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Pam,
       I would go back to the doctor to discuss it further,I am not sure about this rapid heartbeat thing you experienced whether it is a side effect of zoloft so talk to your doctor about that......but anyway you need more to help you through this,treating reactive depression should be a wholistic thing not just a tablet thing whatever you wind up taking -or not-
                                      good luck  Janet

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Lainy,the best treatment for ulcerative colitis is pregnancy......this may not be practical though!!

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HAHAH LOL, Janet! If I could get PG I would make soooooo much money and donate it all to CC. OMG! I have one problem though, well more than one, Teddy would have to be the baby daddy and being a "professional" meeter and greeter  of sorts, seems that since I moved to an apartment 3 months ago (LOVE IT) I don't hear from him much anymore. Too much welcoming people going on for him. But, Janet believing got me through the first year. Love seeing you on here.

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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I did not take a pill today. My heart is not doing what it did when I took it, so I think it was the pill. Plus, my insides feel more calm. I will call the doctor's office tomorrow and see what he says. Thanks everyone, for your support and advice.

Love, -Pam

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

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YEA! Pam, I am stopping over in an hour and we are going for Margaritas! LOL

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Haha Lainy. How did you know that was my favorite drink!!

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OK, so I went back to the doctor today. Remember, I started out on Zoloft, but it kind of gave me more anxiety than I already had. I called in to the office after a week and my doctor had me try Celexa. Well, I have been too afraid to try it. I told him all of this today. I can feel my mood getting back to how it was when I needed help in the first place. He told me to start off with even a quarter of a pill if I wanted to and take it for a week. (Actually, he said I could start off with a sliver. That cracked me up. I just love this doctor.) If no probs, take a half a pill for a week. And gradually build up. He said that he likes to try at least two drugs in the same class to see if one will work. If it doesn't he can switch to a different class of drugs. He said what I felt is indeed a side effect, but not that common. He said all of these drugs affect people differently and I just need to be patient to find one that works. Lauren went with me because she wanted to see our awesome doctor too. He is the one that finally diagnosed Lauren with something seriously wrong. She asked him about me taking Ativan when I am totally whacko. He saw no problem with that and gave me a prescription. I don't know if I will ever take it, but I guess it's nice to know I have something that will calm me down. Hopefully, one day I will be the even-tempered lovely lady I have always wanted to be.

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

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Hey, Hey, Hey you are still that even tempered lovely lady, life has just gotten in the way. Geez, don't know how I would react if I was in your shoes! THAT'S IT! Change shoes!  Oh, if only we could! Hope the Docs plan works for you. I am sending you big cyber hugs!!!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
Any suggestion I offer is intended as friendly advice based solely on my own experience. Please consult your doctor for professional guidance.

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My question is how do you cut a sliver of a pill?  I think you will be eating pill dust!   Love that Lauren went with and threw you under the bus with the Ativan!  You are both incredibly strong woman and you can even make a doctor's visit seem like fun!  Good for you!  I love Lauren's hair!  It is tastefully done.  Enjoy your weekend.  Pam

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Ha, ha, Pamela....let me know when you figure out the even tempered and lovely part...my family will thank you.
Hugs,
Marion

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Thanks for your funny posts. You guys are all the best. I laughed at my comment too, Marion. That'll be the day when I can be even-tempered and lovely acting!! I guess everyone has their moods, some more than others. I am known in my family to be rather "difficult" at times. And, as my daughters have gotten older, they have inherited this trait as well.

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LOL and HAHA, Pam, I see that too in my daughter, but I won't tell her the apple didn't fall far from the tree. After all they are just like us so we must have done a good job!!  I listen to her talk and its me talking to me!  YIKES!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Pam...take the Ativan..great stuff!!  I don't have any side effects from it......but I still yell at my kids..so much for the even tempered thing.

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Hi Pam,
Are you seeing an MD for anti-depression meds?  I see a psychiatrist for my medications.  I started out with my MD but he just couldn't get the combination right.  I know it sucks to think of getting another doctor but you might give it some thought.     

xxoo Betsy

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Lainy-I see a lot of similarities between myself and my girls. Most of those similarities are the things I dont like about myself!!

Lisa-I can't imagine you ever yelling at your boys. You are always so sweet.

Betsy-Yes, it is my regular MD. He asked if I wanted to see a therapist and I said I didn't think I needed one. I know why I am sad. I really don't think I want to talk to another doctor. My MD listens well and said if this new drug didn't work, we will try until we find one that works. Sometime later on, if I don't feel better, I will consider that route.

Thanks everyone!!

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Hi Everyone,

I just thought I would give a little update on my battle with depression. Remember I started out on Zoloft and it made me feel awful. I was then given Celexa, but was afraid to take it because of how bad the Zoloft made me feel. With my doctor's urging, I started out taking only 1/4 of a 20mg. pill. I took it super slow and would up my dosage by 1/4 pill every couple of weeks. I finally got up to a whole pill and didn't think it was helping enough. I was still feeling so tired. My doctor thought that the sleepiness was from depression and not the pill, so he told me to continue to gradually increase my dosage up to 2 pills (40 mg). I got up to 40 mg. and felt way too drugged up so I backed down to 1 1/2 pills and it is the perfect dose. I take it at night and it helps me sleep well. I tend to need a full 8 hours now or I feel really druggy when I get up. But it has helped so much with my crying, worrying, and bad moods. I have had a few things happen that would have sent me over the edge before, but now I am able to cope. I have always been high strung and nervous and it is so wonderful to feel even keeled and calm. I am not advocating the use of antidepressants at all. I just wanted to let you all know that I am feeling much better and am able to handle all of this in a more rational way. I think it helps Lauren feel better when I am not always crying and sad. I feel so blessed to be part of such a wonderful discussion board with such caring members.

Love to all,

-Pam

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Pam, this is good news about you. I think anything that any of us experience in a Medical way can always be beneficial to others. I think you are a very strong woman, not sure how I would react in your shoes. What size are they? I pictured large so that they can help hold all the love you give others!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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So glad to hear this Pam!  When medication works we don't question it, right?   I am sure others will benefit from hearing your experience and how this has helped you so much.

-R

Survivor of cholangiocarcinoma (2009), thyroid cancer (1999), and breast cancer (1994).

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Haha. Thanks Lainy. Well, I do have big feet. Size 10, but I think they are to hold up my big body.

Righteeooh Randi. Just glad it works.

My beautiful daughter, Lauren Patrice, will live on in my heart forever.

My comments, suggestions, and opinions are based on my experience as a caretaker for my daughter, Lauren and from reading anything I can get my hands on about Cholangiocarcinoma. Please consult a physician for professional guidance.

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Dear Pam, I'm so glad it's helping.  That's great news.

Love Julia xx

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician."