I know all about the shakes..I can't carry a cup of coffee from one end of the house to the other without losing half of it. Lucky my Fella is patient, and getting used to being head barista in our house!
I was put on xanax when I was 17 and by the time I was in my early 20's I was on 6-8mg a day mixed with alcohol (I really cannot advise enough AGAINST this to anyone reading). My psych believed that I was too young to be suffering panic attacks et al and just gave the xanax out like lollies. I went to a re-hab and changed to valium (60mg a day) and weaned that to nothing.
But my central nervous system had become so depenedent on these meds that I had to go back on valium 5mg as needed because I was too sick to cope without (this is just me though). So yes, I get the shakes and it can be embarrassing because people think I must have had a big night out when in fact I was tucked up in bed by 10pm I try and have a laugh about it, at least my cognitive processes haven't been affected and it really workd well if you need to pull a sicky..oh look she's shaking..send her home! lol.
With your inabilty to go to ther loo, have you ever though it might be bashful bladder syndrome? Are you anxious when you try to pee? Does it happen more in public? I couldn't pee in public for years..which was awful on a 38 hour flight. I was ready to burst, but just could not go.
Now that my anxiety is lower I am better at it..but I still have that inability some days. Keep investigating Maz,
Thanks Meg, the shakes are ridiculous! im on 4mgs of xanax, and 150mgs zoloft. been on the Xanax for nearly 7 years. With the bladder problems, i have no issue with being "bashful". im an ex-nurse who is very comfortable with the whole bodily functions thing- its is a real, physical inability to pee when i need to- highly frustrating. as it began when i was first medicated at 14yrs old, it made for difficult road trips with my family-we would stop at a petrol station to use the bathrooms every couple of hours and it would take me 20mins to go... i have to laugh about it, because if i didnt, i'd cry!
i appreciate your support, as someone who was diagnosed so young like me- my panic disorder began at 10 years old, though not medicated until 14- but like you i was told by my pysch that i would never live a 'normal' life or be able to function as a 'productive member of society'.
Ha! guess what? im a productive member of society- take that, narrow minded pyschiatrist!
Isn't it great when we can prove our psychiatrists wrong. Yee-ha! I'm glad you can have a sense of humour about this too, it's so important to be able to laugh. I guess you don't have bashful bladder syndrome, and as an ex-nurse you probably know more about it than I do. I do hate those long trips though...airplane toilets...argh.
Does your Doc have any suggestions re- your recalcitrant bladder? I know my problem is in my head, but maybe there is an external treatment for you. Please know that you are supported here at HW, and you can feel safe here. We are not professionals but we understand anxiety all to well. Keep posting and let us know how you go. As for the shakes? If you figure out how to stop them , please let me know straight away!