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Experience:  M.B.B.S ; M.D (Psychiatry and Deaddiction), MS. Health Informatics
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I am having a hard time with worrying whether I set my feet

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I am having a hard time with worrying whether I set my feet on the ground with my shoes or no shoes from a sitting position affect the heart but scientifically there is no real connection between the heart and the feet movement or placement. However my ocd anxiety makes me worry when I set the foot down more so when the heels are placed on the ground. I tried CBT methods and none have worked so is there something I can tell the brain to trick it into thinking that the heart is not connected to my foot placements on the ground from sitting?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.

Dr Vikas :

Hello ! Thank you for your question, I’m Dr. Vikas (M.D Psychiatry) and I’ll try to help you.

Dr Vikas :

You have been diagnosed as suffering from OCD and anxiety, it it correct?

Customer:

Thank you Dr I am having a hard time dealing with this

Customer:

Yes I have OCD and GAD

Dr Vikas :

have you ever consulted a psychiatrist before?

Customer:

I am in CBT therapy but this has not worked

Customer:

yes I see a psychiatrist for my meds Remeron and Abilify

Dr Vikas :

OK, see, Remeron and Abilify are the best medicine for treating OCD and anxiety.

Dr Vikas :

it is evident that you are not responding to these medicines.

Customer:

I also take Ativan as needed

Dr Vikas :

right

Dr Vikas :

are you finding the useful in controlling your symptoms?

Customer:

do you think its time to switch medications?

Dr Vikas :

well, SSRI antidepressants like Prozac or Zoloft are the first line medicines for treating OCD and anxiety.

Dr Vikas :

Most patients respond well to any one of these medicines.

Customer:

Zoloft did not work for me and I am concerned for weight gain with prozac

Dr Vikas :

Prozac does not cause weight gain and in fact it can can cause weight initially because of its side effect of causing lack of appetite.

Dr Vikas :

Zoloft is usually required in high dose.

Dr Vikas :

to be effective. Most patients respond well to a dose range of 100-200 mg per day of Zoloft.

Customer:

I have been on Remeron since january if I switch to prozac will that take a long time to adjust?

Dr Vikas :

Your doctor can add Proazac with Remeron. This combination is a very powerful combination.

Dr Vikas :

I am confident that you will notice a great improvement in your symptoms within 2-3 weeks of starting Prozac.

Customer:

I am on 45 mg of Remeron now

Dr Vikas :

OK, your doctor can start with 20 mg of Prozac in day and can gradually increase it weekly depending on the clinical response. Most patients respond well to a dose range of 40-80 mg per day of Prozac.

Dr Vikas :

In addition to medicines, you can also try thought stopping technique for these obsessive ruminations you are having.

Customer:

I will ask my doctor thank you. How can I tell myself about the heart and foot placements having no connection?

Dr Vikas :

you can search for thought stopping technique videos on Youtube.

Dr Vikas :

see, these are obsessive ruminations (repeating thoughts and you yourself know that these thoughts are irrational because there is no connection between foot and heart placement)

Dr Vikas :

here thought stopping technique can be very useful. Once you start Prozac, you will notice a great improvement also.

Customer:

It seems that once my heel is on the ground the thoughts start up

Dr Vikas :

have you ever tried thought stopping technique?

Customer:

how does it work?

Dr Vikas :

in this technique, whenever a patients start having such type of thoughts, a command is given to brain to stop.

Dr Vikas :

just wait, I am giving you a few links.

Customer:

so even the action of placing the foot from the heel position is harmless as well and this is ocd false thinking?

Dr Vikas :

yes,.

Dr Vikas :

just try this technique and I am sure it will be helpful in your case.

Customer:

could you retype link for video results please?

Dr Vikas :

you can just search on google or yahoo for thought stopping technique videos.

Dr Vikas :

on youtube also you can find several videos.

Dr Vikas :

https://www.google.co.in/search?q=thought+stopping+techniques+videos&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

Customer:

anything positive I can tell myself to know that heart and feet are separate functions?

Dr Vikas :

see, as I mentioned before, this is an obsessive rumination and simply telling yourself not to believe in it will not help much.

Dr Vikas :

you have to try this technique to stop this unwanted thought.

Dr Vikas :

Prozac can help in this once your doctor start it.

Customer:

but realistically there is no connection?

Dr Vikas :

This is characteristic of OCD that if a patient try to resist his or her thought, it results in more anxiety.

Dr Vikas :

Yes, there is no such connection between foot placement and heart to the best of my knowledge.

Customer:

could acupuncture help the ocd?

Dr Vikas :

I have mentioned the two most useful approach which can help in controlling your symptoms. Most of my patients respond within 2-3 weeks.

Dr Vikas :

Acupuncture may or may not help. I am not able to comment on it as I have never tried it in my patients.

Dr Vikas :

never felt any need to do so honestly speaking.

Customer:

so the prozac and thought stopping technique would help in addition to my condition?

Dr Vikas :

yes,

Dr Vikas :

just discuss with your doctor and try them.

Customer:

thank you Dr Vikas

Dr Vikas :

You are most welcome. Don't worry, you will notice a great improvement in your symptoms very soon hopefully.

Dr Vikas :

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Customer:

thank you again

Dr Vikas :

:)

Customer:

just once last thing before we end I should also try not to pay attention to feet also?

Dr Vikas :

yes, just try to stop this thought by thought stopping technique. That is all you require at present.

Customer:

thank you

Dr Vikas :

welcome again.

Dr. Vikas, Doctor (MD)
Category: Health
Satisfied Customers: 2219
Experience: M.B.B.S ; M.D (Psychiatry and Deaddiction), MS. Health Informatics
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hello I spoke with my psychiatrist today about adding Prozac and he did not want to change anything right now with the medication aside from using ativan as needed as a third drug along with Remeron and Abilify. He wants me to use more CBT methods to cope with anxieties we discussed and thought stopping and know these ruminations I have are not based in reality and have no human physiology connection with the feet to the heart or the vision to the heart. I did get my blood drawn to check the low testosterone levels to see if there was a change since January and I will know by Friday. I was going to ask you if I saw a cardiologist would that help set my mind at ease. My pulse does run in the 100-120 from anxiety but my MD did not want to prescribe a beta blocker because of fatigue side effect. My pressure was 118/82. Do you think I should pursue a consultation with a cardiologist or just be happy with the results I have. My MD does not seem too concerned because I have psyche issues and is frustrated.

Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.
Hello Kevin,

I agree with your psychiatrist here and in my view also there is no need to see a Cardiologist for Obsessive ruminations regarding healt related issues.

However, regarding the medication part, I still believe that Fluoxetine (Prozac) if added to your current treatment regime by your psychiatrist should be helpful in your case.

Kind regards

Vikas
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was in the waiting area at CVS and was looking at the spaces between the ceiling tiles one I stared at for a little bit then stopped staring. Was it safe to not continue to stare and this has no connection to the heart functions at all? Also this morning I became too sensitive to my feet placement on the ground in the shower. Is the foot position also separate from heart as we discussed and should I just try to ignore foot position?
Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.
Hello Kevin,

Don't worry, both of these thoughts have no connection with the heart function. Just try the thought stopping technique as we discussed earlier.

And ask your psychiatrist to prescribe you Fluoxetine as your current medicines are clearly not helping at all in my view.

Kind regards

Vikas
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Good morning Doctor last night I was sitting on the couch eating pizza and watching a commercial where I focused on the bottle being advertised. My heart was beating a little faster from an herbal drink and eating the not so healthy pizza. If you feel your heart beating a little faster is that normal in this case. Watching the commercial with the bottle on the screen could not have done anything aside from maybe raise the anxiety a little? Should I not worry if the heart beat a little stronger and if it did beat noticably once a little stronger could that just been from digesting process?
Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.
Hello Kevin,

Heart beating can be fast because of anxiety also.

I don't think there is much to worry about it specially considering your diagnosis and the results of your previous investigations which are probably normal.

Regards

Vikas
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I talked with my psychiatrist and we agreed on adding 10 mg of Prozac to my medicine regime of Remeron 45 mg and Abilify 10 mg. Will this help my OCD more strongly especially with the gazing and staring?
Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.
Hello Kevin,

Adding Prozac should definitely help in my view but the 10mg dose is comparatively low. The usual dose range of Prozac is from 20-60 mg per day.

You can ask your doctor to increase the dose further after a week.

Regards

Vikas
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Hello Dr Vikas


when I was watching tv award show earlier I focused on a belt one of the actors was wearing then when it went out of view on the screen I thought I felt a flutter in my chest was this just a nervous impulse and nothing to do with the heart since this was only vision by looking at tv?

Expert:  Dr. Vikas replied 1 year ago.


Kevin,

I am sorry to say but not possible for me to comment on it. If you are physically fit and healthy with no history of previous heart disease, there are high chances that this could be because of anxiety.

Kind regards

Vikas

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