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  • lwblack
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    The depression is REAL and must be addressed as soon as possible. It comes from being in a position, most often not of your making, and nothing much the patient can do to remedy it. Seek a higher source, such as a family doctor, a psyciatrist and God. Prayer helps...

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  • cycle52
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    Im sorry to hear about your husbands condition. I dont know how long he's been on dialysis but you might want to have his parathyroid checked. if it inflames it can cause a lot of complications. including some of the things you mentioned.

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  • dolphinlover
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    I have depression myself,I had it before my Kidney problems. I got my depression after my dad died in front of me. I know How it is to live with depression.It does sound like your husband has it. Did his family doctor Or the kidney specialist ever give him anything for depression,If not I would look in for that,also Like everyone said it could be something else,If so hopefully the doctors can help

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  • cicero
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    I can't understand why no one hhas responded to your post. You have discovered, or just naturally implemented, the secret to successful dialysis. Be busy! Best case be busy helping! Nothing make you feel better. Congratulations from you post you found it much quicker than I did. But now I have it a life is wonderful, ESRD and Dialysis, bah hum bug!!!!!

    Best regards
    Cicero

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  • lectropet
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    I was diagnosed with ESRD in June of 08 and have been on Hemo since than. I was forced into retirement. Had to give up my job that I loved and worked for 21 years and leave all my friends at that job. I don't go there very much because it was a 32 mile drive. Do you see what I had to give up that COMMUTE was I crazy or what??? don't answer that. At first I was very depressed but then as my health improved and I started looking at things that I could do for others, I volunteered to work at the church on call with two of their airconditioners on their two main buildings. It is strictly a donation. So SSA don't get excited. The way I see it there are so many other people that have it worse than me. Over this last weekend I went to check on another job donation possibility at an Air Plane Musuem, a job working on aircraft getting them ready for static display. I am all excited about that and this will be a donation too. With these two jobs I will be so busy---- there will be no time for depression. I can still walk, run a little. I found that I can play the piano a little but not the piano recital circuit yet. I got out the old violin and practiced that a bit. there is hope for that. Got tired of watching the TV. I have the time now to talk to the neighbors. Why was I so busy before?? My blood pressure has gone down and I am off the blood pressure meds no stress from the job site any more and if one of the A/C's at the church is giving me fits I can sit down and think about it for a while(Pray) no one standing there breathing down my neck trying to hurry me up( the Boss). In a week I turn 66 the retirement age. I started a year early. My wife and sweet heart are going to Yosemite for a couple of days and staying at the Tennya Lodge, right after I get out of dialysis on a Friday at noon( she will do the driving) I am getting so excited thinking about it. Life is great. You just have to work it a little. GOD IS GREAT.

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  • chefnancy
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    Lynnie, I agree with jmaryz that your husband is probably clinically depressed. You should get him to his PCP or to a psychiatrist as soon as possible. Depression is not only a mental issue, it can cause many physical issues. Also, it may not be just depression, but a combination of depression and something else. So it would be a good idea to get as complete an evaluation as you can. Hang in there. Things do get easier, but many people on dialysis do benefit from antidepressant medications and/or talk therapy.

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  • jmaryz
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    Lynnie,
    As a person who has bi-polar disease I can appreciate how difficult it is to be depressed (and on top of that have CKD and dialysis to deal with). From the symptoms you described it sounds like he is going through a depression but he may also have something physical going on, so it is a good idea to get him to see his PCP. It must be hard for you, too, to have to deal with this, do you have any family or friends who can lend you support? I don't know about hemo dialysis (I did peritoneal, now transplanted) but it does get easier given time and as you can tell by reading these posts there are many people who deal with dialysis and see it for what it is - a way to rid your body of toxins and continue on with your life. Would he consider reading the posts on this forum to see that there are wonderful, thoughtful people out there ? He is not alone.

    Keep us informed of how you and he are doing and hang in there.

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  • Lynnie
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    Originally posted by LindaE View Post
    Hi!

    Depression is a very real problem associated with kidney disease and dialysis. Even though I've had a transplant and feel so blessed I often still have depression issues. I must say that my MD does control my depression issues and not my nephrologist. I also was told when the depression began to consult my MD. At that time I really didn't care who was to be in charge only that I receive the help I needed. It has been a battle over the years and my meds have been changed many times to find the right combination. I still have a few minor, short-lived problems but life is so much better now. Certainly contact your hubby's MD for help and keep us informed.
    Thank you so much for writing to me, I really appreciate it. I picked him up this afternoon from dialysis and it was like he was drunk, couldn't walk or comprehend. He is now in bed at 6:00 est.

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  • LindaE
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    Hi!

    Depression is a very real problem associated with kidney disease and dialysis. Even though I've had a transplant and feel so blessed I often still have depression issues. I must say that my MD does control my depression issues and not my nephrologist. I also was told when the depression began to consult my MD. At that time I really didn't care who was to be in charge only that I receive the help I needed. It has been a battle over the years and my meds have been changed many times to find the right combination. I still have a few minor, short-lived problems but life is so much better now. Certainly contact your hubby's MD for help and keep us informed.

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  • Lynnie
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    Depression

    My husband, I believe is depressed, he has not been eating, he is confused and sits around all day sleeping. I have contacted the center and explained what is going on with him and they did some blood cultures, which have come back normal. I informed them that I believe he is depressed and they agree with me. I asked if they could admit him to the hospital since he has lost 10K in the last few weeks and their reply was that he would have to see his family doctor that this was not a dialysis issue. Indeed it is a dialysis problem, if he was not doing hemo he would not be depressed!
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