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I suffer with hypochondriac type anxiety. I was on citalopram for several years but eventually weened off of t for a about a year because I was doing better. Now the anxiety is back with a vengeance and trying to get back on cit has been a nightmare. Day 2 and my anxieties have quadrupled to point where I can't sleep or eat. Going on 33 hours with no sleep. I just wanted to ask for advice on how to get some sort of relief or any advice on how to handle these horrid side effects. I never had any the first time around I was on them.

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    This happened to me too Danielle. I agree with the other reply the only thing that helped me was diazepam Xanax. But you must see your doctor for this.

    it will take a few weeks for the symptoms or side effects to subside but trust me they will? It is a slow process.

    hope this helps.

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      Thank you so much for the advice. I have Ativan for emergencies but if xanax is better I may talk to my doctor about it. I've felt so alone in this, I believed I'd never get better. I've been on celexa before and fear that it won't work for me again because maybe my body built an immunity to it? But with how horrible the side effects are (10mg) I hope there's a silver lining in all of this. Everyone seems to say the same thing, it eventually passes, so I'm holding out for hope. 

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      The Xanax helped me get a good nights sleep and it will weaken side effects but I eventually didn’t need it anymore once the meds started to work properly. 

       

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    I know what you mean about the not sleeping.  I thought when I upped the dose to 40 that I hadn't suffered side effects but I got insomnia and anxiety with avengeance. Still not sure if it was work related since I was beginning a new project that may have stressed me out. 

    Last weekend I finally konked out with 13-14 hours sleep, followed by a night of no sleep followed by a 12 hour sleep. I think the body just gives into it.  Just this last Tuesday I decided to try and put myself on max 8 hours if I konk out, I forced myself up and for 2 or three days was very cranky but so far, x-fingers my sleep has become a bit regulated.  I think at some point you will fall asleep but insomnia can make you feel like you're going mad. Dr said if it worked the first time, it will work again but I think it takes longer. 

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      I just wanted to add that dr tried Quetiazpine and then Mirtzapine for my sleep only but nothing worked. I read posts here that sometimes it doesn't help the insomnia and for myself it was true.  I have an Rx for Zopiclone but so far I have taken melatonin which has helped I think.  

      I think I'm expecting results too soon as there are still many ups and downs I would say anger and irritability are still there but mostly around 3 -4 on 10 scale and before they were around 7-8.  Just takes sooooooo long for this stuff to get in the system. 

      Hope you feel better soon. 

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      Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. Hearing things like this really do make it seem like it'll get better. This insomnia has been maddening. Yesterday I was unable to function, couldn't talk or eat, just laid in bed exhausted but unable to sleep. I eventually dozed off for maybe an hour last night only to be woken by extreme anxiety. Managed to get a boiled egg down today so I'm counting my accomplishments.

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      Why don't you try ambiem..ziplocone leaves a copper taste in your mouth..and those two antidepressants you mention where horrible for me.sometimes is just better one antidepressants than to add another one just for sleep..take care.

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      Hi Lois

      Honestly, I'm not sure anything would have  helped. For now, I'm praying that the insomnia has left but who knows, like I said sometimes work can be an issue. I'm pretty p*ssed of with the work right now.  I was doing a great job last Monday interviewing someone and felt a little like my old self and was told I was being too familiar.  I know how to do my job so it really put me in the dumps for the rest of the week.  Just hoping the sleep will work since it is very necessary.   

       

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      Totally understand your feelings...any changes in job/family/personal/can effect this horrible anxiety...17months for me on ten milligrams and I couldn't ask for anything better thank goodness..I never thought I would recover..I remember the last blip I had was two months ago over a family death..I said to myself wow here we go again..but I was able to manage it way better than before..it still was a blip and it took me two weeks to recover from that...

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      Hi Lois

      Yes, those blips can be something.  When I woke this morning, I was aware of three stressors, one is the work since a new project again, second is my dr appt. this week - for some reason it always makes me anxious and third was someone I was emotionally involved with. 

       wish I could understand him.  He began dating someone who had stage 3 cancer and is now a mess because she died. He quit his job, married her and took care of her 24/7 but for some reason he didn't think she'd die. I'm sorry but stage 3 cancer and it's in the lungs, liver, brain and colon and you didn't think she'd die. 

      e was/is a lovely man but I came across something he sent me saying he began dating her when she was cleared which just wasn't the case.

      After I woke, I just became aware of the anxiety and why it was there. I thought on it and said, you're probably headed for a blip. I settled down after that. I think it helps if we can see the stressors just so we are forewarned. 

      Glad you're feeling better.

      x

       

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      Thanks jo.my doctor's appointments also effect me the same way..how funny... tomorrow is a dentist appointment for me and is sending me into stupid little pokes of that yucky feeling..but now I laugh at it..lol

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      Should probably pm you instead since we're chatting...lol..  I was reading something on Cit and blips and there is this very strange thing that happens after you've had a blip.  It's like a euphoria - that's what happened this morning - it was like a moment of pure bliss.  I wasn't sure if it was just me but there is a Cit Survival Guide on another website and I finally figured out that's what the guy is talking about.  You get very relaxed and at peace but it's only for a moment.  Sometimes we think we experience these things alone but it is part of being human.  smile

       

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      Yes, that's him, I forgot the name. lol Has that ever happened to you.  I had no idea but it must be some relief from the stress after.  

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      It's so interesting and it happened a few times before I figured out that was what he was talking about.  Wish I could figure this stuff out. Must be an explanation for it.  Are you in the UK Lois, I'm in Canada

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      Must be the same with the doctor appts. I hear a lot of people are like that. 
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      No ma'am...but horrible hurricanes...talk about anxiety..but that's a whole different mother nature drama.lol

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      OH Lois,  You are so right.  Were you affected by the last ones.  I think I prefer winter.  I'd be scared stiff. 

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      Do you have hubby and children. We heard so much about it here. I would be just terrified. Did you have to move or leave your home when the hurricaines came.  You poor thing. My heart was going out to the people of Houston and that whole area. Can't imagine what it must be like. 

       I'm playing mahjong just now while I'm chatting and I think I will about one out of 10 games.

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      Yes I have hubby no children we still out of the country for my husband's work...but all in all fema the government came through..

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      I hope you are not displaced and lost your home.  You could move further north, like Vermont , such  a beautiful state or any of the New England states. Trouble is you'll have winter but they are much easier to deal with than hurricanes and after a while, you get used to them.  

      I don't know how old you are or if you're considering having children. I'm 62 but don't feel much more than 20 in spirit.  I was just reading some of Katecogs posts.  She has  been such a help to so many on here.

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      Yes ma'am I am 57..and with out katecogs I would've giving up she's my hero..I could hug her a million times.my family is ok the majority of the demaged was in the keys...

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      So, you Kate and myself are around the same age.  She's a treasure and a lot of us would be lost without her.  She's always my 'go to'.  I've chatted with her quite a bit on pm and she has a great outlook on life and enjoying what's important.  I hope we can stay in touch  Lois- maybe PM each other 'whenever'. Easier to talk private - not that i have anything to hide or an exciting life. .  I'll write your name on my note pad so I don't get you mixed up if there's another lois  

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      Gosh, Lois I'm aging myself, I'm 61 won't be 62 til Feb.  Must have had a senior moment.  lol

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      Well, I think I'll sign off and get something to eat.  It was lovely to chat with you.  I'll drop a note to you soon and we can chit chat if you want, nothing that needs a quick reply, just at our leisure. 

      Take care Jo x 

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