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Gator Girl
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/31/2012 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I'm new here.  Here's me in a nutshell.  I've dealt with anxiety since my early teens.  I was first put on medication in college, Effexor XR.  It worked well for years.  Then, after having my son, I switched to Lexapro, 20mg.  I've been on it for about six years.  While I have had some anxious moments, I was able to get past them.  about six months ago, I started getting monthly reoccurrenes of anxiety.  I went to see my doctor (gen practitioner), and he presribed a sleep aid.  My anxiety often relates to worrying about sleep, how I'll function without it, and then snowballs from there.  Each month, I was able to get past it.  This month, for whatever reason, it is lasting.  I'm probably overanalyzing and worring too much.  Anyway, the first sleep aid my doctor prescribed, while allowing me to sleep, made me a zombie the next day.  I have two children and can't afford to so "out of it."
 
I returned to my doctor.  Since my anxiety has been heightened lately, he suggested Cymbalta (30mg) rather than the Lexapro as well as trazadone for sleep.  I've tried the trazadone and had some success and some awful nights (maybe this is all related to how hopeful and relaxed I feel going into each night).  But I've also still felt out of it (who knows if this is due to trazadone, anxiety/depression, or bad sleep).  I guess there are a lot of questions marks right now.  I'm hesitant to start the Cymbalta.  I'm scared that it could get worse.  But I suppose you never know until you try.  I am just tired of feeling so exhausted and obsessing about the way I feel.  While I know everyone is different, I'm looking for some feedback.  Thank you so much!

getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 1/31/2012 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gatorgirl,

I posted to you on the other thread, but wanted to welcome you again. I hope that things get better for you. You have come to a good place here. The members are so supportive and kind.

Keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/31/2012 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
hi gator girl.

have used cymbalta in the past, good med. you do not know how it will go till you give it a try. with healing compassion, jamie. welcome.
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greenbean885
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Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 310
   Posted 2/1/2012 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Gator,

I am on xanax now for my anxiety. I just started taking it (only when I need it), so I am on a very small dose. I return to my doctor next week and will be asking her to increase it as I don't see a difference when taking them.

I took 30mg of Lexapro a few years ago and it didn't help much. It is frustrating to try and get medication worked out. I also try to exercise because the Dr. really thought it would help. I have found that getting involved in activities helps with my OCD which in turn helps with the anxiety.

I hope you get everything figured out soon. Yoga is really great... it takes you to a place of calmness and really gets your breathing in line with relaxation.

Chartreux
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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 2/2/2012 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
You should give the cymbalta a try as it might help, but take it at night as it can make you sleepy...
Hope this medicine can help you, and 30 mgs is a low dose, it was when i got to a high dose that
I got night sweats from this medicines...many many well wishes and do keep us posted on how things work out...
will be thinking of you...
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