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Posted by: stacey | 2011-08-16

low immunity and depression?

Hi
After a severe asthma attack (generic cortisone inhaler failed me) I landed up in hospital in june.have had loads of cortisone (apart from the fact that I have been on cortisone for over 44 years anyway). I feel so down. I have zip energy. I nearly fainted moving some files at work. I can''t exercise. I keep telling myself I am lucky I do not have cancer but it does not work. I can''t seem to come right. They say my immunity is very low. Nothing is helping it (vitamins) I just don''t know what to do with myself to come right. I''m 46 year old female.I had to put my dog down and give away my cat. I think it is showing on my face at work &  my energy &  concentration is not there. Still barking and coughing as well. Blood tests show it is asthma (allergy) and inflammation.I''m thinking maybe all the cortisone (inhaler, prednisone,drip, injection &  in nebuliser) have made me depressed?And I have gained 6kg despite the fact I was so ill.
Thank you
Depressed or what???

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OK, cortisone can be unhelpful for your level of immunity, and can also be associated with depression or similar mood disorders. Any significant illness is stressful and can be depressing. I wonder who the "they" are who say your immunity state is low. Depression is a common disorder anyway, and chronic illness and cortisone use can increasse the risk. Depression often affects appetite and weight, but can go in either direftion - increased appetite and weight, or decreased. I'm awfully sorry to hear about your dog and cat.
Its not clear who has been dealing with your illness(es) so far, maybe a GP ? Whenever things get so complicated, it's usually wise to get the opinion of a specialist, in this case at least a medical specialist in asthma, and maybe a psychiatric opinion, though the symptoms of depression are usually quite clear, and the use of antidepressants fairly widely understood among other doctors, even a psychiatrist. And counselling could help you to cope better with the burdens of illness, and to recover sooner and better

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2011-08-16

OK, cortisone can be unhelpful for your level of immunity, and can also be associated with depression or similar mood disorders. Any significant illness is stressful and can be depressing. I wonder who the "they" are who say your immunity state is low. Depression is a common disorder anyway, and chronic illness and cortisone use can increasse the risk. Depression often affects appetite and weight, but can go in either direftion - increased appetite and weight, or decreased. I'm awfully sorry to hear about your dog and cat.
Its not clear who has been dealing with your illness(es) so far, maybe a GP ? Whenever things get so complicated, it's usually wise to get the opinion of a specialist, in this case at least a medical specialist in asthma, and maybe a psychiatric opinion, though the symptoms of depression are usually quite clear, and the use of antidepressants fairly widely understood among other doctors, even a psychiatrist. And counselling could help you to cope better with the burdens of illness, and to recover sooner and better

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