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Thanks again, insights. You're full of them!

Yesterday evening my racing heartbeat subsided, and later that night the air hunger went away too.

Today, I've been tired and I've had a headache, but nothing real major. I feel good. :D
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Well, I'm starting my sixth week on Zoloft and Buspar. I feel quite a bit better than I did when I started the medication.

Everyone is in a unique situation, so it won't work the same for everyone. That said, here's what it seems to have done for me.

For about a year I had been experiencing frequent, rather painful sensations throughout my body, especially in my chest. I worried, worried, worried myself sick about them. They really intensified around last August and reached a crescendo in early January. I held off for as long as I could, but I eventually went to the emergency room and was told - for the third time in four years - that my heart was fine and they could see no other solution for my chest pain except for G.E.R.D. (acid reflux). I went home, a little ashamed but relieved. I knew I had to do something about my health anxiety, though, so that's how I wound up taking these two medications.

I still have those pains, but I find it easier to live with them now. I am not happy to have them - in fact, they annoy me greatly - but they don't seem to impact the quality of my life nearly as much anymore. Before I started these medications, life was very black and white for me - either I have no pain whatsoever and I'm content, or I have pain and I am miserable and fearful. Zoloft and Buspar seem to have created more of a 'gray area' where I can exist alongside the pain and generally feel okay. Not good, but not bad. Decent, okay, alright. And that's absolutely wonderful, in my opinion.

Sure, I'm a tiny bit disappointed that I'm not outright happy more often, but that's a silly thing to expect because these aren't magical happy pills. I'm just glad they seem to be working! Side effects have mostly disappeared as well, apart from a little nausea from time to time. I am pleased.
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Sure, I'm a tiny bit disappointed that I'm not outright happy more often, but that's a silly thing to expect because these aren't magical happy pills.

Give it time, you've only been on Zoloft for 6 weeks and it can take antidepressants up to 12 weeks to fully kick-in. You may also need to take a higher dose. Most need 100-150mg of Zoloft to achieve optimum results, some even more.
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NOTE: I'm not a doctor, and particularly not yours, so there may be factors I'm unaware of. Therefore all advice is of a general nature and you should consult your doctor before following any of it, especially before changing med doses.

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