You said that when you took medical marijuana you felt better. It seems that the medical marijuana took away your pain, the potential source of your misery. Chronic pain can cause a great deal of psychological distress. It takes away from the satisfaction of life. It’s difficult to be happy when you’re in pain.
Some people have chronic pain because of health conditions or accidents, and so forth. I’m wondering why you’re in so much pain. If you still have chronic pain, why did you stop taking the medical marijuana? If you no longer felt pain, your psychological symptoms might disappear. The use of medical marijuana seems to be helping you and you should discuss this with your doctor.
You’re taking an antidepressant that does not seem to be helping. You might need to try a different medication or a different dosage. Talk to your prescribing physician about how to remedy this.
Have you considered counseling? Medication without counseling is often not enough to effectively treat psychological symptoms. Counseling provides an opportunity to determine whether your depression and anxiety is the result of chronic pain or something else.
Ultimately, it seems that more investigation is necessary to determine the source of the problem. A therapist can help you determine what’s wrong, but most importantly how to correct this problem. If chronic pain is at the heart of your problem, then it needs to be treated. A pain clinic could help you. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle