Snowmann, what other meds have you tried? Iam also having the same problem, nomeds really take away all my physical symptoms. I fear I will neve be normal again. Glad to hear Lyrica works for you!!!!!!
Gale, I was on Xanax for a few years but it got to the point where it would relieve my anxiety a little but would rebound back worse so I moved on to Klonopin which has a longer half life so works much better. I was on this for about a year and then decided to try and get off it because I was afraid of getting permanent memory loss. I have tried SSRI's (paxil and zoloft). SSRI's and SSNRI's are great drugs in my opinion FOR SOME, but they cause serious insomnia in about 20-25% of the population taking them and I was one of them. They help depression and anxiety, but for me I felt crazy and cracked out on them. I couldn't sleep even on a low dose and was taking 300mg of Trazadone every night just to put me down. Trazadone didn't help anxiety or depression either, it just helped me sleep. I did Remeron for a few years. It is supposed to help with depression but mostly I just took it for the sedative effect. I've never tried Buspar because I wasn't confident it was strong enough to help me. I've never tried Amitriptyline because I was afraid it would give me gynecomastia.
Currently I am taking Seroquel (anti-psychotic) 200 mg every night to help sleep. It is the most powerful sedative I have tried. I also take Lyrica 100mg three times a day. I still toss and turn at night and often pop an Ambien in the middle of the night. I would LOVE to be off all of this but haven't found a way yet. Anyway, Lyrica is awesome. I'm unsure why more people haven't tried it. I have SEVERE anxiety and it has been the best help. Waaaay better than Benzo's and won't knock you out. For me no side effects just helps me feel hmmmmm normal
. Having gone on and off it a few times I will say you need to taper off of it and it is likely you will still have some mild withdrawal symptoms. Also it is a schedule V drug so some docs aren't comfortable prescribing it which is stupid. Definitely look into it.
I did my master's project for Family Nurse Practitioner school on anxiety and anxiety treatment and learned a lot but still searching for the ultimate cure.