Depression as Pain

I’ve found that if you are somewhat depressed and still able to function, or a lot depressed and forcing yourself to function, then one of the manifestations of trying to get things done is pain.

When we say depression hurts, this is not some existential, woe is me, hurt. It’s real pain that occurs when we are making ourselves, forcing ourselves to do things. And it’s pain that is, well, painful.

For me it’s an ongoing bad headache that just doesn’t stop. And the more that I try to do, the worse the headache gets. It can be bad enough that I think that I’d rather do nothing rather than deal with this level of headache.

Today I’m taking a page out of my parent’s handbook and I’m taking Panadol to see if it will work against this type of headache. We’ll see. I’ll let you know later today.



Update 1:
Took two 500 mg tablets Panadol (1,000 mg acetaminophen) at 9:40 am on 29 Sep 18.  The pain did mostly go away within one hour, although many of the other symptoms (focus and coordination problems) remained and did not go away. I was still Depressed, but not having the pain made getting things done easier and so the rest of the day went better. At 6:00 pm, I’m still able to function pretty well.

One day’s worth of experimentation with Panadol isn’t enough to make claims of any kind and in fact, I really have no proof that the Panadol even helped. Still, the correlation between taking a painkiller and being able to function better is suggestive (and this is from someone who is extremely skeptical about correlations).

Update 2:
At around 5:00 pm on 1 Oct 18, took my regular daily meds which help with general stability, but by then I was already exhibiting Depression symptoms. At 6:00 to 6:30 pm, it felt hard / painful to focus on what to do next. At 6:30 pm, I took two 500 mg tablets Panadol (1,000 mg acetaminophen). The pain did mostly go away in less than one hour and by 7:30 pm my ability to focus had already returned.

Again, there are too many medications and variables involved. Still, Panadol / acetaminophen is relatively safe as drugs go.  I’m therefore still willing to suggest that if you’re Depressed and you’re experiencing pain of any kind, even the type that feels like it’s just in your head, consider taking a painkiller to see if it will help you cope with Depression.

Remember to use the drugs as directed and remember to check first to make sure they don’t interact badly with any other drugs you might be taking or other health conditions you may have. And more is not better.

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  1. Hi there, reading your short expression of concern I could feel a great deal reaching out for something to grab hold of, and that can help to see new hopes and visions of self discovery. Well that’s what I have found for me. I find fresh air, sleep, sometimes light music can help, too much silence can be too loud in the head, if you know what I mean? I try not to use the word, Depression at all, its like a negative, negative that puts us on a back foot, feeling up against the wall always. Gardening is also a good way to distract and open the mind to creative ideas, landscaping the back yard, why not be the creator of tomorrow? Miso soup, is also anther discovery, less coffee and it helps with sleep. Well, these are some things that I discovered, how they help some, and don’t forget LAUGHTER, jokes are great, watching a funny show:)) Let the flow happen


  2. It had never occurred to me that the headaches I complain of sometimes could be linked to depression. I’m on an excellent medication cocktail at the moment (lamictal and lamotrigine) and I only experience a few breakthrough symptoms. But maybe the depression is manifesting in other ways.

    You’ve given me something to think about – and I’m glad you are back blogging.

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