Author Topic: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????  (Read 3819 times)

[Buddie]

Please tell me this...I have horrible anxiety where I think I am going nuts...I am on a .5 klonopin pill and tapering so damn slow that it took me 4 1/2 months to come off 38% off this...when I reached 38% I noticed my anxiety had built to the point it is unbearable....I am sweating a lot and heart palps and tight chest and tingly in face and arms and I have held for 7 days and some of the other sx's have diminished but I am having horrible anxiety that is not letting up....how do I proceed to get off the rest of the 68% off the klonopin?  how do I do this without it getting worse ..and how to I fix it so it is not so bad?

I had cold turkeyed two times ..stupid me...came back on the k.  2 months off cuz the anxiety was so high and I thought coming off slow would fix this...the anxiety is about as high as the ct anxiety now and I am not off this hell.....I am frozen in fear...what do I do?

Someone I know says I am causing more of the anxiety too cause I am so scared and suggests me taking lexapro to get off it cause I have so much fear and anxiety and worry and it would help me complete the taper.

Can anyone please advise me here?  I am sick and dunno what to do...the anxiety had been better in the evenings now it is all day ..worse in the mornings like it has been but now carrys on through the evening....and now bedtime...it is so uncomfortable and my bp and heart rate gets higher as I work myself up.

I try deep breathing and such but I do not seem to get relief..just get more worried...my mind is on this all the time and how am I gonna go further on my taper feeling this horrible and anxious?  if not for the high anxiety I could begin to start my taper again.

would holding like a month lessen this up or what?  please advise.

thank you!
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 10:41:27 pm »
You are doing a very slow taper. I'm not sure what would be helpful at this point taper wise. Make sure your learning some coping techniques and visit the panic/anxiety board for tips (just realized your already here! durrr). It's not uncommon to feel a little worse as you get lower but I dont think it should be this bad at the rate your tapering. I dont believe holding very long is going to help much.
Someone else will come by with more suggestions. Hang in there!

Amanda  :smitten:

edit- holding may help but if it doesnt help with a hold between 10-14 days I dont think you'll see much improvement holding longer then that
« Last Edit: April 19, 2009, 10:59:09 pm by [Buddie] »
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 11:07:27 pm »
thanks Amanda..so if holding does not help then after lets say the 2 wk mark...does anyone know what to do then at this point? 
if I taper more will the anxiety get worse or do I take a dreaded ssri?  I am on no other meds..I tried hydroxyzine and propranolol to calm me down but really it does not help.  I tried passionflower and valerian...nope...so what to do?  and how to finish the taper?  yikes. 

I read that deep breathing helps increase gaba as obviously something is wrong with the gaba receptors or I would not be feeling this anxious this much?  right?  I am in constant terror and fear too as to how to get the anxiety down..and I worry I have developed an anxiety disorder..I tell myself I should not be frightened cuz it is benzo wd but it just keeps going higher.  very upsetting. 
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 11:43:49 pm »
When was the last time you had your thyroid checked? You sound so much like I was last summer, came to find out that my thyroid was out of whack.
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2009, 02:21:48 am »
I had it cked 6 wks ago and it was a tiny bit high...not much and doc says to quit taking the thyroid med and then come get cked again....it was low...then the thyroid med made it a little high..so it should be ok now...and the anxiety is super high and I have thoughts that go round and round in my head that drives me nuts.

what did you do for high thyroid?
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2009, 03:10:01 pm »
I had it cked 6 wks ago and it was a tiny bit high...not much and doc says to quit taking the thyroid med and then come get cked again....it was low...then the thyroid med made it a little high..so it should be ok now...and the anxiety is super high and I have thoughts that go round and round in my head that drives me nuts.

what did you do for high thyroid?

I never thought that thyroid could give me such anxiety, starving feelings, insomnia, agoraphobia, etc.  My meds (synthroid generic) were adjusted and I felt better in a week and I take it everyday to keep it at a stable level. I've never heard of taking it for a little while and then quit taking it. It usually takes 6 weeks for the meds to build up in the system so I would expect that six weeks is time enough for it to be out of whack again. I took 88mcg for many years, went up to 100mcg and now back down to 75mcg. I believe that benzos messed up my thyroid because I had never had my thyroid get so out of whack so fast before.
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2009, 04:46:37 pm »
Hi [...],

I don't know anything about tapering, but I've read from others that you can actually go too slow.  Some people say that they feel a little better when they make another cut.  But like I said, I don't have any first hand experience. 

It seems like the body gets all out of whack when you CT, and with you doing it twice then reinstating, you might have set the wheels in motion and it may not be possible to get through this unscathed.  Your body has been through a lot, and it's going to take some time to heal.  Keep looking for ways to relax and get through this without looking at what's going to happen in the future. 

I hope you can find a way to get through this.

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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2009, 09:13:45 pm »
When I was feeling like you, knowing that holding at any level was not helping, I resolved in my mind that I would just barrel through the symptoms, tough out the anxiety and stick to my taper schedule come what may.  Did a lot of crying, praying, and cursing (mostly cursing).  It was not easy but the anxiety ever-so-slowly diminished over the months.  What made enduring the anxiety possible was knowing that I would eventually be free and a normal life was ahead of me (that and a few promises to God). 

You will get a break eventually from this current mode you are in and it will dawn on you that easier time are ahead.  Try to have some faith and hang in there.

Thomas
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2009, 11:14:27 pm »
I am afraid the anxiety will get stronger as I go lower & how I am I gonna handle this?  this worries me & got really bad in ct.....& it made me go back on the benzo.............

so I am worried that my cns is ruined............going slow it is higher ...........if I keep going slow how much worse will I get?

would an ssri like lexapro help at all with benzo anxiety?  some anxiety is no doubt mental now from the fear...so anyone have experience in taking a ssri to get off this?
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2009, 12:21:39 am »
hi [...],

taking an AD for benzo withdrawal is not usually recommended unless there is a serious depression going on. The reason is, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to feel the full benefits of an ssri, and before that happens, they can cause some serious anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, etc. By the time it kicks in, a lot of your wd symptoms may have dissipated on their own. In the meantime, you will have set yourself up with an AD dependency, which you will have to deal with by tapering. And it's not a very pleasant wd.

So if you can just grin and bare it for now, I think you will get thru without. As you said, much of it is mental. Try and work on that aspect of it. Check out our anxiety board.

And your CNS is not ruined. Just needs some healing . :)
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