Author Topic: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????  (Read 3818 times)

[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2009, 09:51:40 pm »
well I keep having a lot of anxiety and yes the fear is not managed and I think there is something wrong in my brain cuz I am so afraid and the anxiety is horendous...and that makes me scared if I go lower ...what will  happen....and then I have some high estrogen levels and the doc did not give me progestrone to go with it so I dunno if I can stop cold turkey on the estrogen to bring it down as I have estrogen dominance and wonder if this can cause trouble.?  maybe that can cause some anxiety too?  I dunno...hell.

Absolutely! Hormones can cause increased anxiety and depression. If you can get them straightened out maybe you'll start feeling a little better  :thumbsup:
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2009, 10:20:25 pm »
Hello [...].
                    I may new to this board but I am afraid I am an old timer to panic attacks and ones that last longer than the usual 20-30 minutes. I have had them last all day and then some. You have to tell yourself that this is all that is! I do not know much about the wd's but "you are not going crazy" I can promise you that! If you were going crazy you would have been there already!
                     
                     Tell yourself you were just at the hospital so if anything was "really" wrong they would have picked it up. I have used that many a times. It may help to take a break of the monitor as well. For me it was always light triggered. (attacks) your brain is just trying to adjust to all of this! Follow everyone's suggestion especially for breathing!  To much Carbon Dioxide is the biggest reason for these feelings! Try to go into a dark room turn on the TV (as being in the complete dark can be scary as well) and try to do some deep breathing in and out of your nose!
I wish you the best as I know I am coming to where you are soon (doing a fast taper)  I just hope I have some of the courage you have even coming online to post about all of it.

Edit: Sorry if it seems all over the place but today is my first day coming off of 3 mgs of klonopin to 1  :D
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2009, 07:17:22 pm »
[...]!
I've been following your other thread... why are still doing a fast taper when so many people have told you not to do it? It is NOT the way to go. You WILL fair worse if you continue at the rate you're going. Don't think "it can't happen to me" because it WILL. Please be in touch w/ a moderator and work out a new schedule. You won't be able to avoid what's coming but you can make it easier on yourself.
Sorry to steal your thread, Whata.
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2009, 08:25:14 pm »
Hey [...],

I so agree with Ginger. You may think you're doing it the right way and not feel any effects for a few days or a week even, but once they come it will be hard and nasty. I've been there twice now and have reintsated 3 times now. And each time reinstating I never got back to feeling better in that the w/d's didn't stop!!! I sure hope you listen to those of us that have done the rapid taper to c/t as it's not anything to fool around with especially if you've not felt these nasty w/d effects yet. As once they begin there's no getting around them to make them go away. If you've read the Ashton Manual about s/x's then multiply them by 1000 and add a few news ones that could be experienced and that's where I am with all of this mess. Sure hope you change your mind asap.

Sorry for stealing your thread whata, and sure hope you hang in there and don't start a new med that will also only bring trouble.
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #24 on: April 24, 2009, 11:46:31 pm »
Hi,

I just wanted to clarify something. I believe [...] does not have much of a choice right now with rapid taper, as his doc is making him do it.
Everyone reacts to a rapid taper differently. It's best not to unintentionally scare people with your own experiences. It sounds like he is doing ok, so there is no reason to believe he will suffer greatly. Many people do fine with rapid tapers. We just don't hear from many of them as those who don't suffer don't talk about it!  :)

Lug,
That said, It would be best if you could slow down a bit, if you are able. You mentioned you have another appt in a couple of weeks. Stretch out what you have, and see if they will let you slow down. TC!
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2009, 02:15:49 am »
But sharing experiences is what is helpful to most members, don't you think?  I, for one, wished there had been more honest and open experiences of others members' journies.  Of course, I fall in the category of not being open and in hindsight have wondered if that was fair to other members.  Just thinking out loud.

[...]  xo
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2009, 12:50:23 am »
Hi,

 I do absolutely agree that sharing our own honest experiences, good or bad, is very important here. That wasn't really what I meant, so I may not have stated it correctly. What I was concerned about were the 'absolute' statements; That because it happened to them, it will happen to the other person. There are never absolutes when it comes to benzo wd. I think it's important to be mindful of our words. Sometimes they can plant a seed of unnecessary fear that might not have been there before. I was just trying to make a point that [...] should not expect the worst, since at this time it doesn't seem he has a choice in the matter.
I don't mean to upset anyone. Quite the opposite.  I"m just trying to look out for everyone:)   
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2009, 01:13:15 am »
I appreciate all of your imputs my fellow buddies....xoxoxo

Here is a question that is frieking me out...4 days ago I stopped the estrogen...and the next day I tried kava kava and got really dizzy and felt like my brain was going numb and I was feeling like unreal...so I thought it was the kava kava...

I kept titrating very slowly like I do and I noticed on the 4th day of no estrogen cuz I just stopped it...bio estrogen ..and I called the pharmacy and was told it would not bother me to stop ct too much...well I was dizzier and so I thought ok maybe I should have not done the ct off the estrogen..so I reinstated it cuz I felt so weird...then I got very dizzy before bed and all night could not sleep and had hot flashes and poured out in sweat...racing heart, high bp and high hr and felt like my brain was foggy...scared me and then I felt this way all day but even worse and feels like I am not able to concentrate ...I feel worse today than any time during my taper so far...and I wonder if it is the benzo or if it is me stopping and starting the estrogen in that 4 day incroment?  and if so...um..did I goof up my taper?  will I go back to where I was if I take the estrogen like I was doing and then I can resume my taper or will this take a while?  or did I totally mess it up now that I did this?

also my doc wants me on lexapro...he says I have a lot of anxiety being afraid of my taper too that is self inflicted cause I fear I will not be normal or will go into ct or will not be able to get off the benzo...on and on and he said it would stop the looping thoughts and anxiet and fears....what do you think?

thanks all.
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2009, 03:49:25 am »
I see you've started 3 new topics about all this on the General Withdrawal Support/Other Prescribed Medications board.  That's probably where you will see the most responses specific to your questions.  On any given day, 30-40 members may check in and not all check all the posts, so just know that you probably won't find a lot of people with direct experience with lexapro, bio-identical hormones and supplements, like kava-kava and 5-htp.
http://www.benzobuddies.org/forum/index.php?board=60.0

I don't think you've messed up your taper but just the month fluctuation in hormones can make symptoms worse so I imagine just stopping the bio identicals have contributed to your agitation and maybe the sweating and other symptoms.  Did you discuss with the prescribing physician that you wanted to stop taking them?  Maybe he/she could advise you how to taper off of them.

We generally recommend changing only one drug at a time so you can know what is causing what.  I think you have made things more complicated by going on kava-kava and off hormones but I don't think it has any affect on your gaba receptors and benzo taper.  Rushing around trying this and that in a desperate attempt to feel better usually makes things worse.  I'm just sayin'...
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[Buddie]

Re: ANXIETY IS GETTING WORSE WHILE TAPERING....IF I HOLD WILL IT HELP????
« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2009, 06:13:54 am »
[...]..thanks..I have not really gone on the kava ..was wondering if it works...I went back on the estrogen til I finish this mess.
I wish I could pin point how to lessen the high anxiety...it is in my chest mostly ..very tight and uncomfortable..this is where this detox bites me...and I dunno how to lessen it ....when I go lower it seems to stay around longer...so I dunno how to make it stop...and then I wonder too if the stress feeling like that will go away...spooky...as in the ct's the stress hit so hard I had my diaphram seethe up and i ended back on the benzos for a release of it...I am trying to figure out how to manage this sx....oh boy..

if I knew it would not be worse as I lowered or got better I would be ok ...just worried.
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