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Terrible Nausea & Anxiety / Xanax Tapering

I am currently trying to taper from Xanax and am having terrible difficulty. I spoke with a Naturopath over the weekend and she suggested taking the following things:

Arsenicum Album - for nausea
Aconipum Napellus (Aconite) - for Anxiety
Chamomilia - to calm / relax
Magnesium to relax muscles

I am extremely nauseated and have been throwing up. I am very anxious. I am having trouble sleeping. I had tapered down to 0.25 mg Xanax at bed time and 1/4 of that two other times each day. I had to go back up to 1/2 of that this morning because I have been so sick. Due to reasons below....I did not buy the homeopathic remedies she suggested yet. I am terrified of a reaction due to an E.R. visit mentioned below. She got very annoyed with me and told me that she cannot help me if I do not want to get better. I do want to get better, but I need to know that these things will not interact with my Xanax and Birth Control Pill.

Here is my story....PLEASE HELP ME!

I was on meds for Bronchitis back in November - a bronchial inhaler and nasal spray as well as tussionex, which I used intermittently. (after completing Avelox antibiotic in October - I was not well and they gave me more meds) At the same time, my doctor said my Thyroid was low and gave me 50 mg of a synthetic thyroid hormone. On the third day of the Thyroid meds....I went out to dinner, had beer, sushi, dessert - which included dairy...came home and took my bronchitis meds. My throat got very tight and my heart rate shot up to over 124 resting. I went to the Emergency room and was given IV Benadryl and sent home once my heart rate slowed down. They could not tell me whether it was a food related or medicine related reaction. It was terrifying and started everything in motion.

Since then I have been given every test they can think of. Scopes, Heart Monitors, 24 hour urine, Corisol (which was higher than normal in a.m. - but 24 hour test was fine), swallowing tests, thyroid biopsies, ultrasounds, etc.

I was put on a Beta Blocker, which actually seemed to speed up my heart rate, make me have strange dreams and keep me from sleeping. I am off that now. I was also given Acid Reflux Meds since I was throwing up. I am off them now too, although may need to take something alternative...licorice maybe? I drink a Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat Tea right now when my stomach gets upset. (also Chamomile Tea) I am currently on Xanax three times a day and a Birth Control pill. The Xanax I am trying to taper down....but it is what helps me feel slightly OK to OK right now depending on the day. Some are good..some not so good. At one point I was on 0.5 mg three times a day. I am also on a Birth Control pill. (Zenchent - generic for Ovcon-35) After the initial Emergency Room visit I was off it and had three VERY painful periods, which were enough to help me have panic attacks I believe. (I had been on the pill non-stop skipping the sugar pills for three years prior) I am still having the pain and periods even though I am taking the pill. I guess it will take a while to get my hormones in check.

They found Nodules in my Thyroid, one which was dominant, but turned out to be benign for now. I will have to have it tested every six months for the rest of my life. I declined having my Thyroid taken out. I also have Polycystic Ovaries and Fibroid Tumors on my Uterus. (and Cysts on my head)

So...here I am...very anxious, on addictive medication and trying to get myself back to normal. I have had a few Panic Attacks and have since read that I need to try to breathe or run I am walking on a treadmill 25 minutes almost every day or doing a Yoga Tape. I am getting a massage every Sunday. I tried Chiropractic in conjunction with Accupuncture at a Chiropractor's office and actually felt worse....he said due to my body fighting back from being in a Toxic State. I have not been back for that. I am afraid. I have lost 30 pounds in under three months. My throat gets intermittently pretty tight. I get afraid to eat for a while and to be alone due to the anxiety. I still do not really eat when I am alone.

Food wise, I eat very basic things usually right now. Wheat Tortilla with Eggs for Breakfast, Maybe a Tuna Sandwich for Lunch OR Raw Almonds, Pitted Dates & Soy Yogurt and Dinner is typically Lettuce, Carrots, a Bosc Pear and some form of Vegetarian Protein. (I know the Veggie Protein is bad...but I am trying to get some kind of protein in me) I do not eat meat. Before this I ate pretty much anything except meat...lots of Indian and Chinese Food, Mexican, etc. Now I am afraid to eat most things.

The last test I am going for is Allergy Testing. It is currently scheduled in under two weeks. They want me to be off my Xanax completely, but that will not happen in such a short time. I have figured out that if I cannot come down by 1/4 of a pill...I will not be able to get off that quickly.

I have asked my Doctor about supplements and he says that based on what I am eating, I should be fine and not need them. I bought B12 from the Heritage Store in Va Beach but am afraid to take it because I do not want it to increase my anxiety.

So, I do not know exactly what is wrong with me, other than the Nodules & Cysts. I NEED to get better ASAP because this has been going on for three months. I have had offers of 'help' from people who want to take advantage of me. One was a Chiropractor who needed to see me daily. Accupuncturists who swear they can stop the anxiety. I am supposed to see an Accupuncturist tomorrow but the Naturopath said not to do it while I am in withdrawl. I also had an Ayeurvedic Healer offer to come to my house but I am not really familiar with that. I have bought 7 books on anxiety and such and am trying to read them.

I really hope to hear back from you. I am desperate. This is affecting my life, work, marraige.
  blarecat on 2008-02-11
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
U should see a homeopath personaly in ur area.

Dr Tahira last decade
I agree, you need to go to good homeopathic doctor. Mine has helped me greatly with allergies and now with aniexty and mild depression. I'll pray you get he help you need.

nsoller last decade

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