Fibro and anxiety/overwhelmed "one more thing to deal with..." feeling

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   Posted 4/18/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I try to bring my troubles and concerns to the Lord as best I can, and LEAVE them there.  Just wondering if others can relate when I say Fibro can be overwhelming...then someone gets sick, money concerns come up, etc.--you name it, but it's just one more thing to deal with and I'm already feeling overwhelmed just by the fibro!   Funny that sometimes it doesn't bother me, then the next time it's WHEW--when will all this stop and give me a break??!
I would appreciate hearing from others.  I hate anxiety with a passion and try to push it away, but it sure can sneak up on a person! I think some of it comes from the shaky economy, the wackiness in Washington, and wondering what is coming next in our world.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I know what you mean by it sneaking up on you, I go through that daily. I believe it's the fear of the unknown. I do pray through it and tell myself, fear isn't of the Lord.

It can be overwhelming what the body is doing, I try not to think about it because then my pulse will race, we all know the symptoms.

I think the best thing we can do is keep each other in prayer and uplift one another.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
That's a great way to put, it KellieJo--prayer and uplifting one another.  The best solution yet, I've found.  I head our church's prayer chain, and when I get a call, I remind myself others can be much worse off than me!  A 'nudge' from the Lord!

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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you get anxiety often? I take xanax for it and it really helps. But that is what works for me. Along with deep breathing, meditation and living in the now. Try not to worry about the future. It will be here before you know it. And just take the problems as they come. Try not to dwell on them. If you are in the middle of it, take a deep breath and try to relax and go with the flow of things. I hope that this helps in some small way.

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   Posted 4/18/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I was a wreck for 2+ years, being the primary - well, everything - for my dying parents. It hit me one day, when the air started clearing, that whatever I try to make happen, the final result depends upon much more than just me. There are so many factors that are outside my control. "We can only do today what we can do today," a quote I love from the movie, "Julia." This idea has helped me with the anger, grief and guilt over so many aspects of their deaths and "what I should have done better." Not that I'm free of anxiety, not at all. But it really has helped.
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   Posted 4/18/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
As you know I have been going through a lot and haven't really been here for my fibro family but Luv this post caught my eye and I have to respond.
My anxiety has been horrible the past few days with heart palpitations and without going over what my doc wants me to take the xanax isn't getting rid of all of it but anxiety has been a big problem for me for many years. A very wise dear friend told me this morning that I don't have control over what happens in my life and worrying about what is coming next is useless. I knew that in my heart but sometimes I need to be reminded that worrying and being afraid of the future and what may come next is out of my hands and needs to be turned over to God and she is so right as she usually is.
The truth is, no matter how much of a control freak we would like to be none of us are in control of the future. We can live the best we can each day and do our best to be the people we want to be and the rest needs to be given to a higher power. I think some of us are worriers by nature and I'm one of them but I am going to try really hard to put my worries where they belong.
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   Posted 4/18/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Luvs, not only are we not in control of the future, we don't KNOW what the future holds so why worry about it?  Has worry and anxiety ever solved any problems?  Nope!  All worry and anxiety does is make you sick and that definitely is not from God.  For example, I had a specialist tell me eleven years ago that I needed a cochlear implant because my hearing is so bad.  He said, "It's not IF you need a cochlear implant, but WHEN you need one because you will go totally deaf soon."  I told him that he hadn't factored God into the equation.  Well, here I am, eleven years later, and haven't lost any more hearing.  Now, I could have worried about that for eleven years and caused needless anxiety and pain, but I chose to take just one day at a time.

I have a lot on my plate right now, too, besides fibro.  I was killed in the stock market and if I look at the future and what is going on in this world, it doesn't look that great.  But, I haven't factored God into the equation.  When I do that, I get a smile on my face.  When I get stressed about something, I visually "hand" the problems over to God because He is in control...not me.  I can't do anything on my own.  And I take one day at a time.  No more.

I wish I could go into more detail but we can't get too "religious" on the forum but my faith has gotten me this far in life and it will see me to the end when I go to be with my husband. 


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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 4/18/2010 12:01:56 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/18/2010 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thumbs everyone...:o)

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   Posted 4/19/2010 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree, KellieJo:  Thumbs up and bless all of you!  Each of us has his/her own burdens to bear.  Please know I am praying for each of you.
I got a neat quotation in an e-mail this morning.  Maybe it will inspire someone:  "You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." (George Horace Lorimer)  Perhaps this is timely!
I think much of the anxiety I'm currently feeling is due to past serious illnesses in the family, and that my husband once had cancer.  I get some anxiety each time he gets his physical.  He will also need a heart valve in the future, and that's major surgery.  My youngest son has had a bad cold/sinus infection which has hung on and I'm still concerned about him.  Taking him to the doctor today.  He feels better, but is run down from the coughing, runny nose, etc.  My second son is not in contact with us and has had really major problems with just about everything, and some incrediblly scary moments.  I try to take it all to the Lord because I can't handle that much constant stress.  Some days are pretty good...and some days, I need to work on! rolleyes
Anyway, thanks again, and please have an awesome week, all of you.  God bless.

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   Posted 4/19/2010 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
You are definitely not alone. I have had some major anxiety myself lately. And I really understand about how some days you are used to the fibro and then other days you just want it to all go away. I understand. With everything that has been going on in my life recently, I have just wanted to get away and take a small vacation to try and relax and not have to focus on all that is bogging me down. Yes, I do understand exactly how you feel. Sometimes it really helps just to know that we are not alone in our feelings.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss

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