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Multiple Symptoms....Need Help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 26, 2008
  • 05:46 PM

I would really appreciate any help that I can get on this. I will try to be as descriptive as I can.

About 3 years ago I started having severe abdominal pain along with bloating. I could not keep any food down and I lost close to 45 pounds. I had already had my appendix removed and most doctors told me I was constipated and that was what was wrong with me. I was throwing up what LOOKED like feces (I know....its really gross). FINALLY I asked for a HIDA scan and turns out I have a diseased gallbladder and was scheduled for surgery. Found out I was pregnant and I finally carried a pregnany to term so no surgery until about 2 months ago. However, I am still having abdominal pain.

I have been struggling with depression, anxiety, panic, and OCD for a while now....and I finally went to my primary care to see about getting on some meds. My doctor put me on Paxil 20mg. I was on it for a month and during the first week I was extremely jittery. The second week I felt fairly normal...but I had absolutely NO emotion and I could NOT sleep at night for anything. The third week in to taking the medicine I started hearing things and becoming extremely paranoid. The last week I was on it I suddenly became extremely volatile at night and the hallucinations were MUCH worse. I have no recollection of my behavior...but after it happened 3 nights in a row I finally called my doctor and had her switch my meds. I am now on Lexapro 10 mg. I am still not able to sleep through the night....and I apparently have been blacking out every evening and saying weird things. I have no knowledge of these events either! I feel horribly sick during the day....and have no motivation to do anything. I finally called my doctor today to see if I can get SOMETHING to help me sleep...and to quell the anxiety attacks...as they are getting to be too much to manage.

Does anyone have any kind of advice?

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  • I would really appreciate any help that I can get on this. I will try to be as descriptive as I can. About 3 years ago I started having severe abdominal pain along with bloating. I could not keep any food down and I lost close to 45 pounds. I had already had my appendix removed and most doctors told me I was constipated and that was what was wrong with me. I was throwing up what LOOKED like feces (I know....its really gross). FINALLY I asked for a HIDA scan and turns out I have a diseased gallbladder and was scheduled for surgery. Found out I was pregnant and I finally carried a pregnany to term so no surgery until about 2 months ago. However, I am still having abdominal pain. I have been struggling with depression, anxiety, panic, and OCD for a while now....and I finally went to my primary care to see about getting on some meds. My doctor put me on Paxil 20mg. I was on it for a month and during the first week I was extremely jittery. The second week I felt fairly normal...but I had absolutely NO emotion and I could NOT sleep at night for anything. The third week in to taking the medicine I started hearing things and becoming extremely paranoid. The last week I was on it I suddenly became extremely volatile at night and the hallucinations were MUCH worse. I have no recollection of my behavior...but after it happened 3 nights in a row I finally called my doctor and had her switch my meds. I am now on Lexapro 10 mg. I am still not able to sleep through the night....and I apparently have been blacking out every evening and saying weird things. I have no knowledge of these events either! I feel horribly sick during the day....and have no motivation to do anything. I finally called my doctor today to see if I can get SOMETHING to help me sleep...and to quell the anxiety attacks...as they are getting to be too much to manage. Does anyone have any kind of advice? if you are blacking out and saying weird things.. maybe it is the drug you are on now causing that too?? Take care with some of those drugs as many do cause side effects. If the blacking out is being caused by another issue.. your depression and insomina may be caused by other condition too?. In which case maybe you are even getting wrong treatment entirely. maybe even think about getting off the drugs for the time being and getting them out of your system (while you try to work out, what is doing what).. and going and seeing a psychologist or another form of therapy instead eg CBT to try to deal with the anxiety, depression etc. I dont have a clue what your issue is but it could be just depression/anxiety.. a food issue (intollerance of some kind).. and a medicine reaction. abdomenal pain and bloating and constipation.. could be caused by irritable bowel syndrome (but also many other things could cause those symptoms). Too many different things could be the issue in your case to really say.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ask about hereditary angioedema (HAE). Like you I had my appendix & gallbladder removed before they discovered what was really going on. I was just reading the HAE Association forum where someone was mentioning "prodromal" (meaning "comes before") attacks of anxiety and mood shift before getting a full-blown attack of abdominal pain. www.haea.org
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm sorry I don't have anything to offer about what might be causing your symptoms. But for the Paxil, if it were me I would asked to be switched to something else. It sounds like you are having bad side effects and you need to try something different. I took Elavil for a while as a migriane preventative, but it is mainly used to treat depression and anxiety. It helped me sleep at night, and had no bad side effects. The first week though, I was extremely tired (you must take it at night as it causes drowsiness) but that did go away gradually over 1 1/2 to 2 weeks and after that I felt better just because I was getting a good night's sleep. Good luck.
    brandic77 10 Replies Flag this Response
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