3 yrs ago I was on a combination of meds actually started to send my SA and GAD into remission. To but it in a nutshell life was going well. A stable job, cycling daily, eating well, energy and great non-medicated sleep+++ and also dating. Which wasn't really a top priority.
I was on-
Lexapro- 5 mg
Lamictal- 200 mg
Klonopin- 2-4 mg
Wellbutrin- 300 xl
L-Methylfolate- 15 mg
With that a combination of supplements:
Electrolyte replacement- due to sodium and potassium replenishment from cycling (250-300 miles a week)
Turmeric + ginger
and a good multi
Then a few things happened- I was laid off from my job and had to take a much lower paying one. This of course nullified many of the supplements I was taking. They aren't cheap. I was in a severe cycling crash, that caused knee damage and road rash all the way up the right side of my body. I am lucky that there was no permanent damage to my body but my bike was toast. The frame had cracked in the pileup. So, it took time to purchase a new bike while paying the bills.
They say that bad things happen in threes. Well, my lexapro lost it's therapeutic effects (pooped out) on me after two yrs.And I had developed a tolerance to the clonazepam after taking it for so long. I have kept afloat since then but other combos. have just not produced the same results. My pdoc and I are working on some med combos. I have always believed the least meds the best. After my crash and the months it took to heal, almost a yr. I put on weight and my eating habits slipped. Which, in my book, the interwoven combination of allopathic medicine along with naturopathic medicine makes common, logical sense.
So, to end this I am on the rebound. Looking forward towards the summer months, with biking, hiking and camping, which is some of the best medicine for anxiety disorders. The cardio. I get on the bike equals taking a benzo, the endorphins, the working of the body, the afterglow and runners high. There have been times after a good ride when I will be totally relaxed on the couch and if anyone stops by. I feel no anxiety. It's the great feeling of saying, "Yo, what's up"! You can't beat that. I am also eating healthier again. Though I slip more than I should.
Anyway, my question to all is-
What medication, or combo off has helped you the most?
I also want to go beyond that and ask what other therapies or hobbies or physical fitness has worked for you?
Did you ever find a "sweet spot" ? Where everything seemed to click?
What was the combo.? Was it medication along with diet, exercise/ and or cbt/act therapy.
And finally is there a medication that would would want to try but have not been able to or stopped using?
I would love to hear responses to any of these!