In this week's podcast we're responding to a listener question on anxiety made worse by pain medication and fear of broken reality:
"I love your podcast, I listen to it a lot and it has really helped me with my anxiety. A few months ago I had a bad experience which triggered the start of my anxiety. I had a bad experience with pm pain medication that caused me to wake in a strange state between waking and dreaming. That experience scared me to my core and has me questioning my reality. How can I get over this kind of fear? It has me questioning everything."
Points from the podcast:
Many painkillers are opiate (narcotic) based and that can cause some unusual side effects
Speak to your doctor about any concerns
Look at support groups, or forums, for other people's experience with that particular medication
Try Grounding practices
Yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong - follow some directions online or join a class
Walking in nature, get plenty of fresh air and keep hydrated
Takeaway - 2 key areas to cover
Talk to your doctor about your concerns and get informed about the medication
Get grounded - pain and pain medications can both cause dissociation, grounding practices can help you feel more calm and connected again.