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[QUOTE]Originally posted by MSH:
Have you found out what this is yet or have you been able to take anything that helps...I would love to hear how you are coping, how long it lasted and what you have done to help your self....".

MSH- When this started happening to me, it got worse and worse, and the insomnia was so bad, and then i was getting these rushes of anxiety in my upper abdomen, almost like a rolling feeling ALL DAY LONG. I went to my family doctor, and he just was brushing me off, like, oh just anxiety. And gave me 10 pills of ambien, but wouldn't give me anything to address the anxiety. I asked for some Xanex or something to help me, but he was very (and I will put this nicely) jerk-like about it and wouldn't give me anything. He gave me a referral to talk to a therapist (who, by the way, CANT prescribe meds, and therefore wouldn't have helped me during this crisis). I was desperate, and was probably on the verge of a real nervous breakdown because all the lack of sleep was causing me to have severe mental distress and just increased the anxiety. Thank god, a family friend got me into see a psychiatrist on an emergent basis (self pay though, thanks to my jerky family doc who was no help, and HMO's who make all these stupid rules in regard to mental healthcare), who wasn't afraid to listen to my problem and provide me with some adequate medication to help me relieve the symptoms. He first prescribed clonazepam (Klonopin) .5 mg morning & night, but it wasn't enough to take care of the anxiety, so we upped the dosage to 1mg mrng & night. I also take Ambien as needed. At first, I needed the Ambien every night but now I barely take it, and all I take is the clonazepam, which has stabalized me, and has relieved my symptoms almost totally. I still occassionally experience the things I described, but they are so "light" in comparison to before, that it doesn't upset me very often. I don't get those rolling waves of anxiety in my abdomen constantly, only a few times a day, more if I'm nervous or worried. The doc thinks one of the reasons it happened is because I have generalized anxiety disorder that was exaccerbated by a severe breakup of a long-term relationship and two deaths in the family that occured extremely close to one another. Luckily I found someone who could help me. However, I do find that if I sleep on my back, I get the gasping, so that may be sleep apnea, and so I sleep on my stomach, my head to the side and tilted up, which opens my airway, and I don't have the gasping. Unfortunately though, as a result of these problems, I still have this "aversion" or "fear" of trying to go to sleep early, I think because I had such a SEVERE HORRIFIC experience, so I don't feel like I get tired at 10pm anymore like I used to (I could go to sleep at 10 and zonk right out before all this mess). I still go to bed really late, 1130-12pm, and once in a while 1 or 2, but at least when I finally do tire down, I can go to sleep without that mess I first described. FIND A DOC WHO WILL LISTEN TO YOU AND BELIEVE YOU. That is what matters most. Alot of general practitioners don't want to treat things like this, and are afraid to prescribe medication to treat it, but a psychiatrist helped me. If you have a general practicioner, i.e. family doc, who isn't a pansy, and isn't afraid to prescribe or treat your symptoms, then lucky you. But if you don't and you feel that this is an emergency and needs immediate attention, don't be afraid to have to pay a couple hundred bucks to get into see someone immediately that can help you. That money was worth it for me. Sad part is, I HAVE coverage for mental health care, but my family doc was a jerk. I switched, thank god. Hope this helps.

[This message has been edited by xvaikiryex (edited 09-27-2003).]
[QUOTE=xvaikiryex][QUOTE]Originally posted by MSH:
Have you found out what this is yet or have you been able to take anything that helps...I would love to hear how you are coping, how long it lasted and what you have done to help your self....".

MSH- When this started happening to me, it got worse and worse, and the insomnia was so bad, and then i was getting these rushes of anxiety in my upper abdomen, almost like a rolling feeling ALL DAY LONG. I went to my family doctor, and he just was brushing me off, like, oh just anxiety. And gave me 10 pills of ambien, but wouldn't give me anything to address the anxiety. I asked for some Xanex or something to help me, but he was very (and I will put this nicely) jerk-like about it and wouldn't give me anything. He gave me a referral to talk to a therapist (who, by the way, CANT prescribe meds, and therefore wouldn't have helped me during this crisis). I was desperate, and was probably on the verge of a real nervous breakdown because all the lack of sleep was causing me to have severe mental distress and just increased the anxiety. Thank god, a family friend got me into see a psychiatrist on an emergent basis (self pay though, thanks to my jerky family doc who was no help, and HMO's who make all these stupid rules in regard to mental healthcare), who wasn't afraid to listen to my problem and provide me with some adequate medication to help me relieve the symptoms. He first prescribed clonazepam (Klonopin) .5 mg morning & night, but it wasn't enough to take care of the anxiety, so we upped the dosage to 1mg mrng & night. I also take Ambien as needed. At first, I needed the Ambien every night but now I barely take it, and all I take is the clonazepam, which has stabalized me, and has relieved my symptoms almost totally. I still occassionally experience the things I described, but they are so "light" in comparison to before, that it doesn't upset me very often. I don't get those rolling waves of anxiety in my abdomen constantly, only a few times a day, more if I'm nervous or worried. The doc thinks one of the reasons it happened is because I have generalized anxiety disorder that was exaccerbated by a severe breakup of a long-term relationship and two deaths in the family that occured extremely close to one another. Luckily I found someone who could help me. However, I do find that if I sleep on my back, I get the gasping, so that may be sleep apnea, and so I sleep on my stomach, my head to the side and tilted up, which opens my airway, and I don't have the gasping. Unfortunately though, as a result of these problems, I still have this "aversion" or "fear" of trying to go to sleep early, I think because I had such a SEVERE HORRIFIC experience, so I don't feel like I get tired at 10pm anymore like I used to (I could go to sleep at 10 and zonk right out before all this mess). I still go to bed really late, 1130-12pm, and once in a while 1 or 2, but at least when I finally do tire down, I can go to sleep without that mess I first described. FIND A DOC WHO WILL LISTEN TO YOU AND BELIEVE YOU. That is what matters most. Alot of general practitioners don't want to treat things like this, and are afraid to prescribe medication to treat it, but a psychiatrist helped me. If you have a general practicioner, i.e. family doc, who isn't a pansy, and isn't afraid to prescribe or treat your symptoms, then lucky you. But if you don't and you feel that this is an emergency and needs immediate attention, don't be afraid to have to pay a couple hundred bucks to get into see someone immediately that can help you. That money was worth it for me. Sad part is, I HAVE coverage for mental health care, but my family doc was a jerk. I switched, thank god. Hope this helps.

[This message has been edited by xvaikiryex (edited 09-27-2003).][/QUOTE]





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