Dependant on medication to get through each day

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qwerty1
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/4/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
 
I'm struggling so much with anxiety/depression/stress. I posted not long ago on here, I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis and often post on that section of the site. But that is not the main reason of why I'm feeling stressed (apart from how its been affecting my job etc). I have alot of issues as a result of whats happened to me in the past and I'm feeling completely overwhelmed at the moment. I am on a lot of medication for my UC (which is much improved now) which obviously affects me in some ways and some of the side affects I'm sure contribute to my anxiety/headaches etc. Having been pretty ill recently I have really been struggling with work and have gradually been increasing my hours there. They have been sooo supportive which is great but I don't want to make a big deal out of the stress/anxiety. When I'm at work I'm usually ok for the best part of the day but once it hits about 2/3pm my body just seems to have had enough and I get the shakes and feel lightheaded/foggy and headachey. When this happens I tend to start feeling depressed and unless I have something to take my mind of it this continues until I can rest. At the moment I finish at 4.30pm most days but I'm struggling with this, my managers think its just because I'm trying to get over my latest flare up of Colitis - this is very true as my body has been through alot, but I know a big part of it is psychological and I don't really want to admit this to them.
 
My GP has prescribed me Citalopram for a few months on the lowest dose for the anxiety, as she said my body has basically had anough of being ill/stressed and this is its way of telling me, she has also prescribed me sleeping tablets. The problem is I'm kind of feeling like I'm getting addicted to both of these tablets, especially the sleeping pills as I often can't sleep unless I take them because otherwise I'm worrying about this and that and just generally thinking about the problems I have at the moment. I also take paracetamol every day for my headaches/shakiness and I seem to have got into a routine of taking these also, and find it hard to get by without them. Although this doesn't necessarily seem that big a deal at the moment I don't want to end up completely addicted to these tablets and find myself feeling worse by trying to come off them. 
 
Sorry for the long post, just wondered what you thought, and needed to get it off my chest :)
22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 
                             
                             


Nanners
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   Posted 6/5/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi qwerty,

I myself suffer with Crohns Disease and I know what you mean by taking alot of medications. But with our illnesses, that is just going to be a part of our life with IBD. Having an illness such as ours really brings alot of anxiety along with it. I wouldn't feel bad about taking these meds, they are helping you to have some better quality of life. Don't fight it so hard.

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LALady
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   Posted 6/5/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have severe IBS and I know how terribly difficult working can be when you suffer from a digestive disorder. It is stressful and exhausting. Kudos to you for toughing it out! I know it is rough.
 
I, too, get shaky and seem to hit a slump around 3 in the afternoon. I think that this is quite common though. My bf and I used to call it "afternoon blues" and we would make a coffee run to make it through the rest of the day until 6 or so.
 
I read an article recently (wish I could remember the journal!!) but it said that our bodies' natural rhythym is to take a siesta around 2pm and recharge our batteries. Now, given our society and typical 9-5 workdays, that is simply not possible. So, focus on recharging your batteries in other ways. Talk a walk, drink water, do some deep breathing or stretches at your desk, or eat a little snack. If you can tolerate it, drink some caffeine.
 
I'm going out on a limb here, but if your UC has been bad are you avoiding eating while at work? Or if you're eating are you eating too much sugar or refined foods? Not eating can result in a metabolic crash. Also eating sugary foods will result in a major crash as well.
 
Give yourself a break about the meds :) I used to feel like a pariah because I was taking a billion pills a day for my IBS. I finally cut them all out and stabilized my IBS, but I am now taking citalopram and klonopin. I can't get through my day without my klonopin right now as I just started citalopram 2 wks ago. I have no quibbles about needing meds right now. It may not be permanent, you know. You just have to take this one step at a time and work on getting better. Like Nanners said, the meds are helping you lead a better quality of life. Yay for you to be able to do that for yourself!!
 
Hope you are feeling better soon.

qwerty1
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   Posted 6/5/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou Nanners and belablue for your replies...maybe I shouldn't give myself a hard time you're right!
 
belablue - I think I have heard about our bodies needing to recharge their batteries around 2pm each day...that makes alot of sense. I do still eat at work, although I tend to bring my own lunch in now as opposed to eating from the dining room.  I still eat a fair amount of sugary foods whilst at work so maybe thats something I should cut down on, but I am trying to make sure I get my 5 a day so I try to eat enough fruit/veg etc to balance things out.
And I like the description 'afternoon blues'! Does the coffee tend to lift your spirit too or just give you more energy?!
 
22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 
                             
                             


Mazfire
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   Posted 6/5/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi- im 29 and im dependant on medication just to get through the day. Ive been on anti depressants and anti anxiety meds every day since i was 14. i cant lead a 'normal' life or funtion without them and i have accepted that. for each individual, its different. sometimes you gotta to what you can to get by and thats how i view my situation. if i was diabetic i would need daily insulin- but i have panic disorder, and i need daily anti anxiety/ad's. just the way it is. hope you get some relief and answers, all the best

 

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stkitt
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   Posted 6/5/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   

Aw shucks, I am truly sorry that things have been tough.  I have a hubby with Crohn's so I understand the IBD well.
 
I have anxiety and depression plus a dollop of GERD and a few other things.  I have been taking meds for 26 years and I have just accepted that they help me stay on the straight and narrow. 
 
Please do not beat yourself up,  you are way to good to be blaming yourself for using your meds when you need them.
 
Your Doc is right, your body is trying to heal but sometimes help from medications is needed.
 
Sending  you blessings and hopes for peace,
Kitt
 
 
 

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qwerty1
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 402
   Posted 6/7/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou so much for all your replies...they've made me feel better about taking so much so often :-)
22 year old female, from the UK. Diagnosed with Ulcerative Proctitis Jan '08. Hospitalised Jan '09 for 3 days IV Hydrocortisone - had no effect! Hospitalised Feb '09 for 7 days (5 days - IV Hydrocortisone)
  
Currently taking daily: 
20mg Prednisolone tablets, 100mg Azathioprine (started taking 11th May),1g Acetarsol suppository every other night, 1g Mesalazine granules x 2 
Motilium (anti sickness), 1.5mg Zopiclone (taken when needed for sleeping), 10mg Citalopram (anti-anxiety/depression), Probiotic Multivitamins 
                             
                             


LALady
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 6/7/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Qwerty! Glad you are feeling better about your decision to take your meds! I know it can be hard to think about taking pills every day when you're as young as you are. I have been through those headaches with IBS - there were times I was eating literally handfuls of pills and supplements every day and it made me feel like I was some withering violet, sickly, weak, person etc. I still take a number of supplements for the IBS. I have to. That's just the way it goes for me to be normal.

I'm sure adding some anti-anxiety meds to your mix of UC meds just feels worse. I was struggling with taking a/ds also and finally decided to do it again. The way I have come to see things, is that meds  will help me get through some difficult times and take some of the stress off of me as I try to heal my body and mind. I can only do so much on my own is the way I look at it.

Focus on getting better :) And, if you have to take them the rest of your life in order to maintain a happy, healthy quality of life, so be it. But, try not to worry that far down the line. One day at a time....


ggbaer
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   Posted 6/7/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
this is my first posting. i dont know if i am entering the right chat room. but i have horrible anxiety. i have tried everything from my last primary doctor trying me on effexor and cymbalta, both made me feel even worse so i wouldnt take them. to going to a psychiatrist and taking seroquel and risperidone. both made me sick. then went back to our new primary doctor. i get hot flashes, nausea, insomnia, irritable bowel, headaches,and shingles every few months . my job is high stress. my kids are teenagers who are really trying us right now, and i am anxious and worried constantly about things. My doctor agreed to put me on FMLA for work since i have all these things going on and miss intermittently. Now i am on Zoloft 75 mg, klonopin .5 mg, and they started me two weeks ago on elavil 10mg because my headaches were almost daily and i couldnt even go into work because of the flourescent lights and computers. So now i have still had a two day headache wednesday and thursday. I take all these at night, and when i dont have headaches,, i sleep about 14-15 hours before i wake up. Does anyone else have any experience with these medications. I am tired , no energy and frankly cant even wake up to get to work on time. Its really frustrating. Seems like my anxiety is better but now have other things going on.
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