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I am also happy you don't mind a mini novel, because I tend to do them once in while!!!
Hope you have a great day!
It's so funny to be addressed as "Mom" in here. My name is Liz but that one was taken :) Thanks for the advice. When I first starting going through the anxiety (back in 99) I saw a counselor and they had me on Celexa then Buspar then Prozac (this one lasted the longest) but then I got pregnant and went off meds completely and was totally FINE!!!! about six months after the baby was born I started freaking again (by the way this was baby # 4) anyway I tried Prozac again but it wasn't doing the trick so then my Dr put me on Zoloft 50mg. Long story short I went up to 100 mg felt great for a while went back down to 50mg... had a MASSIVE panic attact that landed me in the ER and totally freaked my family out because my heart was racing so fast that I couldn't even stand up by myself. (FYI I had convinced myself that I had stomach cancer and had a massive growth under my left rib cage because I was feeling pressure which oh by the way I feel everytime I get anxious) That happened the end of Oct and I didn't feel normal again until December after I convinced my Dr. to do an abdominal CT and everything was fine. I literally felt the panic, edgy, disassociated feelings leave my body hours after I got the negative result. Of course now I'm feeling anxious again because I feel a bit under the weather (my back hurts) and magically the pressure is back. The feeling of impending doom is back because I'm "SURE" that they missed something last fall and now I'm REALLY dying. I do realize how ridiculous this must all sound but sometimes it feels so real to me that I can't function.
Wow can I ramble or what... lol
SO yes I'm up for trying new meds but I haven't had much luck with psych docs because they are so expensive and my time is so limited working full time and having 4 children. I have ativan but unless my heart is racing I don't take it sometimes the severe tension might be helped by it though, you think?
I didn't realize that you could go higher then 100mg. It frustrates me to think of increasing it though because I just want to be able to do it on my own. My PCP once said don't you think diabetics would like to manage their own insulin levels, well the truth is they can't and some peope can't manage their anxiety levels without meds to help them. I know she's right but I still look at people like my husband who can go through every day without anything and he's fine. I wish I was just "normal" and had never felt the first bit of anxiety... you know?
I take Trazodone 50-150mg at night time which helps me sleep as well as helps with the anxiety..............it work for me. I have depression but at low dose this med is being used off label for depression.
I agree you could possibly benefit from a med change.
As part of treatment I was taught paradoxical relaxation. This means that when you feel the pain or tightness (or the anxiety about your difficulties or problems which would also add to the discomfort) you accept it, don't become afraid, just feel it or as much as you can stand and thereby become less anxious about it.
Doing that it gradually diminishes and goes away. Its a bit difficult with uncomfortable feelings because we want to get away from them and feel well.
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thanks for the post kitt, i'll try what you spoke of... i do notice that as soon as i start to feel a little unwell its like the anxiety vice starts twisting. maybe if i can go with it a little i can avoid some of the fear and tension. again thanks i am open to any and all advice :)
How proud I am of all of you, you are helping each other and that kind of help can not be bought in any store.
Keep on talking as getting it out in the open makes you start looking at your problems from different angles.
Keep on posting. I come here everyday hoping that one of you has found some hope, some peace or some answers as I know you find support.
Gentle Hugs to all.