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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/28/2009 1:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, my name is tee (nickname). I want to introduce myself as I look for support. I have been battling anxiety since childhood on and off. I am now almost 31. I had a severe attack of anxiety at age 19 that lasted until I was about 21ish.I was left depressed because I didn't know how to handle anything and I quit school and my job for a good year. I was fine from 21 to 26. I had never medicated, just dealt with and got over it I guess. When I was 26 it happened again this time I was so anxious like it happened over night for no reason. I did get on buspar and stayed on it for 2 years living a normal happy life. That episode lasted a good 4 months with the worst of it only being for 2 months. Then I got pregnant and got off buspar and thought I was free from anxiety forever. I had my baby in december 2007. I had a great pregnancy but was plagued with cystic acne- never had that before. At 4 weeks post delivery my derm gave me steroids to try and clear any acne I had left over. I was feeling absolutely fine. I did have baby blues for a week or so but nothing to think about-UNTIL I took the steroids. Within 1 week of takung them anxiety was throuigh the roof and I didn't know why or what happened. Prednisone triggered my anxiety/mood according to my pysch, but this was found out a few months after. We put 2 and 2 together. He had no idea why it started suddenly after 4 weeks. Anyway long story short I was put on seroquel for my racing thoughts- I did toooo much reading and thought I was becoming schizophrenic and I thought I was losing my mind. After a week on seroquel and buspar, things started to slow way down. By the time my son was almost 3 months I was pretty much back to normal. I went off meds in july and restarted in september. My skin started to breakout again and I was freaking out and having anxiety alll over again. Any meds I tried for my face made me have "what if's" again too much reading the webs. So here I am today. Life feels like a roller coaster. I just upped my seroquel dose a week ago and I'm having better days but they are still up and down. I am really irritable and snappy too! I hate feeling that way because its not me. I feel tired all the time and that also makes me feel frustrated. I have been here before way worse and made it through.I know I will again, its just taking its sweet time.I come for support and look forward to helping and getting help. Thank you all for listening. Sorry this was too long!

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/28/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tee and welcome to Healingwell. Sounds to me that you might be one of those people who really need to be on meds all the time. If you notice everytime you get off you do fine for a bit, but it always come back. Why have these miserable times, when you can stop them by taking your meds. If you were a diabetic you would have to take insulin, think of anxiety/panic in the same way. You need the meds to help you.

As for the Prednisone, I think I understand why it hit you 4 weeks later. I take Prednisone on occasions because I have a chronic inflammatory bowel disease and this is the best med to get the inflammation under control quickly. The worst side effect of the Prednisone can be the anxiety, but it improves as you wean down. But when you have to be on for a longer period of time these side effects will kick in for some. Generally it causes you to have some insomnia, and we all know how we get if we don't get enough sleep, ANXIOUS!!! Its an amazing medication, but it sure has some side effects.

I would also recommend staying off the internet searching. All that does is cause more problems making you think something worse is going on when its only a/p. Again welcome and we look forward to hearing more from you.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/28/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I now know I will have to be on it forever most likely! Which is alright with me as long as they dont poop out on me. Anyway, yes I try to stop surfing and when I feel less "obsessed" over things I don't remember the internet. Funny how that happens. Prednisone use to be my best friend. Except for side effects. I never had any anxiety with it prior to my pregnancy, I only gained weight which was ok bcuz I am a small girl.I had been on it for breathing (asthma) and for some small flare ups of acne here and there. Now if I take 1 pill I feel anxious. Pregnancy does weird things to you!!! Well thanks for the response nanners! Ttys, tee

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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 6/28/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tee, I know how you feel I will be 31 in October and have suffered from anxiety since I was about 21. So there's a lot of things I should have been doing with my life instead of dealing with anxiety from time to time. At least you are one step ahead of me and are willing to take your meds, I am so nervous to take daily meds it sucks. How was your anxiety when you were pregnant? For me I had no anxiety whatsoever its weird but I'm thankful. Always know that you can come here for support I was so glad when I found this forum because it feels great to have the support of so many nice understanding people who know exactly what your going through.

This too shall pass...

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/29/2009 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nelle...thank you for your kind words. Yeah, anxiety sucks bur because its been a part of me for so long I think I can deal with all the superficial stuff better than most. I have my days. YES, most definately willing to take meds. I have no problem whatsoever doing that. Whatever makes me feel better. Even if it means forever. I mean it stinkd but you gotta do what you gotta do, right? So to answer your question, I hadn't had anxiety for a good year and a half before I got pregnant. I was on meds tho. Pregnancy was PERFECT except for my plague of acne. Don't worry about taking meds longterm. You can always wean off ( dr's ok) and see how you do. If it keeps coming back you might just accept you have to be on meds for a me! Oh well. Anyway, how many kiddies do you have?
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