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Old 08-10-2003, 07:22 AM   #1
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Hi everyone! For the past couple of months I have started suffering from anxiey. I get kind of like I can't sit still, lots on my mind, and jittery. Does anyone else suffer anything like this at all? My mother passed away this past Monday so that hasnt helped with it at all. To deal with everything I called my doctor Monday and he put me on Buspar twice a day (10 mg each). It seems to help but with all the stuff going on it is really still kind of bothering me. Driving me crazy I feel sometimes so jittery I want to pull my hair out.

I do also take Paxil CR (25 mg ) for depression. I also take Ultram, right now some Vicodin, Nexium, blood pressure med's, and vitamins every day. I also do still drink some coffee. I try in the evenings if I drink any to drink now only decaf or half decaf half regular. I am also overwieght and have cirrhosis. I am not on treatment since I am not able to stand the med's esp the interferon.

Just curious if anyone with this blasted disease suffers any of the anxiety also. The death of my mother has really increased it this week and I have been having right side pain attacks, stress, headaches and lots of nausea this past week. Thanks for any comments or help anyone can give. Also let me know what you take for your anxiety and if it seems to be helping you. Thank you and take care!

Terry

 
Old 08-10-2003, 07:37 PM   #2
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Hi Terry,

So very sorry to hear about your mother. My deepest condolences to you and your family....you are in my thoughts and prayers.

As for the anxiety, I don't think the HCV is causing it, but all the other stresses in your life (including your health issues) could be. Also the coffee -- that definitely could cause the jitters, especially if you're drinking it into the afternoon and evening.

Could the Paxil be contributing to it? I started taking Wellbutrin a month or so ago, just a small dose, and boy was I jittery until I got used to it. I don't know if Paxil causes the same side effect or how long you've been on it.

Well, good luck getting calmed down, I know how awful it is to have that feeling. And again, my deepest sympathy about your Mom.

 
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Condolences on the death of your mother, Terry. You are in my thoughts.

Avalon has made some good points. Maybe have a review odf all your medications, either with your doctor (or even better) with your pharmacist. Pharmacists are really up on this much more than most doctors.

Peace to you and to your family,

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Are you taking anything OTC? I get that way when i take decongestents. It is not a pleasant feeling. When I don't get as much sleep as I need I will often be quite jittery.

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Condolences to you and your family.

For many years, my friends, coworkers and family could make my second name "anxious". I attribute it not to my personality or stress or other influences, I attribute it to the HCV, as well as the regular migraines I had. No one can really say, but I found that during treatment on Rebotron my anxiety skyrocketed. I can now handle it much better. My belief is that my liver was affected and was releasing or not releasing some chemical to my brain that resulted in increased anxiety and migraines.

I tried Paxil and it gave me worse migraines and did not help at all with the anxiety. (I took it for a couple months then tapered myself off slowly to avoid cold turkey side effects). Ditto for clopramazine (2 weeks of migraines was enough for me). However, I have found that diazepam, alprazolam or loprazolam, half of the smallest dose tablet available, works fine, to tide me by any life crises that might occur. I noticed that some of these caused some stomach pains.

I am finding that cutting back on caffeine, to just 2 cups in the morning only (no caffeine after lunch), helps tremendously. Also, regular exercise helps a lot, it releases endorphins in the brain. But if you have pains it can be difficult to exercise, so you have to start easy. It helps to lose weight first through a diet plan, like South Beach Diet or Atkins Diet, under your doctor's supervision, so the exercise will not take as great a toll on your body.

Get out like Neil (LOST1) and go for some long walks with fresh air and beautiful, open spaces.

If it was the non-Pegylated interferon you tried, Rebotron, 3x/wk, which is what I had taken and found very bad flu and anxiety symptoms, I can understand what you had exerienced, I know others who also had these and worse symptoms. Apparently Pegasys is not as bad, it could be an option to try, but review this with your doctor.

And express the love you have to those who support you because I notice it is often too easy to express frustrations towards them. It is important to remember to forgive and forget and be flexible.

When you get anxious, smile, take many deep breaths, think calm thoughts, relax. Tomorrow will be here before you know it.

Thinking of you.

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Old 08-11-2003, 06:24 AM   #6
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Hey all! Thanks for the condolences on my mother. As for the anxiety the only over the counter med's I take are benadryl for allergies or to help me sleep, and a generic drug of over the couner med called Pergogesic. I have now started drinking decaf. I tried drinking hot tea but man I really hate it. I see my specialist in two weeks so it would be good to ask him if I can remember about the med's and the anxiety. This past week was just bad in many ways. Today I have the pain and gagging fits again. Hate it. Usually the anxiety comes on in the afternoon or evening when I am trying to chill. Just bothersome and my wife gets after me for shaking my leg. Thanks again. Like I said I started drinking decaf and hope this helps some. Take care!

Terry

 
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my condolences to you, i know the feeling as i also lost my mother, i do wish you well with the exceptence.relating to your anxiety,i am and have been medicated for panick attacks, triggered from the "anxiety",for several years.it was a challenge for the doc's to "realize" that i cannot take a anti-deppresent as they counteract on me causing me to have yet another "panick attack".it's not a good feeling, i do know that.finally i was put on oxazapam 4 x's a day, and i'm calm the majority of the time. i hope this will be of some help, hang in there!
keep the faith, bless you.............mj

 
Old 10-18-2003, 08:28 AM   #8
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Hi Terry
I'm very sorry about your mom. That in and of itself can cause your anxiety to increase. That kind of increase is situational. I also have suffered a great deal from anxiety. It tends to cycle, but over years not months. Now that I am old enough to see a pattern I have a better understanding. That is how I deal with my anxiety, understanding. I used to hear that forewarned is forearmed. I live be that standard. I feel much better when I know what to expect. Routines and communication is key. Anytime someting happens (large or small) that is unexpected or poorly understood it triggers an increase in my anxiety. I feel a loss or control and that is what anxietyis. Not a loss of control, but a fear of it. I Was on Buspar for several years. It helped to expose myself to situations that my my anxiety skyrocket. I had become very good at avoidance behavior. The more I avoided situation sthat triggered anxiety, the more situations there were to avoid. Buspar took the edge off alittle. I would find that I had dealt with some small thing and it was done instead of worrying about how I was going to deal and avoiding it. I don't take Buspar anymore. I still have some anxiety, but for the most part I have learned to control it through exposure and understanding. Instead of avoiding something that makes me anxioud, I tackle it right away so it doesn't have time to get bigger than me. It is easier for me to bite the bullet when my anxiety is small than to swallow the bomb when it is full grown. Exercise is a wonderful wayto relieve physical tension that makes you jittery. Hobbies that absorb your attention are good too. I have not faired well with any anti-depressents for a number of reasons. I have developed an allergy to Ultram. I do take some Vicodin. I am a little concerned that you are taking generic Percogesic. Please check and see if the primary ingredient is acetaminophen. I thought it was, but could be wrong. Even a healthy person should never have more than 2000 mg of acetaminophen per day. Even within those guidelines I think taking more than 1000 mg at a time is dangerous. Or taking the doses too close together. Terry, I don't know if HepC CAUSES anxiety. I have suffered from both anxiety and HepC for most of life. That doesn't mean they are related. I have other health problems also. They aren't caused by Hep C. Co-existing conditions can do all kinds of weird stuff to you that may not be text book and maybe can't be fixed with a pill. We always look for an answer and sometimes it is beyond our grasp. We are more than our disesase. If we weren't all of this would be much easier. I know I'm rambling, but I feel for you when I see myself. Take the support you get from the shared experiences on this board and from any other positive sorce in your life and use it to help boost your strenght from within. If you believe in God praying can make you feel better. Try to identify what is really making you anxious. Lastly, communicate with your doctor. Don't forget to tell him/her about the otc's you'r taking. I wish you all the best.
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Old 10-19-2003, 07:54 AM   #9
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Hey Restless! I am happy to say that with Buspar and my Paxcil CR I am dealing with the anxiety somewhat better. It's still there but dealing better somewhat with it. My mom's death really sent me for a loop. Now I primarily am dealing with the fatigue and right side pain that has gotten bad again. I'm kind of frustrated because I really don't expect to be cured but do want to be made comfortable. I still have trouble socializing and with the Hep C symptoms it just makes it worse because I don't feel up to doing much but play on the computer, read, watch tv and sleep. Kind of frustrates me becuase I would love to be doing more. I am also now seeing a pshycologist to help me deal with my depression, life and my Hep C. The other day she was really good at explaining some things to me that I am dealing with and is very understanding about the Hep C. I do have to say that Hep C has really diminished my quality of life. Usually when I do get out to go to my kids sport events or like go shopping the next day I hurt and am so tired I don't do much of anything. Today is an instance. Went to my oldest's cross country meet which I really enjoyed yesterday. Had bad pain the whole time but wanted to watch him run really bad. By the way he's not the best but I was so proud of him yesterday because he ran the 3.1 miles of hills without stopping to walk for once. That was awesome to me! I've been taking the Vicodin still but it just dulls the pain some. Today I woke because I sleep on my right side and the side pain woke me up. It's like if you even streach it makes it hurt. So I'm taking it easy right now. I was doing good on my depression also but it has came back some this week partly due to the pain and trying to finalize stuff with my mom. My counselor thinks I need to increase the dosage of my Paxcil but I have no prescription coverage and really can't afford to do that. Right now we are trying to get free drug help and still waiting to hear on the Paxcil. Well I've kind of rambled some so I'm going to go for now. Thanks everyone for your replys! Take care!

Terry

 
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Hi Terry
I totally understand about pain and fatigue, etc. I hardly get out except to work. I too would like to do more and used to. I worry alot lately about how long I will be able to work and what will happen if I can't any more. My kids don't even mention school functions half the time because they figure I will be too tired to go. Its sucks because their dad has Hep C also. Between the 2 of us we alsmost make a whole person sometimes. Try not to let it get to you too much. I know it is hard because I live it everyday too. We all do. I try to think of it as a mixed blessing. Like now I appreciate so many little things that I completely overlooked before. Like the way you felt about son running. Those good feelings are INTENSELY good. My pretzel logic helps me stay on track. Just a little side note about Vicodin. I don't know how much you take (each one has 500mg of acetaminophen) or how long you have taken it, but the longer I take it, the less it helps. It is the unfortunate nature of narcotics.I wish you many proud and joyful days. I hope you feel well enough to take a walk one day soon. I've had my new puppy for a month and to day I was finally able to play with him in the yard and run around a little. God is good .

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