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I'm on Paxil, but I am still anxious all day. I have to take Xanax 3 times a day (1mg) just to feel "normal", without it I am a wreck and feel like I can't move.

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I'm on Paxil, but I am still anxious all day. I have to take Xanax 3 times a day (1mg) just to feel "normal", without it I am a wreck and feel like I can't move.

Forgot to add, without the Paxil, I get severe panic attacks every night...the Paxil helps with those at least.

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I had panic disorder and meds helped lots, but it took that and a steady dose of ativan to keep me calm for about 7mo. It sounds like you are concerned about taking a benzo. My doc tried other Buspar, but it didn't do diddly. I didn't want to go on a benzo because of the possibility of addiction, but I couldn't live in a panic state everytime I walked out the door, and wanted to go back to work.

Can you tell us about your dx., and if your doc tried to increase the Paxil? I know it really helped me with depression and anxiety, but the second time I tried to go on it with the panic disorder, my blood pressure when through the roof. I was really disappointed because on Paxil, I felt a little tired, but more 'normal' than any other ad I have ever been on! I think it's a great med for depression and anxiety. I still wish I could be on it. I was on it due to not being able to sleep and feeling upset all the time. I was very irritable. I took it for 6mo., and was able to taper right off of it. I was 'good to go' for three years after I stopped it.

I don't know if I'll ever get off meds at this point. Too much going on that keeps me in a constant state of anxiety and I have to do things to cope with stress all the time, even with meds. I don't feel stressed out in any way other than muscle tension and headaches when things get rolling, but no anxiety attacks.

I think you just need to stay on the meds and not worry about it. Taking a benzo is lots better than having anxiety attacks. Hang in there!

Love, Jackie

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I'm anxious today. I have a beta-blocka every evening and if I'm upset I add 40m in the mornings. It helps a LOT! Without it I would be focussing on how I was feeling all day long, often because my anxiety levels were high. On a scale of 1-5 how high is your anxiety?

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When my anxiety was really bad, yes it could last all day. It was unrelenting. It seems to have calmed itself down a little now though, thanks to my routine and healthy eating etc.

Im on meds as well, mirtazapine, ive been on them for years though.

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Lizzy: It kind of waxes and wanes throughout the day....sometimes 2 or 3 and sometimes 5, it's pretty cyclical.

Yes, I am worried about becoming dependent on benzo's. They are the only thing that make me feel normal right now, though.... I've been on a couple different AD's since I was about 14 (I'm almost 26 now). They always seemed to "do the trick" until the anxiety really got bad about 3 years ago, and I had my first full blown panic attack.

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I had panic disorder and meds helped lots, but it took that and a steady dose of ativan to keep me calm for about 7mo. It sounds like you are concerned about taking a benzo. My doc tried other Buspar, but it didn't do diddly. I didn't want to go on a benzo because of the possibility of addiction, but I couldn't live in a panic state everytime I walked out the door, and wanted to go back to work.

Can you tell us about your dx., and if your doc tried to increase the Paxil? I know it really helped me with depression and anxiety, but the second time I tried to go on it with the panic disorder, my blood pressure when through the roof. I was really disappointed because on Paxil, I felt a little tired, but more 'normal' than any other ad I have ever been on! I think it's a great med for depression and anxiety. I still wish I could be on it. I was on it due to not being able to sleep and feeling upset all the time. I was very irritable. I took it for 6mo., and was able to taper right off of it. I was 'good to go' for three years after I stopped it.

I don't know if I'll ever get off meds at this point. Too much going on that keeps me in a constant state of anxiety and I have to do things to cope with stress all the time, even with meds. I don't feel stressed out in any way other than muscle tension and headaches when things get rolling, but no anxiety attacks.

I think you just need to stay on the meds and not worry about it. Taking a benzo is lots better than having anxiety attacks. Hang in there!

Love, Jackie

Yes, I was on 20 mg. of Paxil, then upped it to 40mg and it actually made me more anxious. The doctor dx. me w/ Panic Dis, Dysthemia, and GAD. I have another visit w/ him on the 3rd, and he thinks there is a chance I could be bipolar....but I don't have the classic mania that is described when I look up the symptoms.

Before the Paxil, I was on 10mg of Lexapro, then 20mg of Lexapro, and I didn't like it because I couldn't sleep. Just switched to Paxil a month a go. I was on Paxil for a few years from the time I was 14, too.

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There are different diagnoses of bipolar where people experience lows that are severe instead of highs. (Their mood swings low.) Maybe he's thinking in these terms. If you do well on meds for while, then they seem to stop working, this is a possibility.

I'm also on a beta-blocker like Lizzie. It's real small pill that controls your hearbeat and controls my blood pressure. It stops anxiety after taking it for a couple of days. It's something you might ask your doc about if you are worried about the benzo's. I was on ativan for 7mo., until my ad and the beta blocker stopped the anxiety. I don't experience much anxiety at all. I'm really calm on my meds and I don't get over excited about anything. It's so much better than where I was the first 6mo. I felt like I was walking on eggs..... I think meds take longer to work than people really admit. Either than or we just learn how to cope with things better, lol!

Jackie

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My anxiety can sometimes last for an entire day, while it's severeness will change during the day as well. I usually take Phenergan to ease myself down, I find it effective, but only when the dose is high. Perhaps I should ask my pdoc for a better alternative.

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Lately looks like my anxiety last all day. My blood pressure today was higher than I have ever seen. I also have been having the panic attacks and burning stomach a lot lately.

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Maybe you doc would consider medicating you with a beta-blocker. It will take you blood pressure down, control your heart beat and prevent panic attacks. It's really an inexpensive med, too. I think it's less than $10. a month and starts working the first week you take it. It can make you feel a little tired, but anxiety is tiring anyways.

Jackie

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I woke up this morning with anxiety and yesterday I must have been anxious all day cause I had a hard to catching my breath. When I took a benzo it helped me to relax a bit. today was not too bad in the afternoon.

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Yes, I never thought of a beta blocker. I'm scared of AD'S, since I had bad panic attacks on Paxil about 2 yrs ago, I'm scared to take anything else.

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I often worry all day long. Sometimes so much that I can't concentrate and spend hours on end looking up stuff to the internet to resolve my 'problem' at the time. At the moment, I can't stop worrying about the uncertainty about the future, what career I will have, and whether I'll like it/be able to do it etc.

Goldstarxx

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When I find myself worrying, I stop it by refocusing my thoughts on something else. If I can't do something about it, forget it! Otherwise, I'll be a wreck over something/nothing. Most of the things I worry about, I have no control over, so I quit going 'there'.

Meds help me get control over this.

Jackie

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When I find myself worrying, I stop it by refocusing my thoughts on something else. If I can't do something about it, forget it! Otherwise, I'll be a wreck over something/nothing. Most of the things I worry about, I have no control over, so I quit going 'there'.

Meds help me get control over this.

Jackie

I'm on meds now (20mg of Paxil and 2-3mg of Xanax/day) and I STILL can't stop the anxiety--it's constant and really severe, like a never ending panic attack. I think I'm going to try CBT....I have a doctor appt tomorrow, so I'll talk to him about it then.

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I often worry all day long. Sometimes so much that I can't concentrate and spend hours on end looking up stuff to the internet to resolve my 'problem' at the time. At the moment, I can't stop worrying about the uncertainty about the future, what career I will have, and whether I'll like it/be able to do it etc.

Goldstarxx

Goldstar,

I can totally relate to that. I do the same thing.

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I often worry all day long. Sometimes so much that I can't concentrate and spend hours on end looking up stuff to the internet to resolve my 'problem' at the time. At the moment, I can't stop worrying about the uncertainty about the future, what career I will have, and whether I'll like it/be able to do it etc.

Goldstarxx

Goldstar,

I can totally relate to that. I do the same thing.

It's horrible isn't it?

Goldstarxx

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It has been a stressful few months for me and it seems like anxiety has become part of my life. I will wake up often with my heart pounding and it won't stop till the end of the day with chest pains.

I've only recently consulted the dr as the smallest thing will worsen my anxiety, even things that used to be so simple for me in the past. Lound noises will make me jump and my heart will race for a few minutes after.

Ironic thing is though the dr has given me xanax to help with the anxiety, it makes me anxious to take it as I don't want to grow dependent on it. sigh....feel like I'm stuck in a spiral. Not sure how to get out.

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It has been a stressful few months for me and it seems like anxiety has become part of my life. I will wake up often with my heart pounding and it won't stop till the end of the day with chest pains.

I've only recently consulted the dr as the smallest thing will worsen my anxiety, even things that used to be so simple for me in the past. Lound noises will make me jump and my heart will race for a few minutes after.

Ironic thing is though the dr has given me xanax to help with the anxiety, it makes me anxious to take it as I don't want to grow dependent on it. sigh....feel like I'm stuck in a spiral. Not sure how to get out.

i am sorry> i live with anxiety everyday too. sometimes i am so scared i stay in. i took xanax a long time ago, and it helped while i took it, but i had rebound anxiety-it got worse when i stopped and id have to take another. klonopin works for me because it lasts longer, but it doesnt release in 15 minutes, more like 30

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I often worry all day long. Sometimes so much that I can't concentrate and spend hours on end looking up stuff to the internet to resolve my 'problem' at the time. At the moment, I can't stop worrying about the uncertainty about the future, what career I will have, and whether I'll like it/be able to do it etc.

Goldstarxx

whoa - I do exactly that too.... (like now trolling through DF)

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I often worry all day long. Sometimes so much that I can't concentrate and spend hours on end looking up stuff to the internet to resolve my 'problem' at the time. At the moment, I can't stop worrying about the uncertainty about the future, what career I will have, and whether I'll like it/be able to do it etc.

Goldstarxx

whoa - I do exactly that too.... (like now trolling through DF)

I do this too, lol... and it seems as if my anxiety never goes away, or at least I can never stop myself from worrying over things such as, is my kitchen clean enough, am i going insane, i need to call my grandmother, wait, i should be exercising, is my daughter ok, i should be spending more time with her, is the bathroom clean... and it goes on and on and on... i have never had high blood pressure but my heart rate has always been really high... the only time it drops below 100 is maybe at night occasionally when i take my traxodone, but usually it sits at like 126 beats per minute. Then I still have anxiety attacks during the day... small ones now... but like the other day I was just sitting there watching tv and my two year old was playing, then everything was suddenly too stimulating and I couldnt breathe... my heart rate sped even more... and all of the noise in my home was making me feel insane...

btw... I am on 150 mgs of Effexor once a day... .25 mgs of Xanax, twice a day... and trazodone at night... the xanax usually just keeps my hands from trembling out of control...

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I don't live life, but rather just exist. It is exhausting to think about the number of medications I have taken and therapies that I have been through. I often think about the madness of trying to balance severe depression, along with anxiety and panic attacks. On one hand, depression provides the "shut down" effect of the mind, body, and soul, but in given situations, the anxiety and panic attacks force the "ramp up", sending everything into overdrive. Everything is in such a horrible state of physiological and psychological limbo...

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I do the same thing. I'm afraid of my business going bankrupt and so I look online at bankrupsy, foreclosure, health insurance, COBRA, retirement .... you name it. For me it's all finance-related but there are spinoffs like what if I get too sick to work (I support my family), the cost of insuring my son's driving, etc. It's EXHAUSTING.

Since I started on Lexapro I have had several days (not next to each other) where I didn't feel particularly anxious. But on the whole, yes, I have anxiety from the moment I get up in the morning and it lasts all day until evening when I take a dose of Zyprexa and go to bed. Thanks be to God for the Zyprexa as it does slow my thoughts and worries down.

I take lithium, Lexapro, a beta blocker, and Diazapam which I really, really want to quit. I think it makes my anxiety worse but the doc won't taper me down until I show less anxiety on the Lexapro. I wish I could be on disability for a year to get off the benzos but it wouldn't pay the mortgage.

I'd trade anxiety/depression for diabetes, cancer, anything. This is not living, and no one who doesn't have it understands at all. :hearts:

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