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Hello, My conjoint, every Spring since the last at least 2 or 3 years, goes through a spell where he has no energy, he has no appetite, and can`t sleep well. Every year during this time, he thinks that he has a cancer or some sickness, and that he will die. After 2 or 3 weeks, he usually returns to normal and everyything is fine. I have already had him to be tested to make sure that he did not have pancréas cancer. The father of my children died from that. His doctor said tests came back normal. Now once again this year, about a week ago it has started again. What can it be, and what should he be tested for to make sure that there is nothing more serious behind all this. Hoping you can give me some knid of answer.


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Expert:  Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy replied 4 Days.

Hello,
Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.com
I understand your concern.
If all his tests are normal, it is likely that he is overtly worried about cancer, which is understandable with cancer being found in almost all families. However, you mentioned the father of your child died of pancreatic cancer, so the trait is not with your conjoint.
It is possible he goes through a spell of depression during such times too.
Can you kindly elaborate what tests have been done till now? And if possible upload the reports?It will help me assess the situation better.
Hope this was helpful,
Regards,
Dr. J


Patient replied :

Hello, I thank-you for your answer. He does have allergies, he was a smoker, but not since several months. He already takes Wellbutrin, since at least a year. He likes his beer, and usually drinks a couple everyday. Nothing has really changed, except every Spring he goes through this phase for 3 or 4 weeks. Just to know if there is something to do so that he can avoid this ``down`` every Spring. He has an appointment with his doctor the 8th july, 2015. In Québec, it is hard to see your doctor right away. Of course he could go to emergency, but he does`t want to. I know that there is seasonal depression, but that usually occurs for the winter season. Is it possible that its his problem. This year it seems worse than the other years. Of course every year he is older. He will be 52 in the next week. Wait for your news. Thanking you, Sheila Baraniuk


Expert:  Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy replied 3 Days.

Hello,
Reviewing his history, there is no other possible explanation apart from the seasonal depression as you mentioned.
I will still like to see his results once they are ready.
If all his reports are normal, then depression is the likely cause.
Regards.


Patient replied :

Hello,
Reviewing his history, there is no other possible explanation apart from the seasonal depression as you mentioned.
I will still like to see his results once they are ready.
If all his reports are normal, then depression is the likely cause.
Regards.



Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: Diabetologist
Experience: 
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Senior Residency in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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