I started the programme almost 8 weeks ago and I can genuinely say I've loved every minute. I'm just after a course of antibiotics and I have been on antidepressants for the past ten weeks. I have put off being on them for years. Today I just feel really exhausted to be honest. So shaky. I feel like my whole body is achy and heart is fluttery. I feel physically and mentally drained. I just don't know whether being on these is the right thing for my body. I just feel very deflated which isn't like me. Any advise would be great x

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gailcymraeg
over 4 years

Just also wanted to add that Maddies yoga sessions and meditations have been useful. Finding stillness even for a moment is rare and precious. Good luck with your journey X

gailcymraeg
over 4 years

Ahhh poor you, it's really difficult and a brave decision to take antidepressants, I know, I've been there, currently in a similar position and can empathise with you. Most likely the combination of a virus/infection plus feeling low in mood have left you feeling exhausted. I think we place far too much pressure on ourselves, particularly if we're working, have kids, have commitments and responsibilities etc and forget to take time out for ourselves. I think we also can fall into the trap of feeling guilty for putting ourselves first. I've been back and forth to the GP too over the past few months, and actually taken some time out from work too. GP has recommended talking therapies for me, particularly cognitive behavioural therapy. Also suggested a website called moodjuice which has some good resources? I've started researching mindfulness, have a couple of books from Amazon, which I'm getting through as well as treating myself to a massage once a fortnight, whilst I've always considered this a treat in the past, I realised that it's also a therapy for me. Whilst it's expensive, I balance that against the fact that I don't go out very often (3 young kids), don't drink, don't smoke, don't buy endless products or clothes etc. This is a really positive step for me, and it's taken me until I turned 40, and had no reserves left to stop, to remind myself that as much as I want to be I'm not superhuman, and need to learn to accept that I have limitations, and a simpler life is better for me. We're all different and will having differing strategies to help us through, but just wanted to share with you some thoughts? Hope you don't mind, and good luck with your recovery. Xx

lithie
over 4 years

As Maddie says, there's always blue sky and sunshine behind a dark cloud. Go and see your gp and say how you feel and what you are worried about and keep trying until you find the right person. Xxx

hollydo
over 4 years

There's a lot of info here so not going to add anymore. But hope you feel brighter and get sorted soon! I know I've had some very low moments recently and considered them but a positive wave will be coming soon! It always does xx

morglow
over 4 years

Thank you all so much lovely ladies. Amazing advice!!!! xxx

estee
over 4 years

Morglow you poor thing! You have been so inspirational over our 8 week journey and although I'm sure you feel down in the dumps right now we have all loved your wonderful happy vibes and beautiful pictures in your posts! Keep up the positive affirmations and mantras, and we are here to support you. Definitely pop back to see your GP - try and book in with someone you've built a rapport with. It's going to be a journey and let them help you through too. An infection will of course make you feel a bit rubbish. Lots of love and happy thoughts Morglow. 💛💜💛💜💛💜

pincess
over 4 years

Morglow I expect all this advice is leaving you a bit confused.
I would see your doctor. I am qualified to prescribe medication and I agree with most posts one way or another. Jenhammer is right that they do have a place if you have an infection but others are right that they mess up the gut. However the benefits usually outweigh the risks of given correctly. As we don't know what they are for I suggest you see your GP as infection can also make you feel that way. I seriously doubt it's anything to do with the fluoxetine. Good luck xxxx

Jenhamer
over 4 years

Some good info here but just be careful with what advice you take. Remember none of us are qualified , OK anti biotics have a bad rap but seriously the doctor has done years of training and would not use them if they were going to harm you in a big way. Sometimes the body is stuck and needs a push to get better and that's when they are needed. A lot of natural health people claim anti biotics are the worst things ever, if this were true they would not be used. So just take advice on here with a pinch of salt, everyone will obviously offer their best advice with your best interest at heart but always go with the professionals in my opinion X X

Agnesl
over 4 years

Or maybe you could try probiotic tablets just to rebuilt the gut flora which is damaged by the antibiotics xx

Agnesl
over 4 years

It can be dairy free coconut yogurt, it's about the bacteria in it. :)

Ingrid
over 4 years

And sorry but having read the other comments it is best to avoid yogurt and dairy as can be a strain to your digestive system and especially your liver to process. Dairy fat also helps to breed viruses and bacteria. It is also mucus producing and a major cause of inflammation and allergies. When you want a smooth healing process it is best not to eat dairy at all.

Ingrid
over 4 years

It is great to hear the programme has helped you feel good. This is really positive.
Can I ask why you are taking antibiotics? As a general rule it is best to avoid them if you can as they are so bad for our health. Antibiotics kill all bacteria, the good and the bad. The good are vital for your health and destroying them can wreak havoc your immune system and digestion. If a doctor places you on antibiotics for two or more weeks, then even if you take probiotics daily, your gut might need a year or more to recover from the damage. Plus if you are affected by a virus it will make it grow bigger and stronger. Sorry I don't want to sound too alarming but I think it is better to know especially now that you are already feeling the bad effects of it. If what you have is bacterial, antibiotics can help, but if it is not or if you and your doctor simply don't know then it is better to stay clear from them. Sadly many doctors prescribe antibiotics when they don't know what else to do and it can be very harmful.
I would recommend you read the chapter on depression from the book 'Medical Medium'. It has very good practical advice in terms of healing foods that can help rejuvenate the brain, remove heavy metals (could be a cause of depression), replenish electrolytes, heal brain tissue and address the nutritional deficiencies associated with depression. There are also herbs and supplements that can bolster your brain tissue, nerve cells and endocrine system, detoxify you and improve your mood.
There is a chapter on heavy metals and gut health too with more information on nutrition that can help.
Then I know the herb St John's Wort has very good antidepressant, antibiotic and antiviral effects. The best is to take it as a tincture, 15 drops in little water 3 times a day.
There are things you can do to get better and they don't have to be harmful to your body. But patience and consistency are key. With the dose of antibiotics you have taken healing your gut is really important. And the gut and the brain are linked.

Agnesl
over 4 years

Yogurt helps for gut when taking antibiotics. Hope you feel better soon, big hug! Xxx

Jenz
over 4 years

I meant to say you poor thing!! Hope your feeling better. 😘

Jenz
over 4 years

You poor think. I was antibiotic's a few weeks ago & had to stop taking them as I couldn't walk straight & all I wanted to do is sleep. I am very sensitive to medication, the dose may be too much for me to handle.
In relation to the antidepressant have you taken a whole tablet at once, if so you might want to cut it into quarters and take a quarter for a few days and when your feeling ok up your dosage. Slowly is the best way without putting your body into shock. 😘

pincess
over 4 years

Antibiotics mess up gut flora too so maybe they have t helped xx

pincess
over 4 years

I would go back to your doc lovely. I am on them too and they shouldn't make you feel that way. That said if you have been on them ten weeks unlikely that they are the cause. Do you suffer anxiety as that sounds more like what it is.
Exercise for excess adrenaline that make us feel that way is great. Maybe your infection hasn't cleared and you need more antibiotics.
Either way doesn't sound quite right. I have had therapy and all sorts for years after a particularly horrific event as a child. If you just want to have a chat or more deeper advice pm me.
Hugs. Don't let it get you down, try to remember it's just a feeling and it will pass. Xxx

morglow
over 4 years

thank you ladies. I'm on a very low dose of fluoxetiene as well. I was feeling pretty good until I had to take the antibiotics. So maybe could be that. I'm back to having digestive issues again after taking them. It's hard to know what the right thing to do it xx

Boo2008
over 4 years

Hi Lovely, go back to your GP and tell them how you feel. Keep putting goodness in to your body, keep taking a moment for yourself. Remember exercise , be it walking running or the program will make you feel better. These things take time. Big hug ! 😘

Abi Gingles
over 4 years

Hi,antidepressants shouldn't make you feel that way. I've been on them for 2 years, although I'm on the lowest dose of fluoxetine. They do they a few weeks to start working but I would recommend going to your gp as it might be that whichever one you are taking is not right for you or they can adjust the dosage that you are taking. Doing the glow guide is great though as eating well and exercising is a natural way to feel good about yourself x