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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a hard time falling asleep because my stomach was a bit sick (no doubt from the dinner we had, just didn't agree with me). But then I just kept waking up every 20 minutes or so for a few hours all panicky. Health anxiety fully there. Finally at 4 am I took an anxiety pill, and finally fell back asleep for good.
I had been doing so good, this set back has me a bit upset. I'm also upset because my doctor doesn't want me to continue on with ANY anxiety meds, just my anti-depressant, and I don't think I'll be able to do that. I know he wants to raise the dosage still of my anti-depressant, but it seems most people with this still need an anxiety med to get through the bad days. Thinking I may need to set up an appointment with a mental health professional maybe, and not just rely on my primary doc?
So today I'm having to try and not let the set back effect me. Telling myself I'm okay, nothing is wrong, just anxiety. Not an easy day for me. cry
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Jennifer, you're going to have setbacks. But setbacks are proof that you've improved, otherwise they wouldn't be setbacks. Confused? Sorry.

I have setbacks all the time. The key is to accept them. Learn from them. You're probably doing better than you think you are. When you can't fall asleep, they say to get out of bed and read, have a warm glass of milk or watch t.v. for awhile. Then try sleeping again.

Also, I am on Prozac for panic attacks. I occasionally take Ativan. Yes, it's nice to have an anti-anxiety drug to fall back on just in case. I agree that you should see a mental health professional. This will help with issues you may have and with the meds.

I wish you the best of luck! Things will get better....

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   Posted 1/5/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jennifer
I do think it is a good idea to see a mental professional. However, if you're not comfortable stopping your anxiety medications you should tell your doctor that and try to maybe work something out.


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   Posted 1/5/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there- i would try and find a good pyschiatrist to balance your meds out. Im sorry you are struggling- it seems thats the way AP goes- you feel ok for months, under control and then BAM! it hits you again and you then feel lousy.

Thinking of you, try and remember the positives in your life and see about getting a decent pyschiarist. keep us posted, we undertsand and are here to support you.

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p.s my antidepressant doesnt work by itself- i take Zoloft. but i also take Xanax to combat the extra anxiety. i understand that sometimes AD's arent enough.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jen!

Sorry for what your doc is doing to your meds and like everyone else on here I agree that you should find a psych that will keep you more balanced. You also have the option of seeing another doc or more to get a second/third opinion if it is something you are not able to deal with.

Hope it all works out for the best :)
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   Posted 1/5/2009 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. I guess I just don't want to fall backwards in to where I was, so even a small replapse was scary to me. I've only started the meds 2 weeks ago, and am only taking 10 mg. He wants to up it, and I see him next Monday to do so. I'm going to talk with him about the anxiety medications, but will look in to also seeing a psych as well. I think seeing my regular doc was a good first step, but I probably need a professional in this to really help me.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Setbacks are always scarey...however, you can never go back to square one coz you have already been there done that :-) and you have sought help which is great!

Wondering if you have considered some form of counseling - so you can learn skills to cope with the anxiety..and to help sort out what triggers it too..For me it's life events that send me in a spin -bottling up emotions etc ..until it all bubbles over and this creates my old 'friend' ? anxiety..good meds and counseling is the key for me :)




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   Posted 1/6/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
HI there. I think you should go to a psychiatrist. They have more experience with antianxiety meds than a primary doc.

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   Posted 1/6/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   


Hey there, I am with you on this one 100%.  I have been having set backs way to often lately and I am scared just as you are. I go into full blown anticipatory anxiety as I think ahead even  to the next day and wonder is it going to be another bad day. I try to turn that around into, it is going to be a good day. turn

I have a pyschiatrist and I see her today.  We have switched meds so often I do not even know who I am anymore.  I will have some good days and get so hopeful that finally I am going to be OK and then boom, down I go.

So do know I am right here with you. We just have to pick ourselves up and keep going. I know I am brave and tough but I am getting very tired. 

You just get to a new doc and see if you cannot get some better help. I am praying for you.

Gentle Hugs




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   Posted 1/7/2009 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Jen, I am also on antidepressant and have a prescription to alprazalam for my anxiety. I talked to my doctor about my fear of the alprazalam being habit forming. My doctor told me to just take it as needed and not everday if I felt that way. I keep my prescription bottle in the inside pocket of my coat and it goes with me everywhere I go. Out of the 50 pills I was prescribed for a 12 month period, I have 46 pills left. I won't hesitate to take one if I need too, but just knowing that they are there if need be is what helps me. I really don't even have to carry them with me everyday, except mentally it is my safety net.

I suggest you talk to your doctor and get all of your concerns in the open and you should be able to work something out with you doctor.
Good Luck. I have found a lot of support and help at this site. I consider this site part of my anti-anxiety meds, and it isn't habit forming. Well kind of - LOL - but it won't hurt you to check the site once twice or more times a day.

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