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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 5/22/2007 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.  I am a 35 year old female.  I started having panic attacks in my early 20's.  For the last 10 years, I would have an attack once in awhile and they would go right away.  about 2 months ago, I started to have them again only this time, they were constant and everyday.  I am also having alot of anxiety with them as well.
 
I went to my doctor and he prescribed Cymbalta.  I have been taking it for 3 1/2 weeks.  The first week 30 mg and 60 mg since then.  I feel a little better, but I am still having some anxiety and trouble with my breathing.  I am also having test done by a Cardiologist to make sure none of this is cardiac related. I had an echocarogram and stress test.  I go back to him next week for the results.  I was wondering how long does it take for Cymbalta to start working full force?  Is Cymbalta supposed to take away the symptons all together? 
 
I have been reading the post here.  There is some comfort in knowing I am not the only one who is suffering from this. Thank you for reading.  I am looking forward to posting more with this forum.  Good luck to all! :-)

bigbear
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   Posted 5/22/2007 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunshine and welcome. I have never taken Cymbalta but the various meds work different for everyone. I was on several meds all with varying degrees of success before joining a cbt group and overcoming my panic attacks and eventually weaning off of my meds.

Junebug05
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   Posted 5/22/2007 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunshine,
 
Welcome!  I've never been on Cymbalta, so I can't comment on that.  I do know about how the panic/anxiety comes and goes.  I've just been through a similar situation like the one that you are describing.  Constant panic/anxiety at high levels.  It started last October and really peaked in November.  I'm finally back to feeling good most of the time, though it always rears it's ugly head for a few days or weeks here and there.  Are you in therapy?  Have alot of stress right now?  Let us know how your test results turn out and keep coming here, you're right, you are not alone and the people here are amazing!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/22/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah A big warm family welcome to you
I have had the A/P since very young and am 53 and just now learning ( past 6 mths) great coping skills like Breathing techniques,Relaxation Tech's and I am doing CBT and reading a fantastic book called " Brainlock"
 
You may have to ask your doc for  a fast acting short term med til the cymbalta really does kick in fully
Theres all kinds out there I personally take ativan when in a flare from PG ( Disease n Crohns) and I do take valium if needed I am not on any other meds for the a/p now due to all the other illnesses and meds I have to take daily
 
I am so glad that you found us and I hope you do become a part of this family I am going to bump up a couple of threads so you can join in if you like tell us about yourself and what you do to take up your time or whatever .....
Laughter is a big factor is beating this or at least GIVING IT a big  FIGHT and thats what we all have to do is fight the hardest fight in us and keep this A/P from taking us over
WE have A/P
IT doesnt have us
 
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Sunshine1108
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   Posted 5/22/2007 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for your friendly comments. 
 
I try to keep myself occupied so I am not constantly thinking about the anxiety/panic attacks. I am starting to get into gardening.  I would love to find a good book on how to control this.  Any suggestions?   I am determined not to let this control my life.  I enjoy long drives on the weekend with my husband.  Sometimes I get nervous about it, afraid that an attack might come on, but I want to live my life.
 
I have not seen a therapist, but I am definately considering it.  Something that puzzles me is that nothing stressful has happened to me to bring this on.  I think I might have OCD.  I have read that this could be a factor in anxiety/panic attacks.
 
I am a housewife.  I've been married to my husband for almost 17 years.  He has been a blessing through all of this.  He is extremely understanding and very supportive.  I most definately will stay with this forum and keep everyone updated.
 
Thanks again!!!! :-)

Sunshine1108
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   Posted 5/22/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, I have been married for 12 years (together almost 17).
 
I guess its true what they say, when your together for many years you do start to forget!!! yeah

Junebug05
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   Posted 5/22/2007 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Sunshine,
 
You asked about books on panic/anxiety.  I read alot and own many books on the subject, I've always felt that the more I know about it the better off I am...anyway, the ones I really like are by Claire Weekes.  I also just finished The Anxiety Cure and liked that one too.  There are alot of them out there, and I guess I pick up a little something from each one that I read.  I suggest going to amazon and looking there. I don't know anything about ocd, but I bet there are plenty of books on that too.  I really wish you the best, and feel for you because I know just what you are dealing with right now.  Hang in there, it will get better! 

ChristianWithHope
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   Posted 5/22/2007 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
The demand for control is the fuel of anxiety. It's like a noose where the more you struggle the tighter the knot draws. A big part of recovery is accepting that anxiety (in varying degrees) is a normal part of being human.
Things like CBT, counseling, selfhelp/reading, exercise, and sometimes medication can break the vicious cycle. Anxiety hurts terribly and screams for attention. Your job is not to control it, but to place it in perspective.
You'll find lots of support on this site. : )

debaser
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   Posted 5/22/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
ChristianWithHope said...
The demand for control is the fuel of anxiety. It's like a noose where the more you struggle the tighter the knot draws. A big part of recovery is accepting that anxiety (in varying degrees) is a normal part of being human.
Things like CBT, counseling, selfhelp/reading, exercise, and sometimes medication can break the vicious cycle. Anxiety hurts terribly and screams for attention. Your job is not to control it, but to place it in perspective.
You'll find lots of support on this site. : )


That was exceptionally well said.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder
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bigbear
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   Posted 5/24/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Any Cbt book is what I would recommend. We used a book in my group that I liked called Been There, Done That? DO THIS! by Sam Obitz. It is a short and easy book. The author struggled with anxiety and told his story of overcoming it which was inspiring to me and gave me the confidence that I could help myself.

Sunshine1108
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   Posted 5/24/2007 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your great advice. 
 
I really appreciate it!!!

stkitt
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   Posted 5/24/2007 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Sunshine

Welcome to Healing Well.

I am Kitt and finally, someone on Cymbalta.  It was prescribed for the depression and anxiety.  It took a  long time to kick in for me but I usually need a lot of whatever it is.  I take 60mg twice a day.  I was also taking 4 mg of Ativan at the same time.................

I have since been weaning off the benzo and so far am doing well.

I also see a therapist and we work on  trying to recall what sets off the panic atacks.

Someone already mentioned that anxiety in small doese is a normal part of your life. 

I would strongly suggest a therapist to work with you.  Everyone responds to different methods of slaying  the dragon within.

Be kind and gentle to your self, set small goals and keep posting.

We are here for you. yeah


Respectfully
Kitt
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Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
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~Rosalyn Carter

Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/24/2007 4:59:00 PM (GMT-6)


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 5/24/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt.  Tomorrow will be 4 weeks I am on Cymbalta.
 
I definately can feel an improvement compared to where I was 2 months ago.  I still get some anxiety here and there but it hasn't been that bad.   I am teaching myself to slow down and take one thing at a time.  Also, I am giving myself more time to relax and reflect on what makes me anxious.  I am realizing that I can't be in control of EVERYTHING.  It is impossible.  I have to take things as they come.   I am also considering seeing a therapist and I got some great advice from members in the forum on some books to read, which I definately will do.
 
I am so glad to hear you are doing better.   Good luck to you and to everyone!!! 

stkitt
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   Posted 5/24/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Sunshine,

I am glad you got some good advice..........remember you cannot change others, only yourself.  I think it sounds like your Cymbalta is working.

The answer most physicians will give you is 4-6 weeks for those drugs to kick in.

Keep posting as you are delightful.

Again so glad to have you join us.


Respectfully
Kitt
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


bigbear
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   Posted 5/26/2007 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
You'rer welcome Sunshine :)
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