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Hibee
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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all

Sorry to moan but im having a real off day today, i have not slept properly for the last week and my anxiety is high and my mood very low. I dont no weather this is down to a change in meds i have switched from Citalopram to Effexor XL and am also taking Mirtazipine and Tamazipam i have been getting really bad headaches and feeling a bit sick. I know that it can take a few weeks to settle with some new medication and maybe im expecting things to improve quicker. I just want these feelings to ease and to get some sleep.

I am writing this at work and feel i just want to go home but i cant as my sick leave has not been good over the last year and my boss is not very understanding of my situation and im sure he is looking for an excuse to get rid of me or maybe im just paranoid.

Sorry again folks for moaning just needed to wright something down.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
MY friend
YOU never ever have to apologise to us
You are part of this family and
there are days you just have to vent

I do hope this med change will help you out

KNOW your family here is supporting you and is able to handle your venting

WE all will vent .........

Actually a good thread Idea eh .........

Luvs ya my friend

Your Canuck friend

LYN


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stkitt
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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   

unhappy,

I applaud you for making it to work feeling so lousy.  This is your family, this is where you can come and vent and ask for support as Lyn said.

She is so correct, medication changes are rough and you are so hoping to feel better soon.  Keep talking to us.

Take care and gentle hugs

Kitt


 

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Georgie Girl
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   Posted 11/5/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning, UH (I don't want to call you Unhappy)

I can relate on the not wanting to be at work. I lost the joy in my work in Jan 08 and it's not been the same since. I want to be home all the time. I take it one hour at a time. Sometimes the hours go fast depending upon what I'm working on. More often, they go slowly.

Give your new meds a chance and hope for quick improvement.

I hope you get to feeling better soon.

GG
Georgie Girl


Hibee
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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

Thanks Lyn its good to know that there is people in the HW family who can give advice and support. Cheers GG for your post i am finding work hard at the moment as i am always tired and the day seems to drag on but i dont want to take any more sick leave.

Its weird how your mind works i was feeling not to bad yesterday apart from being tired but today im feeling really low and have been worrying about pointless things, i think i am getting some side affects from the new medication i really hope these help me as i have not had much success with anti depressants in the past. I really hope that i can get through these problems and achieve the goals which i have set myself but im not feeling confidant that i can do that at the moment.

Hope all is well with you guys

Ben

nervymeg
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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ben,

oh med changes are hades sometimes...it's thursday...keep your eye on the prize..almost friday..

AS Lyn said..no need for apologies, ever, we are here to listen and support each other. You are family now and we care how you feel.

My stomach feels like something crawled in there and died and I'm going to have to go into work and be all smiley eyes ..so I will be thinking of you..together we can be the two grumpy louses!!

Hugs,

Meg


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Mazfire
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   Posted 11/5/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   

without a doubt, changing meds is one of the most night-marish things ive been through. sending you bunches of positivity and blessings,

Maz XX

you will get through this!


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Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovaries, Chronic ear/nose/throat infections, Panic Disorder, Reactive Arthritis, Agoraphobia, Migraines, GERD, Anaemia, Sinusitis, Chronically perforated eardrums, Pinched Nerves, IBS, Tachycardia, Allergies, Insomnia, Trichotilomania, Glandular Fever, Bursitis, Encapsulitis, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, Mild OCD.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Nexium. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic.
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stkitt
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   Posted 11/6/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Morning Ben,

I am right next to you trying to change meds, my bod never likes to be messed with so the grand scheme My Pdoc and I had is failing.  Now every day I wake up sad and anxious again and I know it is because I am fooling with the meds again.

Don't stop believing, you may have your meds suddenly kick in.  I am backing off to what I was at and accepting that at least I could function on that combo.

Remember we support you and you can come here as much as you want and just talk.

Vent away, I know how much it hurts to feel  anxious and not know how your going to feel from hour to hour. You have us to hold your hand and help you throught the tough times. Just reach out, we are here.

Remember every day members of HealingWell recover their Self-esteem, their self-worth, their dreams, their pride, their dignity and a meaningful life.

Ben, there are great things happening in your life and around you all the time. Celebrate the good stuff around us, in others, and in ourselves. Go slow my friend, one step at a time.  :-)

Gentle Hugs
Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 11/6/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Guys

Thanks meg & maz for your posts. Meg i hope your stomach is feeling better now and i know what you mean when we goto work and have to be all smiley and yes i do get grumpy like im on a short fuse ready to break.

Maz your right changing meds is a nightmare and my mood today is still low and i am very tired still not sleeping properly which is a real pain. This is day five on Effexor so i hope things improve soon.

Get better soon Meg.

Thanks to you both, take care

Ben

nervymeg
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   Posted 11/6/2008 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Hiya Ben,

We keep that smile pasted on shocked my friend. Keep hanging in there with the effexor, the first week is the worst part, and hopefully in a few weeks time you can feel that it was worth it all. Stay focused on all the good stuff coming your way.

Thanks for wishing me well. I am still feeling echy but it's friday night in my part of the world so I will be retreating to the couch with a book and a pot of chamomile tea...geez..do I sound ancient or what!!! I may just rent out a DVD so I can fall asleep in front of it and snore until my dentures choke me!! Okay I'm just being silly now....no dentures....no nanna naps....

Hope you have a peaceful weekend and your symtoms decrease.

Hugs, Meg


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Mazfire
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   Posted 11/7/2008 3:21 AM (GMT -7)   

hey ben, i began taking medication @ 14. for six weeks i had anxiety, tremors, vomiting and even hallucinations. changing to a better med was another 2 months of horror- so the next time i had to change, i did it as an inpatient at an excellent pysch facility that im blessed to live close by. i had the support of my pyschiatrists and therapists, nurses who understood that the human body wasnt intended to be battered by panic, and they made the med transision so easy that ive been back twice to change meds in hospital. there is just a security blanket feeling that you are not alone- but you know what? i get that feeling here at HW as well, which is great.

I sincerely hope things improve for you, hang in there and hopefully you can look back on this and stare your A/P in the face and tell it to get behind you, asap!

 

Maz XX


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Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovaries, Chronic ear/nose/throat infections, Panic Disorder, Reactive Arthritis, Agoraphobia, Migraines, GERD, Anaemia, Sinusitis, Chronically perforated eardrums, Pinched Nerves, IBS, Tachycardia, Allergies, Insomnia, Trichotilomania, Glandular Fever, Bursitis, Encapsulitis, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, Mild OCD.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Nexium. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic.
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stkitt
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   Posted 11/7/2008 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Ben,

I hope you saw my post above. idea

I just wanted to check and see how your med change is going today?

I think mine maybe settling down. Earlier this week I just wanted to truly run away where no one knew me and would not expect anything from me.

But I am still here. I hope that by toughing it out things will get better for both of us and all the others that have an anxiety disorder.

Take care.
Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 11/7/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Guys

Day 7 off the med change still feeling anxious and depreesed but keeping positive and after reading your nice posts im feeling better about things thanks so much for your replys.  Thanks Kitt you are right about the HW familay this site really does help its good to talk to people who now how you are feeling.  I have found it difficult since finding out i have GAD and depression to talk to people about what im going through, its hard to explain how rubbish it is being anxious or depreesed all the time and people cant get there head round it and think its a bit weird so i have given up telling people and just told my familay and close friends. My family have been suportive as have you guys.  

I will stick with the Effexor and give it time to kick in.  Its weird how all these meds work and i hope i have a bit more success with the Effexor than what i have had with other meds.

Meg i hope you have a nice weekend and start feeling better enjoy your DVD.

Thanks again, Kitt, Lyn, Meg and Maz my thoughts are with you all.

Take care

Ben


IHURT71
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   Posted 11/8/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello
 
I too am going through anxiety (going on 4 months).  I at first refused to accept my doctor's diagnosis. nono I was not sad/depressed but did have a couple of panic attacks and am a worrier and get startled at the simpliest things. MY GP gave me Xanax-.50mg but I was afraid to take it(didn't want to get hooked). I finally gave in and took it when I really felt jittery and nervous.It helps!!
 
My doctor wanted me on an antidepressant as well .He put me on PAXIL-20mg. I developed the Shocks
while I slept and this made me more uneasy. The next med was CELEXA -20mg that too gave me the shocks. I hated it and stopped everything except for the XANAX ( When needed) I told myself I would work it out without the antidepressants.
Well, I am ready to try a third antidepressant  eyes   I feel awful and push myself to get going everyday.I called him Friday but he was out of the office.
 
I have aches and pains all over especially in the chest, back & arms. I've had all the "ruleout tests" for heart,blood work and gastro (which did they actually find acid refllux). I really want something that will help me feel better but seem to not able to take the usual meds.I am wondering if anyone has found themselves in my predicament.What else is there?
 
Gail

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/8/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
HI there
I am sure hoping the 3rd will be your one that does help you

I have been on Celexa and I have found it works well for me
I also take Valium as needed

Stay with us

Keep posting and read other threads as well as join in

Get to know us and us you

LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 11/8/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   

IHURT71

You may want to discuss Cymbalta as it also has some pain relieve in it as well and antianxiety properties and AD of course.

Do discuss the side effects as well as weaning off the med when your ready.

There are a couple others out there that cover pain too.

Welcome to HealingWell and keep talking to us.

Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 11/9/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi IHURT71

There are a lot of different types of AD out there i was on Celexa for a long time and did not have much success i was also on prozac for a while with the same result. I have just stoped taking celexa and i am now taxing Effexor XL which is one of the newer AD i also take Mirtazipine as well along with Tamazipam.

I personally have not had much success with AD yet but im hoping the Effexor will work well from me but it is to early for me to say if it works well with me i still need to give it a few weeks. You can find out lots of info on the web about AD. I also had some therapy and found that helped might be something you want to look into?

Hope you start feeling better soon.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/10/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I sure hope you start getting the relief soon my friend
I have hoped it will start to kick in
Temazapam is of the "Pam" family
Make sure to tkae that half hour prior to going to bed as it can or may cause opposite reactions from what my doc has told me

You Canuck Good luck Charm
Luvs
LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/12/2008 6:15:01 PM (GMT-7)


Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/10/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome IHURT71

I am so glad you found us and
I do hope you will stick around
and get to know all the great ppl here
They will help you as much as they can
from own experiences

STay with us

I know you will like it here and find the support you need.....LYN
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Fibro & Other DD

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               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
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   Posted 11/10/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Ben great advice you have posted for IHURT.  That is so kind of you to start helping others when you are still trying to get your own meds squared away.

You are a great member of our family.  Thank you for being here.

My Pdoc suggested Effexor today and I did turn it down.  I will stick with the Cymbalta. I am feeling better since last Friday and I do  not want to shake up the apple cart.

Hope your doing well.............we are all here for you.

Take care and have some fun too.

Kitt


 

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   Posted 11/10/2008 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Ben - how are you getting along today? I've been MIA for a bit and missed the start of your thread, but I hope the Effexor is settling in for you. Were you able to catch up some on your sleep over the weekend? I know that alone will help you have the energy to keep plugging along.

Welcome, Gail - I hope your meds are going to get sorted out soon. Is there some reason your doctor chose to put you on ADs when the Xanax seemed to knock out your anxiety? Are you still able to take that when you need to?

percycat

Hibee
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   Posted 11/11/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Guys

Thanks for your posts. This is day 11 on Effexor and Mirtazipine combo the side effects seem to have eased which is good as few days ago i was feeling quite sick. My mood seems to be very up and down at the moment and still getting anxious my doctor said it could take upto 4 weeks before i start to feel any effect so will stick with it. I am going back to Doctor on the 20th to see how im getting on and then i have a meeting with mental health team on the 25th to discuss getting some CBT therapy. My sleep is still not good i have got into some really bad sleeping cycles and getting very frustrated about this, when i do manage to get some sleep i seem to get bad nightmares does any one else suffer with this? I also seem to have lost my appitite so not eating as much as i should so feeling really tired all the time. Im trying to stay positive and look to the future and trying to use the techniques i learned in CAT therapy to reduce my anxiety but once i start getting anxious i find it hard to stop and then i get depressed and up back were i started.

Kitt thanks for your post you have given me lots of good advise and its great to here your meds are working well for you and i hope they continue to doso if i can be of any help to you let me know.

Lyn hope all is well with you over in Canada and its not to cold.

Percycat thanks for your post your right about its important to get sleep. I think if i can sort that out my mood will be a lot better. How are things with you?

IHURT71 how are you getting on did you try an other AD? let us know how your doing there are lots of people here in the HW family who can give advice and listen. The above people have really helped me and im sure they can help you to.

Take care

Ben

percycat
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   Posted 11/11/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, Ben, I'm so glad you're holding on to a positive attitude. That can work wonders sometimes. I'm sorry to hear that you're tired all the time because it does take so much energy to keep fighting. I'm just so proud of you, though, for being able to do what you can and taking the rest one baby step at a time.

Bravo!

percycat

Hibee
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   Posted 11/12/2008 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi percycat

thanks for your kind words it means a lot.  Your right its a bit of a battle for me at the moment really trying to stay positive but finding things hard.  One little thing can knock my mood back down again. I think that i beat myself up if things dont seem to be getting any better which is somthing i need to stop doing.

Take care

 

ben


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   Posted 11/12/2008 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Many things can interfere with sleep, ranging from anxiety to an unusual work schedule. But members who have difficulty sleeping often discover that their daily routine holds the key to nighttime woes. Below are some common enemies of sleep, and some tips for dealing with them.

- Cut down on caffeine. Caffeine-drinkers may find it difficult to fall asleep. Once they drift off, their sleep is shorter and lighter.

- Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. Nicotine is a potent drug that speeds your heart rate, raises blood pressure, and stimulates brain activity. In people addicted to nicotine, a few hours without it is enough to induce withdrawal symptoms. Cravings can even wake a smoker at night.


- Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol affects sleep in two different ways. Because it makes you sleepy for an hour or two, a nightcap can help some people doze off. But after that, alcohol can cause frequent awakenings as it suppresses deep sleep, reducing the quality of your sleep.

- Avoid a sedentary life. Aerobic exercise like walking, running or swimming promotes restfulness by helping you to fall asleep more easily and to sleep more soundly.

Timing is important: Exercising five or six hours before bedtime will encourage drowsiness when it's time to go to sleep. But strenuous activity within two hours before bedtime can keep you awake.

- Improve your sleep surroundings. An ideal sleep environment is quiet, dark and relatively cool, with a comfortable bed and a minimal amount of clutter from daytime responsibilities. Reminders or discussions of stressful issues should be banished to another room. Removing the television, telephone and office equipment from the bedroom is a good way to reinforce that this room is meant for sleeping.

- Keep a regular schedule. People with the most regular sleep habits report the fewest problems with insomnia and the least feelings of anxiety and depression. Experts advise going to sleep at the same time on most nights, and getting up at about the same time every day, even after a late-night party or fitful sleep. Napping during the day can also make it harder to get to sleep at night.

- Keep a sleep diary. Keeping a sleep diary may help you uncover some clues about what's disturbing your sleep. If possible, you should do this for a month, but even a week's worth of entries can be beneficial.

- If your goal is to sleep longer at night, napping is a bad idea. Because your daily sleep requirement remains constant, naps take away from evening sleep.

-  If your goal is to improve your alertness during the day, a scheduled nap may be just the thing. If you're anxious about getting enough sleep, then a scheduled nap may help you feel better at night by helping you feel less anxious. If possible, nap shortly after lunch and no longer than an hour. Even a 15- to 20-minute nap can make you feel more alert.

I hope there is something posted here that will help you with your sleep. Reference: The Faculty of Harvard Medical School, The Harvard Medical School Advisor.

Take Care,
Kitt



 

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