Anxiety and meds

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Cherann
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 2/15/2007 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
 First to "Andwes"   You have my total understanding.  I can not walk into the door of my Dr. office or even visit someone in the hospital, without  that feeling of doom. Different situations, but I do understand.
  Now, hopefully someone on this forum can tell me if I'm even in right forum.  I too have had some severe anxiety problems/panic diorder due to some pretty traumatic situations that have occured. Not looking for sympathy, but helps to explain. I'm 68 years old. (healthy in most respect) Controlled high blood pressure. But have been on Xanax for 12 years  and really never understood the consequences. Was put on after a near fatal illness, hospital 3 months, unconsious,(medical induced coma) On Respirator, for life support, and my family was told I would not make it. ( Made fibbers out of them lol) However was on every antibiotic, and other drugs I think known to mankind. (felt like it) have no knowledge of first 2 months in hosp. , till they started taking me off some drugs.  Ok, problem is, I was on Morphine, Versed, Ativan, Xanax, and that drug they use to paralize while in ventilator.  Which they told me later can cause nerve damage in some people. However this was while I was out of it.  After finally improving, went to physical re-hab floor for 10 days.  A multitude of other issues which I really don't need to waste time going into. Obviously these drugs all used the right way helped in their way along with many others to save my life, (alternative much worse.)   But coming off all that, they sent me home with the Xanax to control anxiety. And withdrawal from so many drugs. Have been diagnosed since with PTSD.  I never took any kind of meds at all before that so was unfamiliar with what the outcome can be. At first a little bitter at what was given without me really having much knowledge, however, water under the bridge now.  I want desperatley to beoff the Xanax, but have yet to find a Dr. who is very willing to assist, they say can cause problems, and some bad. (My dose is not real strong, just long use. And I do well taking it , it helps and have no bad side affects, but getting older now and need to be off. Don't like the feel of control it can have over a person. You don't want it, then afraid something will happen and it won't be there.I understand all that. But can't believe it can't be done somehow safely.  I know there are re-hab units, but some are not so nice I think. And sounds intimidating to some one older. I don't feel as if I need these emotionally so much, (and they're are other meds to use) But I'm sure I do physically, when I try to stop or cut down, very miserable, and raises blood pressure. Anyone who can offer suggestions, who's been there or steer me to right forum I would appreciate very much. Have a very supportive husband, but would scare him If I got really ill or had a siezure, which is only a possibility but , is there none the less.
If I'm not in right forum, I apologize, looking for someone with similiar issue who might offer some guidance or suggestions. Thanks so much. confused

Howlyncat
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   Posted 2/15/2007 2:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome
'Yes you are in the right place
I have not quite had the bad experiences you have had but I do know you can come off the med and yes there will be withdrawels as you have been on them so long
How much are you taking now daily ??
I was taking 2 to 3 valium a day and also ativan I wanted to be more aware like your talking
I am 53 and have had this A/P since young
I have other chronic illnesses which cause me angst as well
I would really tell your doc you are serious about coming off this med and the othermeds out there are of the same nature or SSRI's I believe there are others that will have more to help you with here
I am glad you found us and hope you become an active member of this forum Support n People are just great and here to help when they can
Please post again n sorry I wasnt the best of help but I do understand what you mean
God Bless
Lyn
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MsKittie
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   Posted 2/15/2007 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Cherann
 
Welcome to HW you are deffanently at the right place and forum. You will meet a lot of new friends here that you can lean on and we will support you. I'm so sorry you went thru so much in the past but you pulled thru it and I'm thankful for that. I don't know anything about withdrawel but it don't sound good if your blood presure goes up when you try to cut back on your meds. Maybe thats why the dr wants you to stay on them to help control your bllod presure. I wish you the best and please keep us posted so we all can get to know each other better. Your not alone anymore.
(((HUGS)))
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andwes
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   Posted 2/15/2007 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cherann - Wow, you really have been through alot.  I give you much credit, however, as you've had to deal with so much but are getting through it all.  I wouldn't even have the courage to go through all you have - I'm afraid if the doctor ever told me I had a serious illness I'd have a stroke long before they even had a chance to treat me!!! LOL.  So you have to realize that you're much more courageous than you think.  As far as the Xanax is concerned - I have much less of a concern about it than you.  I've been on it quite a few times during my life (I'm 59 now and an A/P sufferer since the age of 12) and sometimes for 10 years in a row.  When the time came that I was feeling better I would slowly wean myself off it (with almost no side effects) and I would stay off it for sometimes5-10 years.  Anxiety would always find itself back into my life it though - even after many years respite, and I would go back on the Xanax again which would always help me - much more so than antidepressants ever did.  I tend to be a VERY nervous type and strongly believe anxiety is what leads to my depression.  Lately I've been having alot of anxiety again after a 7 year "break" and I would like to go back on Xanax but my new doctor is vehemently against it, trying to get me back on anti-depressants (which I DON'T want).  Why don't these docs stop being manipulated by the drug companies and realize that most people KNOW their own bodies and what's best for them.  Maybe there's alot of people out there who won't agree with me about the Xanax but I'm one person who can vouch for the fact that (at least at low dosages) they aren't as "addicting" as everyone says.  Certainly if a person was just taking them as a "recreational" drug, that might be a different story but for those of us who truly suffer from severe anxiety, it can be a lifesaver.  All the best to you.

Cherann
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 2/15/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for all the responses and so soon. It's great, I'll be visiting pretty often I think.  Funny, these things are usaully something that's harder to discuss with people in our lives. They either don't get it, or get bored listening, till you just don't want to even talk to anyone about it sometimes. If you try to talk to someone and they're not receptive to listening to you, and especially if it shows, then it just ends up making you feel bad.  At least that's from my point of view.  You hear to much stuff, like, "oh well, everyone has problems"   True, but maybe right at that minute you just need one person to hear you.  I'm hoping someone in here can just tell me how they went about cutting it down without it being to hard.  And , yes I do realize this is not a substitute for seeing my Dr. , just  sharing ideas maybe.  Thanks to all for responding. 

 

 


MsKittie
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   Posted 2/16/2007 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Cherann
 
I just wanted to stop in and say hello this morning and wish you a good day. If quiting a med is anything like quiting smoking I can amagin how hard it would be. I wish you great  luck at this and please come talk to us anytime. 
(((HUGS)))
   MsKittie
 
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I have an illness, My illness don't have me.
~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*                                      
 
Being happy doesnt mean everything's perfect.It means you've decided to see beyound the imperfrctions!God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but HE did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears & light for the way                                        

 

 


Cherann
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 2/16/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the reponses, I have decided to try and just cut back gradually, if I need it, it's there.
But I need to try and hope for the best. A person just needs to know sometimes, (Do I really still need this?) Maybe , maybe not. Been so long, have no way of even knowing, if I would feel better OFF the meds. So going to give it a shot. Thanks again for reponses. Truly helps to vent and get positive feedback from others. Cherann
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