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CantCope
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/23/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I suffer from anxiety - constantly, every 5-10 minutes have feelings like I am going to pass out and die - "call the ambulance".  Can't swallow my food, drink, saliva, heart racing, pain in my chest, back ribs, neck, ears, throat, GERD, etc.  Anybody here to help?

stkitt
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   Posted 5/23/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello Can't cope.  I am here and wondering if you could give me a bit more background.  You are not going to die right now from anxiety.  Take a deep breath and let it out and tell yourself you are ok.

Now tell us a bit about yourself?  What is going on in your life?  :)

I am Kitt and welcome to Healing Well.


 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


CantCope
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/23/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I know I am not, but every now again that thought comes back - have had it over 30 times since lunch today. I am 43, have taken paxil for 8 years, have weaned off in past year, every time I go back, I get worse, have horrendous heartburn, headaches, etc. Weaned off, as I was needing a nap every day for years and sick of it. I breathe all stupid and still smoke, convinced I am dying due to my smoking, but can't stop. I have 3 teenagers, we are happy busy, they are all involved in my anxiety and help when they can. Just thought I would try out a forum with similar people to me. I am sick and tired of feeling like this and would love to just have one NORMAL day.... it makes me very sad....

stkitt
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   Posted 5/23/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there, I think you need some hugs and a good day.  I won't go into any lectures on smoking but I will tell you that it may be a good idea to see your physician and have a good check up to be sure there is nothing physical going on with you that could be causing the frequency of the anxiety and panicky feelings.

You may want to discuss a different medication with your physician as many times people have shared stories re how the med they were taking just quit working for them.

You will find many members here who understand exactly how you feel.  I have had depression and anxiety for 26 years and I have been on a med all that time.  A couple of years ago my med just quit working and I have spent 2 years trying to get the right combination and still do not feel as good as I used to.  I understand what you mean by you would like to have just one day when you felt happy and the thought of anxiety never crossed your mind.

That would be so great.  I say let's do it,  let's kick this anxiety garbage to the curb for one full day so we can have one without worrying.

I really try to stay in the moment, don't worry about yesterday as it is in the past and we cannot change it.  Tommorow will get here soon enough so lets plan one good day and perhaps it will lead to another.

I am looking forward to getting to know you better.

Gentle Hugs to you.

Kitt


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


nervymeg
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   Posted 5/23/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi CantCope, welcome to Healing Well, it sounds like you are having pretty high anxiety right now.  I'm glad you have decided to try out a forum, we pretty much all have been or are going through some form of severe anxiety here, so you are in good company.

As Kitt mentioned, maybe a review of medication could be helpful, it took me many years to get the right one, but now, it works and it's wonderful.  I actually do have completely normal days most of the time.

Do you get nay kind of counselling (apart from your wonderful family?) it can really help change some negative thoughts.

I wish you all the best, and hope you post again.

 


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Junebug05
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   Posted 5/23/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome cantcope,
 
I'm so glad that you found this site, it is the best for support and understanding of what you are going through.  I've been exactly where you are a couple of times during my years with panic and anxiety.  The constant anxiety, constant symptoms is the absolute worst.  I agree with kitt here, get a good check up and then check into some different meds and even try a therapist who specializes in anxiety disorder, if you don't already have one.  It does get better, hang in there and keep posting your concerns here, there is great relief in finding others who share what you are going through!

CantCope
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/23/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you everyone - it feels better to hear that others do suffer like I do.  I know my family does not, they try to help, but they can't feel what I feel, same with any therapist, doctors, etc.  You can really feel quite alone at times.  I try to be reasonable and rational, but then I slip over the edge into the bad side.  It amazes me that I can feel so my physical with just my mind?  I will remain posting and see how I do - I feel back to 8 years ago when this all began, I coped in between (not perfect), but not debilitating like now - not going out, can't drive my car anywhere, etc.  So when it affects my day to day living - I need help.  Thanks for that and anything else.
CC

stkitt
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   Posted 5/24/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

I am glad you have joined us and as you can see there are many others who know exactly what you are feeling.

I always refer to my days of feeling isolated as like being " alone in a crowd".  I feel a bit like that right now. I get confused and just end up crying and trying to figure out what to do but I get stuck on the Meery-go-round of self blame as it must be me.  After all just look at all the happy people out there smiling and laughing, why am I feeling this way.

I try to stay in the moment. I always try to not get stuck in the "stinkin thinkin" mode.  It is not me so quit with telling myself I am hopeless and keep on taking babysteps toward freedom.

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present”
- B. Olatunji

Take care and keep posting.
Hugs
Kitt
 
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety ~ Panic 
Not a mental health professional of any kind
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 


tpoof
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 5/24/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I also had bad anxiety for a 4-5 year period.
nervous,shaky feeling, wound tighter than a drum...
racing heart, acid reflux, its not fun at all. sad
Took along time to find the right meds....
Paxil did me no good, Celexa and Amitriptyline was finally able to help after much struggle to find the proper dose... These things take time...
Then one morning waking up to find that my dog pee-ed on the floor!! mad
I went to find her and there she was standing at he door,
looking at me with the biggest puppy dog eyes..
I felt the pain in her eyes with that look..
Suddenly, my anger and tenseness just suddenly melted away...
What a feeling of relief I recall...
I was totally drained from it
I've been free of symptoms of stress and anxiety now for about 4 years
Miracles do happen
sometimes when you least expect it! yeah

Keep the faith fellow! yeah scool
a perforated Diverticlum survivor and colostomy wearer, awaiting resection

May 02/2008


stkitt
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   Posted 5/24/2008 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there T,

My dog peed in my bed, needless to say she has beautiful big brown eyes but I just took care of it and steam cleaned the mattress twice.

I still have anxiety.  devil

The trick is, I have anxiety, it does not have me.

Kitt


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


Georgie Girl
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Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 319
   Posted 5/27/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Can't Cope.  I hope you are doing better by  now.  I can relate - when I was suffering from extreme anxiety two months ago (for which I was eventually hospitalized) (I am bipolar), UI told my family and doc that I felt like it was killing me.  I keep reading "the anxiety can't kill you" so keep that in mind - even if it feels like it. 

Good luck to you and hope your situation has improved,


Georgie Girl

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