Friday, January 04, 2013

Emerging From Depression Hell

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I'm starting to feel better emotionally. It's as simple as that. Spending time with my husband and family over the holidays, as predicted, did my mental health a world of good. Now it's all about addressing everything I neglected while I was submerged in depression hell.

It's amazing how many things can fall by the wayside when you live with multiple chronic illnesses and don't address anything while you're in bed during a severe depressive episode.

First, I have an appointment scheduled with my psychotherapist. This will be the first time I've seen her in far too long, and I hope going back to a regular schedule can help me stay on track with doing the things that keep me from backsliding.

I rescheduled an appointment with my local neurologist that I flat out skipped in December because I couldn't force myself out of bed. I need to be evaluated for a condition known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) (also sometimes referred to as Pseudotumor cerebri). If I have IIH, it would explain why I haven't responded to any preventive medications or therapies for chronic migraine. I have some of the most common factors associated with it, so it's unfortunate that no one, myself included, put the pieces together sooner to realize I needed to be evaluated for it. I'll need to have a spinal tap to find out what my spinal fluid pressure is to know if I have it or not.

My mom helped me out by making me a dentist appointment for a cleaning and checkup when she made one for her herself, so I got that taken care of. Unfortunately I have to go back to have some small cavities addressed, but better to take care of them now, I guess.

I'm moving forward with getting a referral to a reproductive endocrinologist recommended by my gynecologist for my infertility. 

Finally, I even made a far long overdue appointment with my eye doctor. I not only need a general check up, but I need to have my optic nerves looked at to see how the swelling is progressing. I've let this go for far too long, but I'm finally taking care of it.

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