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So my anxiety has flared up massively recently. I am due to complete a house exchange in 2 weeks which should be exciting times, however the anticipation is getting the better of me and panic attacks are back with vengeance. It just leaves me shattered.
I have done CBT, read copious amounts about understanding anxiety and accept I have a problem but nothing seems to work, exercise, diet and yoga help to an extent but not enough. Herbal remedies have had a good run but slowly becoming less effective. So I am going to try medication to help calm my body down.
Currently though I struggle with:
Muscle tension (mainly legs and tension headaches) - The pain is literally all day and night
Jaw pain - clenching at night - morning headaches
Night sweats - I get these when I know my anxiety is bad
restlessness and general inability to unwind and relax.
Sleep issues - general exhaustion and very tired constantly
I have spoken to my doctor and dentist today.
My doctor really insists on trying Sertraline (50mg - has suggested it a few times) but I am scared to take it, not going to lie. Fluoxetine was hell and I just don't want a repeat. I also can't face the initial side effects yet due to the house move – He has said it can make you very tired and sick initially.
My dentist has said though he deals with Anxiety a lot in patients, I have TMJ and bruxism - anxiety caused and a mouth guard isn't helping enough. He thinks Sertraline will make the leg pain / tension and teeth clenching worse. He has suggested not to take it and to ask to try something to help with sleep as that seems to be the issue. Amitriptyline (10mg) should apparently help sleep, ease tension / pain and prevent TMJ. He thinks that in a week or two if my sleep improves, headaches go and my body recovers a bit, everything else will balance out and my mood will pick right up.
I kind of agree with this approach and he was genuinely very helpful but not really sure what to try now as I have a prescription for both. Any suggestions?
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