Severe depression symptoms in the elderly

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Avatar n tn they were giving her a 500 tab every 4 hours whether she need it or not,,, the physical therepy she was recieving was rigorous and she was in alot of pain, but none the less,,, when i saw the side effects she was having enough was enough...the therapist in Pt agreed the symptoms she was haviing were from the vicodin....I took her home this Saturday...and she had her last vicodin on saturday..she had taken only one per day her remaining 2 days that the rehab....
Avatar m tn Sometimes in deep depression it is not a question of mind over matter or even will. I know. I have finally come out of a very severe, deep depression. Lying in bed was what I did for the longest time but it was not my choice. My daughter would take me to the mall and I did not have the energy to walk. I walked so slowly that an elderly woman came up to me and said "I am walking faster than you." That stung. I did not have the physical energy to lift my legs to walk.
Avatar n tn This is a story about the mother of my partner. My partner and I share some ethnic heredity among our respective family histories. Specifically, Irish immigration to America in the late 1800's, early 1900's. Some of the similarities among our ancestors are quite amazing. I had a grandmother (1901-1984) that undoubtedly, though undiagnosed, had BPD.
Avatar f tn We live in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and it is not easy to find highly specialized doctors, but I had the luck to get an appointment with the chief of the Unit of Movement Disorders in our University Hospital. Afther a more thorough examination, this second doctor confirmed mild PD, but did not recommend Azilect at all. He said Azilect is not the best option for elderly and, specially, he said that interactions with antidepressants could be severe.
Avatar n tn Can you provide some more details of her symptoms? Dementia can result in a number of symptoms. However there are two things that must bbe looked into—one is Alzheimer’s and other is stroke. You can read more about this on The cause of anemia should be looked into. One possibility is poor diet over a long period. Get her stool examined for occult blood. Another possibility is subclinical UTI. Hope this helps.
Avatar n tn may not even relate the depressed mood, but rather may have some overwhelming physical symptom, like fear of cancer or other problem. In the elderly, the patient may appear to simply be demented-confused & withdrawn, & the tragedy of this assumption is that they may spend the rest of their lives in a nursing home instead of receiving effective treatment. On rare occasions the diagnosis is confusing even after due consideration of the above & adequate medical evaluation.
242516 tn?1368227505 risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture is further increased in those over age 60, in kidney, heart, and lung transplant recipients, and with use of concomitant steroid therapy. Physicians should advise patients, at the first sign of tendon pain, swelling, or inflammation, to stop taking the fluoroquinolone, to avoid exercise and use of the affected area, and to promptly contact their doctor about changing to a non-fluoroquinolone antimicrobial drug.
Avatar n tn It happened once over 20 years ago (before I was born) in response to a traumatic event in his life. His psychiatrist then put him on the medication Nortriptyline which helped him tremendously and he recovered in less than 2 weeks when that happened. I am starting to think Zoloft is not helping him.
Avatar n tn I have always been an excellent student with a sharp memory. In the past 10 years, I have experienced varying degrees of depression, anxiety, and concentration/mental clarity problems. I am 5'5", 129 lbs., and run 15-20 miles per week. I take no medications. I have irritable bowel and severe endometriosis. 2 years ago, during testing for my GI symptoms, I was told I had "sludge" and a polyp in my gall bladder.
Avatar n tn He may not even be suffering from Depression. In most cases (not all) if a person is suffering from Severe Depression, then the symptoms are so God awful horrifing and uncomfortable that they will do almost anything to make it stop. This includes going to see a doctor. In some cases Depression sufferers will suffer in silence and resist treatment. This is usually out of shame about admitting that they have a Mental Illness.
Avatar f tn did you have to take a benzo at the beginning before your med kicked in? i have a call in to my doctor to see if there is anything else she can give me in the meantime. both my doctors say take it but i've read too many horror stories. plus my sisters are in the med. field and say i shouldn't take it if i don't have too.
632011 tn?1234350709 And I had several swings into more severe depression with it. You will likely deal with this blow in the same way you have dealt with other great changes and stressors in your life. If you weathered them well, then you will weather this well too. If you needed some help - either med or counseling - then make plans for that now. I have an outstanding clinical psychologist who helped me through my issues with my father.
Avatar f tn I don't know what or where the pain is coming from and it has really put my mind in a deep depression. I can't go outside in the sun, wind, cold, etc... Everything is painful and it hurts to touch it....very sore. If you have any questions for me, please let me know! You may want to google "burning Scalp syndrome". Also, google "trichodynia". These were two of the terms that the doctors used in diagnosing me. I wish you luck and please let me know how you are!
Avatar n tn When there's widespread numbness and tingling along with other scattered symptoms, it's difficult to localize the lesion to specific spots in the brain that may be damaged by MS. However, there is a small amount of patients who DO have nonspecific, vague neurologic symptoms that don't localize anywhere and the MRI shows classic MS spots throughout the brain and spinal cord. In your case, though, the MRI (should have brain AND spine) was clean which makes the diagnosis of MS much less likely.
389797 tn?1200693362 I have not left the house except to go to a doctor or test in 6 weeks, and my husband has driven me as I feel too weak. I have chronic diarrhea with severe gas after eating. I and am afraid to eat anything that will cause distress and have lost 40 pounds in 4 months (20% of body weight). Constant nagging abdominal pain ULQ whether I eat or don't, I also have anxiety, sweats (no fever), tremors, and lower back pain. Symptoms were occasional at first but are now almost daily.
Avatar f tn Its been 6 weeks since i started taking the pill and have experienced at least 3 major migraines blurred vision and in the last week severe anxiety attacks nausea and dizziness. I have suffered with anxiety disorder for 13 years but have managed to live a very happy life and still do things that i have always wanted to do although at times the anxiety disorder has been very challenging and believe me i have had moments where i could have easily given up.
Avatar n tn I would recommend decreasing the armour - perhaps 60mg in am and 30mg in mid afternoon and recheck the tsh in 6 weeks -- again goal is 0.4-1.5 (give or take - this is debated amongst endocrinologists) Rheumatology evaluation may include blood tests such as ANA, RF, sedimentation rate -- but if your symptoms persist, would see a rheumatologist.
125112 tn?1217277462 I wasn't hurt but over-taken with long thoughts about this. Since young, I always had an opinion of the way our elderly, in the care of others, should be treated. Too, that I think they need good company sometimes. There's plenty I think here but will cut it short. I went to and took their thyroid quiz (both hper/hypo) and answered yes to many of the questions. My new doctor (without my prompt)definitely thought it was thyroid. Yet TSH came back as 2.
455605 tn?1206054665 Ironically, everything went back to normal with the exceptions of the head rushes, which the doctor had said were mini seizures. The head rushes bring on the depression. The head rushes bring on the anger. The head rushes bring on poor balance. The head rushes bring on poor concentration and inability to perform. The head rushes bring on limited motor skills. I keep trying to figure out what part of that the neuro-dudes, as I affectionately call them, don't understand.
Avatar n tn The thinking, which sounds logical to me, is that opiates replace the brain's natural endorphins and the brain stops making them in favor of the opiates. You stop taking the opiates and there's no endorphins waiting in the wings to step in and make you feel OK. So you feel like **** instead. The Lysine is what your brain needs to make more endorphins and other neurotransmitters; the B6 is a catalyst in that process.
Avatar n tn 55:15 Andrew, Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for major depressive disorder, in patients who have failed adequate antidepressant medication trials, are unable to tolerate antidepressant medications, have severe or psychotic symptoms, are acutely suicidal or homicidal, or have profound stupor or agitation. Some studies suggest that elderly patients tend to respond to ECT more slowly than do young patients, because the seizure threshold increases with age.
Avatar f tn However, I have severe pain sometimes that I can barely stand up and the pain is not in my stomach; the pain is at the place where the blood is coming from. 4.) No matter how much water I drink, urinating is always an issue because although I urinate enough; towards the end it really hurts/burns sometimes and the discomfort only goes away after a couple of hours. On the days I do not drink enough water, the pain and discomfort is severe. 5.
Avatar f tn liver and other organ meats * Free-range chicken, duck, turkey, (especially dark meat and liver) * Seafood, including clams, mussels, sardines, anchovies, and especially oysters * Broccoli and leafy greens, such as kale, turnip greens, and collards * Legumes like lima beans, pinto beans, green and black-eyed peas * Walnuts, cashews, and peanuts * Yeast-leavened whole-wheat bread If we look at the way dopamine is produced in the body, we can see that both iron and folate
Avatar n tn I was diagnosed with a back problem called spondylolisthesis over a year ago, which everything else has come after that diagnosis. I have had severe nervous breakdowns/panic attacks, depression, where most of the time Im in this wierd sort of dream state. I have had some speech changes, where i either slur my words, cant think of the word im trying to find, or completely forget what im talking about and just get confused.
Avatar n tn If I've learned anything, it's that they don't tell us much -- they keep us in the dark until it's too late. Become proactive. I will get to the bottom of the problem to find out why we're being ignored. Thank you for the information on how to post a question which I plan to do.
233616 tn?1312790796 when you factor in the exceeding heart/liver/etc damage of the chemo WITH what the heroin or other drugs are causing, it's not that hard to see why the treatment could be the final nail in an already closing coffin. This is especially true in that treatment causes depression, making the junkie the most likely candidate to over-medicate and OD.
Avatar n tn Tho I am not even in the same ballbark w/ such good advice/writing, I have recently (yesterday!) found one vvvv simple (hopeful) cure to assist me in the road to recovery; and that is a Get a Pet. Our nuclear famBly has owned indoor cats for years (we still do), 5 cats at this time- all inside felines, all 20+ pounds. Yesterday, tho my many "real" kids, all (thankfully) grown kids, chided me into paying a mere $20.
Avatar m tn I had to take 15 just to get out of bed in the morning. In early March I had decided that enough was enough. I had no money, bills piling up, and I had blown through all of my student loan money, and had borrowed hundreds of dollars from family and friends. I knew all about Suboxone, and how much it helped. I found a Doctor who prescribed it, and made an appointment. I started on a low dose of 4mg twice a day. It has been 2 months now, and I take 4mg 3 times a day.
Avatar n tn Thanks everyone for the kind comments. After I got up and moving things felt a bit better. I am also drinking my coffee but have switched to decaf and cut it down to one or two cups.(gotta have it), then lots of water and gatorade the rest of the day. I also hooked up with the "Be In Charge" program through Shearing (sp) drug company,which have 24hr nurses to help you get through this tx.
Avatar n tn Symptoms are almost always precipitated by a change of position of the head with respect to gravity (in the direction of the affected ear). The vertigo is brief in duration — 5 seconds to 30 seconds. The condition is usually self limiting. However, you should consult your physician who can make a definitive diagnosis based on your history, physical examination, and vestibular and auditory tests. The Dix-Hallpike maneuver is diagnostic for the condition.