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Ceedub
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   Posted 6/20/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a 40 year old male who has been diagnosed with Anxiety. I take 100mg of Zoloft per day. Generally, I have been feeling pretty good over the last month, but today I have some common symptoms I was having come back strong. I have a slight loss of feeling in my left hand as well as a slight tingling in my left cheek and left side of my head. I have had all the neurological testing done in the last few years and all came back negative. My Neuro doctor seems to think it is Anxiety as well as my PCP.
 
This numbness/tingling comes and goes and happens on both sides of my body which my neuro says rules out Stroke or Tumor. I am tired of getting these sensations and spend most of my day "checking" my body for strange sensations. When I feel one I haven't felt before or the tingling I get nervous and worry that something is about to happen to me. Then the rest of my day is spent waiting for something to happen. What I don't know but I can't seem to help myself.
 
Any thoughts on what I can do to relieve myself of this? I do see a therapist but have only seen them 4 times so far.
 
Thanks for letting me vent!!!
 
Ceedub

linet
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   Posted 6/21/2008 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have read this in a herbal site http://www.mamaherb.com/ that Longan Berries are very helpful in treating Anxiety and there are many persons in the site who had benefited by the treatment, its simple to use it include 5 to 6 Dried Longan Berries in your daily diet.The symptoms of Anxiety disorders are resolved in a month.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/21/2008 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Ceedub,
I am so happy to welcome you to the A & P forum.
 
I am sorry your having this bothersome sx again and of course it raises your anxiety.

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, you  should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get your  mind off of the problem. You  could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give you  a fresh perspective on things.

You  should visualize a red stop sign in your  mind when  encountering  a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes,  think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. You  can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.

I use this to help when my mind starts going into overtime and thinking 'stinkin" thoughts.

I hope this helps you in some small way.  Again welcome and know you will find many wonderful members here so keep posting.

Hugs
Kitt


 

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dejavu
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ceedup ,

I am so sorry that you are having sucha distressful time right now , much good advice has been given , at times of stress , I have similar symptoms , exercise helps a great deal , it stops me from focusing on the tingling
and numbness , a great way
to de-stress , is to find someone who does foot massage , this can release many tensions which build up in our bodies due to anxiety . and makes one feel so good after .

take care dejavu
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Ceedub
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   Posted 6/21/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   

I would really like to thank everyone for their support. I will try some of the remedies you've suggested. Also, I just received a CPAP machine because I was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea. I've heard this should help also. I think with the combination of remedies plus the support you all provide it will get better for me. I have the hope and prayer that it will.

Thanks again!!!


nervymeg
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Ceedub, Hi, and the warmest welcome to HW, I hope you like it here. That CPAP can really help allieviate anxiety, you get some sleep for starters which helps no end! It's so easy to become a little obsessed when something is wrong with you and no doc can dx it. Frustrating. I try to focus on what is working well with my body and not what is being a little wonky. I try to keep my focus on today and not on what might happen.......ahhhhh!

Again, welcome, let us know how you go with the CPAP


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Junie3
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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi everyone,VIEW IMAGE

I am new to this site also.  I have been reading some of the posts which i find tobe very interesting and helpful.  I have been suffering from panic disorder for over eight years and have been taking paxil for almost 5.  I really want to stop taking this medication as I dont believe it helps much anymore.  I have noticed that if i dont take them for 3 days I start feeling sick on the fourth morning.  My doctor says it is withdrawal symptoms.  Does anyone have any idea how  best i can quit them?

Ceedub keep hanging in there.  You will get better.  Exercising and thought reverse has helped me a great deal in the past.  I have also had symptoms that you speak about.  I used to believe something was growing in my head.  about 2 years ago I had intemittent diahorrea for more than 3 weeks VIEW IMAGE.  My gp was about ready to refer me to a specialist.  However after keeping my appointment with the therapist I was immediately cured.

So hang in there and just remember that you are not alone in this.

Junie3

 


stkitt
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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Junie,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. I am so glad you found us.

I don't have a weaning schedule to share with you as each drug is different and has different 1/2 lives, also it will be dose dependant. i do know that you should be on a Slow Wean Schedule if you have been taking any of the SSRI/SSNI's .

When I say slow, the literature speaks to 3 months to 6 months to wean off the medication and that is under the supervision of your Pdoc.

I hope that helps you and I am sure others will have info for you also.

Again a warm welcome.
Kitt


 

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percycat
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   Posted 6/22/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Ceedub,

I hope you're getting used to your CPAP and that it's improving your sleep. As Meg said, better sleep helps with anxiety - and everything else!

Junie,

I've been on Paxil longer than I can keep track of. If I miss my dose for more than two days, I get a little more anxious and these odd sensations like my brain is bumping around in my skull. I know for me that these are definitely withdrawal symptoms. Paxil is certainly a medication that you want to go slowly about getting off of, preferably with advice and periodic check-ins with your doctor.

Welcome to both of you! You couldn't have picked a more supportive forum!

percycat

nervymeg
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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   

Ceedub, how are things going? I hope the Cpap is helping you out.

Junie, welcome to HW, It can be a bit of a drain coming off a med you have been on for a while. I believe it is safer to taper the dose down than to stop out-right. That would probably make me feel sick too! I wish you all the best, as Percy said, you couldn't have come to a nicer place for support tongue


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Junie3
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   Posted 6/23/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah Thank you all for responding.  Its so nice to be somewhere where other persons have similar experiences.  Not that i wish this on anyone, every my worst enemy.
 
I guess i need to discuss with my pdoc.
 
post soon.
 
Junie3

Ceedub
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning,

I am really struggling this morning. I woke up with loss of sensation in hands, feet and face on the left side. I hate this condition because I feel so weak. I can't control it and just want the sensations to stop...period!! I am at a loss to figure it out and just haven't been able to concentrate on something else or wish it away. The more frustrated I get the more I fall back into a constant fear that something HAS to be wrong. No matter how many tests I take, no matter how many doctors give me a clean bill of health I can't stop thinking there is something there. Do I need to just drop out of life and go somewhere by myself? I don't know, but I do know I am not happy and I don't know what to do.

Thanks for letting me vent everyone!!!


Junie3
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   Posted 6/25/2008 8:46 AM (GMT -7)   

hI Ceedub:

Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I know exactly how you are feeling, probably not the same symptoms exactly but other terrible ones.  I dont think going off somewhere by yourself will help.  I usually worry more when I am alone.  Trying to change your thinking will not happen overnight.  You will feel results gradually.  Just hang in there and pray.  Talk about your feeling with friends and family that helps most of the time. and of course you can always come to the forum.

The fact that you are worried about how you feel all the time and that there must be something physically wrong is anxiety talking.

You can talk to me, too.

Junie3


stkitt
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   Posted 6/25/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Ceedub,

There are a large group of things that may give you something like you describe. What initial testing should  do is reduce this list of possibilities. The most likely things are non-specific such as anxiety etc.
I would see how things go, and if the progression continues notify your physician. If you feel you need a second opinion, please do get one.

I know this is very frustrating for you as well as scary. Remember we are not professionals so do call you PCP if you feel you need to now.
Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 


 

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nervymeg
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   Posted 6/25/2008 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Ceedub,

It can be really scary to feel weak sad and isolated. I am sorry you are feeling this way.  You don't need to "drop out of life and go somewhere by yourself". Please don't! If you keep asking questions and seeking advice from people (doctors, counsellors etc) then you will get the right advice. It just takes a little time to get the right fit. It took me years, but now I have meds and support that get me through. I also know WHY it's happening, which is a huge relief, let me tell you!! I hope you get some answers soon, and start to feel a bit more in control. Please keep us posted and please vent at will, that's why we are here!! We all do it, trust me. :-)


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percycat
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   Posted 6/26/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Ceedub,

I agree with Meg. It took me three years to get a correct diagnosis, but it did finally happen.

Do continue to post here and talk to your friends and family. It will help to remind you that you're not alone in what you're experiencing, and that people care about you and what's happening with you.

percycat

Ceedub
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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your helpful comments. I am feeling a lot better than a few months ago when I literally thought I was close to having a breakdown. I just want to feel like I used to, but the funny thing is I've been feeling this way for so long I wouldn't really know what that feels like. Ahhh, but I know I'm preaching to the choir on this one. Thanks again for all your support.

Ceedub

stkitt
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   Posted 6/26/2008 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Ceedub,

Hey I want to feel as good as you used to  also.  I so understand how you feel.  I want the old me back but I guess we are both going have to learn to love the new we.  yeah   I am with you so we keep on going down the yellow brick road.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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