Day 12

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New here.....I am on day 12 of fluoxetine. It’s been a rollercoaster. 

        I had a unexpected back surgery 4 months ago from a massive disk rupture that caused the most severe pain I didn’t know it could even get that bad.   Since then I have been very anxious about getting hurt again and honestly a little depressed because I can’t do what I want.  I have dealt with anxiety my whole life but this is a new level.  

       I went to see my pcp and she threw out a bunch of words, PTSD, ocd thoughts, and anxiety.   That alone was scary for me and gave me anxiety.   She put me on fluoxetine and told me she thought I should talk to someone too.   Of course I can’t get into a psychologist until oct!!!! Yes 6 weeks from now! 😳

So I am riding this fluoxetine rollercoaster.   I am nauseous and have no appetite,  I have had a few good days but I have had a few bad days where I just can’t help but cry and my anxiety is off the charts.  And I haven’t slept through the night since I started this medicine.   I am trying my best to hang tight is hopes it gets better in a few weeks.   Encouragement is always welcome!  

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    Hi - I am also new here. Joined today actually. I have been taking fluoxetine for almost 20 years now at various doses. It does work, but I too have noticed that it seems to suppress appetite. However, that could also be b/c of your anxiety levels which won't help appetite also. I would stick with the treatment plan b/c 12 days is still early. Most of all, I wanted to tell you that it does get better. I was on 20mg fluoxitine per day and increased to 40mg a few months ago. Now looking to increase to 50mg given I am waking up with a lot of anxiety in the morning. Although doctors don't like prescribing lorazepam, it may be needed so that you can function until the fluoxetine has effect. Hang in there and I totally understand the uneasiness with starting/changing/modifying the meds and the waiting period. It takes weeks for the full effect so try to be patient.....you'll get there!!!! 

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    Welcome! It does get better. I started on 10mg a month ago and my doctor took it to 20mg...I have been in that almost a month. I take mine at night before bed. But when I first started I had no appetite, I would get dizzy, my stool changed, but that’s all normal.. when I increased to 20mg I had a few days of dizziness, but my appetite started to return. I was increased because by 2 or 3 in the afternoon I would feel a little anxious. There were times I thought about quitting but literally took it day by day. It’s worth it once your body gets use to it. Hang in there!!!!
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    Hi ro I'm sorry about your back injury I'll pray you get better soon, are you taking anything for anxiety? I'm on day 10 and yes a lot of side effects but hopefully for only a couple more weeks, it could take up to 8 weeks until we start feeling better, but everyone is different so it could be sooner, we need lots of patience.

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    Thanks for the encouragement.  I am not taking anything else for the anxiety so I am just pushing through.   One day at a time and sometimes one hour at a time.   My mornings seem worst and my evenings better.   I just wish I could get a good nights sleep!  I appreciate everyone’s kind words.  This is definitely not an easy road.  
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