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Anxiety & Fibro

Anxiety & Fibro

How many of you have an anxiety disorder? Whether it's panic attacks .. PTSD etc Did u find out before or after Fibro? And does your Fibro seem to make it worse? ... I'm just trying to figure it out ... I've never had this disorder until last year then a little while after I got diagnosed with Fibro ..it almost seems like I can't differentiate between the to

A MyFibroTeam Member said:

For years -- way before fibro. Clonazapam 4 mg a day if I need it. Works well for me. I do not attribute it to fibro. But fibro is stressful.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Depression generalized anxiety and PTSD...was kind of scary going off my lexapro to start the cymbalta... When you find a med that works for your anxiety and depression it is worrisome to change it. Having fibro definitely makes the depression worse and the PTSD.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

Everyone on the team has really given you some good information. I have had a history of anxiety and depression, however, it is a combination of chemical imbalance and now the addition of chronic pain. I have also been diagnosed with GAD and Depression secondary to FM. The area of PTSD is typically due to a history of trauma. I also believe that ongoing underlying stress and trauma along with previous physical injuries is the perfect storm for FM. Panic attacks come on when the build up of the anxiety has been internalized and so it impacts the brain and signals the body to "fight or flight." This makes you feel like you are having a heart attack and causes you to have difficulty breathing. I can't tell you all of the heart tests I have had due to panic. I have most recently had a treadmill test which I am glad I did because I was told I had the heart of a runner and a much younger person. Just knowing what is causing stuff and why is half the battle. I take Xanax low dose .25 which is 1/2 of .5 for panic. I am allergic to all of the antidepressants so I am unable to take them although my psychiatrist and specialist want me to try a low dose of Celexa which is supposed to be mild compared to some anti-depressants. So sometimes it is good to add an antidepressant to help with the pain and depression and anxiety which all go hand in hand.

posted over 4 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I can't stand being in a small space or a crowded room I'm known to just get up and walk out of team meetings at work I start to cough and feel like I can't breath, another thing that sets off my anxiety is noise I seem a lot more sensitive to it lately people tapping infuriates me and when in meeting at work and everyone is shouting over the top of each other I could scream maybe I'm just a bad tempered bugger haha

posted over 4 years ago
A MyFibroTeam Member said:

I had anxiety before fibro, fibro has made my anxiety worse. Depression after fibro. On cymbalta and Wellbutrin has made a big difference.

posted over 4 years ago
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