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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 10/30/2006 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Quick little story...

Taking a trip back from Kentucky to Philadelphia this last week my car starts having problems. I cant shift into 3rd gear properly. Then I cant shift into 4th gear properly. Then by the time im halfway through West Virginia, Im completely stuck in 5th gear. We make it all the way to Maryland before we hit a mountain tha we cant climb in 5th gear and the car is done. Im talk to people who supposedly know a lot about cars and I keep saying my transmission AND clutch went. Everybody keeps telling me that i just need the clutch replaced and Ill be fine, even though my own judgement tells me otherwise. I get the clutch replaced and after 2 days in this horrible town I find out that sure enough my transmission is seized and the mechanic acts like Im crazy for not telling him that.

For the last 6 months as Ive been dealing with life with panic and anxiety, my doctor had put me on Klonopin 0.5 MG as needed iniitally which helped, but just had too many gaps between doses where I didnt feel right. Sure I just needed something more long lasting, I kept hinting at Xanax XR and basically got told that I should try Lexapro (even though I wasnt depressed). Two months on Lexapro with lack of interest in anything (including sex) and all sorts of other odd side effects I decide to stop taking it and feel better right away. I go back to Klonopin and again same problem of peaks and valleys between dosages. Again I hint at Xanax XR but get put on Wellbutrin. I deal with the most horribly depressed two weeks of my life due to that medication and have to stop taking it out of fear Id eventually kill myself if I didnt. Two weeks ago I outright ask for Xanax XR and finally without hesistation my doctor writes the prescritption for 2 MG a day. Its taken some energy out of me so I might be on too high of a dosage, but other than that this is exactly what ive needed the whole time. Panic attacks are my biggest problem (anxiety is tolerable and only elevates during panic attacks, and depression is basically nonexistant.) If you are in a situation like me, definitely give it a shot.

Its stranMW3Tow sometimes you just know what you need even before professionals do.

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Date Joined Oct 2005
Total Posts : 4031
   Posted 10/30/2006 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey johnny, I am sorry about your car...that sounds terrible.

When I had my first panic attack was right after a sol-medrol infusion (I have MS) and I called my doc crying/pretty hysterical I remember.  He wrote me a script for Xanax XR 1mg PRN.  I took it when I got home and it knocked me out for almost 2 days straight...I just couldnt function.  That was 3 yrs ago and I still have panic attacks and anxiety...not to sure if the steroids triggered it or if something in my head just snapped that day but I now just take plain Xanax for them and it doesnt seem as strong to me.  I'm not too sure if there is that much of a differance between the two except for the XR is extended release so it lasts longer.  But your right that it good for us to know what works for us and try to get the doctors to except that.

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 10/30/2006 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   

your klonapin dose is quite small

xanax XR is usually very expensive and lasts about as long as klonapin which in generic, is much cheaper, but XR is highly advertised to docs whereas K isnt, so go figure skull

if you can find an antidepressant that suits you it will help a lot but early side effects can be hard to cope with, start with a very low dose and stay on a benzo

antidepressants can help for anxiety even when you arent depressed

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 10/31/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Johnny real sorry bout your car thats actually how most mechanics look at women lol oh yeah and they see $$$ signs with most ( hubby is a mechanic so I dont have those issues luckily)
Anyways am glad you fianly got the med you knew you needed and that it is helping
Always stick with your doc on a plan of action I find that works best for me and IF you have that kind of doc which I do ........
Pleas keep us posted on just how you are making out will you
thinking bout ya
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 10/31/2006 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
my husbands a mechanic too, howly.
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