Not a new problem but one that seems to be getting worse.

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Marlee2
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   Posted 1/11/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I have startled very easily for quite some time and my body over reacts to it. My heart pounds, seems like I can't catch my breath and I get very lightheaded and feel like I'm going to pass out and it takes awhile to recover from this.
 
Last week I heard a noise and my brain said, "that is one of the shower thingies, the suction cup came undone", but my body still over reacted and I thought I was going to pass out as I was on the way to the bathroom to look. It took quite awhile for my body to recover.
 
This morning I heard a noise and thought it was in the utility room so went and looked, same thing thought I was going to pass out before I got there. Didn't see anything that had fallen so came back and sat down. Heard it again, did the same thing. Then I noticed the storm door on the front door was not latched, explained this mornings noises so I closed it.
 
I told DH last week if anyone did try to break in the house while I am here alone I think I would die of a heart attack before they could do anything to me.
 
I have never asked my doc about it since my app was last Mon before these two incidents happened.
 
Is this a central nervous problem or what??? Does anyone else experience this???
 
I feel like I could literally be scared to death.
 
Thanks!!!
 
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vestabula
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   Posted 1/11/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee...I have a very exaggerated startle reflex.  Even though I am extremely hard of hearing, vibrations, loud noises, even the slam of a cupboard door makes me jump out of my skin.  I get an adrenalin rush kind of thingy when this happens.  I attribute it all to anxiety.  One of my sons has the same thing happen....has been tested repeatedly and all they can come up with is good ole anxiety.  I know how disturbing it is when this happens.  My skin aches afterwards.
 
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Sherrine
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   Posted 1/11/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Marlee, I think all of us are very sensitive people and that's why we have the myriad of symptoms we do.  Yes, I startle easily but I was blaming that on my hearing loss.  When I hear something, I don't have a clue about what I might be hearing because the sound is so distorted.  So, I try not to worry about it.  I will walk around trying to see what it was and some times I find a cause and sometimes I don't.

But, your anxiety is kicking in.  You know that.  Try to figure out what you are so afraid of.  I know "unknown" sounds can be frightening but not usually to the point of nearly passing out.  If I were you, when this type of thing happens, stay seated and cup your hands over your nose and mouth and breath.  This will help provent the hyperventilation that causes the feeling of passing out.  While you are breathing this way, try to relax and get control over yourself and you can be thinking of the possible reasons for the sounds.  Once the breathing is under control, then you can go investigate. 

If you are truly frightened of someone breaking into your home, a home security system would be money well spent, in my estimation.  You definitely don't want to live in fear.  I do know you are high strung so you need to work on relaxing a little more.  It will make your life far easier!  I know because I was just like you about 20 years ago.  Feel better!

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   Posted 1/11/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlee,

It sounds like high anxiety to me too. I agree with what Sherrine said about the breathing. Also slow breathing helps. In through the nose and out through the mouth. It is called smelling the roses and blowing out the candles. And it really helps.

I get startled easy when I am nervous. Though I don't get that way like I use to. It doesn't take much to make me jump. lol...

I hope that you feel better soon.

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crazykitty
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   Posted 1/11/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, I've had episodes where I have felt like that. Going to the movies can be difficult for
me because I can and have jumped out of my seat. I'm super sensitive to sudden unexpected
noise. My heart races and I become lightheaded. I do notice that it occurs when I am really
tired or feeling extremely stressed. I have had this happen since I was a kid so I'm used to it,
but it still is freaky.

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Marlee2
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   Posted 1/11/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks girls!!!
 
I'm not afraid of anyone breaking in. I used that to get the point across of how badly my body overreacts to things it shouldn't have any reaction to. The thing in the shower has fallen before when the suction cup gets too dry, I guess, so I know that sound and shouldn't have any reaction to it, except to go make sure a bottle of shampoo wasn't running down the drain.
 
I guess I don't notice my breathing when this happens so I will try the hand over the nose and mouth. I get lightheaded when I get up sometimes anyway, I think my BP drops.
 
I had already taken a half of xanax about 4:30 this morning when I woke up and couldn't go back to sleep so I took another half after that incident. Two mornings in a row of waking way too early I'm sure isn't helping. I have been under some extra stress which I'm sure isn't helping any part of my body.
 
Just something else to deal with. mad
 
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   Posted 1/12/2010 2:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Marlee, people used to be able to walk up behind me and try to scare me and I was always a rock. Ice water in my veins. Now I jump and startle like crazy if I hear an unusual or loud sound. Yesterday morning I was asleep in bed and my BF woke up and started singing to himself in the living room. Granted it was a little loud because the man, bless his heart, has no "inside voice" but after 6 years you'd think I'd be used to that... but I jumped out of sleep and my heart was pounding so bad, I could feel it in my ears. It was ridiculous. Took me half an hour to wind down. It was the most sever anxiety response I may have ever had from something 'normal.'
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tyno3
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   Posted 1/12/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
This sounds like what I recognize as panic attacks. My whole body goes into "fright/flight" mode as some loud noise or sudden action puts me into a spin. I have had to pull over to the side of the road and try deep breathing to calm myself, just so I can get home from errands. Often, I have to cut my day short, just to "go to ground", in my bed, w. my tube socks, bed buddy, and over sized heating pad. Also, I receive medicine to control anxiety. I hope you get some help w. this as it can be very dangerous, you could hit your head of take a tumble.

Libby08
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   Posted 1/12/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I also startle easily and sound almose exactly like you.  Takes me a while to catch my breath and I also feel as though I could pass out.  I have also over the years attributed this to anxiety.........Glad you posted this.

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   Posted 1/12/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow. Again, something I thought was just me.

I am very sensitive to noises, and tend to cringe when something goes bang. I am also hyper-aware of my surroundings; any movement or sound tends to draw my attention. So far, it has not gotten to the point where I have hurt myself, but a few times I have lost my breath. Mostly, my body hurts from the constant overload.
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boo32
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   Posted 1/12/2010 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
hi,
It's this very topic that i think can be over looked with fibro. I have gotten so bad over the years with the same problem and like you, i will probably die of a heart attack before an intruder gets me.
If i hear bumps in the night..or day for that matter, if the phone rings or the dog farts!!!
I get that sickly, pins and needles, hair crawling effect if i hear someone elses bad news, if i think i've made a mistake in work i feel like i'm going to pass out.
I don't think it's a panic attack as such as I am able to control it, by that i mean(like you), I'm aware it's my body reacting to news strangely because my logic tells me there is no danger and don't be overeacting.
This is why i firmly believe that fibro is strongly connected to the physical nervous system and if proper research was done into it we could all live.
 
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   Posted 1/12/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   

All of our senses are on high alert.  It's one of the thrills of fibro, and anxiety.  Workers came today and cut down a dead tree in our yard that was about to fall over on our neighbors property.  That was more than and hour and a half ago and I can still smell the gas from their chain saw...inside a closed house.  The only time the door was open was to hand them the check.  Hubby can't smell it!  I sat next to a woman at the casino last week and I had such a visceral reaction to her perfume I had to give up my lucky machine!  Yes..I wear earplugs at the casino...and the movies and when the hubby plays music in the car....or anywhere where there is noise.  I have three pairs of them in my wallet.  Funny...since I'm almost completely deaf!

I would like to know why restaurants find it necessary to blare music through sound systems so that you can't even talk to each other?  Ruby Tuesdays and TGIF are the worst.  I have asked them to turn it down.  They act like I'm nuts...Uh...fibromite here!

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Donna


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Myself 09
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   Posted 1/12/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL.. I jump three feet when a cell goes off, or a phone rings.
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There are three kinds of people in the world: ones who see the glass as half-full, ones who see the glass as half-empty, and others who see a big crack in the side which is leaking all over their %$#@# foot.


boo32
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   Posted 1/12/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
hi,
I feel so normal being able to see that you guys are the same and i'm not indeed nuts.
Donna, I'm getting my hubby to read this as he never believes me when i say there's a smell. I can smell his slippers in another room and know what work he's been at before he tells me as all i have to do is use my nose.
I work in a chemist and there is a certain perfume(i better not say) that drives me nuts. I sneeze and my eyes water anytime it's sprayed.
Yes, in 2010, i'm going to accept i'm a fibromite and not a fibronut.
Thank god for HW.
BikeBoo, biking with my boo since 1999
Of all the things i've lost, i miss my mind the most! But it has its advantages!
Fibro, spinal arthritis and all that goes with it.
GAD


Lex87
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   Posted 1/12/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I would ask your doctor to check out your adrenal glands and any body chemical levels (adrenaline, etc.) associated with them. Your adrenal glands are responsible for your flight or fright response. Maybe you have an imbalance of some sort.

Also you can look into a few home security systems. There are wireless systems that could send a message to your husband on an iphone, blackberry, cellphone, etc. It might make you fell better to be at home alone if you knew that any time the system went off your husband would be immediately alerted to it and could call you, call a neighbor, check in with your local PD. Just a thought!

Cheers
Lexy
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