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   Posted 3/14/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Could someone talk to me about GAD?

I don't have panic attacks. I am, however, rarely able to relax. I can't say that I worry excessively, but more like I just can't let go.

I have chronic pain and have been on pain killers for a couple of years, on and off. I've been pain free for the last two days, yet in those days, I desperately want a pill to calm down. For the last couple of days my hands have been so cold and sweaty that I've had to keep a towel on my desk and wash constantly to help keep dry. My feet feel like they need buckets to absorb the dripping, although they are just generally damp. My acupuncturist has been working on this for three weeks, to no avail. My heart rate is rapid and my pulse is high. Blood pressure goes from normal to fairly high. I've been getting headaches and blurry vision.

Is this stress or anxiety, or not enough info to distinguish? I suppose it could be opiod withdrawal, but has never happened when I stopped taking them before.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Thanks, Stephanie
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   Posted 3/15/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not really in a position to comment in any detail, but I do know sweating, palpitations, headaches and blurred vision can all be attributed to anxiety. Maybe best to get checked out if this is new and you haven't done recently?

Hope this helps (sorry if I'm stating the obvious) - sure someone more knowledgable will be able to talk about specific stuff. Can immagine going off the drugs might have some withdrawl effects too.

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   Posted 3/15/2007 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I think that you can get some symptoms of opiod withdrawal but a lot of what you are describing does sound like anxiety also. I would talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing and see what he can suggest to help you.

There are different meds and therapies that can help with anxiety so talk to your doctor for some advice on this.

Let us know how you get on and take care.

Victoria x

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   Posted 3/15/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the others, you do need to find a doc who will make a serious effort to help you

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