For what is it worth I thought I would pass this along. My regular doc prescribed me some Xanex twice a day for anxiety for non pain related reasons. Well I found out quite by accident that the Xanex helps the pain more than the loratab. I guess my anxeity level was always high so I had no idea what "normal" was. Well when I take it with the loratab the tension in my shoulders, middle back, neck, and even my legs go away. It's been about 5 weeks now and it seems that the anxeity is an involuntary reaction to the pain. Makes sense when you think about it, you get the pain spike you tense up and then it's on your mind although in the background. in a few cases just taking the Xanex and a couple of tylenol work ( although I am on Fentenal Patchs also which are life savers, I can walk everyday now).
I can't pinpoint the reason for the anxeity as we all know it's EVERYTHING.
Oh yeah I went the " Head doc ( pychiratist route)" with no success and the therapist route again with no success. This was purely by accident from my Primary Care Doc.
Not a doctor just a old grouch with debilitating sciatica