... cried for an hour straight and ended up taking otc sleeping pills to calm me down/fall asleep last night at 1 a.m. I woke up at 4 a.m. with my heart pounding. I asked my doctor for xanax which I have taken in the past to calm my nerves before bed and have never taken more than .25 mg per night. This doctor refused to even acknowledge this fact and seems adament on not prescribing me this even though I stressed the fact that it helps me very much. Has anyone else experienced this and is there some way I can express better to my next doctor (I am firing this one, of course) to get xanax which actually helps me? I have depression, anxiety, racing thoughts and have not been getting a full night's sleep in weeks due to personal problems in my life right now. I hate my doctor right now... she kept calling me a "mopey smoker" too and prescribed me prozac... which may or may not help me ... in 3 to 4 weeks!!
Dear sadsack1978, Hey there, honey. Welcome to the site. I read your question and it just gave me goosebumps. Other than the Xanax issue, I had the very same experience happen to me not too terribly long ago. I have always had problems with Insomnia. When I was very young, I would wake up screeming and my mother couldn't get me to stop, or fully wake up for nothing. She took me to a place back then that had a psychiatrist that delt with children. He said I had Night Terrors. That's all I really remember, but I can tell you I have never slept well in my life. It's been a huge problem. Just recently in my life, I tried many sleeping pills prescribed by my psychiatrist. Are you seeing a Psychiatrist? If not, I reccomend going to one if you want any help in this are. I had been on Lunesta for a while, then. like you, due to pesonal issues in my life, my sleep patterns dramatically changed. I tried all of them. I won't even list the ones I tried, but my dr.
was desperately trying to help me get some much needed sleep. Friends that I would laugh and talk with on the phone could tell a defininite difference in me, when I was sleep deprived. I couldn't laugh. it was horrible. I was put on Trazadone and upped to 300mg of it, and it helped me sleep, but then I needed something to wake myself up. It was ridiculous. but the events in my life were effecting me soo bad it seemed no sleeping pill was working. I'm really happy right now with the latest thing my psychiatrist put me on. It's called Doxepin. I just thought I would throw that out to you to maybe ask your dr. about. Everyone is different. duh. lol. it's not funny, but we are all different, and have to do things differently sometimes. What works for one, doesnt work for another, but it doesn't hurt to mention this to him and see. right? I cannot tell you how much more happier I am now to be able to actually smile and laugh again, because I'm sleeping. I still have the personal issues going on in my life, but I'm learning, down right about killing myself over the issues, isn't the answer and I have to find a better way to take care of myself, and deal with everything. I don't know what Your dealing with, and I'm not about to ask you to tell it. but I want you to know that i understand fully what you are going through, and if you need somebody to talk to... I'm here. I'm going to friend you, and you get ahold of me anytime you need to honey. I'm here if you need to talk. I'll even let you sleep while your writing to me. :) with love and many blessings, Your Friend, Ruthie
Can't add much to what wonderful words Ms. Ruth has shared, but wanted to say that a doctor calling you names such as "mopey smoker" should be fired as you say. She has no right to make your issues a matter of ridicule. Find a new doctor dear and stay on the prozac, it is worth the wait.
Doctors don't want to prescribe benzos. They are controlled drugs and the DEA is watching them for any controlled drugs prescribed. The mistake you made was asking for a specific drug. Even tho we are telling them what worked in the past and any other type of drug this is ok, it signals drug seeker, and they won't prescribe them.
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