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Old 07-16-2003, 10:36 PM   #1
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Question anyone on paxil?

hey all...
just wanted to know, as i am going to see my gi doc tomorrow, if anyone is taking paxil for anxiety related ibs?
i've had ibs for about 5 years and i was recommended to take paxil, but i just confirmed that it is ok to take during breastfeeding...
does it help those of you taking it? i'm getting worsening anxiety and my ibs gets bad when this happens, usually when i have to go somewhere and may get stuck in traffic, anxiety due to those "what ifs"...{getting stuck and NEEDING TO GO, i'm sure you've all been there!}
it's horrible, i almoset told my mother to scalp my bruce springsteen tickets because i was so afraid of going to giants stadium at rush hour....
please advise, anythign is much appreciated!!!!

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Old 07-17-2003, 04:23 PM   #2
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I've been on paxil now for ulcerative proctitis and a back problem. It works well for generalized depression associated with chronic pain, but I don't know if its the best for your anxiety -- however, I haven't had a flare up in 3 months! Anything to do the trick I suppose.

It does make you drowsy however and maybe a little loopy -- good luck and go for the springsteen show!
Dec 2000 - feel heaviness in hamstrings and tightness in back doing rigorous activity
Jan 2001 - saw chiropractor no improvement
April 2001 - started PT and continued chiropractic ... little relief
Sept 2001 - XRays show slight retrolisthesis of L5/S1, MRI shows degeneration of L5/S1 disc and slight bulge and degenerative changes of facet joints
Oct 2001 - ortho orders more PT -- aggravates pain
Jan 2002 - series of 3 epidural injections -- no relief
May 2002 - more chiropractic/osteopathic work -- no relief
Nov 2002 - discogram positive for discogenic pain at L5/S1
Feb 2002 - IDET for L5/S1
1 month out of work
June 2002 - start PT
July 2002 - marginal improvement from IDET, although pain in above discs

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