Yeah, somehow I missed that. That much Xanax is quite a lot, and that particular drug is easy to develop tolerance to (in a pretty short amount of time). That's probably why it's not working. I'm not a doctor, but would like to ask you to ask your doctor about
switching to a long-acting benzo like Klonopin or Valium, and taper off of that. Afterwards don't take any benzodiazepines for maybe six months, and then try to re-establish with one of the longer-acting ones.
Meds aren't always the answer but many times they're an indispensable part of the answer. In one manner of speaking there is a "quick fix" for anxiety to some degree, and it involves being prescribed the correct med initially and a bit of carpe diem. For example, I was lucky in that they found the right med for me, and once it started working I KNEW it wasn't the whole answer. I had to "re-design" my life, and I did just that. I still have bad days sometimes, but the worst of it is in the rear-view mirror. I'm quite confident in that.
However, in this case you were dealt a bit of a bad hand. It'll take some time to correct the course, but you can do it.
Just to summarize, you need off of the Xanax (in my opinion) and it will likely require switching to the long-acting benzo class for a taper. That is going to be a long process in and of itself. While doing so, obviously you need to make absolutely sure there's nothing wrong with your GI system, and I'd recommend going to a teaching hospital for that. You'll find highly motivated doctors there, and in my experience they're better about
communicating with each other, which is very important.
There's probably not going to be a quick fix for you, unfortunately, and it saddens me to say that. However, never give up hope! And remember that medicine is an art AND a science. Find the right group of doctors and they'll work wonders. Maybe not like on TV, but you know. Good luck to you.
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