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anxiety problems that are causing TMJ and tight muscles?

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I am a 31 yr old male, diagnosed with epilepsy at age 14 which got under control with meds at 20 yrs. 5 years ago they came back worse, resulting in changes in medication and with no luck from that, the neuro referred me to Level 4 epilepsy center. After testing it was found that I have medically refractory MTLE-HS, I ineligible for lobectomy and so started in the RNS pivotal clinical trial. The Epi. told me I also have anxiety issues.

Recently I started therapy and was diagnosed with ADHD and started on Vyvanse by the psych. My question is, with my anxiety problems that at times get to the point of causing TMJ and tight muscles when I have attacks, I am on Lexapro for that, ambien for sleep and already on Ativan as a seizure rescue med. I don't have it constantly but when the attacks come they are horrible. I am wondering if Ativan may help as it did once when given to me for anxiety or since I am taking it as a rescue med for epilepsy what options they may recommend?


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replied August 28th, 2011
Anxiety and Stress Answer A26344
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If you had been on Ativan before for anxiety issues, then it might work. But if you have already been on it for some time and still having anxiety related issues, then you might need to be put on other medications along with counseling sessions for guidance to cope up with the anxiety attacks and help to reduce them. Be in regular follow-up and monitoring of your psychiatrist and neurologist for control of symptoms along with dose re-adjustments of medications if needed from time to time for better control.
Take care.



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