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   Posted 12/27/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had anxiety since I was little.  I used to be able to control it with Zolopht and Xanax.  Lately I have been going through a rough patch and my anxiety attacks have gotten incredibly worse.  Does anyone experience severe muscle weakness that tends to last after they have an attack?  It is causing me not to be able to relax.  I know I need to probably go to the doctor to ask about it but being a Sunday I just need a slight peace of mind.  Also,  has anyone experienced a change in their anxiety attacks?  I can not figure out why they have gotten where I feel like I am going to pass out.  Any advice will help.  I was told I could take up to 2 (.05) Xanax but am scared to.  What do yall think?

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   Posted 12/27/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that you should prob listen to your doc n take the 2 when needed...i changed from that med to ativan as my a/p got more severe lasting lomger and coming on problem with a/p also consists of weakened state especially after an attack i have fibro as well so that adds to the mix i hv had anxiety since very young myself i am so sorry you are dealing with this but i would suggest getting into your doc n hv a thorough checkover as well..stay with us u are not alone...lyn said you have been going thru a rough patch have you dealt with everything that is happening or could there still be unfinished things you have yet to deal with ,,just trying to help here not trying to judge at all

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   Posted 12/27/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to HealingWell. Great advice by Lyn and she has a good point re unresolved issues. Sometimes our anxiety is high because we have issues that need to be faced and dealt with . Also you may want to look into therapy which has helped me very much.

We are all here to support you.



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   Posted 12/28/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   

I can relate to the weakness. After a panic attack I am very weak. If you think about it during a panic attack your body is in the flight or fight stage. All your blood and adrenaline is pumping as if you were in great danger. For instance, all the blood that is in your stomach gets converted to your heart so it can beat harder...all the blood and adrenaline also goes to your eyes so you can see your perceived danger. Those are just a few examples...your body is pumping to the areas that it needs to so you are ready to fight. Your sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive thinking you are in danger when your really not.

Every thing tenses up and is ready to fight. When it is over and everything relaxes your body feels like it was just in a major fight or protective mode. Just my two cents.

I started therapy today and I am hoping it helps.

I just started posting here about 2 weeks ago and everyone is so wonderful and supportive.

Peace to you...kitkat

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   Posted 12/28/2009 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are all so very sweet and I appreciate your input. It definitely helps. I went to see my general practitioner today and he is changing me from Zolopht to Cymbalta. I have been on zolopht for 11 years and most likely it is not helping. Have any of you taken Cymbalta? Do you think it is a good move?

Unfortunately I do have a lot of unresolved things going on. I have a 2 1/2 year old that was born 3 months premature so she has required a lot of extra attention in an attempt to try and figure out what is going on. I started seeing a therapist about 2 months ago and for the most part she has been good for me with 2 exceptions...The first time she called me back to make an appointment she didn't recognize my name and the second which was today was when I called her bawling asking if I could come in to see her and she told me she was booked. I understand that but what do I do when I NEED help? With the threat of bad weather tomorrow we moved my appt. to 10 because she had a cancellation. This evening I got a call for her asking me if I knew I had an appt. and couldnt' remember why she had rescheduled me. I am frustrated and figure I need to find someone else but for the most part she lets me just talk. Am I wrong for feeling like she should have remembered why we rescheduled to an earlier time? Am I wrong to think I should have been able to see her or talk to her a little more today? I guess I am confused about who I can go to when I am in a state of constant anxiety. I welcome your opinions!
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