After spending the morning reading all of your posts, I admire each and every one of you for your patience and persistence over the last months, and years! I'm 22, and got off of Lo-Loestrin in August 2012 after experiencing bloating, fatigue and mild acid reflux. After coming off of it the mild stomach problems continued, and the overwhelming anxiety set it. I have always been a positive and optimistic individual, and was dutifully employed after graduating college! I experienced my first, full-blown panic attack in October, as well as generalized anxiety, overwhelming negative thoughts, and pelvic floor muscle spasms in the coming weeks! On November 15th, I experienced my first night at insomnia, and thereafter did not sleep more than 3-4/nights for 5 weeks. I called my PCP and he advised me to start the following regimen: B-complex each morning after breakfast, and 400 mg Magnesium, and Melatonin each night. I'm 5 weeks in and have seen a definite improvement. In addition, I started a strict work-out regimen and try to fit in about 2.5 hours of cardio per week. Moreover, my PCP prescribed 50mg of Trazodone, a little-known anti-depressant to "help retrain my brain to sleep." I'm supposed to take it for 3 weeks and tonight will be day 17 but I'm still sleeping on and off. As hard as it is, we have to power through this. One woman wrote, that key to anxiety is acceptance. Ever since I read a book about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I realized the power of our thoughts in transforming our emotions, and in turn, helping to alleviate the all-too-real physical symptoms of anxiety. I will write again soon, but urge you to research B-Complex and Magnesium supplements. I'm currently working out managing my anxiety with CBT and working out/eating a balanced and nutritious diet to help re-balance my hormones. If there is anything I have learned from reading all of your posts, it is that this process is slow, and there is no telling how long it will take...BUT IT DOES GET BETTER!
SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU! SENDING LOVE!