post traumatic stress syndrome - any advice to share?

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  1. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Ouch! That sounds terrible, Captain Kathryn! I'm so sorry that you have to go through this. How long will it take for you to be completely off the Valium?
    I agree about the eating healthy. It makes a world of difference. My experience with sports is somewhat limited but a friend of mine is a doctor and claims that sports is the silver bullet. According to him it helps against everything from diabetes to heart problems and from addictions to the side effects of chemo therapy.

    My doc is fortunately very reasonable. I told im I cathegorically refuse to take anything that causes physical or emotional addiction, so he prescribed Opripramol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opipramol ). Also, I needn't take it constantly but only during an anxiety fit. It does affect my blood pressure pretty badly, though. The manual recommends 12-24 drops, my doc said 10 and I took 6 and felt terribly dizzy for about an hour. It forces the heart to slow down and that's supposed to calm you physically. After a while it starts to calm you emotionally as well. I'm still experimenting to find the perfect dose (6-7 drops with a light meal and 4-5 on an empty stomach, I estimate). Since I neither smoke nor drink and not even have coffee, I am far more sensitive to barbiturates than most people.
    That's the main reason why I always say no when they offer me a Valium before a surgery and rather have a piece of chocolate instead :)
     
  2. Captain Kathryn

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    Ah ok. Valium isn't a barbituate though, but yeah the whole benzo thing is horrible. I wouldn't worry about taking one before surgery though. It does take consecutive use to become addicted. But best to stay away from them entirely!

    I expect to be off of it within the next year. I can handle only taking 2.5 a day but to reduce symptoms I am still at 5 for now.

    That is good that you knew ahead of time and requested something non-addictive! My doctor at the time just straight up lied to me and I felt like he just wanted to keep me on the medication. He tried to give me other medicines, but I politely declined. I don't need more stuff to get off of, one is enough.

    I just got worried when you said tranquilizers because I know what benzos do to the body now and just don't want anyone to go through what I went through.

    I am symptom-free as of now. Most people have severe symptoms after cutting as much as I did (I was up to 40mg a day, now down to 5 or lower).

    Be careful of your heart and don't feel pressured to take more than you need! You might just be much more sensitive since you rarely use chemicals.
     
  3. rhubarbodendron

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    Indeed, I am. I made the mistake to take the first dose on an empty stomach. Next time I'll have a roll with the meds, or a few cookies. That should dampen the effects somewhat as the medicine will take longer to enter the bloodstream.
    It does say in the product leaflet that one should take the drops after or with a meal, but I imagine there might be some difficulty in convincing my anxiety fits to only take place after lunch :D (unless I develop a fear of indigestion, of course ;) )
     
  4. An Officer

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    Conceive a mantra that you know might get through to you when you have an episode... and just loop that through your mind instead of the distressing thoughts. Keep at it until you brainwash yourself effectively.

    However, if it's been going on some time, and you feel powerless to do something about it, removing yourself from your usual environment may help to break the symptoms. Stay with your parents or friends for a couple of days. Tell them what's going on (don't have to disclose the details), and receive some comfort and reassurance. I agree there is no substitute for the healing powers of healthy human contact.

    Lastly, essential oils - aromatherapy... put some lavender in your sheets, a little in your face cream or hair product perhaps - you can get creative with it. This is more of that grounding of yourself someone earlier mentioned. Scents are very powerful mood regulators, as are herbal teas like chamomile and lavender, non caffeinated jasmine tea... that kind of thing. You would be surprised how helpful that can be. Stay away from stimulants like caffeine and sugar.

    And patience, it will pass, you'll get through it and be alright, nothing lasts forever. Be well. :-)
     
  5. HIjol

    HIjol Admiral and Consummate Peacemaker Premium Member

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    Just came across this...my two cents:

    Professional Help
    Find The Humor...in everything...it is everywhere
    Monitor Your Feelings...you have had good suggestions
    Good Diet
    Get Outdoors...you already do... ;)
    Acknowledge the People Who Love You!...
     
  6. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Aww, thanks, HIjol, you're a sweetie :)

    An Officer, this mantra thing is a great idea! I used something very similar quite successfully when I got 3 dental implants many years ago. I had completely forgotten about it.
    As for the essential oils: a classical case of great minds :D Only last week I ordered a huge shipment of bathing oils, massage oils, scented soaps and candles from my favourite Welsh herbal shop. Plenty of calming lavender, sothing rose, comforting ylang-ylang and invigorating citrus oils =) They should arrive some time this week.
    The family thing doesn't work in my case as we are not close at my family. There's never any physical contact and hardly ever emotional backup. My friends are scattered all over the planet and there are none in my immediate vicinity. Quite a few of my colleagues know about my prob, though, and are very supportive. One has claustrophobia and gave me a good tip how to force panic attacks down: you make fists and tighten all the muscles in your arms, belly and chest, hold your breath, count to 10 and then relax. The tight chest muscles and full lungs press against the heart and force it to slow down. It works surprisingly well.

    I'm really surprised at the immense amount of positive feedback I'm getting here. It's much appreciated!! You guys really rock! [​IMG]

    It also shows how much the board has changed during the last decade. Back in 2001/2 when I first was a member here, people would have torn me to pieces and trampled on them the instant I showed a weakness. The board was full of bullies back then (including many staff members). It's nice to see that friendliness is not yet on the red list of endangered internet species :)
     
  7. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    ^ I'm not surprised by the response. A few years ago, I posted a bit about my PTSD, because I wasn't sure whether I could handle watching a certain story arc, and most responses were supportive and/or helpful. One newbie attacked me and was promptly banned (without my asking -- in fact, he'd been banned before I ever saw his post). Yay mods!