I am due to have a total knee replacement sometime this summer, and ever since I made the decision to go ahead with the surgery my anxiety has surged, and a little bit of depression has set in. I am in too much pain, to cancel the surgery, I am bone on bone in my left knee, so it has to be done. I have had multiple surgeries in the past, and am not quite sure, why this one has me so panicked. Maybe because its elective?
I take Xanax as needed for my anxiety and it works most of the time if I can catch the attack starting early enough. But I have noticed that it does effect my sex drive.
I saw my therapist yesterday and she is referring me to a Psychiatrist to talk about medications. I am not sure I really want to go that route because not only does the Xanax effect my sex drive negatively, but I also have a Crohns disease and that in itself has effects on my sex drive too as well as make me extremely sensitive to the side effects. I tried Zoloft and only made it two days last year, as it tore up my stomach.
Are there any meds anyone can recommend that one will help to quiet my spirits, but that have less sexual side effects?
Your thoughts are appreciated.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*