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ebefree69
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   Posted 3/7/2007 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
 
I am new to this web site and find it very informative.  I am 37 years old and have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since high school.  I have tried everything you can think of to get it under control.  I finally found a Dr. who had put me on Xanacs everyday and I take Lovox which the Dr. thought might work with OCD with overthinking.  I have to say it has taken the panic attacks and axiety away 4 years now and I now have 2 daughters which I never thought would happen.  The problem I still have is cronic fatigue.  I have had this before I even started taking meds.  I don't know if there is something about always having cronic fatigue causing the panic attacks and anxiety or if it is the other way around.  I can take vicotine and I seem more focused and alert during the day but I have stopped taking them since I think I may be becoming dependent on them. I've tried Provigel and Ridalin and they have no affect on me.  Seems funny that Opiads can give the affect you would think you would get from an anti-deppresant. 
 
I guess my questions are 1. Is there any foods or meds that can help me with my cronic fatigue?
2.  Can the cronic fatigue be what has caused my panic disorders? and 3.  Is there any meds out there that do make you more alert and focused?
 
I am getting sick of having to take a nap 2 hours after I wake up and still have a full days work ahead of me.
 
Thanks for any suggestions.
 
Ebefree69

debaser
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   Posted 3/7/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I do know that when I haven't had enough sleep I tend to have a much bigger problem with anxiety, panic attacks, and stomach problems. But the anxiety is sometimes what causes me not to get enough sleep, so....hard to tell.

The chronic fatigue could be a problem with the meds you're on. I'm not really familiar with any of them, but I'm sure others will chime in.

A lot of my fatigue seems to be lifestyle related. When I've had a lot of anxiety and/or panic, I tend to sit around the house a lot more and that has a huge impact on my energy level. I'm pretty sure it's not only anxiety (for me, anyway) because we have brutal summers in Texas and I get fatigue from sitting around then, too, whether I have had anxiety problems or not. We're animals and are engineered to be active. When we're not, we don't feel right. So if you're not active, you may try an exercise program to see if that helps.

And, of course, the better you eat the more energy you'll have.

I'm not sure if the answer to fatigue lies in medications, though.

Good luck. I'll be following this post with interest.

ebefree69
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   Posted 3/7/2007 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Thaks Debaser,

The problem is I have 2 daughters to take care of and work a full time job.  I need something that would make me more alert.  I can't take all this on without any energy.  Any suggestions?

Eric


debaser
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   Posted 3/7/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I'll just say that I'd be worried about taking any medicine with the purpose of raising my energy level. Yeah, I'm sure there are pills, but I would think there'd be drawbacks. Especially with anxiety disorder. I know I'm paranoid of drugs but even in my "logical" frame of mind I can't imagine doing that.

Then again, I'm no doctor. They may know of something that raises your energy level without any adverse effects, but if such a thing existed it would probably be one of the most popular drugs out there. Still, talk to your doc and let us know what he says. Good luck. I suspect he or she will suggest lifestyle changes (nutrition, exercise), though, unless you're already good in that department.

freezinginAK
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   Posted 3/7/2007 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   

  Hi ebefree69 and wecome to HW

  I think that anxiety and fatigue in away go hand in hand, as I was very active up to the point that I came down with this disorder and had to relearn to do my hunting and fishing from it. I use to do a lot of it by 4 wheelers and by flying in and hiking to the game and trust me it's not eazy packing out 800pds of moose meat but by having to relearn to do things I now hunt by horseback, I think that the key is to re ajust your life and take the down time that you need and save your energy when you need it.

  One thing I still don't understand when I had my knee surgery and now with my back now out the pain killers do tend to stop the fatigue as I did most of the building of my house on them.

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