Lamictal, miracle drug for me

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Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I use to have anxiety attacks that I would go down. They would start with chest pains, then sweating, then dizziness, then trouble breathing.
The Dr.s all thought that something was wrong with my heart. So after many ekg's......some on the floor of my home. I went through very fancy test to test and see my heart....but it was fine.
I got to where doing just about anything gave me one. They got worse and worse. And it was hard to live outside of my home. And even there I was not safe from them. Really scary with two small children. Who by the way could tell when I was getting one.
I had been put on zanax. But they made me very tired and gave me a sort of hangover. And it was dangerous to drive on it.
My phyciatrist finally put me on lamical for a begging for something to balance my mind.
My thoughts could bring these chest pains on. I begged to be less sensitive to things around me.
This drug was very strong for me in a very small dose. 25 mg. laid me out the first day. I was so relaxed and felt so well. No worries. But no driving either.
The Dr.s very slowly increase the dosage every two or three weeks. I would advise not taking it in the morning. And take it at night. So that the sleepy aspects will tone down by the time you get up in the morning.
I found that all antipresents got my heart rate up and made me feel worse.
 
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
So glad to hear you found something that works so well for you.  And I so agree with you that sometimes we have to push thru some of the side effects before we finally get feeling better.
 
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Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh...my profile was not updated..but must add that I am all better now. I did treatment at envita and all of my symptoms are gone. It has been a long journey, I would strongely suggest to people with acute anxiety to have their blood tested for bartonella and lyme disease at IGENEX.com
Anxiety is a symptom of both and is caused by a bacteria that has attacked the central nervous system.
The good news is that alternative medicine...can get rid of it.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/18/2009 9:27:43 AM (GMT-6)


Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 7/18/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Lamical is not a cure, but can help you function in the mean time.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/18/2009 9:27:51 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 7/18/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Lamictal  is a prescription medication for epilepsy and for maintenance treatment of bipolar I disorder. Lamicatal is not normally used for anxiety but new studies have shown it is ueful  for depression and anxiety. If it is working for you that is great.
 
The people in this forum are dealing with anxiety disorders of which there are many with a wide variety of causes.  It is the anxiety they are learning to cope with.
 
Some already have dx of chronic diseases I.E. Crohn's disease, Depression, Heart Disease etc. I know Lyme's is another disorder that can cause high anxiety.
Thank you so much for your input and I am truly happy you are doing so well on this medication. 

Kind Regards,
Kitt

 

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jk1119
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   Posted 7/18/2009 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Lamictal seems to be working for me now too, at least getting there. But the long process to get up to the right dose was maddening. I was anxious, depressed, terribly depressed and everything else. At first it seemed to make my terrible moods worse, as it was attempting to level things out. Good luck and much success!

Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 7/19/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah is is confusing because I do not have epilipsy or nor am I bi polar. But I too had heart problems and acute anxiety that came out of no where.
I have always been in contruction running crews in different states at the same time. But then...this anxiety started making it hard for me to even go to my childrens play....do lunch...or even the grocery store, and forget about most tv. I turned into a wilting violet.
I had terrible pain...but they gave me cymbalta for that. It is normally for depression. But it was found to help with pain for people with severe diabetes losing legs.
I have had a medical crew of over 35 Dr.s to help with this huge array of strange symptoms. And only have of them think it has any thing to do with lyme bacteria.
This medication is not what cured me. Ozone treatments at Envita for a long period of time is what got rid of it.
And actually is was bartonella that causes panic attacks and depression. So I had no idea of what all I got from those bug bites.
Since I am now better....and lamictal is not something that one can just stop taking. I have to now meet up with my Dr. tomorrow to discuss getting off of it now. It is a slow process.
But it helped me so much with the horrific anxiety that ruined my days. It is important to note that lyme and its other infections can be passed through mosquitos as well. Just like maleria. And that it targets the central nervous system and the immune system.
My whole family got very sick back in 2002 while spending our summer in Martha's Vineyard. We found tiny ticks all over us.  My symptoms were too many to list.
But the worst of them was heart problems, depression, pain in evey joint , vertigo, dementia, fever, anxiety, migrains, bad night sweats, nightmares, insomnia, awful fatique, memory loss. And then unable to finish a sentence, drive, cook, and care for children.
Took me till 2009 to get treatment that worked. I tried everything else.
Alternative medicine worked for me.
My 6 year old developed insomia, moods swings, cogintive problems, pain in joints, and depression and anixiety and OCD.
My 11 month old developed severe arthritis and nausea, and migrains and fatigue.
Lyme is a battle. I am now trying to get my children the same treatment that I received at Envita.
 
 


Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 7/19/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
JK
What dose on you on now? And when do you take it?
Are you taking something else for depression too?
How is your diet and do you take supplements?
Marie
My whole family got very sick back in 2002 while spending our summer in Martha's Vineyard. We found tiny ticks all over us.  My symptoms were too many to list.
But the worst of them was heart problems, depression, pain in evey joint , vertigo, dementia, fever, anxiety, migrains, bad night sweats, nightmares, insomnia, awful fatique, memory loss. And then unable to finish a sentence, drive, cook, and care for children.
Took me till 2009 to get treatment that worked. I tried everything else.
Alternative medicine worked for me.
My 6 year old developed insomia, moods swings, cogintive problems, pain in joints, and depression and anixiety and OCD.
My 11 month old developed severe arthritis and nausea, and migrains and fatigue.
Lyme is a battle. I am now trying to get my children the same treatment that I received at Envita.
 
 

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