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My Anxiety – A New Year 2016

Well the start of a new year (2016) deserves a blog post. The evidence is here to show that I had over done it towards the end of last year – I have had flu for the past 10 days and currently have a bad chest, don’t want to say chest infection. So if I didn’t already know it , the flu confirmed that I had done to much for me, which triggered my dark thoughts and difficult period in November and early December.

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Visits to GP, Psychiatrist & Gastroentroligst

Wow, it has been a month and quite a bit has happened.

A month ago, I blogged that I recognised I was stuck in a cycle with anxiety feeding IBS feeding anxiety, which was at the least hindering my recovery. So I have had a string of appointments over the past month, which included, GP, Psychiatrist, Gastroenterologist, and an Endoscopy.
So, to start, an anxious visit to the GP: who as usual seemed to lack empathy. I explained my bowel symptoms and link to anxiety. He concluded that I displayed the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and suggested I discuss it more at my next Gastroenterologist appointment.

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Anxiety and IBS -D

Sorry everyone – bowel talk! So I have now worked out that my bowel control problems are not necessarily a symptom of my Ulcerative Colitis, (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) and have now been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

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Trazodone 150mg side effects Aching joints and back

I have been taking 150mg of Trazodone at night for a week now, the good news is my head / mental health seems to be a lot better, I feel less anxious and depressed.

BUT I am suffering with aching joints, particularly my knees and back, find it difficult to physically get out of bed because I ache and feel so ‘heavy’, to the point I am close to calling my wife to help me out of bed.

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My current strategy for my anxiety & depression & colitis

Here is an update on my medication, therapy and what I am trying to do to manage my colitis and anxiety:

Medication

The medication I take of Trazodone, Pregabalin and Asacol Mesalazine tablets are working for me so I will continue with them

Therapy

I am attending Solution Focused Brief Therapy every two weeks and find that very helpful; I always come away feeling more positive, happy and motivated.

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Trazodone Drug Experience for Anxiety and Depression

I have been on Trazodone 150mg for a week now.

Firstly Trazodone has stopped the awful side effects I was getting from Duloxetine withdrawal – which is great because the nightmares, dizziness, brain zaps and sleep problems where getting to much. So lesson learnt is always do what the doctor tells you

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Duloxetine / Cymbalta Withdrawal Symptoms SNRI Discontinuation Syndrome

I don’t know whether I am making a big mistake but I am trying to come off Duloxetine (Cymbalta). I have not taken Duloxetine for 5 days now, having slowly reduced my dosage over three weeks

Very difficult to explain, but got regular sounds in my head, like a camera shutter and sort of pressure noise when I move, extremely tired / exhausted, hard to move, limbs heavy, extremely irritable/nasty, dizzy/faint, nausea, emotional, increased nightmares, increased thoughts of harming myself

Anyway, my daughter has just expressed her and the families concern over how I am, so thought I had better check it out a bit more.

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New medication for my Anxiety

I had my appointment with the Psychiatrist on the 19th December and we reviewed my medication.

I was taking:

100mg, three times a day of Pregablin (Lyrica) and 90mg, once a day of Duloxetine (Cymbalta)

Apparently whilst a low dose of Duloxetine can help anxiety, a higher dose (ie 90mg) can increase anxiety!

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How I manage my Ulcerative Colitis

Things I do to manage my Ulcerative Colitis which is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):

  1. I have my Colitis ‘kit’ which I take out with me (spare underpants, baby wipes and couple of nappy sacks, in case of any accidents)
  2. Take my medication regularly
  3. Use the enema when I have an attack
  4. Try and drink lots of water and/or squash
  5. Go to bed if an attack is to bad, sleeping it off, eases UC
  6. Think about my diet, wheat and spicy food are bad news
  7. Talk to my wife and family about it.
  8. I have managed to get a disabled parking Blue Badge so I can park easily if I need to dash to the loo
  9. I am going to look into getting some Incontinence pads or pants, to help me feel safer when out.