I know the anxiety issues all too well. They are part of Fibro as well. Too much cortisol in our systems (Fibro causes that). Then you add prednisone on top of it.... Bad combo. We're set up to have anxiety.
My anxiety is almost totally health related. I used to have horrible anxiety attacks, PTSD, depression. The whole gamut. My doctor put me on Zoloft and Neurontin. HUGE improvements. I don't have anxiety anymore, and the Neurontin has really helped with my Fibro pain as well has helping me to taper off of the Benzodiazapine I was taking. Have you ever tried Neurontin (Gabapentin)? GABA is the natural, feel good chemical in the brain. So if we add a little via a pill, it really helps. We Fibromites tend to be a bit short on GABA.
You're definitely not alone in the anxiety category. I know how horrible the feelings are. Let your rheumy know about your troubles and ask them about the Neurontin if you're curious.
Long, deep breaths Melissa. Hugs to you!
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13
35 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety, Chinook migraines. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus
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