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Here We Go Again...
Aug 24, 2008
I used to take Paxil for my generalized anxiety that was so debilitating that I couldn't function. Constant muscle tension and aches, inability to focus/concentrate, lightheadedness, chest tightness, unable to think about anything but my anxiety and symptoms, and jaw clenching/soreness from tooth grinding were my main problems. I weaned myself off Paxil after feeling pretty much 80% better and have been okay for a few years. I couldn't hanlde the side effects anymore anyways (emotional dullness, sexual side effects).

Soon after starting a new area of my job that I have to take over while a woman is on maternity leave, I gradually started having the same symptoms as I used to. This is a job where I do the same boring thing every day, sitting and staring at a computer for basically 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I'm now having the same problems (especially jaw clenching/soreness, neck/shoulder stiffness, inability to focus, constant dull tension headaches and lightheadedness). I don't even want to go to work anymore and dread it every morning. I have to do this for another month or so (I've been here for two). I've also had a bunch of other things happen lately that been stressing me out (best friends wedding, speeding ticket, having to buy a new phone after the other one broke, etc.)

My doctor gave me some 10mg Lexapro samples that will last me for a month, as he wants me to get blood work done. I am mainly worried about my symptoms getting worse before they get better, as I don't know if I can take even more symptoms than this. How long will it take most likely for the Lexapro to start relieving some of these symptoms? I know its different for everyone, but I guess I'm looking for a ballpark estimate. Also, I freak out sometimes that there's no way anxiety could cause all of these physical symptoms. I sometimes feel like I have some debilitating disease that just isn't being found or something. Can anxiety cause so many physical things to happen?

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