Ninja Kitty

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  1. I realy really hate flying last time i was on a plane I was flying from UK to back home in the USA Long long long flight, My Dr prescribed me higher doses of valium and told me also to take half a 10mg tablet of temazepam while on flight for sleep........It actually worked i slept for about 4 hours but after that i was awake but not scared and was calm, everyone has a different way of coping with it.......... as they say in Die Hard the Movie MAke fists with ya toes..... It actually works compression points are top notch, basically talk to whoever you can about ways of controlling the flight fear there are lots of ways to deal with it other than just meds..... for example breathing exercises + meds might help Positive mental Attitude ....good luck and if you need any more ideas on flight meds prescribed or available give me a shout i have a lits as long as my arm Kitty x
  2. HI I hope this helps you Zoloft Generally is started at 25mg per day..... but if prescribed for panic/anxiety7other social anxiety issues 50mg can be the starting dose it can also be upped to max dose of 200mg per day but that dosage is primarily for very high and advanced issues with depression and anxiety and panic etc. 50mg is not that bad honestly, i was 100mg plus at one point with zoloft, i only stopped taking it because my Psychiatrist put me on stronger meds. Im not trying to big myself up but i do have degrees in medicine and pharmacology so if you want anymore information help or support don't be afraid to ask...although advice is all i give I'm not your Dr or pharmacist, I just try and help people with med fears when needed. oh and yes you can take 25mg say for 1 week then updose to the 50mg stated by your Dr, but you could ask them about this just as precaution. I hope this helps Kitty x
  3. Hi folks, Just thought i would post here to say Im back BIG TIME, I will be online lots from now as as I am finally allowed to sit in front of a laptop/pc etc for as long as i like now in have my seizures under control...... SO HUGE BIG LOVING HUGS TO ALL MY AWESOME LONG TIME FRIENDS AND A HUGE HIYA AND HUGS TO EVERYONE I DON'T KNOW i am so glad to be back and i am here if anyone needs me .......Gilly I hope that I can still be allowed to help folk the way i used to for you with my medical and pharmaceutical background and I hope to see all my friends and make lots of new one's BIG LOVE NInja Kitty xxx
  4. Amnesia could you please leave now ............... pretty please coould you leave now amnesia.................... I can;t remeber if i said this but could the amnesia of the mild variety please GO TO HELL!!!!!

  5. That's good to hear that your taking my advice and accepting my information, mirtazapine is 1 of my many meds I take, primarily it is for anxiety for me and I am on 45mg per night...... it works like it should and keeps things to a good level (I'm in therapy too etc etc) my other medication for my mental health problems are 2 benzos (diazepam (valium) during the day & Nitrazepam for sleep) I also take pregabalin, sumatriptan the list goes on....all my other meds I was on before i started Mirtazapine and I've been on Mirtazapine now for a few years I'e finally started reducing the doses of my other meds little by little (I have been on them for a very long time so im currently doing proper reductions with the smallest ammount each time) Also maybe asking your Dr about another type of benzo that might help (something different than xanax) that has a longer half life but less addictive than the xanx is. Good Luck and keep me posted xxx
  6. If your finding things not improving much now then maybe contacting your Dr before your due to see him/her might be a good idea but the back pain in all honesty is possibly tension due to the anxiety and lack of sleep. Personally I'd contact my Dr for some info etc but that's just me, to be honest it's whatever makes you feel better/less anxious/sleep better. Nothing wrong with contacting your Dr, you also said your on xanax, xanax is a very powerful benzo but has a rly short half life, I personally stopped xanax and had it replaced by diazepam which i take at night along with my mirtazapine and then I use nitrazepam for sleep but I'm on crazy ammounts of meds . At the end of the day your Dr will take note that you feel the 15mg of mirtazapine isn't doing enough and that you feel you might need a higher dose. So if you honestly feel that after 9 day's you don't feel good enough then you may as well give your Dr a call and just be honest about how your feeling and how your sleep is affected etc. Good Luck Kitty xx
  7. The 1st few weeks leave you feeling dizzy/tired in all honesty within 2 weeks of starting it i was upped to 30mg the higher the dose the less dizzy you get, at 15mg it obvously helps calm you down some what but........... at 15mg it is llike taking antihistamines if you still feel dizzy etc after the 1st 2 weeks going back to your DR asap and asking for it to be updosed to 30mg is your best bet then you will sleep but the dizzyness etc will become less and the anxiety and depression will be lower (I'm not just talking from ersonal experience I used to be a pharmacologist so I know medication like the back of my hand) All in all it's like all meds you have to give it beyween 2-6 weeks for the side effects of normal new meds to wear off but with Mirtazapine the higher the dose funnily enough the less dizzy and exhausted you feel and then sleep goes back to being really good. Let me know how you get on post back here or feel free to pm me if you want more information...... and Gilly will back me up and tell you I used to be in pharmacology etc. Good Luck Kitty xxx
  8. I've been on mirtazapine for 3 yrs I'm now on max dose of 45mg per night, at 15mg per night i slept really well and felt drowsy the next day for the 1st 2weeks then it calmed down then by 1 month was on 30mg and by month 2 i was on 45mg per night......... the dopeyness wears off eventually but I hope the Dr has made it abundantely clear that you should take it at bedtime and not during the day. I can't take ssri's etc and mirtazapine has been thee best anti depressant i have ever been on (although i take a lot of other meds as well on top of this). God luck and let me know if it calms down after a week or so. Kitty xx
  9. Hope it gives you some relief hunni, I remeber the days where i would kill to have a few hours of what i called "inner peace", no anxy feelings no depressed feelings just a little bit of calm in my body and my head. It's long road some find it longer than others but there is a beautiful calm at the end of that road and inbetween, i hope you find yours soon xx
  10. great piece of information, I have read something very similar on a website that also lists over 300 symptoms of anxiety and panic....... comforting thought to know that it is our body protecting itself........ some people don't believe this.......its a crying shame. I hope you find the comfort reassurance and help you need through us and this site my lovely. Kitty xxx

  12. sounds ike a top notch plan flip nice deep breathing do it in the bath, give you a tip here are some steps to follow 1. run your bath with your favourite bubble bath or scented oil/whatever you use thats nice and relaxing 2. make sure the bath is warm very comfortable and soothing warm 3. get in the bath and place on hand on you tummy and one hand on your chest 5. start breathing slowly and try it this way 1. breath in deeply through your nose for a count of 5-6 nice and deep from your tummy not your chest 2. exhale out your mouth slow and steady for a count of 7-8 if you can (if you cant do it for that long try in for 5 out for 6 or 7) keep doing it till you feel it becoming regular. .............. at the same time with every inhale start doing some relaxation, tense your body slightly not a lot but just a little as you inhale and as you exhale release do that for about 2-5 minutes and hopefully you will feel the tension and agitation or worry just gradually decrease with every breath. It's worth a try works a treat for me lol xxx
  13. Ninja Kitty


    Hey Mr B.......... welcome to AC come chat
  14. and as gilly says sometimes no medication can be a blessing in disguise :wub:
  15. Well i have been on more medication than i care to mention, i alos have very indepth kowledge about all medication if you need any advice feel free to pm me i'll be happy to give you some suggestions for your dr or psych....... and in all cases i always try adn avoid telling peopl about benzos, benzos should be last line of treatment for anyone , so many other medications out there that can help just as well without the long term side effects or dependance that can go hand in hand with benzo use. Kitty xx (i am not a precribing dr or a dr i can only advise ad give my personal opinion and my medical knowledege as a guideline to maybe help you when you see your dr or psych)
  16. Oh wow im so sorry for what you have gone through seems like you have been to hell and back again (we all have tbh) i'm gonna start by saying beta blockers arrrrrrrrrrrrghhhh how ragey i get at dr's prescribing these for peole with anxiety especially i your main symptom is dizzyness vertigo etf because tbh they just magnify the problem. therapy is key, cbt, mindfullness, deep relaxation therapy and being taught how to breathe properly are the key features with people who suffer from what i like to call *dizzyvertigomesseduphead syndrome* these symptoms are usually down to hyperventalation syndrome..........basically were breathing to fast and too shallow due to panic or anxiety but you rarely know its happening until you feel dizzy/faint and the start to panic all over again. Learning how to breathe properly is a good thing..........everyone presumes deep breathes from your chest are best.......... uh huh entirely wrong deep breathing from your stmach is where you need to be at learning to breathe deeply and gently can be as good a anxiety/panic cure as popping a xanax or valium (seriously i aint kidding) your dr is another problem no follow up appointment no referal to therapy or a psych for evaluation on how deep rooted your anx/panic is is just poor health care in my opinion. my advice to you is to seek out another dr and get a 2nd opinion, meds arent always the answer but if you feel you need them you can ask you dr for something mild (plz try to avoid benzos when possible0 something mild like a low dose ssri or buspar (buspirone here in the uk) in cobination with some therapy might help........therapy on its own i.e cbt or mindfullness can be all some people need ot get it back on track. I personally got shoved from one dr to another for so long im now med dependant and i am in therapy have a psychiatrist and psychologist so the key to good recovery is to get the right help. if you want any med advice feel free to pm me (im not a dr or prescribing dr so its advice only and you should consult your dr/pharmacist or psych before trying any medication........i'm literally here to give advice and my opinion only) Wishing you best of luck and i hope you find your answers here and from a professional Kitty xx
  17. Also try some relaxation exercises and breathing exercises its amazing how much we dont focus on our breathing when anxious. search breathing/deep relaxation exercises on google you'll find a heap of rly good information xx
  18. well flip the fact your going to therapy and such is great, always remeber if you feel worse or you feel your medication isnt working ( by not working i mean you feel no different after the 4-6 weeks settling in period or after you updose) tell your dr/therapist and they may change your meds, medication is always trial and error sometimes it takes a med change or updose for you to get any relief, sometimes it take 1-3 med changes before you find a medication that feels right for you, in the meantime keep taking your meds , keep going to therapy, try herbal remedies too like bachs rescue remedy (comes in all forms i.e a spray on , liquid drops, pastilles you suck or chewing gum), chamomile tea, im currently using chamomile tea infused with spiced apple in the evenings (it is so tasty and rly soothing can get it in the supermarket or health food shop) if you feel you need more energy then peppermint tea or a revitalising tea like tea with lemon grass or green tea is good too and none of them interact with medication so its perfectly safe. If you want anymore in depth info on your meds please feeel free to pm me or ask you pharmacist or dr for more info. Wishing you all the best hunni hang in there i promise it does get better Kitty xx
  19. Hello there, i can tell you that yes there is a issue with weight gain while on zyprexa (Olanzapine) but it depends on the dose of zyprexa they put you on, zyprexa is a anti-psychotic and it is used off label for anxiety, ptsd and panic disorder. The higher the dose the more likely the weight gain will be an issue. If you could give me your dosage information, your weight at the moment, your mental health diagnosis (i,e is id anxiety or panic etc etc) then i can give you a better answer to your question. Kitty xx
  20. first of all multivitamins are great for anxiety when were anxious and depressed our body is usually laking in vitamin b12 vitamin d etc so a multivitamin is a excellent thing to take wether your anxious or not, as for the mix of meds, Zoloft is a ssri, it will not interact with a multivitamin or the klonopin. Srri's are anti depressants zoloft is very well tolerated and has minimal side effects it will take between 6-8 weeks to have full effect in this time you dr may up your dose. Main side effects of zoloft are increased anxiety for the 1st few days, headaches, may cause you to feel sleepy or the opposite may make you slightly hyper, bowel issues sickness or dizzyness are very very common, but will go within the 1st 2 weeks. the Key is to not let the side effects put you off and to battle through the settling in period. Klonopin is a benzo compately different class of drug from zoloft completely, minimal side effects main one is drowsyness but it is good for a quick fix for you anxiety, try and only take it when needed and not every single day. In the next 4-6 weeks you dr may updose your zoloft if this happens be prepared to go through the settling in period all over again. you don;t have to worry about mixing any of the medications your dr/cllinic/therapist whoever has prescribed you there are nointeractions between them and none will cause any reactions by taking them together. All in all you will be fine and the medication will help but you have to give it time and not give up on it if it doesnt work right away. also therapy combined with meds is always the best option so possibly ask your dr/psych for cbt or other such therapys kitty xx
  21. I think the biggest problem for people who suffer from anxiety and other such problems is that we dont want it to be anxiety or panic or any other mental health disorder , we kind of like to llive in denial till it gets to the point where we can;t cope anymore and our Dr's "open our eyes" and were like ok......... that sucks but also at the same time total relief and a weight lifted that its not actually physical its mental....... contradictory.... possibly but i do remember when 1st diagnosed feeling a huge wave of relief knowing i wasn't going to die from my palps or the other symptoms (numbness, tingling, pain , palps, burning etc) also knowing im not alone and there are a entire community of people feeling exactly how i feel gave me some reflief.
  22. Is it possible to be all 3? I definitly have traites of all 3 but i have been diagnosed with personality disorder and borderline schizophrenic when hospitalised years ago. thankfully now im basically stable i have manic episodes but the clusters you have mentioned A,B & C i can relate to a lot the traites in all 3 groups..... Im actually printing out the pages with the information on as we speak to show to my psychiatrist and psychologist at my nxt sessions as its never been shown that way before to me..... thanks for the information and the web page link Kitty
  23. Hi there, My general doctor knew that my problems were mental health issues after 1 15 inute normal consultation with her after i described every symptom imaginable, There is a website that lista over 300 physical anxiety symptoms and i think in all my years of sufffering and my ups and downs I have experenced them all at one time or another, anyways, My Dr (general practicioner) referred me to a cpn (community psychiatirc nurse) and a therapist just for conformation of my Problems. Within yet another 15 minutes of just explaining my main problems wot the therapist she was like ok your suffering from acture (severe) anxiety disorder panic disorder (i have roling panic attacks one straight afte another with no break for periods of 24 hours or more) which mimic hell on earth, chest pain, palpatations, burning arms and legs (literally burning feeling). I was utterly aghast at this revelation and i questioned them a million times (because as we all know we convince ourselves its not anxiety were convinced its all real physical problems heart related or otherwise) This was 15 yrs ago for me, im now 15 yrs on and i have what i call "windows" i can be anxiety and panic free for months sometimes years (longest i have went is 5 yrs with nothing bar a bit of social anxiety). therrapists and psychiatrists are trained to know the differene between real medical physical problems and the physical symptoms of anxiety and any good therpist will spot it n a millisecond. As for your aches and pains that is fairly common after a massive onslaught of anxiety or panic or depression, you tense your whole body (most people say to me i dont tense my reply is you do you just dont know your doing it) As joy said your body is physically and mentally exhausted after a anxiety attack or panic attack and having chest aches and pains is the most common anxiety symptom its actually no.1 on the anxiety symptom list this is why peple develop Health anxiety about there heart constantly when anxiety flares up. I so sorry your having to suffer through this no one deserves to have this pain in the ass mental health problems but your in the right place here, we can help guide you and comfort you and in some cases hopefully calm you down if your feeling panicky. But Please rest assured that what your feeling is anxiety related and we have all been there before like gilly said anxiety24/7 over long periods of time ar not uncommon. I wish it only lasted an hour or 2 then went away and we all felt fine (somepeople are lucky and thats all it is), but unfotunately the battle is long and hard and sometimes you wanna just throw your hand up in the air and scream WHY ME!!!!!!!!!!! but you wil get through it and we will be here to help you every step of the way when you need us I hope i didnt ramble to much crap there. If i did sorry lol Also if you need any med advice feel free to ask me im the walking book of medication lol Stay positive and remember YOU HAVE THE ANXIETY..............IT DOESN'T HAVE YOU Kitty xx
  24. Hi there and welcome, so glad you found us you have definitly come to the right place for some advice and help. at least 1 person if not all will be able to help you in some respect with 1 or more of your mental health problems I'm open for medication advice if needed so feel free to PM me and chat is always a good place to go for an instant quick help if you don't want to post on the forums and wait for a reply can you tell us a bit more about your problems and triggers etc, what is your main problem at the moment, which aspect of your problems is giving you the most discomfort just now? I hope you find the relief and help you need from us Kitty x
  25. hey peeps leaving in about an hour to travel to Raigmore hospital (inverness scotland) for my MRI, 6 hour round journey for a friggin MRI............ I am pooping my pants to say the least, I have Valium for the MRi so i dont freak but im really really really realllllyyyyyyyyyyy scred of the results this damn swollen optic nerve and migraines Im thinking the worst. I just want today to be over and the next month or so waiting for results to be anxiety is sky high, im imagining al sorts of brain issues. My biggest fear is they find a brain tumour or fluid/pressure on the brain............ I am genuinly scared out my wits. I don't think i have ever been so worried about something in my life and i've been diagnosed with c****r FFS!!!!! I can accept c****r in my cervics etc and do that treatment..................... but im 1000% more terrified of this. I will let folk know how it goes and thankfully have my mom and my son and my partner around for some support. Please pray for me xxxxxxxxxxxx or send me good vibes whichever is your preference pleeeeeeeeeeeease Kitty xxxxxx