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Hello to all! I wanted to share my story as well as get insight from others who are having the same difficulties as myself. I am 34 years old and am suffering from severe anxiety for the 2nd time around. When I was 18 I got sick and had no clue what was wrong with me. I had nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking, foggy head, negative thoughts, lost 25 lbs. in 2 weeks, and pretty much was a vegetable on the couch until 3 doctors later I found out that I had some sort of hormonal imbalance that was affecting my brain. I was at the time diagnosed with PMDD but think it was more GAD. My doc at the time prescribed me 20mg of FLU and put me on a medium grade birth control and within 2 weeks I was healed right up. I had no side effects or anything. I took the FLU for 2 years straight and then quit taking it cold turkey and never had a problem with the anxiety until 2 years ago when my friend passed away. My anxiety was not bad but I did not want it to get to the point it had before so I had my doc put me on 10mg of FLU which I took consisted up until April 2018. Around May 2018 I quit taking it again because I had been on it 2 years as before and had been feeling great. On July 10, 2018 the GAD hit me like a ton of bricks and I immediately started taking the FLU again. A week later I called my doc and had her up my dosage to 20mg. Now I am starting on my 6th week back on the FLU and am still having issues. I am wondering if anyone has had the same issue as me and wondering why it is taking so long for it to start working this second time around. When I hit week 3 on the meds I was back to being able to function, but my anxiety still has not completely gone away and is usually worse in the mornings than any other time. I also still feel shaky and have nausea occasionally, but I do not really think it is side effects from the meds rather than just my normal anxiety symptoms. I am not one to take meds anyway and hate that I may have to be on an AD the rest of my life. One thing that has helped the last 4 weeks is Vistaril, which is a non-habit-forming drug that masks the anxiety symptoms when they become overwhelming. The only downfall is that they tend to make me feel high, and I really do not like feeling high. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. At this point I am willing to try just about anything to get back to my normal motivated self. I have barely left my house in 5 weeks because of the anxiety and all of the horrible attributes that go along with it such as negative thoughts, social disorder, being around too much stimuli, hoping there is a bathroom close by, etc. etc.
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