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Mumblepot26 Tue 23-Dec-14 11:10:35

So I had DD3 15 weeks ago, all good up until week 12 then started to get symptoms of post natal anxiety, I developed a twitch on my lower lip and became convinced I had a tumour or a degenerative disease. I knew I needed to get help ASAP as I suffered a horrific bout of post natal anxiety after DD2, got to the point where I had to have my mum come and look after me and the kids for two months, I couldn't even make myself a sandwich some days I was so panicky.

Anyway I started on fluoxetine two weeks ago. Had a few very anxty days then started to feel much more normal. However unfortunately I developed mastitis day 13 and was put on anti biotics. Since then I have been wiped out and feeling more anxious again.

I could really do with a bit of support on the side lines.. I am pretty sure I will get better eventually but do worry that I may not. Please tell me I will get better soon and that some bad days after a few good days is nothing to worry about

CaulkheadUpNorth Tue 23-Dec-14 11:13:33

It's a blip. You will feel better soon.
It DOES get better.
Accept all the support and medication you can, get people to do practical things, remember to breathe, and take things slowly.
It does get better.

Mumblepot26 Tue 23-Dec-14 19:43:39

Thanks caulk, good advise there, I think I am just too impatient to get better, rather than just acknowledging that the illness is back given it time to be treated.

CaulkheadUpNorth Tue 23-Dec-14 19:48:16

I break if down sometimes and praise myself for getting through 10/30 minutes/hours or whatever because I know then I'm closer to feeling better.

MrsPepperMintonCandyCane Tue 23-Dec-14 19:51:08

It does get easier. You are very tired and the infection you are getting better from takes up energy. Like Caulk said its a blip. I'm fighting a chest infection and my anxiety is being noisy again because of it.

(Caulk can I just say I think you are fantastic. You offer such helpful advice and support.)

CaulkheadUpNorth Tue 23-Dec-14 19:52:55

(Aw, thanks MrsM, probably because i know what amazing support was given to me not so long ago)

I wonder op if there are people close to you who know what is going on, or you feel you can talk to? Sometimes it can help to know other people are on your side and can help if needed, of just to have tea and company with.

MrsPepperMintonCandyCane Tue 23-Dec-14 19:59:35

If you feel up to it there are some helpful materials on a website my counsellor gave me.

There are relaxation techniques, help to challenge thoughts and techniques to calm anxiety attacks. I know you've got a lot on your plate with your DC but if you get a chance it's here:

www.getselfhelp.co.uk

Mumblepot26 Tue 23-Dec-14 21:17:28

Thank you both for your lovely and wise advise. I will have a look on that website tomorrow. Just fallen asleep in front of telly, dragged myself to bed and hoping tomorrow will be a better day. Thank you so much for responding, especially at such a busy time of year. X

CaulkheadUpNorth Tue 23-Dec-14 21:22:42

Sometimes the next day isn't quite as good, or don't feel better than the day before. Then tell yourself that you got through it before, you can get through it again.

I found that helpful during a run of pretty dark days.

MrsPepperMintonCandyCane Wed 24-Dec-14 08:37:43

Morning Caulk and Mumble. I hope you got some sleep and that today is a bit easier.

CaulkheadUpNorth Wed 24-Dec-14 08:40:44

I was just coming on to say that too. I hope that today happens with the minimum amount of stress and anxiety and that you feel a bit better.

Mumblepot26 Wed 24-Dec-14 10:53:57

Feeling a little brighter today, although still exhausted. Finish antibiotics on Saturday so hoping my energy will return then. Thank you to my lovely cheerleaders, hope you have a peaceful Christmas

Mumblepot26 Wed 31-Dec-14 18:40:43

Caulk and Pepper just wanted to let you know I am feeling a lot better, though not 100%. Feel anxiety is more controllable rather than it drowning me. We are back home after christmas celebrations away, and feeling much more positive about a full recovery soon. Thank you both so much for being there last week when I needed support. I hope you both have a lovely new year and good 2015 x

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