Hi Kate, so good to get in touch with you again. Hope they change this site soon because it's too easy to lose your reply to expert.
Valium just didn't work for me. Never entirely took away my anxiety or panic attacks, made me sick in my stomach every day, headacky, sedation that wouldn't go away, etc. All along we thought it was the cymbalta but then I remembered I never felt that bad when I first started taking it and especially not down to 20mg. He upped valium to 14mg and I felt sicker than ever.
We had to do something and he asked if I was willing to go back on XanaxXE ,5mg, I felt great on that for years and he felt that even though it had only been a llittle over three months that I had been off of it, he felt it was long enough to wash out of my receptors and my enxymes had probably changed back to where they once were, or something like that, I didn't quite understand it all but I said "yes" in a flash, I couldn't take another day of feeling so ill after all these months,
Last week he put me on ,5XanaxXR 3 times daily while still on the same amount of valium....6mg. in a,m, - 4 at 2 p.m. and 2mg. at bedtime, By day three I no longer had any anxiety or panic but was very sedated, He was estatic to hear that news because it showed him the Xanax was working again, I am now down to 8mg valium, Still feeling a little sedation from body adjustment to Xanax but I feel so much better, I can't explain it but I feel up again, The valium dragged me down emotionally and I couldn't control it.,
I don't know if you agree if I should have gone back on Xanax again but he knew how I've suffered for so long and he knew what worked before. My only concern is that the Xanax will stop working again but he said something happened during the time of me taking pain opiates that changed my brain.
So what do you think, Kate? I know doctors hate Xanax but what else could I do? It certainly wasn't time time to take yet another benzo. I was too sick and desperate. I really was at the end of my Hope, not rope. Only through the grace of God was I able to handle it as far as I have, In spite of the meds I'm still on my brain is clearer too.
He is going away on the 28th of July for 3 weeks and hopefully we'll have this all straightened out by then.
Sleep apnea mask working great so I'm getting a good night's sleep. When he returns we will then make a decision about getting off the last 20mg cymbalta and if I even need an antidepressant.
I can't wait to hear what you think about all of this. Give it to me straight!