A Long, Worrisome, Wearisome Day

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janetlee
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   Posted 10/21/2006 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Everyone,
I went to see my case manager at the mental health clinic today. She says there's a new pdoc joining the staff on Nov. 2 and she's "heard good things about him". I am going to be given a 30 minute appt. with him in a couple of weeks. I felt fairly good again when I woke up this a.m. (Friday) and was pleased. However, as the day wore on, I got sort of anxy...I think that part of it was knowing that I was going to the clinic and was gonna "fess up" about trying another pdoc. Anyhow, as I talked to Diane, my case mgr., she tells me that it's NOW the clinic's policy that benzos will no longer be prescribed...I was terrified!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She explained all the Medical reasoning behind their decision and even though I basically understood where they're coming from, I was still pretty upset. Xanax has been a lifesaver for me, even after 12 years! Before I left, I asked her what people like me were gonna do w/o benzos. She said that she wasn't saying that the pdoc would absolutely not prescribe me xanax, to wait and see. She also said that "you know, there ARE doctors that still prescribe xanax here in town". In other words, if the clinic won't prescribe it and I feel I need it, get my GP to do so. He would except that he told me that I can't have 2 doctors treating me for anxiety. So now I'm hoping that the paxil will cause me to not need the xanax. I've only been taking .5mg a day anyhow. I just hated the sound of it being an arbitrary rule of NO benzos at all. Am I making any sense? I've been researching different anxiety treatments and have read marvelous things about how much magnesium can help many people! I'm also still taking my fish oil capsules and bought myself some borage oil. I'll try other things if necessary. However, I am VERY VERY careful about not taking "natural" things with a grain of salt. You have to be careful about possible interactions etc. I'm not taking just anything. I educate myself A LOT BEFORE taking anything! So no need to worry on that score about me! I have good common sense. For anyone on paxil, have you been able to stop all benzos?
Thanks,
luv, janet
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


hopefulmigrainer
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   Posted 10/21/2006 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi JanetLee, gosh I can certainly understand your anxiety about not having your anxiety medication. What were the "medical reasons" that they gave you? Both my PCP and Psyche doc will not prescribe xanax to me. My old PCP before the one I have now did not have a problem and if they would bother to check my medical records they would be able to tell that I never abused them. What medications are you on now? Just the Paxil? My pdoc put me on Wellbutrin and Lexapro which has helped my depression but I really needed something in these past few weeks for the extreme anxiety. I posted a topic about this and someone said that I was being treated for depression and not anxiety. I do know though that Paxil is the primary med they give people with social anxiety disorder so I hope it works for you. Please do keep us posted.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/21/2006 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hun since you have been on it for this long I am thinking that you will have no problems with it your 2 different docs cannot rx you same med but can work together on Anxiety/Panic
I would still ask this new doc about the meds if you feel he is not going to rx just nonchalantly (sp) say well can I have my rx for the xanax???
You be well and take care
lyn /sis
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GFK
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   Posted 10/21/2006 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Paxil works great for me. I had xanax once - for my first panic attack. My doc let me have a small prescription to keep on me as a security blanket - eventually they expired and I just threw them away! But it really helped knowing they were there!

What dose of paxil are you on? I think I started at 30 mg/day. At the time I had post-partum depression as well as anxiety. I does take about a month to fully kick in. Hang in there!

janetlee
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   Posted 10/21/2006 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks everyone for responding!

I woke up and all I could do was think about yesterday's visit to the clinic. I keep trying to tell myself to not dwell on it...don't worry...wait and see. But GAD sufferers are notorious for not being able to turn off the worrisome thinking! eyes   Right before I walked out the door, the case manager says, "Don't worry!" She might as well have told me to not breathe!!! Anyhow, it's not too suprising about the clinic's new rule about the benzos...for those that can recall me talking about my horrible experience early this year with my longtime pdoc-how he wouldn't give me any extra xanax even though I was losing loads of weight due to IBS and no appetite at all (lost about 20 lbs in a short time) and was having suicidal thoughts cuz of EXTREME anxiety-well, I found out that he's the medical director over the clinic now! Great, just great! mad mad mad skull skull skull sad sad sad

Hopefulm, you asked their reasoning about benzos...it went something like this: Even though they are excellent for short-term use, when taken for a long time, the body craves them, even if you aren't necessarily abusing them. Since they have such a short half-life, your feelings get level but then as the med leaves the body, your feelings start to fall (kinf of like a rollercoaster) until your next dose. As time goes on, your feelings of anxiety can become exxagerated because your body wants the drug and it takes more of the drug to do it's job, etc., etc., etc.....blah, blah, blah. I may not have explained that very well, but no matter, cuz they've made up their minds and so there's nothing I can do about it. My only comfort is that IF things get too bad, my friend goes to a pdoc that prescribes her klonipin. It would be expensive to go to another pdoc as no pdocs in this town takes medicaid except for  at the clinic. But at least her pdoc is cheaper than the one I'd just tried before going back to the clinic! Or MAYBE my GP would have pity on me if I cried hard enough (and it wouldn't be no act either!)

GFK,

I am on 25mg of paxil cr. I was on 12.5mg for a month and have now been on 25mg for 10 days. I do think that it is starting to help me. I'm just chomping at the bit until it totally kicks in...sigh!!! Thank you for the info! It is very encouraging! :-)

Lyn,

I can ALWAYS count on you thru thick and thin! You ARE a darling and don't you ever think otherwise! Believe me, I AM going to take your advice!!! yeah   I hope you are feeling better. I was sorry about your "meltdown"...I don't know what I'd do if I were in the same situation...you are an inspiration. Truly! Luv Ya!!!

Hugs to all!!!

janet


Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.
janet


Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 10/21/2006 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Sweetie I just want you to get back to you ya know
I love ya no matter what is going on with you but I just wish it wasnt happening to such a "special person"
Try and be well hun
Loves ya
Lyn / sis

Thanks for your thougths of me during your troubles right now it makes my heart fill with loads of warmth and luvs for ya sweetie
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