Medication phobia!!!

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Julie1014
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   Posted 3/11/2009 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a severe medication phobia.  I take enough medicines as it is.  Now the doctor has added 2 more.  I'm deathly afraid.  I'm having trouble breathing just thinking about taking them.  My anxiety is getting bad because my Crohn's is not doing well.  It's a double-edged sword.  And of course, I looked up the meds, so now I know the side-effects. nono    Does anyone have this fear?  How do you cope?  Please help...... cry
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg three times a day, 1mg at bedtime (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 3/11/2009 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I really think you need to reread your post on the Crohns forum about this medication. You will see that people have been helped with this medicine and maybe you will too. Its either feel bad with your Crohns or hopefully get some relief from your misery. I know meds are scary, but sometimes they help us to feel better and get on with our lives. Kick the stinkin thinkin to the curb, and please don't let your health anxiety get the better of you. And no more researching meds, k???

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Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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percycat
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   Posted 3/11/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Julie,

I have a phobia of developing an allergy (even though I've never had but one). This extends to making me very fearful of taking new medications. Here are some things that help me:

When I take it the first time, I do it in the doctor's office or else waiting in the ER waiting room. If I didn't live near the hospital, I'd have a friend or my hubby sit with me when I took it first. If I didn't have physical people available, I'd call a friend to say I was taking it and ask them to stay on the line with me or just call back at like 5 minute intervals to make sure I answered and was okay. If anything bad happened when I took it, these set-ups guarantee that someone would be there to help me.

If you're fearful of side-effects that wouldn't show up right away, you might ask your doctor or pharmacist how likely are the ones that scare you most. When I've asked about things I fear, I learn that they're really rare, I mean in reality, not according to some anonymous web info. For instance, I was worried about dying of anaphylaxis (having never had it nor likely to - dumb phobia!), and my doctor told me about the conditions under which people do die. Those conditions don't apply to me at all, so the chances of my being the anomaly are slim, slim, slim. That helps me put the scary risks into perspective.

And do be careful of side effect lists. It seems like the manufacturers list them all, regardless of how unlikely, for legal purposes. And if you go to discussion boards, mostly people who post will be ones who've had a bad experience. The many, many who've had a good one don't bother to find those sites just to say "Hey, I liked this med." My point is, the web naturally lends itself to displaying a disproportionate amount of scary info about side effects.

Good luck. I sure hope I didn't scare you more with my phobia's nasty little appearances.

A recovering symptom browser,
percycat

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/11/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I also read your post in CD forum and I totally agree with Nanners'
I know if you have a phobia it is hard to get thru things
But remember in the long run this med should and will do you some good IMHO
Alos looking up on the net all the side effects is worse for us all IMHO
They have to list them to protect themselves from lawsuits
and most rarely dose any of them happen
NOT saying they dont but ya know what I mean
Take care
LYN


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Fibro & Other DD

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Julie1014
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   Posted 3/11/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all! I am going to take it right before I go to sleep. That is when I take my Xanax, I am the most relaxed, and I'm reading. Then, if there are any side-effects, I will sleep through them and not dwell on the what-ifs. What do you think of this idea? Again, thank you all for your posts. Blessings, Julie
Diagnosed with Crohn's March 2006, Fibromyalgia November 2008
Asacol 3 times a day, Remicade 10mg/kg every 4 weeks, Prednisone 10 mg, Miralax,  Prevacid 30mg, Vit B12, Vitamin D, Slow-FE (Iron), Hydrocortisone enemas
Imuran stopped 9/8/08 (possible Pancreatitis)
Paxil 40mg daily (for Panic disorder)
Xanax .5mg three times a day, 1mg at bedtime (for anxiety attacks)
 
 
 
 
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/11/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Julie
I am so glad you are
going to do this ....this way

Good for you for thinking this thru and finding a way that
'you can do it
I am proud of you and yes it is a good idea IMHO

God Bless
LYN
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

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                            Keep The Fight Going..Or YOu Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
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Celey
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   Posted 3/12/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I think its good to be aware of side-effects... but when you have health anxiety, it can really get the best of you...

Julie, I know you're scared of the medicine... I get scared of my medicine for Crohn's, too... But I know if I don't take it, I will be in a lot of pain... The pain is what scares me into taking my medicine...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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