just got a call from my doctor. a few things: first a few of you had mentioned getting my thyroid/hormone levels tested. the labwork i got back wasn't in layman terms - just a chart of acronyms, the normal ranges, and mine. those that weren't easy to decipher but were within normal limits i pretty much just skipped investigating. so basically i wasn't sure if hormones and thyroid function had been tested but my doctor confirmed they were and were normal. second, he suggested me getting on a daily SSRI, which i politely declined. once a year or so he suggests (also politely) that i would benefit from something in addition to my ativan. i appreciate this but will probably always continue to decline. i took a huge spectrum of meds from 2001-2004 and either they weren't successful in lessening my anxiety levels or they did but had side effects that negated the pros. the final opinion from him was that he felt my anxiety was producing these symptoms (the hair loss, the period of depression i went through, confusion, disorientation, etc) and i can't say im surprised when it's all laid out like that. he does not feel the hypoglycemia is related and he suggested changing my diet (which i already have - high protein, low carb, sugar, & caffeine). regarding the symptoms he wants me to cut my ativan in half and take it more often. i always skimp on taking ativan, probably to my detriment. i wait until the last, excruciating moment before i break to "allow" myself to take some, instead of being more liberal with it. so for now i think ill do what he suggested and see how it goes. if the symptoms don't go away with this method ill go get a second opinion.
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