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mamanan
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   Posted 8/22/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
this is not good. I was feeling nauseous this morning, but that's nothing new, we often feel that way, right? I could barely tolerate some soup again from my facial pain. Then I had stomach cramps. Black stools, just great. I called the pharmacy, she said to discontinue the Naproxen, but as long as I didn't have any more black stools, I was ok. She said to get some Zantax to help with the upset stomach. But now I don't know what is what. I know I had an anxiety attack... tunnel vision, nausea, weak legs, ringing in the ears. I called my dh, calmed myself down. But an hour later, I am still dizzy, numbness in my arms, weak legs, nauseous. So I called in sick at work. And I got attitude, it's only 2 hours before my shift, I have to call 4 hours before. I could have waited to see if it would pass, but then it would be even sooner before my shift! I know the GM will be ok, but from this manager.... I explained that I wasn't fit to drive, that I got an interaction with my new med. Whatever skull

So I'm still trying to stay calm, maybe this is just a long anxiety attack. Maybe the stress has made the fibro kick in, and here the numbness and weak legs is nothing new to me. But I'm still scared. Thankfully dh will be home in 3 hours, but I have to deal with the kids and be strong. I don't feel strong right now. The toddler will be waking up from her nap anytime now. And I'm so scared of the pain that I'm sure will come tonight, like it always does. The Naproxen took away the 10 wave of pain, but I was still left with a couple of waves of 8, lasting at least 1/2 hour last night. And it's been in the background all day today, with waves going up to 5. Easily bearable, but when it comes back? I couldn't eat lunch, and that was on meds.
possible fibro and trigeminal neuralgia
taking 50 mgs amitriptyline, 500 mgs 2/day Naproxen


Sherrine
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   Posted 8/22/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Anxiety can be totally dibilitating and I'm sure you know that.  If these are symptoms that you have had with anxiety, then stop worrying about them.  The worrying is causing more anxiety.  I know it's difficult, but just try to relax and realize that you aren't dying.  It's anxiety. 

I used to suffer terribly with anxiety, to the point I was afraid to move.  At that time, Valium was the drug of choice and they had me on so much of that that it was starting to affect my personality.  I stopped taking it and started facing anxiety head-on. 

I knew the symptoms I would get.  I would get all that you are mentioning and even more.  When it would happen I would be so frightened that I was going to have a stroke or a heart attack.  But, once I saw my doctor and knew that is was anxiety, I had to learn how to deal with it OR live in fear all my life.  That, for me, wasn't an option.

When the symptoms would come on and my heart would start pounding, I'd tell myself that it was just anxiety and pretty much dismiss it and find something to focus on to forget about these symptoms.  It took a little practice, but it worked.  (I do the same with fibro symptoms.)  If I started to hyperventilate, I'd put my hands over my nose and mouth and breathe into them and it would stop.  Then I would get busy doing something else and not allow myself to think about anxiety.  If I started, I would immediately shift to something else...perhaps thinking of a fun party I had been to, or some nice thoughts of my childhood and my family, etc.  I think you have the picture.  You have to remind yourself that anxiety is just fear.  If you have nothing to fear, then don't allow it to do this to you.  (I was checked out when my anxiety started to rule out real health problems and there were none!)

So, give it a try.  Also, check out the scripture in my signature.  It's my dealings with anxiety that had me put that there.  Many with fibro suffer with anxiety, too.  We aren't going to die from anxiety or from fibro so we need to relax about that.  The stress that is being caused from anxiety is helping to flame your pain and cause you such misery.  I hope you feel better soon. 

Sherrine


Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


MEG25801
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 204
   Posted 8/22/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Very nice Sherrine... I too have suffered with anxiety for more yesr that I care to even think about.  It has been quite some time since I have had a "full blown " panic attack.  And I do the same as you...no drugs just talking myself out of it... and mamanan it DOES work.  This sounds really silly but it works...recite the times tables.  It gets your mind off it.  I also will just start counting or I'll recite the Lord's prayer.  really anything to get your mind off it like Sherrine said.
 
Hope you start to feel better
 
gentle Huggs!!!
 
Missy
Diagnosed with Panic Disorder(16 yrs ago)-GERD(12 years ago)-GAD(16 yrs ago)-IBS(12 years ago)-DDD(6 years ago)-Arthritis(since teenager)-Controled HBP(2 years ago)-Diagnosed with fibromyalgia 9-29-08.
Meds: Cardizem CD~Prilosec~Klonopin(prn)~Daily Vitamin~Tylenol~Lyrica


cbear
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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 138
   Posted 8/23/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
i feel so badly for you. i know what its like. ive just been taken off xanax and im in a constant stat of anxiety. i am trying to do just what the others have suggested;to get my off it and think of better things. and worrying about the future does nothing except make the anxiety worse. try to live in the here and now. im getting ready to start therapy this week. im very scared, but i know i have ti fight my demons and learn better ways of dealing with my depression and anxiety. maybe thats something you could consider. ps. ive been struggling with panic attacks and anxiety since i was 6 yrs. old! i wish you the very best and it sounds like you are already on your way.
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