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   Posted 3/24/2007 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on 20mg citalapram for five weeks now. Emotionally on average I feel a better. I am starting to enjoy things again and I am eating better. My problem is I still get so freaked out about being sick or having a major illness. The Most recent is Cancer. None of my blood tests were abnormal but I can't seem to shake it. Part of the problem is I get these aches and pains all over and I don't know if I am just focusing on them to much or what. The other thing is, and I don't know if anyone else has experienced this but, It seems like a can't escape cancer talk. I was watching bones last week and they had a case of a 27 year old died of cancer, Then the whole John Edwards wife thing, I figured I could listen to sports radio and not worry, but the time I listen they are interviewing and 23 pitcher from the Boston Redsox who had cancer. I want to not think about it , but I can't seem to get away.

My therapist mentioned increasing my dose of Citalapram, because she said My anxiety/stress was really bad when I started seeing her. Does anyone know what the normal dose of this drug is or have thoughts on increasing the dosage?

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   Posted 3/24/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Your therapist could be right you may need an adjustment of meds
Most a/p ppl have Health Anxiety so you are not alone in this
I would really stop watching shows like that and watch something that keeps mind in a good space
I am sure others will be along to help out '
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   Posted 3/25/2007 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
i know exactlly where u are coming from, i have health anxiety and right now cancer is on my mind as well. i feel like i cant escape the cancer talk as well. if it isnt a commercial on about it, it's a movie. but it's also hard for me to escape it right now cause my grandma has lymphoma. i have been having some bad panic attacks over it but i must say that for the past few mornings i have not had one so i'm guessing the effexor is starting to work.


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   Posted 3/25/2007 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
This is common in people who suffer with anxiety. They notice every ache, pain, different feeling in their bodies. I have felt this way before but you have to tell yourself that what you are experiencing is just anxiety and it cannot hurt you.
I don't think the internet helps with people who suffer health anxiety as symptoms are so broad, you can think you have everything going.

I am glad the citalopram is helping you. I hope the anxiety starts to lessen as it kicks in more.

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   Posted 3/26/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
citalopram is about 10 to 60 and generally works better at higher doses, but up it slowly

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   Posted 3/26/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the health anxiety is awful. I am a nurse and see people with all kinds of problems and at times I think I am going nuts. I even thought of avoiding patient care but I love taking care of my patients. I am just so afraid of becoming one! The Effexor seems to help with this but it is still there. The dose increase in meds may help.
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