulance came and took him back to the same ER. Thank God there was a different doctor there and in his opinion my husband was suffering with Guillain-Barre' Syndrom. He was taken by ambulance to Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson Tn. My husband was paralyzed for a week then sent to the rehab floor for more treatment. His total stay in the hospital was only 2 and a half weeks. We were both very lucky is stay could have been much longer, but my husband is very strong willed. Since our return home he has lost his job also he had no insurance. My depression has reached an all time high or low whatever the case may be. I am fighting it everyday sometimes every minute. I  look at my husband now and see what sheer will power will do. He is my inspiration to go on. He is walking, driving,  playing with our 60lb. house dog every single day. He still hurts but mostly all his pain is gone. But he still does have those bad days. And a small miracle happened during all this. My husband finally told me that he really understands now about my pain. And how debilatating it can be when all you can do some days is lay around on a heating pad. Now we share that heating pad. I never though I would hear that come from his lips, when he said it I cried! Can anyone give me some coucil about our situation?     Thank You, Alley5

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Judy, Community Member
1/21/10 8:14pm

Hi, there, Alley5.  It sounds like you have a lot of challenges going on in your house right now.  Do you have insurance at all?  What is it that you are in most need of?


Are you in any kind of therapy or in a program for pain management? What kind of questions do you have?  If you could be a little more specific, I might be able to be more helpful.  Just let me know.  Take care, thanks for writing here.

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By alley5, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 01/21/10