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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have always had some level of anxiety since my teens.  For the past year or so it seems like it has been gradually getting worse. I am able to cope without meds for now but am considering mentioning this to my Dr. next time I'm in. I was just curious about any of you that have anxiety and exactly how you deal with it.  And do you feel like the Fibro has any relation to the anxiety? Soft Hugs!

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   Posted 3/12/2010 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Libby,
I sure do feel like fibro is a major player in my anxiety. Before I was diagnosed with fibro I went to see my shrink and he put me on an zoloft and (ativan as needed). I had no idea why I was having panic-anxiety attacks. But once I got diagnosed with Fibro, it all seemed to make scence to me. I am finding that I need to take the ativan more often these days. I just try to find ways to relax, watching a movie, playing a game online..things like that seem to relax me.
Soft Hugs right back!!
Hopegirl...aka Monica
Current yucky stuff: Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, PCOS, Migranes... to name the major players....
Current Meds to help yucky stuff: Tramadol, Percocet, Adavan, Prestique, Neurontin, Frova
Taking it one day at a time.... 

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   Posted 3/13/2010 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I too fought anxiety since my pre-teen yrs, as well as depression. For a long time I was on Buspar 10mg twice a day, which helped a lot at the start, for after about six mon had a meltdown, went supernova, and am now on Zanax .5mg unlike the Buspar, it takes away the anxiety but leaves some of the nervous energy and helps me focus on one thing long enough to get it and then several other things done. It also helps me sleep more restfully though the night. I've also found a few online games on FB that allow me to sit down for a few minutes, play then I'm off and going again. The type of games I play are the ones that unless you're willing to pay for, you can only play for about a half hr at the max before having nothing to do LOL They all have challenges and demi-games that I think have helped to stimulate my memory and other cognitive functions and even communication as you can't get anywhere in them without friends. I'm also finding keeping myself busy through the day, so that I fall into bed even more exhausted than usual helps, because not only am I staying active, but I also get a sense of accomplishment. Reading, scrapbooking, music, gaming, chasing after my 5 y/o and starting today babysitting and potty training my 23 mo godson LOL

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
Anton Chekhov

FM, costocontritis, degnerative polyarthritis, fibroid tumors, PTSD, 2 heart attacks at 22, PID, anxiety disorder

Zanax .50mg, B-complex, Lortab 5, Jet-alert, Toradol 10mg

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   Posted 3/13/2010 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Libby all my problems started with horrible anxiety and panic attacks after going through a very, very stressful time in my life. I have had anxiety all my life but nothing like what hit me one night out of the blue after DH and I had watched a movie and when we went to bed all of a sudden I couldn't breathe and thought I was dying and he had to take me to the ER. When it kept happening my doc put me back on amitriptyline (which I had taken in the past for it), xanax and buspar but the buspar never felt like it worked for me. Now I'm on 100 mg of amitriptyline, 40 of celexa and I take xanax as needed. I also use 1 1/2 mg of xanax to sleep since right before falling asleep is when the anxiety hits me the hardest. My rx for xanax is 3 mg a day as needed and I have stuck to that for, it has to be going on 13 yrs now.
After the anxiety the fatigue started and kept getting worse til I knew there had to be something more causing it than the meds I am on and my age and that is when I told my doc something is wrong and when I told him just how fatigued I was is when we started testing but the pain, besides a few aches and pains that I kept explaining away, didn't come til later when I had my first real flare and felt like I had been beaten all over with a baseball bat. I had a doc app that day and when I told him how I felt he did the tender point test and finally it all made sense to him after testing for everything he could think of. I think the amitriptyline was helping with the pain and that is why the bad pain was the last symptom.
Anxiety is still a major issue with me that I battle everyday. I don't get on the anxiety forum cause reading about it actually causes anxiety. But the busier my mind the better the anxiety is. I do not have any form of social anxiety and I feel my best around other people. I no longer have panic attacks I have learned to control them.
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