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sos007
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   Posted 1/31/2012 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Was taken to the hospital with such high anxiety that I was hyper ventalating.  They gave me some Lorazopan and that did settle me down and help me sleep. It just really amazes me how a person can get so anxious so fast....and then I am in a state of no return.  I have tried taking deep breaths and using some other calming exercises but when I get in that state it's like I have no control. I was just wandering if anyone else suffers with this and what you do when it happens....Mine always occurr when my pain gets out of control.  They have added a new script it is Sertraline Hydrochlorie 25mg.  Any advice appreciated.
 
Take care all, Amy

Blessedx8
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   Posted 1/31/2012 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Miss Amy...

Yeah, anxiety is a really bizarre thing that I don't have quite figured out, lol. Every time, I think I've got it figured out OR that it's gone away...I face another battle w/ it.

My anxiety peaks when my pain is high, too... but, other times, I will just go through a day (or two, or three) with high anxiety. And, you are right - it really feels like you have no control.

When I'm really bad - I have to use the anti-anxiety meds (Ativan/lorazepam); for me, though, I only take those when things are really severe, as I have side effects from the meds (no memory, etc etc). But I'm thankful they are there for when things are really bad.

I looked up your other med (sertraline hydrochloride)... another name here is Zoloft. That is an anti-depressant... and I believe 25mg is usually the starting dose. That was the very first depression med I was on - and I was on it w/ great success for about 10+ years - until it just stopped working (now, I'm on Effexor). Anyway, I hope it helps you, Amy.

Hang in there w/ everything - and I'll talk to you more soon.... --Tina

sos007
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   Posted 1/31/2012 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Tina...Thank you....you made me feel better just reading your post, You totally get it and they did give me lorazepam, only for severe anxiety though. It just amazes me how anxiety can also make your pain worse....holy chronic pain is a rough road. I also am taking Effexor they said the other drug will also help with long term anxiety. Hope you are having a low pain day.....Hug those babies.....


Take care, Amy
Chronic Pain(nerve), fibro, mild depression and a few others

Monty's Mom
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   Posted 2/1/2012 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have anxiety, have had problems with it for years, and it always amazes me at how fast it gets going and out of control. It also goes hand in hand with pain.

There are times distraction helps, deep breathing, relaxation, and times that nothing helps but finding a way to get restful sleep, and that can sometimes help. Restful sleep is tough to get now though.

I have found too that my fishtank helps, hearing the noise of the water and watching the peaceful fish swim around with no other care in the world.

I am on nortriptyline to help with depression and anxiety. It is helping somewhat, but the next step is lorazepam or another short acting med like xanax to combat it when needed.

There are days I realize that with everything my body goes through, and all that has happened up to this point, feeling out of control and anxious is a normal side effect. I have no control over my body anymore, no way to know if a medication or treatment will provide relief or create more problems, and things that have always been fine before CP are now off limits. Learning what I can and cant eat all over, changing everything I used to do, its normal to feel anxious and depressed.

I hope you are feeling better today.
Mindy

charjakson
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   Posted 2/2/2012 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I have also had a few anxiety attacks, but have never been given lorazepam....maybe its because of where I live. I have a hard time getting any medication from my family doctor at all. She is big on the no pill poilcy....if I ever need anything stronger, I normally go to the hospital.

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 2/3/2012 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy, and sorry you're going through this too. I find that breathing exercises and relaxation music help me a bit. I'm on citalopram for depression, which helps too.

Mindy - I think you've summed it perfectly for my body too - probably for a lot of us.

You both take care of yourselves - and Amy I hope you're feeling a bit better today.

Laura
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Full body CRPS with spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension,bradycardia/tachycardia, bursitis, CTS, osteoporosis, multiple compression fx, disc bulges.

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Retired Mom
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   Posted 2/3/2012 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!

I'm so sorry you are having such problems with anxiety! That is something I have suffered with for years too. It was much worse after the stressful event was over, but I seemed to be able to handle any event at the time. It's all a part of my PTSD and one that I don't like at all!!!

Anyway, Xanax comes in a controlled release (generic) too and workes quite well for me. Most people don't even realize that you can get a long acting version of xanax. My psych gave it to me years ago and I don't go a day without it. Thank God the anxiety attacks have pretty much gone since I've been on it.

I wish you all the best!
TLIF L5-S1/failed, Pituatary disorder w/HGH deficiency, Fibro, Failed Bladder Surgery & Nissen, GERD, OCPD, GAD, MDD, CFS, TMJ, Migraines, HBP, Idiopatic Reactive Hypoglycemia w/Diabetic reaction to HGH, Bi-lateral CTS (surgery related trigger finger), Edema, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Peripheral Neuropathy, Plantar Fascitis, Tibular Tendionitis, Adult Onset Flat Feet, Vision Issues & much more.....

sos007
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   Posted 2/3/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your well wishes......I go to the doc on monday I will ask about Xanax...Thanks retired mom!

Take care all, Amy
Chronic Pain(nerve), fibro, mild depression and a few others

stingray
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   Posted 2/3/2012 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amy
Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth. I know how overwhelming it can be. The first couple of times I had an anxiety attack I really didn't know what it was but the third time was really bad. Thought I was having a heart attack not knowing anything about anxiety at all. Boy was I shocked when the ER doc told me it was stress. I couldn't believe it. I take clonazepam which has helped a lot. I find fresh air helps me a lot. I usually head for the outdoors whenever I have any anxiety problems. I wish you all the best and hope you get a handle on things.
Stingray
Chronic Back Pain, Anxiety, A little Depression, Left foot problems...foot growing in length and big toe growing out sideways, Osteoporosis,11 surgeries total..right foot twice, right knee 3 times, right elbow, throat/neck, spinal fusion, left elbow, left knee, currently deciding on whether to have surgery on left foot.
Meds: Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Clonazapam
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