A little about what I am feeling today...

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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/27/2007 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I took my first dose of Lexparo lastnight before bed.  It made me tired actually.  I wasn't tired before I took it, and within like 25 or 30 minutes, I was beat.  So, I went to bed.  I was asleep by like midnight.  I was up at 6 a.m.  I was actually having a panic attack.  I was out of the borrowed Xanax I had, and had nothing to help me, except myself.  So, I did some breathing exercises, and tried to work myself out of the attack.  It lasted almost an hour.  I thought I can't wake up like this all the time, and I sure can't feel like this all the time.
 
So, when the doctors office opened, I called, and now he called in a prescription for Xanax to take as needed along with the Lexparo.  I can't pick that up til like 4:30 p.m. though and I am pretty anxious...Not sure why either.  Just uptight today.   Not feeling great.  I was on a high yesterday, after the appointment of course, and now, I am back to my low.  I feel like garbage, and my anxiety is back up.
 
I know I have only been on the Lexparo for one day, but so far, I am hating how it is making me feel.  It isn't a good feeling.  I have been told to hang in there though.  Again, anyone with any experience on Lexparo, let me know what happened with you.  I KNOW all people react differently from eachother, but I am just curious what others have gone through.
 
So, all in all, so far, day one is not great.  Hopefully once I get a Xanax in me, I will feel somewhat better.
 
Thanks all for listening!  :-)
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


stkitt
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   Posted 6/27/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Tammy,

I took Lexapro and I did not feel bad on it, I was already having anxiety so I do not feel like it increased. Actually after a week I felt pretty good but it did not last and we move the dose to 20 mg.  I also had an antianxiety med too.

Perhaps after feeling so up yesterday you were hoping for an overnight miracle and it usually does not happen that way.  I would venture to say you are pretty normal in your feelings today.

Calling your Dr. was a great move as again that proves your advocating for you.  Kudos to you my friend.

Try some of these ideas:

Talk to someone. Call a friend and share your feelings.

Take a walk. Exercise causes your blood and oxygen to circulate faster, which makes you feel invigorated. Your brain produces chemicals called endorphins that fight depression and anxiety.

Do something to help someone else. As you focus your attention on another's needs, your own cares will become less burdensome.

Listen to music. Choose your favorite songs and sing along.

Please just come here and write down how you feel. You know that we will read it.

Gentle Hugs


Respectfully
Kitt
 
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diane8_8
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   Posted 6/27/2007 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry you had to go through that. I hate that feeling, it's so awful and nobody should have to go through it.
What helps me when I'm feeling anxious is positive reinforcements. Maybe you can buy one of the books out there to help stop panic and anxiety and read some of the positive ones. Like my personal favorites are
YOU ARE NOT ILL
Your anxiety, panic attacks, phobias and obsessions are NOT caused by mental or physical illness! (I don't care how much truth there is to this one, it makes me feel better lol)
Regardless Of What You Have Been Led To Believe Acute Anxiety And Panic Attacks Can Be Cured
You can cope much better than you think you can

Hope you feel better today!!!

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/27/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks as always Kitt! Kind words making me feel better! Love ya for that! I am feeling better now, as I borrowed some more Xanax til I get my own...which is like in an hour. I know that getting adjusted to new meds can sometimes suck. Ugh. I am not liking it so far!

Diane...nice to meet you! I love reading books on panic, anxiety and agoraphobia.. I read them all the time. I am not familiar with the one you mentioned...who is the author? Do you know off hand?

Thanks to everyone giving such great support to me through my low time!!! I love you all!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


jerseycherries
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   Posted 6/27/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   

you just have to be patient and give the meds some time to work. one dose is not gonna do it for ya. give it a week or two. then see how you feel. pills arent a cure all. and dont work the minute we take them. at least not all of them anyway.

you did the right thing in calling the doc today and telling him about the attack and getting something for it.

i think so of it was just you were so excited and wound up from yesterday that you "crashed" today. and thats what help cause the attack to happen this morning.

ya just got to give the lexapro a chance to do its job. i know its hard to be patient when you feel bad and want results now and to feel better the minute you take your pill. but thats not always the case. just hang in there and it will get better.


I am bipolar, have social anxiety, panic attacks w/agoraphobia , diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. Life is short but i am not.


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 6/27/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy,
 
Don't be hard on yourself!   Give it some time to work.  Your doing great!  You took some real big steps over the past week!  Don't let this bring you down. 
 
As I read your post after you got back from the doc's, I could feel the excitment and happiness you were feeling.  Keep up that positive attitude.  Hang in there dear!!!!
 
Hugs,
Mary

Junebug05
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   Posted 6/27/2007 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy,
 
I don't know anything about Lexapro, so can't help you there, but just wanted you to know that I'm thinking about you and hope that you can hang in there and let the medication work.  Hoping for better days for you...very soon!

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/28/2007 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone! I will defineatly be patient and let the meds do what they need to do. It will be hard, because generally, I am not a very patient person...ha ha ha :) Today I am feeling a bit better yes, but I woke up early with another panic attack. That is starting to get annoying, and I am definately going to talk with the doctor about that. I can't keep waking up like that anymore. It is insane.

At anyrate, I appriciate you all thinking about me. I appriciate all the support and love I get from this board! THanks EVERYONE!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


stkitt
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   Posted 6/28/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Tammy,

I did that for months and it fianlly passed.  I would wake up and just start to cry in fear that I was never going to get better.

I am here today and I am better...............so keep up the one babystep method and you will make it.

Gentle Hugs


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


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/28/2007 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the assurance Kitt. I hate waking up the way I do, and I hope it passes. Actually, it will pass, (I am no longer going to think negatively at all) so I should say, I can't wait for it to pass!!!

Thanks hun for the kind words!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


happypills
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   Posted 6/28/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   

Tammy, my friend,

You have a lot of good advice here.

I can't give you any advice on Lexapro but I know that all SSRIs take several weeks to kick in and there is an initial adjustment period.  I took Celexa a long, long time ago for just about a month.  I couldn't sleep the first week I was on it.  It was awful.  But after that I was fine. 

Anyway, hang in there and keep us posted. 

Everything will be alright.... yeah

 

 

 


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks happy and Jay! I appriciate the advice. You guys are right, everything is gonna be alright! I am just feeling so tired right now...ugh!

I will definately keep you updated!

(((((HUGS TO ALL)))))
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


bluejelli
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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tammy, I don't know about lexapro. But I do know that I have to get a certain amount of hours of sleep with my anxiety/panic. If I don't, I have anxiety all day long. If I go to bed at 12 and get up at 6 I will have anxiety pretty much the whole day along with the feeling of "not being here" & "spacey" feelings. Just the all over jitters basically. Sending feel better wishes to you!
I reject your reality and subsitute my own
Karen~


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks bluejelli! I am feeling that too, that I need more sleep than what I am getting in order to minimize the panic/anxiety. Unfortunetly, I can't sleep any later, because I just wake up at 6...no matter what time I go to sleep. And I have a hard time going to sleep any earlier than like 11 p.m. It is a gross, vicious cycle. Maybe the doctor can give me something for sleep, although I hate the idea of being on so many pills, especially being so young.

Thanks for your input!!! I appriciate it whenever I get it!!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


Junebug05
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   Posted 6/28/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Tammy,

I went through the same thing with waking up too early...I was waking up every day at 4 am in a terrible panic.  I had to get up and take a xanax and just wait it out.  When my daughter was in school I had to stay up until she left at 7 am, then luckily I could go back to bed and try and get some more sleep...sometimes I could, other times I just laid there in a panic and finally got up.  The good news is is that it did pass.  I'm sleeping fine now, though maybe a bit more than I used too, but I blame that on the xanax and that I'm trying to be more physically active to keep the anxiety in check...my body is not used to being physically active, so I'm sure it makes me more tired.  You hang in there, this will pass and you will be okay!  Keep posting, this board has helped me more than anything else and hopefully it will give you some comfort too!  yeah


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/28/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Junebug...It is so comforting to hear that you had the same issue as me, with waking up early, and that it has passed, and you are now sleeping better. I look forward to the day when I don't wake up at 5:30 or 6 in the morning in a panic...needing to take Xanax just to feel "normal." It's like I dread going to sleep cuz I am nervous to wake up, knowing that I wake up scared, and in a panic, ya know?

Your words were wonderful, and very comforting! THANKS!

This board has helped me a great deal too!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 6/29/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the thoughtful advice there. I am willing to try anything! Although, the good news is, today I woke up around 6 a.m. to go to the bathroom, and NO ANXIETY! NO PANIC! So, I went back to sleep, and obviously was catching up on some sleep, cuz I slept til 10:00 a.m. WHen I woke up just now though, I did feel some anxiety, and I still do. I took a Xanax just to control the anxiety before it becomes an issue, ya know? I am just not to take Xanax so much. I don't want to be on it, ya know?

There I go rambling on...just wanted to say THANKS FOR THE ADVICE!
Dealing with panic and anxiety for 8 years off and on...right now more on than off.  Major health anxiety as well!
 
New found issues with agoraphobia...working on that too.
 
I am NOT weak, I am just down right now.  I am doing what it takes to get my life back!!!
 
Best Wishes to all...Tammy

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