Here comes some updating!

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

TammyGrl0528
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 9/18/2007 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, here goes nothing:
 
First of all, I wanna say thanks for the warm welcome backs I got on my other post!  It was nice to be missed!  You all were missed too.  I kept telling John how much I missed you all and needed you all!!!
 
The move wasn't bad...especially since we were just coming here to the back apartment.  There was some stressers here and there about different things like exactly when we would be getting the keys and things like that, but it all worked itself out.  My lights and gas were no problem to switch, but I had issues with the cable, cuz we switched to direct tv, and that was a game, and of course, the internet.  I was sposta be back on the 10th, and didn't get back on til the 17th.  First they said there was no order, so that delayed it by a few days, then my phone line was messed up, and we couldn't get a dial tone, so the guy had to come out and fix it.  I spent a lot of hours on the phone with them almost daily, and in the end I am getting a $92.00 credit on my next bill...(NICE)  Now I am hooked up to the internet, but at a slower speed than I am sposta have, and they can't put me back to my regular speed til Friday...ugh...but at least I am online, ya know?  So, that is the boring utilities story.
 
Now, onto me.  I think I told you guys that my doctor upped my Lexapro to 20 mg.  He was also giving me issues about Xanax, but he ended up giving me some...thank God.  And, he suggested I go to a psychiatrist...he says they would be able to help me out more.  I go Monday September 24th for what they call intake, and she said it should take  about 1 and a half to 2 hours...then she said it could take up to 8 weeks to meet with a doctor...geeze.  The fact of the matter is I am doing pretty good, really, although I am not completely back to me yet.  I am getting out.  I went to my sons meet the teacher...which took an hour, and I was alright.  I started to have a panic attack, but I kept it under control.  I went to watch him do his after school ice skating, which he does every Thursday after school, and I was very fine there.  I go to my parents house daily, and I go shopping regularly.  All this, I wasn't able to do before the Lexapro.  Some of you might remember that I was housebound.   Keep in mind too, I also did all that without taking Xanax first.  Oh, and Sunday night, I went to watch my son, (Jay Jay) and boyfriend (John) bowl.  They are in a league.  I was sposta be in it with Jay Jay, but was too nervous with all my anxiety, and panic attacks, so John stepped in.  But, I was able to go to the bowling alley and stay there.  I did take a Xanax first though. 
 
Overall, I am truly doing better, but I still have issues...such as:
 
I wake up shaky.
I am having a hard time staying asleep all night.
I am having bowel issues that seem to be causing me some chest discomfort as well, and all that makes me extra nervous.
I still have panic attacks...maybe one a week.  Sometimes none at all, or sometimes, they are so minor I don't even care.
I still have to use caution about going places too far from home.
 
I don't know if I need to have something other than Lexapro...I feel the Lex has done so much for me, yet there is still more that needs to be fixed.  I don't know.   I feel best knowing I have Xanax in my possesion, and that way if I need one, I have one.
 
I am thinking I might need to be concerned about my  bowel issues.  I don't know if my anxiety is causing the issues, or if something else is going on. 
 
Again, overall, I am doing better, and I have come a long way since I was first here, and before that.  I just need to clean up these few loose ends to get back to being me.
 
Well, this is enough for now, this is pretty long.  If you are still reading, thanks for the support you give, and of course, thanks for reading!
 
Much love to you all!
 
(((((HUGS))))))
yeah   yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
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
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 717
   Posted 9/18/2007 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Tammy,

I'm so glad that you are back!  Sounds like your move went as well as possible, it's never easy and there are always glitches along the way, but it sounds like you handled it all very well.  I'm thrilled to hear that your doing better and getting out so much, what a huge step!!!  I think seeing a psychiatrist will be helpful, sometimes regular doctors are less informed about p/a and less willing to help out with meds as they don't have the understanding.  I am glad that your doc did give you some more xanax to get you through, I know just having it is a comfort and you may find that you don't need it that often.  The things that are still issues that you mentioned will improve in time, you are on the right track now, and as you move forward, you'll notice those things getting better.  I've been through all of those at one time or another, and they are always temporary, so hang in there!  I wish you would have expanded on the bowel issues, I went through a really rough period with that about a year ago and was, like you, very concerned, and as my p/a became less and less, these symptoms went away...maybe you could share what's going on there and I'll let you know if it's the same kind of thing I had going on. 

You are doing amazing!  I'm so proud of your progress and I hope you are too.  Good to have you back!


TammyGrl0528
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 9/18/2007 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Junebug!!! I love the support I get here...As for my bowel issues...it's like I am constipated, yet I am able to go, though it is hard. I have chest discomfort because of it, but it goes away when I am able to go to the bathroom. Sometimes, I have diahrea, which use to be very common for me. Whatever goes wrong, I have chest discomfort until I have a movement. In the past 2 weeks though, I have been very constipated to where I have been using Senokot S. Like I said, I am able to go, but it is harder than normal. I guess that is the best way to put it. Ugh.

Again, thanks for the support. I am happy for my progress as well, and I am happy so many people care so much!!!!

If you have any other questions, let me know!!!
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
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 9/18/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Tammy

So Glad your back and kudos to you.  Look how far you have come.  That is awesome so I hope you are really giving yourself lots of hugs for the way you are overcoming your anxiety.

I think the Pdoc is a good idea and yes, they have long wait lists but they do know the meds best.

Now Lexapro:

The most common side effects when taking Lexapro include dizziness, constipation, decreased appetite,  decreased sex drive, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, insomnia, sweating, fatigue, impotence, runny nose and sinusitis.

I have noted most of these will subside but constipation may be an issue to deal with.  You might choose to use Fibercon tabs on a regular basis.  I do, and if you use them daily it makes things straighten out.  You can buy the store brands at Target or Walmart or wherever you shop. 

Try adding foods that contain more dietary  fiber :

  1. Whole-grain foods (such as bran cereals) and breads (those made with whole wheat grains).
  2. Fresh fruits (including the skin and pulp).
  3. Dried or stewed fruits (such as prunes, raisins, or apricots).
  4. Root vegetables (such as carrots, turnips, or potatoes).
  5. Raw or fresh vegetables, such as cabbage. (Lettuce is actually low in fiber.)
I hope this gives you some ideas. :)
 
Keep posting and good to have you back.
Respectfully
Kitt
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
*~* Not a mental health professional at all *~*
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
******www.healingwell.com/donate******
_____________________________________________________
"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
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 9/18/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions Kitt, and I will definately try the Fibercon tabs. I am willing to do whatever it takes to feel better. This feeling isn't great!!!

Have you, or has anyone heard of chest pains, or discomfort that come along with constipation, or any bowel issues? I have been dealing with the chest discomfort along with bowel issues for a while now. Wondering if they are hand in hand, or what!

THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!
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
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 717
   Posted 9/18/2007 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Tammy,

I've been constipated my whole life!  When I went through the stomach problems last fall, I began to have diarrhea at times and just not as constipated as usual, it was probably more "normal" for most people, just not for me.  Anyway, went to the doctor, they found nothing and so I just lived with it.  Once I accepted that it was just anxiety, it did start to get better and now I am back to my normal of being more constipated.  I do get pains in my stomach/chest area until I go as well, but only when the constipation is really bad.  Kitt gave you some great suggestions about making changes in your diet and may I add that I've started drinking Plum Smart, a juice made by Sunsweet, I believe, and it has been like a miracle drink for me.  I can be really constipated and have an 8oz glass and by the next day I'm fine.  You may want to give that a try if things get bad.  I've made changes in my diet and it hasn't helped a whole lot, my doc says I'm just one of those people who tends to have constipation, as did my dad, so I guess that's just the way it is for me.  Anyway, give all these ideas listed here a try and let us know how things go...no pun intended!  Hoping this helps!


TammyGrl0528
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 9/18/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks a lot Junebug! I am going to make some changes and see if it makes a difference at all. I appriciate you helping me out, and Kitt too.

I will let you guys know how things go...ha ha ha.

Thanks a bunch!
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
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 9/18/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy
I am the opposite I have constant D everyday thanks to my gift of Crohns lol

BUT my Cait does have and has always since a babe had probs with constipation

Dietary changes are a great idea
I have done them for Cait and she is doing much better and yes she had pains in chest too it makes sense as you get so full of feces that it will cause you may pains such as HEADACHES....mood swings ...........ect......

Great inoput all

Cait has no problems at all with veggies and fruits as Kitt has posted ...........

I would also agree the PDOC is a good idea even though you are doing so much better ya know .......Just my half panny worht

Take care k

Post and let us know how things are going

Luvs
LYN
    Contribute today to support Healing Well Forums...Donate @
 
Moderator for Anxiety /Panic
Moderator for Alzheimer's
Co Moderator for Crohns Disease 
 
 DX with Crohns, Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety /Panic
 
  
          Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
                 EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
                 " Friends Are Cheaper Than Therapists "
 
  
                                  


TammyGrl0528
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 9/18/2007 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Lyn, as always, great support from you, thanks! My Mom also has Chron's Disease, so I am very familiar with the D caused by that. When I was having D all the time a few years back, I too looked into the possibility of having Chron's. Thank God, at that time, I checked out clear. So yea, I plan to make some changes to see if I can get myself feeling better.

I too think the PDOC is a great idea. Maybe he will help me get the rest of the way to being me!

Anyone know why the wait to see him is so long? That is a bit frustrating! Ha ha ha.

Anyway, thanks again Lyn, and of course everyone, for the ongoing support!


(((((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

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, December 03, 2016 1:03 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,732,185 posts in 300,998 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151161 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Geef.
284 Guest(s), 9 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
momto2boys, Todd1963, maria2016, rockyfords, peanut307, bdavis, Mister Mike, julymorning, iPoop


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer