A break down! I know its probably health anxiety but I cant stop obsessing!

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Jennara
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   Posted 5/27/2009 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh goodness guys!  I'm having such a time!  I'm prescribed to take my klonopin 1 mg twice a day.  I used to only need half that once or twice a day though.  Now I'm feeling the need to take it as prescribed.  I'm just so afraid that I will become addicted!  I recently got this program that helps with anxiety but you have to work at it on a week by week basis.  I have been doing that but still, I needed to go up on my klonopin.  The program is great!  I dont understand why I feel worse though?
 
Do you guys think I should be concerned about the recent change in how much I need my klonopin?  It was like 1/2 once a day usually.  Now its 2 whole ones a day.  I feel like the 1/2 wasnt cutting it anymore.  Is that a sign of addiction?  I know I need to talk to my doctor about this.  I'm planning to I promise!  My next apt is on the 5th to see my therapist and one on the 9th to see the doctor that prescribes the med.  I cant get in any sooner I tried.  This place is always so booked!  But what do you guys think?
 
Well the past few weeks has been the worst EVER with my health anxiety!  I was having a problem having a BM to the point I went to the hospital in so much pain bc I couldnt get in to see my doc.  I got that fixed.  I was so worried though!  Someone told me she had a friend that died from constipation.  That was all it took!  I freaked out!
 
Now the past few days I have had this dull strange head ach.  I'm trying to rationalize with myself that adults get headachs sometimes.  Its no biggie.  But do I believe that totally? No!  Ofcoarse not!  I have health anxiety!  I have been totally obsessing about it!  What if its an anyurism?  And my neck has been feeling like it could just pop right out of place.  What if the bones in my neck are about to break?  I had a MRI done of my head and neck a year ago.  It came out good.  Could it have changed much since then? I have had pressure in my ears a lot lately.  What does that mean?  Could it be the weather?  Someone told me that its probably worse on the days that I try to take just the 1/2 klonopin because one of the withdrawls of klonopin is pressure in your ears.  Is that true?  Also, I have a  crooked back!  Like I slouch too much but cant stop because it hurts  .  Sometimes I get this sudden sharp pains that go all the way to my chest!  Feels like something in my chest is about to break if I move the wrong way sometimes.  It hurts to try to sit up strait.  Laying flat on my back is out!  It hurts too much!  Should I worry about this?  Anybody else have this?
 
Like I said, I promise to talk to my doctor about all this asap!  I'm just wondering what you guys think?
 
I've been so worried about this stuff!  I worry about everything that could be wrong with my mind or body!  I worry all day!  I wish I could just cry but I cant seem to!  I feel sad but if I start to cry, I just get angry!  I dont understand it!  I need support!  Please lend your advice.  I know I asked a whole lot of questions.  I'm sorry!  Could you please help me though?
 
cry  Jen

Nanners
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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Whoa, whoa whoa. Take a deep breathe. If the Klonopin is helping that is what is most important. Quit beating yourself up, you have anxiety and this medication was prescribed to help you. Your doctor told you to take this amount, so why would it be wrong. Don't worry so much about addiction, and think about how this medication is helping you. If and when the times comes to get off this medication, your doctor will help you to wean slowly off the medication.

I think your anxiety has your muscles all tense. Try to do some deep breathing and try to relax your muscles slowly, starting at your feet and slowly work your way up. I think you have gotten yourself all worked up and its showing up in your neck and back muscles.

Also, regarding the constipation. You are not going to die from it. I suffer with an incurable bowel disease and have constipation frequently. I take stool softners every night to keep things soft and keep things moving.

Remember you have anxiety, anxiety does not have you.

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P-Fit
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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   

You have to take your meds until you can get your anxiety under control. It may take some time. It sounds like you are learning skills from this weekly program and seeing your therapist, but you still have a lot of health anxiety. Take your meds as your Dr said and keep moving forward in your recovery.

If you are really concerned, ask your Dr for the freedom to try 1/2 the new dose and see if that provides relief. I have a very open relationship with my Dr and she agrees to let me do things like that from time to time due to my sensitivity to meds. Hang in there! :-)


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Allestaria
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   Posted 5/27/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,

Talk to your doc about seeing a chriropator. You might have a few places that need to be adjusted. I have very very tense muscles. With that I get headaches. The pain will go from my shoulder straight into my head. Scares me sometimes. If I pay to much attention to them. Which of course I try not to. But with health anxiety its hard to just ignore them no matter how often it happens.

Being upset and tense will cause pain. Shoulders,chest,neck,back, legs, etc. Your muscles get sore and complain. Then if (like me) it is often muscle spasms can occur also.

I have a back problem from my days of driving a school bus. I like you can not lay flat. I walk with a slight limp and hunched over when I first wake up to about an hour or 2 afterwards when I adjust to the pain of moving. I also get a very sharp pain in my hip area that spreads down my leg and towards my back. But I have to lay a certain way for that to kick in and WOW does it hurt.

Nanners gives some great advice. Try to relax. Your muscles are very tense and need to relax. Deep breathing and hot baths help. But the breathing helps mentally. While the baths help physically. Epsom salt is good to relax muscles and help with swelling.
I can send you some bath salts scented in Lavander to help you relax if you want =) Just send me an email.
(I make and sell bath and body products)

percycat
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   Posted 5/27/2009 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Jen,

You'll be okay. Nanners and P-Fit have great advice about the meds. Regarding your slouching, for me, the rib muscles in the back get sore, then, of course, the same muscles are sore all the way around to the front. That could be what you're experiencing, and if so, it is just sore muscles.

Hang in there, and keep working with your program. HA is awful, and it seems like it yo-yos back and forth rather than letting feel we've made permanent progress. The fact is, though, that every new tool we develop makes us stronger to deal with the next go-round.

Hugs to you,
percycat

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Jennara
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   Posted 5/27/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you guys so much for the advice! I will try not to worry so much about these things. They seem so petty at times and so serious other times. I'm just going to relax like you guys said. I'll ask about seeing a chiropractor! I need to! It scares me though! The thought of them popping my back! What if they pop it the wrong way? What if it hurts?

If I need to take the dose of klonopin that was prescribed to me, thats ok. As long as it helps like Nanners said. Thank you guys so much for letting me vent and giving me advice! I'm so glad I found this place! All you need sometimes is a little reasurance. Thank you!

Jen

percycat
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   Posted 5/27/2009 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Jen,

I've seen several different chiropractors in my life, and all of them were skillful at adjusting my back (and neck). There are lots of different styles and philosophies among chiropractors, but they all do seem to understand the skeletal system VERY well. I've also never had it hurt when they do it. At worst, it sometimes feels awkward, or they have to fuss at me to relax my muscles before they can complete the adjustment.

percycat

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Aries8
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   Posted 5/27/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Nanners. This medication was prescribed to help you. It's safe as long as you take it as directed. Don't worry about addiction but do follow your doctor's advice when you come off of it.
 
I used to go through 10 Ativan in a year. Now I'm taking 1 mg. a day. Our stresses change. Our anxiety has good days and bad. I'm going through difficult times so I needed to increase it. Don't feel badly.
 
As everyone else said, you're doing well helping yourself. You've got the new program and now the med. Relax and know you'll feel better very soon!
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P-Fit
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   Posted 5/27/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree. I LOVE my Chiropractor (and not just b/c he's a cute as a button tongue ) but he really know's what he's doing. My migraines and back pains have reduced to almost nothing since I started seeing him. Dont be afraid, just do your research on their education, how long they've been in practice, etc like you would for any other Dr.  
 percycat said...
Jen,

I've seen several different chiropractors in my life, and all of them were skillful at adjusting my back (and neck). There are lots of different styles and philosophies among chiropractors, but they all do seem to understand the skeletal system VERY well. I've also never had it hurt when they do it. At worst, it sometimes feels awkward, or they have to fuss at me to relax my muscles before they can complete the adjustment.

percycat


Dee-39yrs old wife and mom of 3 boys
UC/PTSD/Panic Disorder/Depression/myofacial pain syndrome 2009-750mg colozal/.750mg clonazepam, 5mg Lexapro-1,000mg canasa/Fioricet/Prilosec OTC-2x daily, Triple Strength Fish Oils/Colonoscopies-4
 


roger47
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   Posted 5/27/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Jen,
You'd be surprised at all the symptoms that anxiety can cause, and you can put headaches at the top of that list. I'd say keep your doctor up to date with how much your using the klonipin. Sounds like your body has just built up a bit of a tolerence, which is understandable, but that doesn't mean that you are addicted. Good luck with the new program. Hopefully you will be able to live without the klonipin soon!

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   Posted 5/27/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Jen,

I would say we have a group of wonderful, wise and caring members and we are very lucky to have this great forum.  I agree with each one and they have your best interest at heart.

You can add me to your list of  supporters on this one.

Hugs kiddo,

Kitt


 

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