Post Edited (tomjonesrocks) : 1/2/2007 10:37:58 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/4/2007 7:04:09 AM (GMT-7)
Thanks to you both!
the doc has also given me an addition supply of Ativan, which kicks in fast, and really does the trick. He said to continue to take the Ativan until the other stuff kicks in....I just hope that I can hang in there, the Effexor sure makes my head feel funny, and I really don't like it.
I wish that I could just stay on the Ativan - cause it really worked, got rid of the anxiety, with absolutley no side effects...darn!!!
Post Edited (tomjonesrocks) : 1/2/2007 2:33:21 PM (GMT-7)
I have been putting this anxiety thing off for quite awhile, not excepting the fact that I have what is called General Anxiety Disorder. I have never had a problem with this before, however my doctor says that I do, just did not know it, and it now has surfaced due to lots of stress and worrying about a medical condition that I had. I have been told that if you have more than usual stress, and it is not treated, then it can lead to an anxiety disorder. I denied the stress, and more so denied the anxiety - but it has happened, and now I have to get it treated. I would not accept it, as I wondered how it is that I could feel so crappy in the morning, and as the day went by, it diminished to the point that by evening, I was generally OK. Only for it to start all over again the next morning - not every morning, but most mornings. I'd wake up trembling inside, a pit in my stomach, and then my head would feel spacey, etc, etc. M wife even tells me that I shake one leg while I am sleeping sometimes. The certain things were happening that I was ignoring, like a near traffic accident sent my head swirling and began to shake (not the norm for me - I was a police officer for 28 years and this never effected me before). If I get into a confrontation, I begin to trremble...again not me. If I get into a dispute with one of my kids, I get all upset, tremble and head spaciness... it all started to add up, and I had to resign to the fact that I was stressed/suffering from Anxiety. I was convinced that it was a medical probelm, which stressed me out even more. I have had every test imaginable, including CT and MRI - which all came back normal.
Ativan is a drug that is in the Lorazepam family. It is used for the short term releif of accessive anxiety by slowing down the nerves (central nervous system). To me, and everyone is different, it really did work, and works fast - with no side effects. My doctor tells me that it is addictive, so I cannot stay on it for any length of time - and further added that the longer you are on it, the more you have to take in order to achieve the same effect. Funny, I have not noticed this yet!!!
Think about it for a few seconds.
Anxiety causes Blood Pressure to increase, palpitations, fogginess, mental lapses, fear, sense of doom, and a myriad of other things. I get tremors (internal) and Ativan is surely a short term drug. Ativan is not intended for long term use.
I would suggest lots of talk therapy with friends (who do not think you are going crazy - as we all think we are when this happens), professionals and meds. Combine the two and ween yourself off when you are ready.
Physical symptoms are caused by anxiety from chest pain, to a racing pulse, to shortness of breath to everything in between.
Post Edited (tomjonesrocks) : 1/3/2007 2:06:29 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (tomjonesrocks) : 1/3/2007 2:49:43 PM (GMT-7)
Feeling ill is part of it, from upset stomach, to headaches, to dizziness, to feeling in a fog, to shaking, you name it....Go ahead and get the CT Scan to determine if there are any further medical issues, and to relax your fears that you are still sick. But I have a hunch that they are not going to find anything wrong.
Also just as a reminder, if you are under lots of stress/anxiety...this eats the heck out of blood sugars, and part of your anxiousness and stresses and symptoms (foggy head, dizzy, shaking) MAY be contributed to low sugars. make sure you keep yourself fueled up with proteins and some carbs!
This happened to me, and when I learned the symptoms of low blood sugar, and acted upon it, lots of the symptoms went away...Just some more to think about!!!!
Post Edited (tomjonesrocks) : 1/4/2007 11:46:00 AM (GMT-7)
Hi there, in many ways we are the same. I had some medical problems last year, involving surgery, and then I was stricken with a parasite that caused me nothing but problems - rapid weight loss, liver problems, blood sugar problems, etc etc. No one could determine what was going on, and with this, I became very afraid that I was seriously ill - and that I was going to die before anyone figured out what was going on. I went thru months of stress worrying about my health, and then with this lost lots of self confidence - where I was struggling at work, did not want to go out and have fun, just wanted to be at home. I was not depressed, I just feared doing things in case I did not feel well. The next thing I knew, I was worried about this, and that, and everything, and here I am today with anxiety.
It is usually always worst in the morning. I wake up, and while I am laying in bed, it feels like I am jittering from the inside. I get up, and sometimes I have the shakes, not always, but sometimes. the I start to worry - how is my day going to be, how am I going to be feeling, do I have meeting to go to today, etc, etc. Next thing my head feels spacey, my stomach is upset, etc etc. This is not as bad as it was before, but then again, it depends on the day. So I take Ativan first thing in the morning, and I begin to calm down, and by the time I get to work - I am usuallly a quite a bit more grounded. Another thing that I fight is fatigue, that seems to wonder in and out throughout the day.
When I am going home after work for instance, I can just feel the pressure leave my shoulders, my head, etc, and usually when I get home, I feel OK, and stay that way for the remainder of the evening. (home is my safe zone - I even went thru a period of time when I stressed when I knew I was going to be home alone - but that has sinced passed) In additional to all of the above, sometimes I have vision problems, and I have had sore neck muscles and headaches for months. Back of my neck hurts right at the base of the skull, and there are times when my head feels so full, it feels like it is going to explode.
It is sporatic. If I recall correctly, you had surgery recently - and according to the neurologist that I see, this can cause an inner ear thing to happen.
Do a web search under BPPV - or inner ear disorders, and you will see that the symptom include all of what you are experiencing - not with standng the fact that you likey too are looking at some form of anxiety as well, due to all the health problems that you have experienced as of late.
I had gall bladder surgery last year, and had some complications with a parisite, and with all of that, became quite anxious about my health, etc. But the neurologist suggests that I have an inner ear thing going on as well - if you check under BPPV, you will note a couple of exersises you can do at home, and they do seem to work. Also try standing without weaving - with your head tilted back and your eyes closed. I didn't realize until I tried a couple of these things that it felt like someome pushing me from behind when I tried this. Depending on how I turn my head, may bring on some symptoms as well. Occassionally I get a spin feeling, but for the most part, it is just a head fog thing going on.
Now I also take prevacid for stomach acid. I have just learned recently (thanks to the various web chats going on here) that this may cause a B12 deficiency - that can cause all of these symptoms as well. So I have some narrowing down to do as you can see.
Have a great day,