I was diagnosed several months ago Bipolar II, and anxiety. My doc prescribed Lamictal, and I was already taking Prozac that my OB gave me because I thought what I had was PMDD. I have used alcohol and different prescription drugs to try and self medicate for most of my life. Having a few drinks was the only thing that ever made me feel better, relaxed, happy. Alcohol for me has always been kind of a slippery slope, because once I started drinking, I usually would not stop until I was stumbling drunk. I decided to seek help when my husband told me that he could not take anymore and that he wanted out. Our marriage counselor actually diagnosed me as Bipolar.
The lamictal has taken away the urge to get drunk 3-4 nights a week, in fact in 2 months that I have been on it, I have not been drunk once. It is a big deal for me. I still have a drink or two from time to time, but that inability to stop myself is gone. I am 34 years old and I started drinking in High school.
Problem is, I cannot seem to relax, I have tension all through my shoulders, neck, face, jaw and head. I realize that I am clenching my jaw, and everything is tight and stressed feeling all the time. My teeth hurt like hell. She says it is anxiety. To combat the anxiety the doc prescribed Buspar, to replace the Prozac, but after about 10 days I was having weird electrical flashes, and I could not stop crying. Seriously, I almost never cry, never have been a big crier, but I spent most of my days collapsed in a heap sobbing. Not cool. So, 10 days ago she switched me to Zoloft, the crying has stopped, but I still have the severe tension in my head, neck and shoulders.
I also take Ambien at night to sleep. That is the only thing that takes away the tension, I would give anything to just feel relaxed. I have two young kids, and all that goes along with that....plus the issues with my husband. We are still living together, things are pretty rough though. It is not helping the anxiety.
I also take levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism.
So as of right now here is the list.
Has anyone else taken this combo...or ever had the tension issues? I would like to ask my doc for xanax for the times when the tension is unbearable. Any suggestions would be great.