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Can depression create low energy and stomach issues

Can depression create low energy and stomach issues
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Hello my name is***** am a board-certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience and I am happy to help you. Yes, depression can impact the body in many different ways, both low energy and stomach issues being near the top of the list. Is this question regarding yourself or another? Do you have any other specific questions regarding this matter I can help you with?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
It’s me. It just seems that every morning when I get going my stomach get aggravating. It never wakes me up during night. Usually later In the day and evening it seems to start easing off. If I decide to have several beers it eases off as well.

I see. Have you been having any diarrhea, vomiting or fever? And regarding depression, have you been feeling overly sad, unable to experience pleasure or have fun with activities or people you normal did with? Have you been losing weight at all or sleeping poorly?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Stools are usually normal. Diarrhea on occasions. I’m on 10mg lexapro and 150mg Wellbutrin. Not losing weight. But yes I do still have a problem doing things I used to enjoy.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I do walk 4-5 miles a day

I understand. I'm sorry to hear about your depression, but I'm glad you're able to go out for a walk 4-5 miles per day. Exercise is not only good for you physically, but also psychologically and emotionally it has been show to aid in lifting a depressed mood. You can also speak with your doctor about possibly increasing your medication, as the Lexapro 10 mg daily is a relatively low dose. If it's only been a short while on your current medications, you may simply need more time to see a beneficial effect on your mood. In addition, sometimes the antidepressant medications themselves can cause some digestive side effects as you've described, which tend to be mild, and resolve over time.

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