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deedah
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   Posted 3/17/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not been feeling good for over a week. I think I need some support.. I have been into my primary care physician 4 times in the last 7 days. I have an appt. with a psychiatrist tomorrow afternoon. My doctor claims I am suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. I was diagnosed with anxiety almost 10 years ago as a teen. I have been taking zoloft daily and of course my diagnosing psychiatrist retired and moved away. Things had been going good until recently. I have been feeling nausea and loss of appetite, racing heartbeat, getting dehydrated, sweating, shaking, dizzy, clamy palms etc.. I have been suffering from these symptoms since last Sunday (the 9th). My doctor gave me a prescription for xanax but it makes me feel like I am not in myself. I have trouble sleeping through the night and wanted some advice on things to do to calm these feelings besides medication. Please help...

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   Posted 3/17/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Deedah

Welcome to HW. You are at the right place where you will realize you are not alone in the things you are going thru. It does sound like you are having anxiety and panic. You have seen your PcP a lot in one week so I take it nothing else is wrong with you. You said everything was going ok until recently. Can you identify anything new or that has changed to bring this on? Are you worried about anything.

Xanax is usually good for P&A but everyone is different so maybe you need something else. Try listening to some soothing music, meditating or read something light. Watching a good comedy movie helps sometimes to take your mind off yourself. I wish you all the best and someone might come along to give you some better ideas.

I pray you will get some help from your psych tomorrow.

Dor
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Clinical depression,  Panic disorder, GERD,  Sciatica

Celexa 60mg qam,  Pariet 20mg bid,  Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg tid,  Serax 30 mg qhs, amitriptylline 30mg qhs , Percocet prn


                                             
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deedah
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   Posted 3/17/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank You. I graduated on March 6th from college and have been going through some changes. It's just weird because consciously I don't feel worried. My days used to be so full, I would be in clinicals for school from 7am-2pm and then would goto work after that (most days). I am working at the same place, just got a promotion you could say due to graduating, although I have not been to work in over a week. So much for begining to train in my new position! I'm just glad I am not the only one who feels like this. I guess I didn't realize that A/P can physically make you feel so terrible! And yes, my pcp says all my blood work is normal, and besides the lack of nutrition from not eating and an increased heart rate I appear to be healthy. She did refer me to a GI specialist, but am unable to get an appt until the 31st.
Thank you all for caring,
Deb

Getting there
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   Posted 3/17/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Deedah, some changes even positive ones can bring on A&P and those times we do not even realize it but subconsciuosly it does. Even the thought of training can subconsciously be making you anxious. Congrats on graduating from college. As soon as you get something from the Psych to help you with the anxiety you will feel better. Not sleeping well can make the anxiety and panic worst along with not eating properly. Palpitation/increased heartrate is a classical sign of anxiety. I dislike it myself. You will be ok...keep heart.

Dor
                                       cool
Clinical depression,  Panic disorder, GERD,  Sciatica

Celexa 60mg qam,  Pariet 20mg bid,  Xanax (alprazolam) 1mg tid,  Serax 30 mg qhs, amitriptylline 30mg qhs , Percocet prn


                                             
We are more than what we do, much more than what we accomplish, far more than what we possess.


nervymeg
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   Posted 3/18/2008 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to healingwell and congratulations on your graduation.  Any changes in routine (especially having more time on your hands) can lead to A/P and it sounds like you are having a few.  I'm sorry to hear you are feeling unwell..I find it hard to eat when panicky but find just small meals (little bits of soup or soft fruit) can really help me deal with anxiety.

The xanax is also usefull but can make you feel a bit spacey..!! Maybe your doc could suggest a longer lasting medication or an anti-depressent that might work a bit better.  I would also suggest counselling..have you tried CBT?? It works wonders for some people on this site.  I hope this helps you a little, and again, a very warm welcome to you :-)

keep us posted xx


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/18/2008 5:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to you ...I am glad you posted and I totally agree with all that megs has said
I do CBT and for me it has done wonders.........you may need a different benzo and or an antidepressant but your doc is the one to let you know what to tke for sure
I take valium and they work great for me

PLEASE do stay with us and keep posting........
We are here for you hun know that okay
Thanks for the email sweetie......

Luvs
LYN
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/18/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to HealingWell and I am so glad you found us.

I agree with the other members here and please know you are not alone in your feelings. Signs of anxiety include restlessness, a lot of  worrying about things that probably will not happen, and not being able to pay attention or remain focused on a task.  Sometimes the stress can get extreme and lead to panic attacks. Panic attacks are short times of intense fear and anxiety, which often include quick heartbeats, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness or stomach problems.

Please talk with your P-doctor regarding any of these signs.
Some things that may help lower your stress are: 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, ging for walks and regular exercise that you are used to doing.

Again a warm welcome.

Kitt 

 


 
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deedah
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/18/2008 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone for the care and concern. Just got back from the psych and he increased my zoloft dosage and decreased the xanax dosage. I am so happy that I found this forum and joined. It really helps to know there are others going through the same feelings as me. I need to try to eat more, so thanks for the advice on small amounts here and there. Hopefully I can start to get better sleep at night and become healthy.
Much love to all of you and don't worry, I'm not going anywhere!! I found a good place with good people and plan to stay!
Hugs to all of you
Deb

stkitt
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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -7)   

Deb,

Thank you for the update and that is good news.  I am glad your planing to stay with us. 

Support groups are a place for people to give and receive both emotional and practical support as well as to exchange information.
You have found the best site on the web................Hugs to you



 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic  ~ Crohn's
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 

Post Edited (stkitt) : 3/19/2008 4:31:33 AM (GMT-6)


nervymeg
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   Posted 3/18/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
That is just wonderful news and I am so glad you have come back to fill us all in!!  I look forward to chatting with you in the future xxxx many hugs and best luck with positive change xx

I alone can do this, but I cannot do it alone. 
 
NervyMeg

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