hi zom i had anxiety since febuary 15 2012 i used to looove to drink. the night before this day i was binge drinking and had a band hangover when i was awake at 5am it caused me to have a mild seizure i had a few seizures in 2004 2005 so i felt terrified when i felt one coming on 2/15/2012. i was sober 1 month and i still would feel severe anxiety it was going to happen again so i saw a doctor 3/15/12 he quickly gave me xanax i never taken meds such as that before but wow i felt so much relief i REGRET not doing my homework and research on xanax online enough and didnt know it shouldnt be taken longer than just a few months only. Since i started this medicine i would just break a .50mg pill 1/2. The last few months i taken only 1/4 of a xanax 3 times a day im trying to lessen it to just 2 times a day.I highly recommend this between doses to ease the anxiety coming on , first drink a cup of milk each morning that helps so does taking a omega 3 fish oil milk helps distrbute vitamins and minerals thoughout the body also i drink 1 cup of chamomille tea each day and i take a cinnoman tablet both of those are relaxing for the body. Most of of all that helps best for anxiety is keep your mind OCCUPIED i like to read stories online or i read the news or i watch a dvd movie or play a game i like called runescape , exercising has helped me some on my treadmill if you try exercising dont do it too soon after your xanax dose it doesnt go well. if you ever feel like taking a xanax only so it can relax you to help you fall asleep? you dont have to try a melatonin those work great in just a small ammount i take only 1.5 mg of that occasionally. melatonin helps for withdrawls so does eating a bananna that has potassium. my goal is to quit xanax im trying to get there lil by lil on my own since my doctor isnt so helpfull !i hope this helps you or anyone else reading this my health ordeal has changed me i care now and i have renewed my religious faith also. so i wish you well ok
There is nothing wrong with needing help. When I first started meds I told no one about it but, now I could care less who knows. They help me. There is no need to suffer so much like you're doing. And, there's nothing that says you will be on the Klonopin forever. Remember to take it as prescribed. Usually 2 to 3 times a day. It's on your bottle I'm sure.
I couldn't do it. Today my anxiety hit a 10 for hours. I started to cry and many times just talking to my loved ones and writing here I started to test up or just straight lose it. Tears pour on my face, not streaming but all over my cheeks. I didnt kno that was possible.
I started the klono my doctor prescribed. I wanted to beat this on my own but I need help. And after I realize most post were right. I wasn't withdrawing but just getting back to the horrible anxiety I had I realized I need more then what I was fighting with.
I kno the route I take has its problems, addiction being one, and do forth. But what im hoping for is a chance that with a little help I might be able to be stronger as I try. Ill probably be tackling the aspects of benzo problems later but if I don't abuse and I stay motivated to become healthy and balanced I believe I can find away off of any meds.
But the mess I've been and the torture, because it really id torture, was to much for me, and my family. My wife couldn't watch me shake and cry anymore and I couldn't make her without feeling worse. I didnt abuse the xanax for those two weeks and since this is a longer lasting effect I don't expect to abuse this either. I really do appreciate everyone's help. This has been one of the best ways to making me feel less hopeless and im glad any of you choose to be here for me.
Thank you, ill keep updating as I go. (big reason is because it helps me)
I am loosing weight too. I am forcing me to eat. I bought some nutritional shakes. The doctor told me not to take multivitamin, but I still think with these things happening to us...we would need them. I am also trying to modify my diet. More vegetables and fruits. Deep breathing is what helps me sometimes. But I think we need more than that. Sadly, I do not have the money to visit more doctors and I am new in my job so they are not going to give me more days right now. Coming here , writing down our fears and symptoms, reading the answers and support from others help in a way too...
I've had some really rough hours lately. I got to stay positive but it is so hard. I used to be a hardcore gamer but not ten minutes in im just fighting to breath normally.
I wish I could rewind time, I really do. I know that sort of thinking isn't going to help.. I thought I was handling this well but its beginning to become all to much.
I'd be angry is I wasn't already in tears at times over this routine. Im practically to the put where im gonna ask the doctor to look at any reasonably possible culprits. Im still banking on the imbalance but as each day passes so does my will to fight this as acute, and I begin to wonder if this will be chronic.
Good, the deep breathing really does help at times.
You could be low on vitamin D. Really, we only need about 10 minutes of sunshine a day to get what we need. It would'nt hurt to get yours check though.
I think your loss of appetite is from the anxiety. This is very common. Sometimes you have to force yourself to eat something.
Oh yes, i picked up on the deep breathing really fast. I have a couple of avenues im currently investigating. Like probiotics and making sure im getting enough of the right vitamins and so forth.
The one thing that makes me feel this could help major is the fact that I used to drink milk daily, eat cereal with vitamin d milk every morning and since the antibiotics Im pretty much lactose intolerant. Oh and my diet has been horrible because of loss of appetite.
but as much as i should have put that together myself, i must give the credit to all the people whose similar stories and helpful tips gave light.
That is exactly what I'm talking about. That snowball effect and waiting for another panic attack and or anxiety. You may be feeling good, just like you were today, and them bam, it comes out of no where. Maybe it's in our subconscious, I don't know.
I really believe this all started again because of the antibiotics too.
Have you tried deep breathing when you start to feel anxious? It really does help sometimes. We tend to breath shallow when we're anxious or having a panic attack.
I've had panic attacks before. Always because of drugs. They would come and I would just throw some cold water on my face and after a minute or two id be fine. Im not doubting part of this could be snowball effect. As I told my doctor when he asked about stress. I said besides worrying about having more anxiety and the feeling of anxiety nothing is really on my mind.
Not completely true but mostly, meaning. I worry about the side effects of having such bad anxiety at the moment. Which sometimes causes me to worry about stroking out or something. I know how I feel is all anxiety and that its irrational to feel worried about it. I still 100% believe its a bad side effect of the antibiotics and that in time I'll feel normal.
Actually I felt almost normal for a couple of hours today, and then out of nowhere while I was enjoying the feeling it just hit me. I wasn't expecting it to, but I wasn't surprised. I kno that it will take time for my body to regulate. Sooner then later would be nice but Ill be accepting no matter how it comes.
Oh, sorry about that. I should have re read you very first post. I'm glad your ear problem is gone.
I think what may be going on is this. You had a bad reaction to the antibiotic, anxiety. I remember my fist panic attack very well. After I had the first one I was anxious that another one would happen, and it did. It's called the snowball effect.
I understand about Drs not listening and not understanding anxiety. I was lucky enough to find a wonderful Dr 22 years ago that was actually doing research on anxiety disorders. He has been great all these years. But, he just retired and has referred me to someone he really trusts. I have'nt seen her yet and I am so nervous. There are some Drs that do understand. You may have to see several before you find one. Have you thought about starting the Klonopin again? Remember what I said, it can take a few days to build up in your system. I would also again, recommend some counseling. The sooner you nip this in the bud the better. I really believe you're having the snowball effect as we call it.
I never had sinus problems but no the ear problem went away pretty fast. At least the antibiotics did that.
Just severe anxiety still. I don't kno how you prepare for it, nothing I seem to do helps for much even the xanax only took the edge off temporary. Probably why I was so quickly prescribed klono.
I was convinced on day four it was the antibiotics. Then reaffirmed when the doctor I saw did blood work and found everything to be great. Thyroid and all. So I was a pretty healthy person with new severe anxiety. But finding a doctor who understands or agrees is impossible.
The question I cant stop from asking is, where do I go from here?
I'm so glad Greenlydia got on here to answer your questions. She is awsome. I'm also glad you did research on antibiotics and anxiety. Like I said, every time I've taken them I have very severe anxiety, which I am prepared for.
You are not a weak person. It really sounds like you have a bad reaction to antibiotics. Are you feeling any better? Are you still having the ear and sinus problems?
The being so close to death was about how anxious I get. Like im going to stroke out. Its rough. Im 27 sort of heavy but not to bad. I've actually lost 10 pounds maybe a little more during this whole thing.
But yea thats why I joined and posted, how many people on here have been thru the same. I spent the first week reading a lot if people who had anxiety problems after certain antibiotics. And I assure you before I was on them, no problems except maybe laziness lol.
One day at a time dealing with this amount of anxiety and feeling of dread. All I can say is I was a very happy maybe even selfish person. Great marriage and very loving 5yr old son. Had a little ear pain and three antibiotics later here I am, I feel like the fresh prince of bel air, my whole world turned upside down.
You are not a weak person, so you gotta let THAT lousy thinking go!
Why do you feel at times like you're close to dying? I'm afraid I got a bit lost again.
I think you should discuss figuring out which meds, exactly, you are allergic to or have difficulty taking if "allergy" isn't the correct term. At least then, you would never be given the wrong antibiotics again.
I also think you should consider therapy. If you've never tried it before, I can't recommend it strongly enough. Once you find the right therapist, it is such an unbelievably wonderful feeling to just let all that angst out.
Think about it at least.
And know that all of us here understand how frightening this can be, especially if it's something new. I've been dealing with this stuff in one form or another for over 40 years. There are many of us here who know the ropes so never hesitate to call on any of us, day or night. Someone is always up around here, coffee is always on............welcome home
Yea green I think I must have written my story to vaguely when i thought I went on for to long.
Ear infection is gone, been gone for weeks, and no sinus infection. Plainly I believe I had a bad reaction to antibiotics, I did go on a google run and found so many people had gone thru the same. Many upon many, and Collins and zpack were among the many.
Im sure as a kid I took amox but apparently now its having adverse reactions. N e way, yea my mom gave me some "pinkies" I took em for about two weeks. Many at first but obviously as the xanax built up it seemed as tho i was getting better. So i took less. Skipped days. Still had anxiety but not the panic inducing kind.
I had scheduled a doctors appointment after the ER visit and it was about a 10 days later. That doctor prescribed me the klonopin. As i was now nervous to take something i haven't had i stuck with taking xanax but again less then when i started.
as i felt i was coping fine i just stop taking the xanax, two days later is when i developed the string pressure headache more anxiety and chills, loss of appetite, high bp.
Last night it was enough to make my chest feel sore and my body to become almost as bad as before. The doctor there said yea i could be w/d slightly but it wasn't to bad and i seemed on top of my breathing and what not. Said althu by bp was higher it didnt concern him unless it stays that way for a long time. Told me to take Benadryl avoid benzos and to wait it out.
Im definitly trying. Its up and down, as i am anxious most of the day the intensity has been harder in the morning, i had good relief the past few hours but it seems to be building back up.
by the way i still have xanax and i still have klono (obviously) but from all I've learned from this life altering experience is that to balance my system and get back to feeling like i did before the antibiotics, its faster and better if im doing it naturally.
Maybe im just a weak person, and as hard as it feels, its not so bad, idk. What i kno is at times i feel so close to dying and i would give anything (almost) to go back. This is all new to me and its so very frightening.
Please do a search about antibiotics and anxiety...I have the same reaction to antibiotics so does my mother in law .. I totally agree with all above posts not on xanax long enough to have even minor withdrawals...
I agree totally with remar..........what you're experiencing has nothing to do with the Xanax. You have not taken enough for withdrawal to even be a remote possibility.
One thing you DID say that caught my eye was that everytime you take an antibiotic, you experience anxiety. I think this would be an excellent place to stop the bus and look around.
I must confess that even though I re-read your post a time or two, I got a bit confused, but it seems to keep coming back to the ABX/anxiety thing. At the end you said you got up and felt like you were back to feeling as lousy as you did after the amoxocillin, Z-Pacs and Benadryl.
I feel fairly confident in saying that these don't seem to be working FOR you but AGAINST you. Have you discussed this with your doctor?
What I'm wondering is if you could possibly have an allergy to the "cillins" class of antibiotics. Just sayin'
The symptoms you've presented with are ear infection, a wicked pressure headache, some slight disorientation or dizziness and some appetite loss.
I think it's possible, and this is just my humble and non-medical opinion, that your original diagnosis of ear infection, which was probably accurate, has now morphed into a really nasty sinus infection. I say this because I get horrible sinus infections and our symptoms are identical. Sinus infections are notoriously difficult to get rid of because the environment is dark, moist, warm and chock full of bacteria friendly snot. It's like germ paradise. Nasty Nose Nirvana.
Sinus infections cause some very anxiety provoking symptoms like the dizziness and that creepy sense of disorientation. Colds can cause those symptoms but to a far lesser degree. For anyone who has never had a full on sinus infection, they just don't get it. They think we're just big babies whining about having a cold. But they don't know, do they? I'd trade my annaul major sinus infection for 10 of anybodies cold.
I say you should see an EENT. But beware if he brings out the really, really long q-tip. Or God forbid, the TUBE. If you see either of these, it's OK to start crying. Crying will produce more snot which will actually make it less painful. I mean, "a little uncomfortable."
OK, I'm seeing here that your mom is selling Xanax on the street........JOKE
Your mom gave you some blue Xanax (1mg) and some pink Xanax (.5mg) And these helped your anxiety symptoms. You stopped taking these either because you ran out or were able to "breath through" the anxiety attacks.
I got a tad confused as to who, what, when, where and how you ended up with a script for Klonopin. What did I miss? I thought I left you at the ER being told you were fine and still clutching your moms bottle of "Pinkies." (That's street lingo for little amounts of Xanax)
Then there was even more confusion as I tried to follow your dosing schedule form the Saturday to the Monday without any but then you said Monday and Tuesday you took some then you only took "it" each time you wwoke up at night which was 12 hours until 8 a.m. Thursday................???
Apparently, since that Thursday, and I have no idea which Thursday that is, you've taken nothing. No Xanax and none of the Klonopin. Am I up to speed, more or less? I think you're saying that it's been 72 hours since you've taken anything and want to know if all or part of the reason you're feeling lousy is the ear/sinus stuff or the "withdrawal."
Your on-call doctor, the pharmacist, remar and of course, yours truly, have all said the same thing...........you did not take enough Xanax to have ANY withdrawal at all. NONE. End of subject. The Xanax is a complete and total NON-ISSUE in your saga. Forget the dang Xanax. ZERO W/D
Now, the Klonopin. Who and why gave this to you? Have you been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and if so, by whom? You've said you've never had anxiety issues before UNLESS SOME DOCTOR GIVES YOU ANTIBIOTICS. Am I the only one seeing a possible theme here?
On this community, we have a pretty strong belief that most doctors are far too quick, due to laziness or being too busy or not bothering to really listen to us........whatever, but many of us truly believe the minute they hear the words "nervous, anxious, worried, jittery, depressed......." in other words, anything that has to do with FEELINGS EMINATING FROM OUR MINDS, they write out a script for something that will make those feelings go away. And before we can say "Bobs your uncle," the doctor is gone, a glimpse of his white tailcoat is usually the last we see of him. What I am very, very slowly working my way around to saying is that too many doctors DO NOT TAKE THE TIME TO RULE OUT A PHYSICAL CAUSE FOR OUR SYMPTOMS BEFORE THEY THROW THE SCRIPT FOR PSYCHOTROPICS AT US AND RUN.
And I'm saying that's wrong and it may very well be the reason YOU are now standing there with a head full of snot and headaches and feeling like crap and weird and anxious with a script for Klonopin in your hand which you have not filled or at least have not taken any of. Because I don't think you have classic anxiety, or anxiety at all. I think you may have a totally misdiagnosed medication allergy, which can produce anxiety symptoms and you don't need the Klonopin! You need a doctor who will listen to your whole story, add 2+2 correctly and put you on the right meds to clear up your snot problem without giving you anxiety .
Once your nose or your ears or your eyes are normal, if you ARE having any problems with anxiety other than the norml garden variety anxiety just being alive causes, if it's more than is comfortable for you, see a psychiatrist who will diagnose the EXACT kind of anxiety you have and refer you to a therapist or psychologist who deals with that kind of anxiety and then you can deal with that. I don't think you have an anxiety disorder. I think you have a moron for a doctor.
If the psychiatrist says you have an ear phobia, perhaps you SHOULD get a second opinion...................
The very last thing you wrote made me not only sad but very angry and I think it helped make my point about doctors not listening to us. You wrote.......
"I feel like giving up fighting and just accept anti anxiety meds as maybe my future........."
DON'T YOU DARE GIVE UP FIGHTING AND DON'T EVER JUST ACCEPT BENZOS AS A WAY OF LIFE!
Too many of us on this forum are fighting to get our lives back after we accepted benzos or antidepressants as our "way of life."
You make those doctors figure out what's going on and don't accept anxiety as a diagnosis until that is the ONLY card left on the table!
I believe I'll have a wee tot of the Irish now. Medicinal purposes, of course.
So I took a Benadryl sometime last night. Breathing thru just wasn't cutting it enough at that point. I so badly wanted something stronger but for the most part I slept. I woke many times but just breathing and waiting for the Benadryl to re kick in worked.
This morning I felt like I was back to square 1. Back to the day after z pack. Its hard and I feel like giving up fighting and just accept anti anxiety meds as maybe my future, but Im not just yet.
Actually I went a saw a Doctor tonight. He told me to take Benadryl and not anymore benzos. While I was there my bp was up and down then up. My anxiety seems a little worse tonight then normal but everything checked out fine.
He said based off my chills and cold sweats, which I've only had tonight, made him think I was barely withdrawing but not bad. EKG was excellent he said and he was not worried at all about how high my bp got during the most anxious moments.
I haven't taken a Benadryl yet, im a little nervous to but so far I've read mostly positive things about it and anxiety. I guess after having such bad luck with pills recently I've become a little reserved. Idk tho, its been rough tonight im kinda desperate.
I don't think you're going through withdrawal because you only took a few Xanax, If you were prescribed Klonopin you need to take it as prescribed . It is different than Xanax as it lasts longer but takes a little while to build up in your system.
I think you may still be sick. Can you get back in to the Dr to see? You need to find out if you have a sinus and or ear infection. Both could make you dizzy and feel awful.
I understand about the antibiotics. One of the side effects can be anxiety. Every time I've had to take them I have severe anxiety so I am prepared for that to happen.
I hope you feel better soon.