Hello. I would like to first introduce myself. I am a 35 year old mother of 2. I have a great family life besides this whole anxiety problem. I do have some health problems that take up alot of my thoughts. Sometimes I get confused as to which is a real symptom and which is an anxiety symptom.
I was hoping to come here for some support through this difficult time. I have been on medications for the last 13 years for GAD and panic disorders. Last year I started to have a return of panic attacks and doctor and I thought maybe my med was pooping out on me. I was switched to Lexapro..didn't work, then to Paxil Cr...made my mood very flat and still had panic. Now I have been on Cymbalta 20mg for the past 3 weeks. I have noticed a decrease in my out of the blue panic attacks but I feel as if I have an increase in the general anxiety. My usual dosage will be 40mg daily but I tend to have a lot of side effects so we increase the dosage slowly.
My latest problems are terrible headaches. Over the last week I have been in the ER 3 times getting IV valium, a steroid and Reglan. It takes the headache away for several hours but then it just comes right back. Neuro had me start taking valium every 6 hours to break the headache cycle.
I am of course freaking out over the headaches. They are a little out of the ordinary for me. Not my usual migraine. I get a terrible stabbing pain right below my occipital bone that just jabs up through my head. It is also very tender to touch in that particular area. I had a CT scan that showed everything was okay. Neuro doesn't think it is anything serious because the valium does offer some relief. When I press on that area it almost feels squishy. It is right at the area of the artery in the back of your head... I am sure you all understand that this is sending me into a tail spin.
I guess I am just looking for some support. I feel so lost at this moment. Full of worry. My mind won't stop racing. I did skip the valium last night since head pain wasn't to bad and then took a xanax this morning so I could function.
Does anyone one else have this type of head pain? Also, I have been on the Cymbalta for around 3 weeks and I feel so nervous. I know some meds make the anxiety worse before an improvement. Anyone else have increased anxiety with this med? I thought 3 weeks of treatment would offer me some relief.
Thanks so much in advance for any help you can offer. I truly feel like I am losing my mind.