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anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
This is my story. Last February, I started with panic anttacks and horrible anxiety. It started when I became pregnant. It was everyday all day it seemed. Over time it got some what better but it was still there and still terrifying. This nurse figured it was from all the hormones and even my ob gyn gave me prozac to take which I only took for a couple months and stopped. I had my baby Last oct. 19 and felt so much better for a while. Recently I started feeling bad again, and when I mean feeling bad, I mean sometimes I feel breathless or like its too much to even breath. Like im going crazy, crazy thoughts, emotional, i feel like I am floating or might disapear and I always feel like im dying when I have the actually panik attacks. I am always worrying that something may be wrong with me. I have not been diagnosed with anxiety or panik attacks by a doctor. But I beleive that it is anxiety. I was waiting on medicaid so I couuld see a doctor. Found out today that I am not able to receive it. And a little over a month ago, I had the mirena iud inserted to prevent pregnancy and I want it out now because it could be causing some of this anxiety. I have chest pains sometimes. I start paniking and feel like I cant stand still like I need to go to the emergency room but i know we cant afford it. And then I know I will get over the attacks and feel fine again but its just a lot. I feel like crying one minute and okay the next. Sick on my stomach because I get so anxious over nothing. Any advice.

badfish
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   Posted 2/25/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, everthing u describe sound like anxiety/panic disorder. If you read over some old threads u'l notice ppl posting similar symptoms. Your not alone, your not going to die and things wil get better for you eventually, this place (HW) is full of really kind helpful ppl who im sure wil be posting here soon with some helpful and good advice. I recommend reading a thread called the little things tht help you may have done already bt it has all the little things I do to stop anxiety getting on top of me. The one tht is really helping rite now is lying down in a dark room and trying to sleep. Please try and see a doctor as you prob need togo bck on meds its quite common for ppl to relapse if they stop taking meds to soon. My thought are with you take care.

Ant
 


Panike
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   Posted 2/25/2008 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Anastasia i'm sorry that you feel bad honey.Just remember i and others have been through these feelings hundreds of times and were still here! Your'e not going to die that's just the anxiety playing tricks with your mind.And i promise everything wil pass and it will be OK.Just keep telling yourself it is not real and it will pass.Dont concentrate on how you feel,concentrate on stopping it.Because if you concentrate on the negative thoughts it will cause you to panic even more. And remember take slow deep breaths in and out,preferably in a paper bag if you have access to one. This will keep you from hypervinilating and passing out! Remember the anxiety attack can not kill you,it can only make you feel bad!

anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you guys for support. I hate this. Especially when it is at its worse. It seems to hit me big time at night. But some days is better than others.
ANASTASIA


BKF1515
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   Posted 2/25/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Anastasia, I really feel for you. Oh, just know that you are receiving a big virtual hug. Your panic attacks sound in some ways similar to mine. When they were occuring more often, I had a constant feeling that my chest was tight and that someone was standing on my chest or something, like I couldn't get enough air in my lungs, also heart palpitations, head pains, pressure, popping ears--everything to make you feel like you are dying, but as many will tell you, you won't! People telling me that alone made me feel so much better. Btw, my chest tension and frequency of palpitations have reduced with exercise I have found--I am no athlete at all but I just started running 20 min. a day b/c I was so desparate to break out of this. I am also wondering if changing my diet (less sugar and carbs, no caffeine, but mainly just less sugar) is also helping.

I have health anxiety too, so I have felt like going to the ER many times, but I still haven't, if that also makes you feel any better. I have a friend who also developed heavy depression and axiety both times she was pregnant, that took a few years to get under control, because let's face it, having a young child both physically (recovery, shifting hormones, lack of sleep) and mentally (the daunting task of motherhood) is very, very challenging. I think I had PPD (or some form of blues) for about 8-9 months after delivery. I am only starting to feel normal again 1 year after stopping breastfeeding. You really should get a metal for the progress you have made so far!

I am so sorry you find it hard to make it from one moment to the next, I have also been there. The only way I managed to pull myself forward and out of the hole little by little was cheering myself up by talking to friends and focusing on spending quality time with my children, who really need me to be all there for them. Although difficult, sometimes that is enough to get me through. And what might make you feel better, when you can manage the expense or to get insurance, is to make dr. appts. to discuss all your little ailments. Each time I have a health professional tell me I'm going to be fine, I just feel a little bit better.

Hang in there, there is light at the end of the tunnel,

Tessel

BKF1515
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   Posted 2/25/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Anastasia, I forgot to tell you, my panic attacks are like 90% at night, after I've gotten in bed. I have a psychiatrist friend who's told me that a person's real problems always come to the surface at night....tessel

stkitt
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   Posted 2/25/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there my new friend, hello and I hope you are doing better today.
Here are a few of the things I do when the anxiety monstor tries to run my life:

• Getting enough rest (at least 8 hours a day)

• Meditation (sitting quietly with your thoughts)

• Listening to gentle music

• Reading

• Massage

• Taking a warm bath

• Going for walks

• Regular exercise that you are used to doing which you have alraedy said your doing.
Kitt


 
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anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou everybody for helping me to feel better. I appreciate the support. I am glad to have found this forum. As soon as I found it, I felt safer:)
ANASTASIA


anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Crystal Visions
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   Posted 2/25/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh honey I am soooo sorry you have to go through this, and with a new baby. I am the mother of 5 boys and started having them 2 years ago when my smallest was months old. I felt like I was going to die! I went to the ER MANY times! I feel like I can't breath half the time. A constant state of terror. My heart races, which I now take Atenolol for. The last 4 days when I try to go for a little walk I feel dizzy like I'm going to fall over. It is horrible. I can NOT stand what it has done to me. The only thing that helped me at night was taking Seroquel before going to bed. It knocks me straight out and sleep all through the night. It saved my life 2 years ago when I was at the very end of my ropes and began to wish I would just die to get it over with. It is a antipsychotic Med but it totally calms the nerves in the day too. A blessing for me. I am back on it now as the Terror is back. I know how you all feel. It does get better, but ugh it is awful while it is happening. Sometimes I have control over it when it starts up and sometimes I don't. I started getting worse again in December and was starting to do ok again, but now almost back to square one. What I always do is.... remind myself "I have felt this way before", "I lived through it all and nothing bad has happened to me". It works most times. This last REAL bad bought in Dec. has taken me down to 110 lbs.! So try to remember to eat no matter what. Not eating will make things feel a lot worse. And very important ... remember you are not alone. We are all here and have been there. Lots of Luv

Panike
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   Posted 2/25/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Anastasia i ment to tell you mine's hit me at night too alot.It use to hit more in the day time but i've noticed since my hubby has start working nights and i'm here by myself it has started hitting at night.Sometimes i call my mom at 2 Am in the morning for support and i'm 32 years old!(lol) So you are not alone on that honey!

anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
When it first hit me and I was pregnant, I lost so much weight. I got down to about 100lbs. I couldnt eat and could barely drink. See I had my first child Nov. 29th 2006 and then found I was pregnant again Feb. 2007. I was sick and so upset. I had to go through the pregnancy all over again. But with my child of chourse it was well worth it but the anxiety was crazy. I felt like I was goinf to die when I was in labor. My whole pregnancy I just knew I was gonna die when I went into labor. Crazy. But My husband and I was living in a small house, he worked nights then and when I started feeling bad I would always want to go to my dads which was just down the road 5 mins. It became my safe spot. I guess because I was raised there and I love my daddy:) But I started staying there everyday and couldnt come back to the other house even for my husband. But my husband understood and wanted nothing more than to help me. He is still the same. Thank God! But adventually my dad let us live with him which was great because I missed my husband and he missed me. I he would come over all the time up until he worked but it was better for him to live at my dads with me. So over time I felt so much better and we moved to another place before my son was born and we still live here. Where I live now is not 5 mins from my dad but about 20 and when I start feeling the major panik, I sometimes feel like going there but I know deep down that I got to try and face this myself. I even considered moving somewhere closer to him. I dont know why it makes me feel better but it does.
ANASTASIA


anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I hear people say that they get head aches and their head hurts, does anyone ever had head pains that feel to be on just one side of your head? And does anyone have twitches in their body. And can simple little things trigger and attack for some of you? And if so then how minor are the things that trigger them. Describe. Thanks
ANASTASIA


anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
You are right about the head aches being on just one side but the scond part I meant to say what things trigger a panik attack. I just put it wrong.
ANASTASIA


Crystal Visions
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   Posted 2/25/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I get twitches all the time when it is rearin its ugly head. They last until I begin to feel better for a period of time. They start right back up again when the panic does.

Junebug05
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   Posted 2/25/2008 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry that you are going through such a rough time, but glad that you found this site, it is truly a life saver.  You have already gotten wonderful advice, so the only thing I can add that has helped me is reading books on panic/anxiety.  If you like to read, it may be helpful.  I like books by Claire Weekes the best, but there are so many good ones out there that are good.  I do hope that you will find some relief soon, keep posting here, this is the best place to come for comfort. 

anastasia01
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   Posted 2/25/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am starting to feel weird and it all started because my left arm started hurting and i dont know why its hurting. It dont ever do it.
ANASTASIA

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