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    Advice Needed.

    So, since reducing the valium I've noticed major changes in my anxiety. It came back, exactly where it left off 6 months ago. I started to fear being sick, and having constant nausea which stopped me eating and I lost weight as a result. I couldn't handle it any longer. I'd done a week+ using only 1 valium and it didn't get any better. So I went back to taking 1 when I wake up, 1 mid day and 1 when I go to bed.

    Today there's been a remarkable improvement in my mental health. I've been happy. I've ate well. No nausea. Very little anxiety. I've spent the whole day being productive.

    But this isn't good news of course. It's all temporary.

    What do I do from here to get off these medications? If reducing my dose causes sever anxiety how am I to go without? And the longer I take these, the worse it's going to get. But without them life is not good.

    I'm in a mess folks. A real big mess.

    @Terry, I know you've been on benzos before. Did you have anything like this?
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    Re: Advice Needed.

    It's severe anxiety in your perception of it, Wired but if you don't eat you will just increase the nausea and low blood sugar jitters.

    Nausea is unpleasant but worrying about it will make it worse and the fact that you are aware that you have been reducing the diazepam will make you more vigilant of any symptom/sensation..

    I suppose it comes down to deciding what you are more comfortable with-working through the nausea, still continuing to eat simple easily digestible stuff and keeping your blood sugar steady..or relying on benzos to keep you stable but for an indefinite period of time until they are withdrawn.

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    It's rough pulsia. Today I haven't used any, whereas yesterday I used 3. I've been in bed all day asleep waking up covered in sweat. I've had anxiety, but just dealt with it. I have no desire to eat anything today whereas yesterday I ate like a horse. My stomach is killing me and cramping constantly too. I feel stuck. I was told last time it was my last batch of the benzo's but then my doc gave me another 3 boxes!
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    Re: Advice Needed.

    I'm not going to be able to quit. Ended up in nasty arguments with the gf as a result of how i was feeling and the anxiety. I had to take one. I'm now contemplating buying them from a friend if/when the doctor pulls me off them. I know this is a silly idea to some, but life with them is better than life without and having dealt with this for 15 years this is the only point in my life where I feel normal. It's masking the problem ... sure I know, but in 15 years I've never gotten past anxiety so no point in kidding myself pretending that "this time is it". It sucks, but it's the only move I have left. Failing that I'll end up destroying my relationship and heading back into depression and suicidal thoughts. The whole reason for these meds was to stop that 3-4 months back, removing them just puts me back to spot 1.
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    Re: Advice Needed.

    I'm eating normally now and catching up on a project. No anxiety. I opt for this live, over the alternative. It's sucks I'm this position.
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    Re: Advice Needed.

    It may seem easier now but in the long run you know the consequences. Just trying to help you-you know benzos are false friends really although they give you a quick fix from dealing with anxiety which appears to be unbearable.

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    I know and I agree, but I can't see any other way. I dealt with anxiety for months before I was given them. I can't go back to that.
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    Re: Advice Needed.

    And I know you're right, I'm not thinking correctly. I'm thinking out of fear at the moment. I'm just so fed up of the anxiety, nausea, sweating, shaking etc. Even with the diazepam I played a fast paced car game and the motion set off panic.

    Is it normal to fester in my pit for days while I recover? Because that's all I seem to be able to manage. Is it normal to take eating slowly and ignore the weight loss? Is that a normal part of recovery?
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    Re: Advice Needed.

    I had agoraphobia after my hospitalisation but the agitation made me unable to stay in bed as I had to keep on the move so staying in I felt even more like a caged lion.

    I wouldn't worry about weight loss. Just keep eating whatever you can-it's very normal to lose weight in these circumstances and isn't significant. Recovery means accepting the anxiety symptoms and not paying attention to them. Recovery means trying to keep on an even keel and accepting that bad days are just blips and are part of getting better.

    When do you have your next hospital appointment? I think any adrenaline (even "good" adrenaline) will set you off at this point. I couldn't watch my team play football on TV because I'd get a panic attack from any exciting stuff (not that there was much from Palace)

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