Physically sick with panic attacks, depersonalization, and daily anxiety

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   Posted 6/15/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, After spending a year on Effexor 2005-2006 for panic attacks with relative success, I decided to wean myself off because of the ongoing side effects. After successfully weaning myself off, I spent a good 6 months panic attack free and feeling pretty decent about myself. The severe depersonalization is there on most days as well. I can't tell if the attacks cause it or the DP causes the attacks??
Well, long story short, the attacks started 3 months ago and won't let up. Everytime I get a day or so without one, I will have a day like yesterday where I have a long panic attack all day. I used to take Klonopin in the past for the attacks and it helped almost immediately. However, it seems I no longer respond to the medication so I'm at a loss.
I've been telling myself that I will go back on Effexor the first "chance" I get but there is always something going on. So far this summer, there has been an event that I needed to attend every weekend. I do not want to start during the week, if possible, because I've already affected my career too much with these attacks.
I'm stressing bad right now because we had decided to host Father's Day at my house this weekend. That means lots of stress cleaning up today and tomorrow along with lots of people over on Sunday. I should be looking forward to it as I love my children very much and enjoy seeing my family but all I can think about is how i'm going to have attacks.
Anyone out there had great success with another, newere anti-depressant? What about the physical problems?  I have constant aches, pains, headaches, and generally feel like garbage compared to what I should for my situation and age.  Is it really true that anxiety and depression can cause all these physical symptoms??
It seems like the benzos aren't going to help me anymore. :( Oh yea, on a positive note....HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


Currently taking Effexor XR 37.5mg 

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   Posted 6/15/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
my best advice is to talk to you dr.

as far as the aches, pains and others you listed i'm pretty sure that can be caused by anxiety/depression barring no other medical reason. i know thats the case for me. i get tension heasaches so severe i need to lay down with an ice bag on my head to relieve it. but i would definately talk to you doc. and tell him/her how your feeling and see what can be done. best of luck this weekend and happy fathers day to you.
I am bipolar, have social anxiety, panic attacks w/agoraphobia , diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. Life is short but i am not.

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   Posted 6/15/2007 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   

HI Jaimie,

I agree you should visit with your physician re meds, I have heard good things about Cymbalta and Lexapro.  Cymbalta is believed to have a better outcome in controlling anxiety...........but that is only my opinion and I am not a physician.

Bless you.

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Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
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   Posted 6/15/2007 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Jamie - I do have bad headaches - not sure if my anxiety is causing them or something else. they scare me really bad. I have been panicking almost every day for the past month. I just want it to stop and to be normal again. I am back on zoloft but so far not much help. You should try to get back on a drug that works for you. I hope you get better.

Do you mind me asking what kind of headaches you feel? are they constant? Mine are every day and they move around to different areas of my head. they can also make my face hurt and ears pop.

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   Posted 6/16/2007 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   

the valium can be upped for special occasions, its still working but you no longer get the sedation

maybe get back on the effexor at a higher dose and see if it works again, it often does, if not, then experiment with others, IMO the newer ADs arent much or any better than the older ones

best to learn CBT and new anxiety reducing skills, and not just rely on meds

insist on a thorough check up from doc re your other problems, they may be from the stress because you fight and dont float, but there could be other causes

get someone to massage you, books on how to home massage tell how to

spa baths, hot tubs, and jacuzzis also heklp to relax the body

whatever relaxes the body also relaxes the mind

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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   Posted 6/17/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
From my experience, Cymbalta is the one for me. I am taking 60 mg and it has helped me greatly. It just makes me really tired for the first month, but that goes away.

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   Posted 6/20/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice everyone! At this point, I think I have no choice but to go back on the Effexor or try something new. I am having a really difficult time concentrating at work due to the panic attacks and physical pain symptoms. I figure the side effects of the medication can't be worse than this! :)

Thanks again!


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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/21/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I take effexor AND buspar! I love that stuff! buspar is the magic drug that keeps me sane!
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