Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cipralex Days 19 and 20

Yesterday morning I woke up anxious again.  I had two flashies behind my eyelids and my heart was racing.  I think it had a lot to do with my dentist appointment.  I had a root canal yesterday and I was pretty nervous about it.  After I got out of bed and going for the day, though, my anxiety got better.  I didn't have a nervous tummy on the way there.  This is amazing to me because ALL MY LIFE I have had a nervous tummy before things.  Most things.  My dentist appointment was not horrible.  It wasn't even bad at all.  Cipralex, where have you been all my life??

I also think that my anxiety from yesterday morning may have came from my failure to keep up with my other supplements.  See, in addition to the Cipralex, I have been doing more natural things to help with my anxiety.  I actually tried them on their own before I started taking the drug, so I didn't stop when I started it.  My chiropractor knows about my anxiety and is adjusting me to help with it (he, by the way, is horrified that I'm on medication and really wants to get me off it).  I am also doing the P90X X-Stretch DVD 2-3 times per week as needed (when I feel tense), and I have learned how to breathe properly and how to sit and stand with a proper posture.

And the supplements - some are for IBS and some for anxiety - I start my morning with L-Glutamine to repair my intestinal villi.  I take that before I get out of bed as you need to take it on an empty stomach.

After I am out of bed, I take a quality fibre supplement that I drink down in V8 juice.  I follow that with a probiotic strain that is helpful for IBS sufferers.  One morning I will take Tuzen, the next I will take Align.

My multi-vitamin is a raw blend for women that includes digestive enzymes and a small amount of probiotics in it.  I did a ton of research on what I needed about a year ago and found this multi to be almost exactly perfect.  I am super happy with it.

The rest of the supplements I take have been chosen as a result of an internet search on which vitamins and minerals women really need to function; and as a result of books I have read on adrenal fatigue and nutritional healing for anxiety.

In addition to my multi-vitamin, I take a vitamin B-100 complex, vitamins C, D, and E, a quality calcium-magnesium supplement, zinc, and a combo pill of Coenzyme Q10 and Omega 3.  Occasionally I will add iron.  I've done lots of research and planning about what can be taken together and what cannot and I am really excited to say that despite my history of pill swallowing problems, it is working quite well for me.  If anyone has any questions about this, I'd love to discuss.  :)

This morning I woke up with a sore jaw from the dental work, and I noticed through the night that I was waking up clenching my jaw.  I am hopeful that it will all resolve itself quickly.

This is a busy week and I feel like it will definitely put me to the test.  I was really not looking forward to yesterday with the root canal and my oldest son's final performance with his drama class (all improv including the parents, by the way!), and now that it is done, I feel much lighter.  However, I still have the regular activities of the week, a condo meeting tonight and a school meeting Thursday night and am hosting a small get together at my house on Friday that I need to prepare for.  I have volunteer duties in my middle son's class tomorrow and for my daughter's class, which I will probably do on Friday.  Right now I feel energized and excited to run through the house with a few garbage bags - I do love a good declutter session.  ;)  I hope that this feeling lasts through the week.

2 comments:

  1. Amber, I know you have done lots of research on what can and can't be taken together but PLEASE be careful! Some stuff will interact with Cipralex! If you can, check with a naturopath on your list of supplements and natural remedies. S.

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  2. Thanks for thinking of me. :) Everything that I take is something that you can acquire through food or your body makes it itself, so it should be okay, especially since my diet is not what it should be right now. I am not taking any supplements that are specifically marketed toward relieving anxiety as I know that the ingredients in those could interact with Cipralex and cause serotonin syndrome. I also know to not take ASA or ibuprofen as pain relievers and to stay away from alcohol. My doctor said that I can take the Cipralex with the supplements too. :)

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