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Anxiety getting worse

Feb 17, 2016 10:43 PM

Hi all. Im a Fibro Warrior suffering since 2013. I'm inly 31 and have extreme pain. I noticed Having bad anxiety attacks and my anger is getting much worse. I hate not being able to do things and simply always feeling like shit! My left hand is alwaya numb. My feet just throb. What do you guya do for this?

Feb 18, 2016 3:42 AM

What meds are you taking? Some can really increase anxiety and agitation.

Feb 18, 2016 6:14 AM

Welcome Coachgrl412! I was going to ask exactly the same question; what meds are you on? I was put on Cymbalta in 2013 and the first 6 months my pain decreased, but I was moody and easily irritated. Then over the next 3 months my pain returned with a vengeance, and I became so depressed I began feeling suicidal. When I expressed this to a doctor she weaknesses me off immediately, too fast. The withdrawals were even worse; became an emotional mess. Now mind you, I have bad problems with lots of meds, especially pain, psych, & antibiotics. But meds can & do meds up a lot of people, and not every med works well for everyone. Talk with your doctor. Also, anxiety & depression is very common among all of us pain warriors, due to what we are going through. Counseling has & is helping many of us to cope. You may want to try a counselor, to be able to vent and find ways to deal with the frustration & mood swings. I'm often snappy when I don't feel well, just since all my health took a nosedive. It's so unlike who I use to be. Hugs, love, & prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Feb 18, 2016 8:59 AM

We bought an electric foot massager with heat option. I like to listen to 80 music while i use this to massage my feet. Helps the throbing for a little bit. You might try reflexoligy. I cant afford it now but i was able to sleep better after an hour session. Reflexoligy is helpful but does not provide long term relief.

Feb 18, 2016 9:11 AM

I have heard acupuncture does wonders but I'm too afraid of the needles to try it!

Feb 18, 2016 10:03 AM

Hello Coachgirl, nice to meet you. I was diagnosed with fibro in 2010 and have ridden the same roller coaster daily. I'm now on Cymbalta, previously tried Lyrica and savella. I do color therapy, speak with a therapist and this wonderful family

Feb 18, 2016 11:28 AM

For a temporary break you might try guided meditation. There are ones for to help battle anxiety, depression, insomnia, but I like the ones that just described happy places the best because they just take my mind off of it and let it rest and then I can go back to focusing on either finding the source of the anxiety (if it's still there) or return to trying to do things.

Feb 18, 2016 3:23 PM

I take so many meds. Hydro, anxiety, Gabapentin, lyrica, and several others for various reasons. I am running on about 3 to 4 hours a day. Even taking Nyquil doesn't work. 6 10mg hydros a day and it doesnt even phase me. Also Tramadol. I absolutely hate taking pills. I'm wanting to ask for patches and my Dr is unbelievably understanding and doesnt ever treat me like I've read some treat us.

Feb 18, 2016 4:05 PM

I am a "squiggle" so to speak, so my attention to most things are very short lived. I attempted meditations, but I have the memory span of a gnat! So the next day I have forgotten about it, when I remember to do it again, it's been a few months unfortunately. I use an app called "headspace" & it is really phenomenal! Thanks for the reminder guys! Now I can do it tonight.
I went to my pain management doctor, today, & she said she could give me pain patches that have either OxyContin or Methadone - not sure which one. But because of the CREST syndrome disease, I don't want to try applying anything like that to my skin. She agreed but said that it was unfortunate because they are known to be super effective. (((HUGS))) Laurie

Feb 18, 2016 8:59 PM

Hi Coach,
Do you have a history of anxiety or is this new?
I have fibro and history of anxiety. Pain increases my anxiety and anger. I am 47 and have been on and tried many medications. I now try to be on a minimal amount as possible. I got desperate so a doctor tried to fix me with Lyrica. Within two weeks I was getting weird side effects plus my anxiety and anger grew. I was serious about killing myself. The Lyrica was stopped, coincidentally the symptoms dissipated three to seven days later.
Something like this can happen to anyone on any type of medication. I have a pharmacist that works in the clinic I go to. We talk to about medication options. I am waiting for an appointment with a Rheumatoligist, a pain specialist, fibro education class.
I currently practice meditation, pool therapy/stretching, talk therapist weekly, heating pad, gluten free, no milk products, chiropractor with acupuncture, listen to music, Netflix, tedtalks, YouTube. I do not spend much time watching these because I have undiagnosed eye pain. I need to learn to pace myself. I still have really bad days but I now have some better moments.
Take care. It is challenging to deal with all this. Beets.

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