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Am I depressed? I'm confused
MiaGru posted:
I came down with what appeared to be the flu almost 4 weeks ago. After 5 days, most of my flu symptoms were gone - but I continued to feel fatigued, dizzy, disconnected & just not myself, in addition to losing my appetite. My doctor had put me on Amoxicillin with Augmentin, & a steroid shot for my sinus & ear pressure. This made me very nauseous, and dizzy. I went to the ER & they ran bloodwork & CT scan - but found nothing out of the ordinary.
Now these last 2 weeks or so, I've been feeling like I'm never going to get back to good health. I wake up feeling jittery, I see lights that seem to flicker in my peripheral vision, I'm slightly nauseous, lightheaded. Since I have low blood pressure, I know I need to eat - although nothing seems like a good choice. I've lost 8 lbs this month unintentionally.
My doctor can't find anything wrong with me, and has suggested I might have depression. But I don't have a cause! What's making me feel depressed is this ongoing feeling of "not well", that no one can seem to help me with.
My stomach can handle protein, but oatmeal seems to disagree. I vomit. I feel like Im ready to cry at the drop of a hat, especially in the morning - but towards the afternoon and evening I can feel OK.
I know I'm rambling, but I'm so confused. Can you have depression with out a cause? Does that cause stomach upset for particular kinds of food? help.
Thomas L Schwartz, MD responded:
Hello- yes it is confusing. A real bad flu infection tends to wipe folks out for a week of fever, a week of bad cold symptoms and 1-2 more weeks to recover from all of this, sleep deprivation, etc. After this we play catch up at home and work and get stressed. So this can be 100% flu. Stay hydrated and eat well and bounce back.
Could you have a depression without a 'cause' yes. Happens all the time. Why do some people get an appendicitis and others don't? Some develop depression, others do not.
Have your general doctor refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist to better tease out if it is a depression or not.

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