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post #61 of 105
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Day 9. 10 mg cipralex.


I was still on edge today from day 8's panic attack.  It really really scared me.  :(  I had a few periods of minor anxiety, but most of the day everytime I felt a little bit of burning or if I felt something weird in my chest I got really upset thinking "oh no, here we go again".  I ended up going to bed at 9 because I just wanted the day to be over.

post #62 of 105

i have struggled with depression and anxiety issues my whole life. have you ever tried an elimination diet? i found most of my issues were a fructose intolerance. i was not absorbing all my nutrients, and some thing were causing my heart to race etc. i also reccomend counseling as well esp behavior modification. i had great relief with the stepps program. when i stick to my diet i feel like a real person. it is worth a try.

post #63 of 105
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Day 10 and day 11.  10 mg cipralex.


Nothing new to report.  No side effects, no anxiety, no panic attacks.  

post #64 of 105
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Day 12.  10 mg cipralex.


Good day.  No side effects.  Very mild anxiety when we went on an outing.  Drove 1 hour into the bush to go for a hike which would usually send me into absolute panic.  Was out and hiking for a few hours which was great!  I go to the doctor tommorow so we'll see what she says about my current dose.

post #65 of 105

that sounds so nice!!


I worked outside for 2 hours today, stuff I used to avoid, but I always feel so good after I come in!!!

post #66 of 105
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Day 13.  10 mg cipralex.


Good day.  Had a doctors appointment and had a little bit of mild anxiety because my doctor is so PRO-natural health that I was scared she would critisize me for going the medication route but she was great.  She is keeping me on the 10 mg cipralex for now which is ok with me.  I have an appointment in one month to go over doseage again but for now we'll just try out the 10 mg.  She's also referred  me to see a psychologist and a therapist!  I'll see both of them in the next couple of weeks and I've made an appointment for CBT next week.  I can feel the dark cloud lifting, and I'm starting to see the beauty around me again instead of always seeing the negative.  I feel like my general anxiety is starting to lift.  I don't have that constant shakiness throughout my body and the constant worry of a panic attack in my mind.  No side effects at all.

post #67 of 105

Glad you appointment went well :) Even natural minded docs should know that sometimes doing the natural thing won't always be the best thing. It's ok to let other kinds of medicines help you :)

post #68 of 105

Really glad that everything is starting to lift, and I think it was a great idea for your doc to refer for CBT.  Hopefully that will be helpful for you - it usually is.  Big hugs - you've started on a great trajectory!!


Edited to ask question - do you feel keeping track of your experience here on MDC has helped at all?  It's almost another form of therapy:)

post #69 of 105
I think it would be a very good idea to try seeing a psychologist for counseling and at the same time, get an Rx for an anti anxiety med for a while. It sounds like you have tried a lot of ways to help yourself and sometimes a temporary trial of meds will get you past it so that counseling can help you for the long term. I would hesitate to go on anti depressants because I am afraid of the side effects but they work well for many people.
My sil tried xanax for a short time and only took it when it hit her and it was like a wonder drug. She was on the smallest dose too and had no problem stopping it when she no longer needed it.
One time, I was feeling horrible anxiety, it was a culmination of too many things all at once and I took one and it was the strangest thing. I felt better almost right away. I never needed to take it again because true anxiety doesn't really come to me that often but I still remember what a relief it was.

I hope you find a solution soon! From talking to her, I know it can be crippling to suffer from anxiety. hug.gif
post #70 of 105
oops, I just saw your reply! I'm so glad it's working for you!
post #71 of 105


Originally Posted by alison77 View Post

Edited to ask question - do you feel keeping track of your experience here on MDC has helped at all?  It's almost another form of therapy:)


Not the OP, but when I was having the same struggle (To medicate myself or not) talking to the MDC mama's....most of which was through PM's...made a huge difference. I was able to go back and read my notes and SEE my improvement even when I might not be FEELING it. Also, it was super helpful to know that other like-minded mamas had resorted to taking pharmaceuticals to help get their chemistry back where it needed to be. I felt like less of a hypocrite knowing other super natural, and crunchier moms (crunchier than me) were also taking antidepressants or anti anxieties. So, when I ended up on an anti psychotic, I was relieved that I would start to get better. (And now I've been off meds for over a year, not the first time I've been med free, but this is the first time I've had successful maintenance out pharmaceuticals. :D


post #72 of 105
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Yes, I actually feel that writing everything down is helping!  This morning I woke up and had a short panic attack and in the moment I thought in my head "I'm never going to feel better!!" then I came here and read what I've been writing and I almost instantly felt better because I realized that I've HAD good days in the past 2 weeks!  Only a few of those have been bad, so even though in the moment it feels horrible, I know it'll pass and the good days are there!!!

post #73 of 105
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Day 14.  10 mg cipralex.


Good day.  Had a few periods of mild anxiety (upset stomach, flickers in my chest) but didn't effect my day at all.  I've noticed my mood is more stable.  Not so many mood swings.  Two weeks ago I could go from being super happy to really cranky in the snap of a finger.  

post #74 of 105
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Day 15.  10 mg cipralex.


Had a brief panic attack this morning.  Lasted maybe 2 minutes, then fizzled out.  Didn't leave me with any anxiety afterwards.  Had a good and productive day.  Had more energy than I've had in a LONG time.  Set up the boys trampoline in the yard, did a bunch of yard work, and just enjoyed sitting in the sunshine watching my kids bounce.  Other than the morning, no anxiety through the day.  Past few days I've had really strange moments, in a good way.  I can sit down and my mind is so quiet.  Before I would sit down and my mind would just be going a mile a minute thinking 1001 different things.  Past few days it's just been odd sitting down and it being so quiet.  Negative thoughts don't consume my every thought!

post #75 of 105

You know, that is what I truly miss about taking meds for my anxiety and depression, is the ability to just sit and "be" with my kids.  Now, I feel as if I can never relax, I always have to be doing something.  Sitting and being still is something I really miss.

post #76 of 105
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Day 16.  10 mg ciparlex.


Great day!  Drive 1/2 hour on the highway to my sisters house and spent 6 hours there with her and all of the kids.  That would normally send me into complete anxiety because my youngest son and my sisters oldest fight like crazy because they are so much alike and only 5 months age difference.  But we had a great day.  I had zero anxiety.  Went out for dinner at a restraunt for my sisters birthday and then drove 1/2 hour back home on the busy highway.  Stayed up a bit later to watch some tv with my hubby.  Didnt even have a twinge of anxiety.  Oh happy day!

post #77 of 105
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Day 17.  10 mg cipralex.


Nothing new to report.  Good day.  few periods of very mild nervousness (not even anxiety).  But great day all around.

post #78 of 105
smile.gif It's just great to hear you doing so well. TBH it makes me kind of want to try meds again myself.
post #79 of 105
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Day 18.  10 mg cipralex.


Once again, nothing new to report.  Feel really good.  No anxiety, no panic, no side effects.  I'm still pretty tired, but it's so dark here as we wait for spring to start!  

post #80 of 105
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Day 19.  10 mg cipralex.


Another great day.  Birthday party, then hubby and I had a night on our own.  Wonderful!  Went for a drive for 3 hours house hunting, then walked under the big mood and bright stars for an hour with hubby.  Pure bliss.  :)

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