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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
New to the site

Where to start? I was on tramacet  for nearly two years to control hip pain ( I need a new one). When I finally got my date for surgery and went off the meds as indicated by the surgeon, I began having extreme panic and anxiety attacks lasting all day and night. So much so  that I postponed my surgery ( I was also sick with a vicious cold ) until I could sort things out.
I have been in contact with mental health in my area but was unable to get help for about two weeks.
Now the doctor I saw told me it was withdrawals from the drug....he  gave me amytriptaline to take off the edge but things were still terrifiying so , he recommended Ativan for 4 days as well .
I guess my question is how long does withdrawal from tramacet take and will I ever be myself again. I have a wonderful husband and son who stand by me, thank goodness, but sometimes it just isn't enough.
I have started the sessions on the site too.
Im sorry to sound like such a downer but I just needed some advice.

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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
New to the site

Thanks Davit and Ashley, I appreciated your advice and I am trying with all my might.
I hope I did not give the impression that I wanted medical advice because I know you can't do that
I guess I just needed to know how long this withdrawal normally takes. I quit the tramacet on March 5 of this
year.... some of the reading I have done on it says it can take up to 2 weeks for the worst to be over.
 
I guess the upcoming surgery was a God send in a way because I would still be on that med.
 
Thanks again it's just nice to know a person is not alone.
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
need to see the light

I have been off my hip meds for almost 1 month and the anxiety and panic attacks have dimished but they are still there.
I had read that anxiety attacks can last for 10-30 minutes but my "nervousness" and doubting last all day or a good part of it... is this just part of the withdrawal? 
 
Sometimes I wonder if it will ever end...I am starting an anxiety treatment group here at home on the 7 of april/10 and
I so hope that this will help even more. I am doing the program too but I have to go slow because sometimes it makes me
feel more uptight...I'm wierd I guess.
 
I will keep on trying .
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
A feather in my cap

For the last month my husband, who by the way is my knight in shining armour, has sat with me day after day while I was (and still am) fighting this anxiety from my withdrawal from my hip meds. I cringed at the thought of him leaving me alone but today he asked me if I felt okay about him going to the farm for a few hours...I told him yes of course...you need the break!
Well so far so good, I'm managing okay.
It's a small success for me right now but a feather in my cap none the less.
Just wanted to share.
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Your input please

I'm not sure where to post this question but here goes...
Does decaf coffee influence the amount of anxiety a person goes through?
I have been sticking to herbal teas such as chamomile and just recently bought the decaf. I had a cup this am but I was
already edgy, would the coffee make it worse?
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
need to see the light

Thanks Davit, your words were very comforting. I was on tramacet for two years waiting to even see an orthopedic surgeon and get a date( had to cancel the surgery because both my husband and I were sick with a cold and flu), but by then I was already off the tramacet and going through withdrawals. Things happen for a reason I guess.
I have never been bothered  by anxiety not to this degree. The only thing I am on now is amitriptyline ( 25mg) at night so that I can get some sleep and not have pain. Other than that I just take ibuprofen when my hip is sore...thank goodness it is behaving itself somewhat but I am limited to the amount of exercise I do. Just doing groceries or walking for 30 minutes or so is a definite issue.
I am also going to accupuncture once a week for now, it does help for a little while. Joining this group has helped  alot and I won't abandon it, for sure...the group session here at home were recommended by the mental health region here .
 
In any event , thanks again.
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Your input please

Thanks all! there are few times when I am not edgy but I will give it a try.
 
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
need to see the light

Thanks for the info and support!
Davit,
I was told that my hip is shot "much older than I am" says the doc. As I said it has been behaving itself more of less...1) because I do very little other than house stuff and going out for shopping when needed . I have been using ibuprofen to help with the pain and my hot water bottle has become my best friend . I also go to accupuncture ( started again last week for
my hip and the anxiety ) and I truly believe it helps even if its just for a few days.
My orthepeadic surgeon really didn't want to do my hip because I am too young (54) but the last two years have been
difficult...lots of pain and having to quit working....couldn't be on my feet 10 hours a day. That's how I started  tramacet was
so that I could function and work. Boy, am I paying for it now.
 
I will also post another question about the amitriptyline , maybe you could shed some light.
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Is this a common occurance

As I have said before I take amitiptyline ( 25mg) at night to help control the anxiety and to help me sleep. It seems though that after 2-3 days it is less effective and on the 4th night I have such anxiety that I don't sleep all night...then the next day is
pure hell, so the 5th night I have to take an ativan just to rest.
I am seeing my doctor at mental health tomorrow and will surely bring it up with him but just wondering if anyone has experienced this.
On the 4th day I am also very depressed and see no end to the nightmare, it has happened that I think my family would be
better off without me....God I hate those days.
 
On a brighter note today ( last night was an ativan night) I feel a bit more like myself but I know it won't last....hope the doctor has a few suggestions.
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9 years ago 0 shadowkins 106 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
Stress, Part IV

I like that quote too....I should put it on my fridge where I can see it.
 
Reading all your posts have made me realize that I too must change the way I do things in order to reduce the stress in my life. I have always been a bit of a control freak, I had to run everything and be sure all was well. I guess that all started 15 years ago when I had to take care of my terminal mother and make sure my dad was fine. Being the only child out of six who was close I had no alternative but to take control. My father has alzeimers and was difficult to say the least for quite awhile.
Too boot I had a six year old son with tons of energy. All this too say I think I picked up a bad habit by always being there
for everyone , now my parents are gone, my son is all grown up, I am terribly restricted to what I can do because of my hip and now this blasted anxiety.
I sometimes wonder if being on the tramacet help mask these issues and now without the meds I have to face the truth? Who knows... stress is a powerful thing and I do know that over the years I find I cannot handle the stress like I used too...Am I weak because of it...No, I don't think so but I must learn to be good to myself too. Drats! I haven't taken care of me for so long, I don't know if I know how. I just hope it's not too late.