Pain cause of my anxiety

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I've had anxiety/depression for 13 yrs. It started when I was pregnant with my 3rd kid & split from my first husband. When I moved house 5 yrs ago my anxiety was really bad. But I'm back to that pain now for 12th day. I am waking between 3 & 5am & am in agony in my shoulders /arms/neck/head. I can't get back to sleep but lie there til time to get up. I dunno why my anxiety bad just now. I'm grinding my teeth too so teeth sore I have been taking flupentixol for the 13 yrs. Tried other meds but didn't work. I suffer from arthritis in my back & feet & am in constant pain & I am only 43. I don't work & even walking for 15 mins hurts my arthritis. I can't relax my shoulders are always tensed up. Dunno how to relax. Please help with some advice what I should do to wake tomo with no pain. I'm goin for a CT scan next week cos of headaches. Thanks

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    Oh no! That sounds like a lot to handle. It seems like your anxiety is triggered by the pain you've been feeling. You said you've tried medication, for the anxiety or your pain?
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    Did your anxiety start due to post traumatic stress? You say you split from your first husband.  Have you re-married? If so what is the state of your marriage and have you just the 3 children or have you had more? You are also addicted to flupentixol seeing as you have been taking it for 13 years. Not a good thing.  What were the other medications you tried? Arthritis also adds to your problems and the only thing you can take with your other medication is paracetamol....do not take Ibuprofen, it will only make matters worse.

    Try taking a soak in the bath before bed followed by a couple of paracetomol.

    Hopefully the CT scan may reveal some of the causes of your problems and treatment can be decided upon.

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      Not post traumatic stress just a marriage breakdown which later I found out he was cheating. I'm happily married 2 yrs to a great guy who took me & 4 kids on. I've tried to withdraw from flupentixol but my anxiety gets bad. I take pregabalin, paracetamol. Duloxetine & cream for my arthritis but I'm currently withdrawing off the pregabalin as I've put on over a stone & got a massive tum cos of it. Can't blame the withdrawal as the anxiety been worse since 4 days before that. I will try the bath. Thanks for replying
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    Julian I've tried prosac but made me have worse headaches. I've been in pain with arthritis in feet for about 15 yrs but in my back for nearly 2 yrs. I'm always in pain
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      I'm on Prozac at the moment. Have you gone to your doctor to see if there is a medication that would better suit you? Make sure to let them know that you had bad headaches on Prozac.
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    Hello,

    I can understand a lot of what your saying and pain is something i suffer everyday because of arthritis which i have had since the age of 11. I don't have the shoulder and neck pain but suffer in my legs and back. I also grind my teeth and that causes jaw pain. It can be a viscious circle

    as pain can cause depression and anxiety can cause pain. There are some drugs that can help with helping you sleep because of pain. Amitriptyline is one and codeine. I have had amitriptyline in the past, thou it causes tiredness. I take codeine now and thou it can make me feel a bit sick it works. I find if i eat a banana with it i am ok. Ask your GP about trying something.Maybe see what the results of the cat scan are first. It could all be anxiety as anxiety can cause many symptoms. Also try relaxing with a warm bath, milky drink and light reading before bed.

    Best wishes.

    Elizabeth. 

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      Thanks Elizabeth. I was on amitripilyine before but got itchy feet & hands & it didn't help with the pain. I woke every hr last night & was in anxiety pain. My head hurt so bad this morning. I will try & see if can get some other meds for the anxiety as possibly the flupentixol ain't helping no more. I'm so crabbit & tired.
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