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Hello Iv been diagnosed with Major depression, Generalized anxiety disorder, Panic disorder, PTSD, Asthma, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Migraines. Iv been seeing in the Psychiarty department and have been in treatment for the past 7 years, Iv also recently been diagnosed with a Disc degeneration in my L4-L5 area of my lower back and Fibromyalgia. Do you think that the Disc and Fibro conditions also contribute to my Depression, Anxiety and panic disorders? Being that I have been in treatment for the past 7 years, do you think I will ever recover from the Major depression, Anxiety, Panic attacks? and do you think i would qualify for SSI benifits?
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There is a huge connection between chronic pain and mood disorders. It's called Pain Disorder. Basically, one makes the other one worse, which makes the other one worse, and a vicious cycle begins. Depression and anxiety are also extremely common in Fibromyalgia (in fact most of the medications used for Fibromyalgia are antidepressants such as Cymbalta and Savella.) Chronic depression, and chronic pain, burn the body out. The body is under so much stress all the time, that is can't keep up, which causes more depression, fatigue, and lowers your tolerance for pain (so things that didn't used to hurt now hurt quite a bit).

I think getting the Fibromylagia under control is going to help in getting the depression under control. Unfortunately, many of the medications commonly used do cause weight gain (Lyrica, Savella, Cymbalta). Some people have better luck on similar medications like Pristiq and Neurontin.

You should apply for SSI, but it's hard to tell if you will qualify because they look at so many factors, and deny most of the people who apply. So apply, if denied file an appeal, and if denied again get a lawyer to file the second appeal.

Best wishes,
Selah
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