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Old 09-01-2005, 05:12 AM   #1
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I Think I Made My Doctor Mad-I'm Panicking

Just have to get this off my chest.

I have been being treated by a family practioner for my condition for 2 1/2 years. Before that, I saw several psychiatrists, all to no avail. Most were against prescribing a benzo (I would only be given a week dose and only for one month, but all were quick to write a script for an anti-depressant. Not to knock the psychiatry field. Just didn't work for me.

Then the skies opened and I found my general doctor. He is always sooooo understanding, sympathetic, never rushes me, and even if its been 3-4 months between visits, he can tell you everything I've talked about in the 2 1/2 years without reading my chart before I see him. It's like he's a member of my family.

Well, he's never increased my Xanax which is okay with me. Don't won't to replace one problem with another if I should ever be lucky enough to rid myself of this condition. Yesterday I called him because I had a thought plus I wanted to let him know that I had taken my daily alotment, and it wasn't even noon yet. I have always been honest with him and I always keep him informed of any changes. Sometimes I have times where I run out a couple of days before my refill, because I'll have a day of persistent anxiety. So instead of taking my 3x a day, as soon as one would wear off and the anxiety was there, I'd take another. So I called and asked about Xanax XR or a different benzo that would stay in my system longer. He wanted to switch me to Ativan. That didn't work for me as well as Xanax in the past which I told him. So he agrees to prescribe the Xanax XR but tells me he wants me to start seeing a psychiatrist. Maybe I got the wrong impression, but it seemed like he was giving up and sounded kinda mad. He knows my feelings about psychiatrists. I told him I get more help from him for a fraction of the cost, and plus he doesn't set a timer on me.

Anyway, I went to pick up my prescription for the Xanax XR, and it is less than 1/2 the dosage of the Xanax I've been taking for the past 2 1/2 years. If he refuses to treat me for this anymore, I don't know what I'll do. Oh wait...yes I do......I'LL HAVE A 24/7 PANIC ATTACK AND TOTALLY FREAK OUT!

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Old 09-01-2005, 10:59 AM   #2
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Re: I Think I Made My Doctor Mad-I'm Panicking

Have you tried taking the xr? Maybe the strengths are different....since the medication is different.

Old 09-01-2005, 11:17 AM   #3
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Re: I Think I Made My Doctor Mad-I'm Panicking

Yes, I tried it today. It definitely isn't strong enough to keep a constant edge off. Thanks for replying.

Old 09-01-2005, 01:31 PM   #4
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Re: I Think I Made My Doctor Mad-I'm Panicking

Xanax XR works differently and has a longer half life. Because of this you may not feel the full effects right could take about 6 days or so. I say give it a shoot. For me, ativan works great. Same as xanax..I think it lasts longer too.

Now..would you go to a dentist if you had an ingrown toenail? Would you see a chiroprator for a heart problem? No of course not. Your Dr is a GP and many of them are so so wonderful. But this is not his field. IMHO you need a specialist. And that would be a psychiatrist for meds and a therapist of some kind for therapy.

I am all for drugs when that is a choice someone makes. I take propranolol, klonopin, and ativan. So I am definatly not against the drug route. But I STRONGLY believe that these disorders must be battled with a full artillary. And the only ppl who are capable of that are the professionals trained to do so. It may take some time to find the right one/s for you...but isnt it worth it? I am sick to death of this crap and you can bet your butt I will do everything and ANYthing I can to rid my life of this ailment. One day you will get mad enough and sick enough and be willing to try everything.

Old 09-01-2005, 01:43 PM   #5
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Re: I Think I Made My Doctor Mad-I'm Panicking

Anxietysucks: I have a dr. that I have been going to for many years and like so many of us with anxiety we make several office visits, have been to the ER, had tests out the wazoo and I get to feeling guilty/embarassed at my constant medical concerns..there are times when she will say, "well maybe we need to send you here or maybe we need to send you there" and I feel offended because I feel she is SICK of me..can't blame her but then I feel bad..I too, have been to a psycholgist and went for many years..yes, it helped while I was going and there are times when I think I should start going back to talk..still taking the zanex .05 mg. twice a day..yea, it sucks....but thank the lord we can talk to each other and people that understand what we are going through...Keep trying to smile !!!

Old 09-01-2005, 02:13 PM   #6
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Re: I Think I Made My Doctor Mad-I'm Panicking

to anxiety sucks
you should also be learning CBT coping skills with the eventual idea of not needing much or any xanax, this also involves learning new ways of relaxing and calming yourself
many self help CBT books and courses are available, some but not all therapists teach CBT

psychiatrists geberally arent of much help, often they search for hidden subconscious causes, an old fashioned method that almost never helps
Life is not a dress rehearsal

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