I started having headaches about 6 months ago. They were mild and I could usually take Tylenol, Bayer, etc for the pain. It wouldn't completely go away but the pain could be ignored. I thought maybe it was because I was not wearing my glasses when staring at a computer for 8-10 hours a day at work. I started wearing them but the headaches increased in frequency and intensity. They've got to the point where I'm sensitive to light and sound. Some days I hurt right down to my toes. Seems like every muscle and hair follicle are crying out in pain. And just for icing on the cake, I've begun to have anxiety attackes. I went to my doctor who said that the headaches and anxiety are being caused by stress. I went to a phsyciatrist and he said all the pain I'm experiencing is being caused by depression. DEPRESSION! How can depression cause physical pain in my head and entire body. Yes, I'm depressed but I'm too busy at work to think about being depressed. He prescribed Depakote 500 mg and increased my doseage on Lexapro from 20 mg to 40 as well as put me on Trazadone. I've taken Lexapro for 2 years and it's ok, I'm not skipping around singing "Lollipop, Lollipop" but it does what it's supposed to do. I've taken Trazadone before for trouble sleeping so I'm not too concerned about it's side effects. I'm just happy to be sleeping more than 4 hours a night but this Depakote has me worried. The headaches haven't stopped yet; they're just not as intense. I'm already overweight and considering gastro bypass, I don't want to add more fat to the pot. And HAIR LOSS!!! The doctor mentioned it but it was so casual like it was an after thought. Now I'm doing some research on it and what I'm hearing is freaking me out. I've only taken it for 3 days. I can say I'm not depressed about anything. Do to the incapacitating headaches, I'm on leave from work and both my savings and checking account are wiped out. I'm not the least bit worried about it either. That's not me. I'm a worrier. I worry about everything, from paying off my bills to what the strange noise is coming from my car to what I'm going to do by the end of the year. I guess that's a good thing. Well, my questions are:
How can depression cause headaches and other pains?
How much weight can I expect to gain on these medications?
When should I expect the hair lose to start?
Why are there so many side effects when you just want to get rid of one problem?
Can't doctors just make a pill that does its job and doesn't kill your libido, make your hair fall out of your head and grow on your nose, cheeks, and elbows?