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Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/27/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everybody...

I'm usually over on the Chronic Pain board... but my anxiety has been flaring up, and I've been doing some reading here so thought I'd post. You all seem like a really support group, too yeah

I guess the thing that I'm trying to figure out the most is how to deal w/ my anxiety issues from a non-medicine perspective. I have a standing prescription for Ativan (and have used many other things in the past - including xanax, etc). The problem is that the Ativan mixes w/ some of other meds I'm on... and produces some pretty awful... and scary side effects. Most of all is memory loss. I'll go for several days taking it, and have no clue what I've done for the past two, three, four days. Not a way to function when you have children, especially. So, I made the commitment (earlier in the year) to only use the Ativan when I'm hospitalized (which...with all my health issues...has been pretty frequently lately). Using the Ativan in the hospital at least keeps me there, and in bed, without feeling like I'm crawling the walls OR crying constantly, missing the kids.

So, I guess that's where I'm at - trying to deal w/ managing these feelings of anxiety w/out medication. It would be so much easier to just take a pill and for it go away. But, again, that brings up all of the issues I've previously mentioned.

My husband is a pretty good support system, as well as my family... but he doesn't deal w/ anxiety and doesn't understand how bad it can get at times. My "depression" is pretty under control w/ Effexor and stuff. But these anxiety attacks throughout the day are really getting to me...

So, that's my vent for the day! Not really sure what I'm asking... or needing, even... just wanted to say hi to people who I hope understand.

Thanks for reading... --Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


stkitt
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   Posted 12/27/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Momto6boys


Hello and welcome to the Anxiety forum. You have come to the right place as we know where you are coming from and what your going through.



You may want to check out our resources in the thread at the top of this forum as there is some great information in that thread as well as altenative treatment ideas that may be what you are looking for.



I know the members will be along to support you and welcome you here so stick with us and know that you have anxiety, it does not have you.



Again a warm welcome,



Kitt

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PaigeDP
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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I am glad you decided to come to the anxiety forum for some advice. :)

Well first of all I would say to look into therapy for your anxiety, and do Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

I am someone who HATES taking medications especially for anxiety.(because of all the really bad side effects)

I just got a book called "When Panic Attacks" by David Burns.

I have only been reading this a few days and have seem improvement!

I would suggest looking into some therapy, selfhelp books, groups, etc., and CBT.

I hope things turn out well for you. Just remember anxiety doesn't necessarily HAVE to be treated with medication. Although, it does greatly help people. Different approaches work for different people.

:)

Good luck and God Bless.

Post Edited By Moderator (Admin) : 8/23/2010 4:16:51 PM (GMT-6)


Blessedx8
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   Posted 12/27/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt... Thanks for the warm welcome! ...and the encouragement...

Paige... Thanks, too, for the welcome. I will look into the book you mentioned... I'm glad you've gotten something out of it. I do need to find non-medication ways of handling the anxiety. The main problem right now is that I have some other serious health issues that are really demanding much of my time....add that to the fact that I have six children....and you can probably see where some of this anxiety comes from! Severe health issues + six children = lots of stress, I admit.

So, unfortunately, I'm not healthy enough physically to be able to do some of the things that I'm sure would help - like therapy, groups, etc. For right now, I'm hoping to find a couple of good books to read, and hopefully learn some things here from all of you....

Thanks for welcoming me to your group...

Tina wink
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


stkitt
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   Posted 12/28/2009 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Keep on talking with us as we do care and we are here to support you.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt

Post Edited By Moderator (Admin) : 8/23/2010 4:16:29 PM (GMT-6)


Blessedx8
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 3193
   Posted 12/28/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt...

Thank you! I really do appreciate the information.. I will look into that workbook... and I appreciate the info about CBT... I've really never explored that type of thing before - so it may be worth looking at!

Thank you! I do feel the support here - and appreciate it!

--Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation

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