Posted 5/27/2007 4:19 PM (GMT -6)
Hi Aurora, I have panic attacks too with depression & anxiety.  about 7 months ago I joined our local healthplex which is associated with one of our community hospitals (with my mother's pushing as I have a serious heart condition).  It is a gym that caters to mostly middle age to older people and though I am 33 yrs old I like not having to exercise around a bunch of half dressed people like you would normally at another gym. 
 
But anyway, it was hard when I first started to go because at certian times they would be busier then others, you know?  But before long I started to talk to people who were on the machines next to me and now have several "work-out buddies" and look forward to going.  There isnt any panic when I am there because I have become comfortable with it.  And also exercise is wonderful for anxiety and depression.  Just and idea if your interested...

Elisha
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Posted 5/27/2007 6:52 PM (GMT -6)
Hey Guys,
 
I totally know about the urge to talk to someone, and it's usually late evening into the wee hours of the morning.  I've got unlimited minutes on my cell phone, so if anybody wants to share phone numbers, feel free to email me and we can exchange phone numbers.
 
I have three cats and they talk to me all the time, but its basically feed me, pet me, or give me treats.  Not very stimulating if you know what I mean.  Anyway, the offer is open to anyone.
 
Basic info:
  • On Disablility for Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder
  • Divorced, 42, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle
  • Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin, Diclofenac, Tramadol, Phenergan, Chantix

That's about it.  Email me if you think we have something to chat about.

Leigh Ann cool


"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett

Posted 5/27/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)

Hi Cranky 1

I was interested to see that you have been on Klonopin and Buspar.  I was prescribed both at different times.  Neither worked for me.  The Buspar did nothing - I guess I didn't stay on long enough to help but I didn't like it.  I tried Klonopin for a while and at times I though it was working - a very small dose - .5 mg once a day.  There were also times when it made my anxiety worse and I felt shaky inside.  Also, when I first started taking it I got very sleepy. I am now on Ativan and that really works.  I can feel it start to work and feel the anxiety go away.  I am also on Remeron for depression.  My Dr. wants to get me off the Arivan eventually and lower the dose of Remeron which is supposed to control anxiety.  I take .5 mg Ativan in the AM and .5 MG in the PM.  What is it about Drs. not wanting to use the benzos?I guess they think it is too addictive but I think I am on a low enough dose and if it helps I don't see the harm.  Anyway, I saw your post and wanted to reply.  If you have any suggestions please write again.  Thanks!

Posted 5/27/2007 10:27 PM (GMT -6)

Hey Aurora60,

I take high doses of my meds.  My system is really resistant to medication, and because of my gastric bypass, absorbsion is an issue.  My Klonopin dose is 4mg am/4mg pm.  My Buspar dosage is 15mg am/15mg pm.  I've been on these kind of meds for probably eight years.  I think I've tried just about everything, but never have really found the right combination of meds that actually make me feel better. 

My biggest problem is that I am very resistant to pain meds, as several have little or no affect on me, like Demoral and Morphine.  Heck, even the dentist has to use some kind of "super" novacaine, and usually has to numb me up four times before he can start working on me.  It usually takes at least an hours before he can actually do anything to my teeth. 

I still have anxiety frequently, for no apparent reason, and the occasional panic attack out of the blue.  My panic attacks hit on some weird delay system, and they occur at totally stupid times.  For instance, I'll get a panic attack going up the stairs.  Can't go up, can't go down.  I'll just sit there feeling really stupid, but not able to do anything about it.  After a few minutes, it goes away and I'm back to normal.  There are activities that I know will set off major anxiety or give me an outright panic attack.  The worst thing for me is trying to pick out a picture frame if there are too many options.  Having to take a shower does it.  Going into a store without knowing specific items I need to get.  Just stupid stuff.

I also take Wellbutrin 300mg and Lexapro 15mg per day for depression, and 200mg of Trazadone at bedtime to sleep.

Even with taking all this stuff, I still feel like I'm in a hole most of the time.  I always feel stressed out, even if I don't have anything I have to do.  The list of stuff I need to do is so long, I don't know where to start.  I usually just end up on my computer or watching TV or DVDs. 

Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

Leigh Ann cool


Basic info:
  • On Disablility for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ 
  • Divorced, 42, no children
  • Surgeries: Gastric Bypass, Gallbladder Removed (followed by a week in the hospital for a Blood Clot), Kidney Stone Removed, Broken Ankle, Major Dental work(four molars pulled, multiple cavities, root canals) 
  • Current Meds: Lexapro, Klonopin, Wellbutrin, Migranol, Trazadone, Buspar, Nexium, Skelaxin, Diclofenac, Tramadol, Phenergan, Chantix
 
"The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful."
                                             - Jimmy Buffett
 
 

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