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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello. I would like to first introduce myself. I am a 35 year old mother of 2. I have a great family life besides this whole anxiety problem. I do have some health problems that take up alot of my thoughts. Sometimes I get confused as to which is a real symptom and which is an anxiety symptom.

I was hoping to come here for some support through this difficult time. I have been on medications for the last 13 years for GAD and panic disorders. Last year I started to have a return of panic attacks and doctor and I thought maybe my med was pooping out on me. I was switched to Lexapro..didn't work, then to Paxil Cr...made my mood very flat and still had panic. Now I have been on Cymbalta 20mg for the past 3 weeks. I have noticed a decrease in my out of the blue panic attacks but I feel as if I have an increase in the general anxiety. My usual dosage will be 40mg daily but I tend to have a lot of side effects so we increase the dosage slowly.

My latest problems are terrible headaches. Over the last week I have been in the ER 3 times getting IV valium, a steroid and Reglan. It takes the headache away for several hours but then it just comes right back. Neuro had me start taking valium every 6 hours to break the headache cycle.

I am of course freaking out over the headaches. They are a little out of the ordinary for me. Not my usual migraine. I get a terrible stabbing pain right below my occipital bone that just jabs up through my head. It is also very tender to touch in that particular area. I had a CT scan that showed everything was okay. Neuro doesn't think it is anything serious because the valium does offer some relief. When I press on that area it almost feels squishy. It is right at the area of the artery in the back of your head... I am sure you all understand that this is sending me into a tail spin.

I guess I am just looking for some support. I feel so lost at this moment. Full of worry. My mind won't stop racing. I did skip the valium last night since head pain wasn't to bad and then took a xanax this morning so I could function.

Does anyone one else have this type of head pain? Also, I have been on the Cymbalta for around 3 weeks and I feel so nervous. I know some meds make the anxiety worse before an improvement. Anyone else have increased anxiety with this med? I thought 3 weeks of treatment would offer me some relief.

Thanks so much in advance for any help you can offer. I truly feel like I am losing my mind.


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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Kitkat and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. You have come to a great forum for support and adivce as well as a place to feel safe in talking about your concerns and issues.

I see you are at week 3 on the Cymbalta. Dizziness is a side effect of Cymbalta in many people who are just getting onto this medication which also felt like a foggy feeling and headache to me when I was on this medication.

Please do not feel you are alone with your anxiety as I have had anxiety and depression for 26 years and I have done well on medications and therapy. I will have many good times and then the Anxiety will flair. I am always a work in progress. For me learning to accept that I am a person with anxiety was the biggest accomplishment. I fought it for years as I did not want to be labeled but I now accept that this is a disorder and I can deal with it.

Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.

Do read through our resources above in the topic Resources. You will find good information there and links to some self help programs, theMoodGYM is listed there and is a great free online program.

I know you will be meeting many great members so stick with us and know you are not have a whole new family here to help you through the not so good times and to celebrate the good times.

Again a warm welcome,


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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kitt for the warm welcome. I too have always accepted my anxiety. I share my stories with many people and also try to help whoever I can.

I wish I could just tell the difference between my physical health issues and my anxiety issues. It is stressing me out more than anything at this point.

I am tired of feeling scared.

Thanks again so much for your encouraging words. your name by the way :)

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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi kitkat32 and welcome to Healingwell. I have Crohns disease and developed anxiety related to it a few years back. But thru therapy and the occasional Xanax I am now able to stop it right away with the help of my Xanax. I don't have experience with Cymbalta, but have heard that they can take 4-6 weeks to reach full efficacy, so I would suggest using the Xanax/Valium to use in the meantime. I personally can't use Valium as it increases my anxiety the next day. Hope things quiet for you soon.

Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Crohn's Disease for over 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed. 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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