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When she first started working with the MS clinic, routine visits included the standard question 'Do you ever feel suicidal?'. That was because we MS'ers have a higher than average rate of suicide.
Over the years they noticed that there was more to it. So they added a second question, 'Do you suffer from feelings of depression?' Guess what? Some bright people noticed that a lot of people who become suicidal become depressed first.
Now they have noticed that while some of us suffer from depression, others of us just become downright misserable. When I heard this, I recognized myself. The next day I mentioned it to my spouse and asked her if she thought I was a little short tempered. We won't discuss her reply.
My next visit to my GP, I raised the issue. Seems the treatment for this is pretty much the same as for mild depression. I am now taking 50mg's of Pristiq on a daily basis.
My wife says I am a whole new person - and much nicer than the old one. I know I feel a lot better and in more control. Talk to your doctor. There is no need to suffer issues that can be fixed.
I recently started on 20mg of citalopram and the difference is huge.
I had never slept well since I started Rebif 6 years ago.
Now I sleep great and am much easier to get along with.
My temper has been cut way back.
I would say my wife is happy I tried it.
One thing though, I am going to try and cut the dose in half after Christmas. I just feel a little numb to life at times.
Absolutely! I took Rebif between January and late April last year and each time I titrated up a dose, my temper did too! The anxiety and irritability got so back I had to completely stop taking it. I've had MS for 12 years and a long history of depression and anxiety, but I had never had anything like this. Not even when I was on the Avonex years ago.astro wrote:Anyone else notice this side effect when taking rebif?
Staying positive is much harder then people think. It seems like no matter how hard I try to forget that fact that I have MS, someone, or something reminds me..... very, very, frustrating.
A few things that help me control my temper are:
1) place myself in others shoes, and try to view my as they do so that I can understand them
2) Think of how much of a headache that I will get by stressing myself out
3) I usually walk away, or turn music on.
Good luck to you. ; )