Frustrated-Almost 4 was on Lexapro-Jaws Hurting/Facial Pain

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t331
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   Posted 9/6/2017 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I am so frustrated. Friday will be 4 weeks on Lexapro( 2 weeks at 5mg, almost 2 weeks at 10mg). I was taking a .5mg Klonpin to sleep or if I got anxious but I never took over one a day and most days I did not taking any. I have been getting a good 7 hours of sleep and not really having busy mind/anxious. However, the last 2 days have been horrible. It feels like someone punched me in the face(pressure in cheeks), my teeth/jaws hurt, and behind my ears hurt. It is like I have FMJ. I thought at first sinsus problem but I do netti rinses and nasal spray. I never felt like this. I suspect I am clinching my teeth in my sleep which I have never done. I don't know whether to stop the Lexapro. A month ago, I slept fine, eat fine, just had a busy mind/lump situation sometimes in my throat but I never felt this bad. Thanks so much for any advice.

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   Posted 9/6/2017 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi t331,

I am sorry to hear of this new complication. :/ I do agree that it sounds like this is most surely bruxism while you are sleeping...

...however, I think you need to confirm this with your doctor, and truly rule out any other issue to be sure.

Usually the unwanted side effects of a med do phase out...so I wouldn't throw in the towel just yet. You have put 4 weeks in, and it would be a shame to stop just before the therapeutic benefits really start.

Talk with your prescribing doctor and get his/her input as well...but know that this is a personal decision, so feel confident in making your own choice once you have weighed the pro's and con's. smile

Wishing you the answers and relief you need!

S.C.
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t331
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   Posted 9/12/2017 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry for the slow reply but I was busy prepping for Irma. Thanks S.C.! I decided to stick it out. I am on antibiotics because it is possible it is just an sinsus infection. I know if it is teeth clinching, it does not happen at all during the day. I am buying a guard just incase it is happening at night.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/12/2017 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh gosh...I hope you/family/pets and property are all safe?? Thoughts and prayers for you at this time!

Okay, I am glad to hear that you are taking steps to continue for now. The abx will certainly take care of any sinus infection/inflamation/congestion...and the mouth guard is a great idea too.

Be sure and keep up with your self help coping skills as well. Practicing daily does make a difference in how you feel!

Peace and progress. Keep us updated!

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 9/12/2017 9:50:59 AM (GMT-6)


t331
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   Posted 9/13/2017 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks S.C. My family is safe and my property is fine. Thanks for your prayers and kind words. They really mean a lot to me. This morning was rough I had the shakes, the sweats, nausea, the jitters, tried to take a pill spit it right back up. I am at week 5 with no positives but just side effects. My wife of 20 years looked at me and said enough is enough. I called the doctor to see what his suggestions are. I feel like such a wimp.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 9/13/2017 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, you are certainly not!

Anyone who faces their anxiety everyday...and keeps on persevering is a champion!

You can't control how your body is going to react to a medication. How about people allergic to penicillin...are they wimps? Of course not...they just need an alternative that works for them. 😊

Talk to your doctor...find out about your options...

...and stay hopeful. You will find the right regimen and reach your recovery goals.

Spend some time with the Stress Relieving Exercises link and the Meditation Videos from our Resources. The Positive Mantra/Affirmations link is a good tool as well

Glad all is well for you and yours regarding the storms!

S.C.
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

super20dan
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   Posted 9/13/2017 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
don't feel bad. I could handle Lexapro either. an option is to switch to celexa which is a much weaker version of lex. I had no side effects starting celexa and am doing great on it.

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   Posted 9/18/2017 4:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I would still get a check up, can't hurt. Peace

Larry ***

t331
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   Posted 9/18/2017 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Larry, I saw my ENT. She told me ragweed. After she left, the other person in the room, told me TMJ and to make an go to my dentist. I made an appointment the next day with my family dentist. I explained all the symptoms waiting to hear allergies. I have routine checkups and he looked in my mouth. Looked me square in the eyes and said you have TMJ, now let's fix it. He asked why I was on Lexapro and I told him because of the lump in my throat. He laughed and said has your lump got better. I said no it is worse. He confirmed that Lexapro usually intensifies teeth clinching/grinding.
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