I've posted on here before, always looking for answers like everyone else. I'm 62 years old, have had arthritis for about ten years, five leg/knee operations in five years the last two being total knee replacements. I am on 2mg of xanax and 20 mg of Prozac. My arthritis hits every morning as I wake up, gets better mid day, lasts until three or four, then I feel absolutely normal for the rest of the night.
The strange thing is that about a week before both operations....and they are BIG operations with a long healing period, the anxiety completely disappears! I took no xanax for over a month after the operation and absolutely no anxiety. Gradually the anxiety returns and now I'm back to square one. Doesn't that sound a bit reversed? With the second replacement I knew what was coming, the pain, the therapy etc. and still no anxiety. I just can't figure it all out. Could it be an endocrine problem? Any of you medical, scientific or just plain sufferers that might have experienced similar reaction's input would be very greatly appreciated!!!!!
PS The knees are doing great!