Please help keep clenching my stomach

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 12/3/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
For two years now even with the slightest stress my stomach muscles involuntarily clench tight. My breathing goes off and I'm developing reflux from the constant tensing of these muscles. I cannot enjoy anything or anyone anymore because I can't relax these muscles or stop it from clenching tight. Then I get stitches all over from the tension. I have been on 10mg of Paxil for over 10 years. It helped greatly all those years with anxiety attacks but not with this problem. The dose was upped to 20 mg but I felt very depressed and had much more anxiety so I went back to the 10mg. I think the paxil pooped out years ago but have not had a problem until I experienced constant stress for two years. Loss of a job, daughters wedding, dad got cancer etc...I feel it's a learned habit left over from all the stress but I don't know what to do anymore. Will xanax help for this? Thank you.

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   Posted 12/3/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
It might not hurt to give it a try. It might help to stop the anxiety before the tension gets too bad. I take my Xanax at the first hint of my anxiety and am able to stop it in its tracks. I don't get the tension, but I get nausea and diarrhea. Hope that helps.
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