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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/9/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I am back, needing some advice...seems like I been needing a lot of that lately, huh?  Well, I am going to the doctor at the end of the week.  He wanted to wait to see me til he had the results from my blood test.  That is fine with me.  I have been thinking about some things I wanna talk to him about, and I wanna see waht you guys think too.
 
He seems to think I should only be on the Lexapro, and that should make me feel totally like myself.  He doens't want me on anything for panic attacks.  Isn't Lexapro for GAD and depression?  At least that is what my pamphlet says.  I have heard a lot of people suggest I shoudl be on the Lexapro along with something else...like Xanax or Klonopin.  What do you guys think?  And how should I go about expressing this to my doctor without him thinking I am a drug addict?  I just don't feel good only have the Lexapro.  Maybe it is in my head...or maybe not...who knows?  I just know I feel like I shoudl have something else.  I am down to only taking one Xanax daily, and sometimes not even one.  I think that is much improvement.  He isn't going to refill that prescription, and that scares me.
 
I am also going to talk to him about my chest tightness all day long, especially because it only goes away with the Xanax.  This is starting to suck!  I was finally starting to feel pretty good, and now I am nervous it is all going to go down again.  I hope my instincts are wrong.   I really do.  I think the chest tightness is coming from stress and anxiety and my panic.  I really do.  And, someone told me if Xanax relieves it that it's more than likely stress.  We will let the doctor determine that later in the week.
 
Anyway, as usual, thanks to anyone who helps me out with this!!!  I appriciate everyones 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


stkitt
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   Posted 7/9/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Tammy,

Hello.  I am glad you are still maintaining ok until you see your physician.

Lexapro is indicated for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This is one of the reasons that it has gained it's popularity. This info is available from many of the drug sites online and not just the official Lexapro site.

I would still ask your physician if you could have a med for anxiety to cover you until the Lexapro is working. It can take up to 4 weeks for the full effect of the AD's to start working.

Of course these are my personal opinions..................good luck and keep us up to date on how it is going.

Gentle Hugs


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Kitt
 
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/9/2007 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea, I was under the impression this could take up to 6 weeks to work, and here he is annoyed that it isn't taking full effect on me yet. I am doing a heck of a lot better, but in my opinion, I am still dealing with panic attacks. Ugh. This can be so frustrating!!!

Thanks Kitt 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


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/10/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
I would be prepared with Notes on what time of day and what you are doing at that time of day when the panic attacks come on
The "triggers"

Lexapro like many other meds in that group can take uop to 4 to 6 weeks to work thats why it was suggessted to you at the time u posted to asjk for something to help you get thru the time it starts working fully

I dont see why he should not listen if you go in calmly with notes in hand and explain in all honesty that you are doing ok BUT not where ya need to be and could he help till the Lexapro kicks in ........

YOU are doing awesome you are keepng yourself from being BEATEN down and thats something to be very very proud of in my books as well as other's I am sure
 
ALSO tell the doc just what you have done to TRY and help yourself and yes you can get so far but right now you are caught between a rock n a hard place .....did he RX the xanax before or have you had it before??

Keep up the FIGHT

YOU will get there

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Luvs ya

LYN


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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/11/2007 4:12:06 AM (GMT-6)


TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/10/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys! Ever since I started the Lexapro, I have noted how I feel all day, everyday, along with what time I take that, and if and when and why I take a Xanax if I do. I have pretty thorough notes. I am going to take them to the doctor with me.

Lyn, the last time I was prescribed Xanax was 8 years ago. I haven't taken anything at all since then, until now. I feel so comfortable using the Lexapro at bed time and being able to have the Xanax to use once or twice a day if needed. I guess that doesn't matter to my dr though. GRR. Again, I say, this can be so frustrating, but I am sure you all know that already.

Thanks for the advice here guys. As always, I appriciate it greatly!!!
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


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/10/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep us posted on how you make out plz
Luvs
Ya

On way to my doc just now for these sores .....
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/10/2007 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with the doc Lyn. And of course, I will update you guys!!!

(((((HUGS)))))
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


Sunshine1108
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   Posted 7/10/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tammy,
 
Good luck with your doc visit!  Thinking of ya!
 
Hugs,
Mary
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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/10/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Mary! I have to go get blood drawn today, and then when the results are in, I am going to meet with the doctor. He is assuming that will be Friday. Thanks.

(((((HUGS))))))
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 7/10/2007 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Tammy,

We are here for you, so go armed with your notes and be assertive in requesting what you need.............Your right, 4-6 weeks is what the  norm is on most of the AD's kicking in, we hope for the 4 weeks. Lyn is a wonderful example of someone who knows her rights as a patient. yeah ((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))

Kitt.

 


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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 7/10/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yea, she does give awesome advice!!! Like I said, I have notes of what I have been going through the past couple weeks with the Lexapro, and I am going to give my notes to my dr and let him see what I have been dealing with and then ask him how I should be dealing with it.

THanks all for the great 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


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/11/2007 5:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Keep us posted hun k
Just so we know you are doing as well as possible right now

WE all do care and worry bout ya

Luvs ya
LYN
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