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LALady
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   Posted 8/11/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all - I haven't been on here in a while. So much has been happening that I really just didn't have the emotional strength to get on here and regurgitate what I was thinking and feeling.
 
I went through a few weeks of awful withdrawl when I weaned off Celexa.  I decided to go off it, along with my doctor's approval, mostly due to an allergic reaction I was having (bad drug rash).  Also, the side effects were getting bad for me - total numb feelings, listless, tired all the time, no sexual desire, really no desire to even be touched, hugged, kissed, etc. As a result, I was feeling depressed about having no energy. I would work out just as much, but nearly pass out because I was too exhausted. All I wanted to do was sleep.
 
I opted not to go back on an a/d as of yet and am taking klonopin .5mg as needed. I initially went without it for a week and felt great, however, my boyfriend's mother passed away this morning. The last week or two have been very stressful at home and I feel emotionally drained as I've helped him through the worst of her illness. I've been relying on klonopin a lot more for sleep. I cannot seem to sleep well at night right now. I also need it to calm my stomach down - my IBS is acting up something awful. It has been since going off the celexa, which didn't surprise me, but the sterss is causing a lot of pain and now, a new one for me, some constipation.
 
It's going to be a long week. Boyfriend left for home today and I am alone until I drive the 4 hours to meet up with them on Friday. I think it may be a good reprieve for me, but I am sad I cannot be there with him as he goes through all of this. I cannot get away from work for that many days this week, though.
 
On another note, because my IBS has been such a beast lately, I finally decided to seek the help of a naturopathic doctor who was highly recommended to me by a former physical therapist. I really don't know what to expect, but am totally open to suggestions. Western meds have not been able to help me thus far. Natural supplementation has made a difference, so I'm hoping to get better education about my body and supplementing wisely (and safely).
 
Anyone ever been to a naturopath? Can you share your experience, good or bad?
 
Thanks for reading all this. It does feel good to get it all out there.
 
Oh and my therapy is still going quite well :) I had a session this morning which was a godsend given my emotional state.
 
 
 
 
27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: .5- 1mg Klonopin
Supplements: Doctor's Choice Enzyme Therapy Multivitamin for Sensitive Stomachs, Provex CV Flavonoid, Digestive Enzymes
 


stkitt
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   Posted 8/11/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear bela,

I am so sorry to hear of your boyfriend's  loss of his Mother.  I am sure you were a great support to him and I know he understands how you cannot be with him until Friday so no guilt my friend.

I am glad to know you are doing well with the therapy but the meds are always a tough decision.  I just want to toss out that I use Trazodone 100 mg at bedtime for sleep and it really works well.  I use my Valium for high anxiety.  It did take 2 -3 nights before the Trazodone kicked in but I think perhaps I fought it figuring nothing had worked in the past but I was wrong on this one.

I went through some ugly withdrawal from Cymbalta and I weaned off it very slowly.  I have been off it for 4 months now.

I have not been to a naturopathic doctor but will be interested to know how it goes for you.  I am always open to new ideas.

Take care and again my sympathy to you and your boyfriend/family.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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LALady
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 8/11/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your kind words, Kitt.
 
The meds are a tough decision. I guess it helps me to know that if I need to go back on something that option is always there. I don't feel as helpless now that I am working with someone to resolve my anxiety issues. Thanks for the tip about Trazadone. If my sleep issue doesn't resolve itself, I'll ask my doctor about Trazadone or something else to help me.
 
I will let you know how the naturopath visit goes. I know a few people who swear by them. I figure it can't hurt to try.
27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: .5- 1mg Klonopin
Supplements: Doctor's Choice Enzyme Therapy Multivitamin for Sensitive Stomachs, Provex CV Flavonoid, Digestive Enzymes
 


Nanners
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   Posted 8/11/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bela,

My deepest sympathies to your boyfriend and you on his mother's passing. I can honestly say I know how it feels, as I just lost my Mom this past January. Big hugs to you both.

I suffer with Crohns Disease myself, and unlike most folks I suffer with constipation more than diarrhea. To help with that I take stool softners every night. It is not a laxative, but just helps to draw water to the stool to make it easier to pass the stool.

Kitt threw out there how Trazadone works well for her to help her sleep. Did you know about Melatonin? Its a natural med that might help you sleep some. You poor baby going thru the withdrawals and then not sleeping on top of it, no wonder you are anxious.

As for the naturpath I have not been to one, but many on the Crohns board have and most have been pretty happy with them. I too look forward to hearing how much of a help she/he has been to you and will watch out for your update. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

LALady
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 8/11/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Nanners! Your post reminded me about Melatonin. I have a bottle in my vitamin drawer. I bought it a couple months ago for my boyfriend when his stress about his mom was interfering with his sleep. I never tried it because the celexa made me sleep so well. I'll give it a try :) Thank you and thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate all the support.
27 year old female
Attorney
Dx: IBS-D - 2004
      GAD - 2008
Meds: .5- 1mg Klonopin
Supplements: Doctor's Choice Enzyme Therapy Multivitamin for Sensitive Stomachs, Provex CV Flavonoid, Digestive Enzymes
 

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