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So, I've decided to document my journey with this anxiety. I'm starting a little late as I'm on my 16th day of fluoxetine but I'll summarize the first couple of weeks.
Week 1 -
I actually felt pretty good after starting fluoxetine but had a few issues with anxiety in the mornings. Some days were tolerable but others were not so good. I also had some major headaches and no appetite. My doctor says I should start to feel the effects of the medicine in 2 weeks. So I'm keeping my hopes optimistic.
Week 2 -
More of the same thing but now I am starting to feel the headaches go away a little. Still feel a little anxious throughout the day but I started eating healthy food and only drinking water. I used to drink soda every day plus also a few cups of coffee. Also, started working out which seems to have helped with my sleep. I did have one episode one night when I woke up around 3 am extremly scared. I had a major panic attack but was able to calm myself after a few minutes. I was able to go back to bed. There were some days when I felt completely normal throughout the day but not many. The walking in the mornings has helped a lot.
Present day - Day 16th
Today I woke up with anxiety as usual. I did my normal routine. Had oatmeal for breakfast and took my 20 mg of fluoxetine. Then I went to the park for my daily walk. I try to do anywhere between 3-5 laps. It helps me get through my day. My midday I was feeling a little low so I decided to go back to the park and walk a few more laps. I also started listening to a motivational CD that focuses on anxiety. It's helped me with self talk and to understand my illness. The rest of the day has gone ok with minimal anxiety but I still feel the butterflies in my stomach. I might still head to the gym later on today but we'll see how I feel. It helps that I live in nice sunny state. The sun also helps with the anxiety and feelings of depression and worthlessness.
I will add that my wife and family have been super throughout this whole thing. They have been very supportive. I don't think I could have gone this far without them. I hope these posts will help others who are going through the same thing. I will keep updating each day and hope that in a few weeks I will have better results. Thanks for reading and God Bless you all.
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