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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
It's been about a year since I've had any notable anxiety problems, but I think it's happening again. There's the usual edginess and difficulty relaxing, but the main symptom is slightly different...
I keep getting a head rush whenever I stand up, I often feel faint and there's a feeling like my head weighs a ton! It feels like some sort of blood pressure problem, but I did occasionally experience the same sort of thing before amongst my other symptoms and the doctors checked out my BP at the time without any problems. I push myself quite hard when I'm excercising (I'm a keen mountain biker...) and I'm fairly sure any cardio/BP problems would show up then rather than when I'm at home trying to relax. Because of this I don't want to start making doctors apointments and stuff as I feel - in my case - it would risk 'fuelling' the health anxiety, rather than easing it.
I've also started feeling edgy again, but I presume that's cause rather than effect!
I don't know what's brought this on. I'm happier and more sucessful than I've ever been before - I've got quite a lot going on, but it's all positive stuff. Unfortunately the anxiety is starting to have distinctly a negative effect. I get paranoid - it feels like even if there's nothing physically wrong with me at the moment there will be after a few more years of this. sad
I know there are plenty of people far worse off than me (including many anxiety suferers), but I still just feel like it's really unfair nonetheless. Maybe it's a bit self-pittying, but when I get really wound up I just start thinking "why me?"
Sorry for the slightly negative tone, but I feel like it's on top of me at the moment and just wanted to vent!

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   Posted 7/29/2008 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Mountain Biking, whoooooo hooooo.  My son is Oregon and it is his passion.  You guys are in great shape.  With that kind of exercise the endorphins should be lifting you higher......but something has gone amiss.
Have you tried journaling your feelings from day to day to see if you mught recognize the trigger that is causing the anxiety?
I know you don't want to hear this but we are not professionals and cannot tell you what is wrong.  There are many things that may cause those sx.  If it comes down to it, see you physician and make sure you do not have a medical issue as right now you are guessing.
Good luck and go up high on that mountain.

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   Posted 7/29/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes, being happy and successful can make me stressed and worried I might lose that happiness at any moment then I cause more stress.
So for me good things cause stress as well as bad things.


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08


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   Posted 7/29/2008 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kris711,

There is nothing "self-pitying" about noticing a change in your anxiety and moving towards resolving it. Kudos to you.

Like karen, I've been hit with anxiety at some of my "happiest, most successful" times. It's just one of those things..The important thing is to recognise it, treat it (however you have in the past if it was succesful) and to not let it get you down. It's a condition, like everything else in our lives that requires treatment from time to time.

Stay're fighting this well.


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   Posted 7/30/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys.

I feel better today, but mystified as to what's been up the past few days. Thought I'd got the better of it and then it came back. The main thing is I've been at least half-sure it's anxiety related this time.

The cycling - or indeed any excercise is good - for two reasons. Firstly, it physically de-stresses me. Secondly, I can get really paranoid with health anxiety. A major worry has always been heart problems, despite the fact there are no reasons in my lifestyle or history to suggest it. (I'm a 25 year old virtually t-total non-smoker with a resting heart rate of 55bpm, yet I can still convince myself I'm minutes away from a heart attack!) Going out and pushing myself physically helps to put my mind at rest I guess - if I can survive going flat out up the hillside, it's a fair indication that everything is working ok.

That's also why I don't want to go to a doctor. I became a regular visitor when I had really rough spell last year. Every other week I was in 'with' a different incurable condition and eventually they all turned out to be anxiety symptoms. Obviously if I started getting something very intense - severe chest pains or whatever - I'd go back, but the rest of the time there's too much risk of feeding the paranoia. I dunno if that makes sense - the chances are overwhelmingly that the problems are anxiety based and if I start booking doctors appointments and so on, it kind of feels like I'm letting it win.

I have been wondering about what's caused this 'relapse'. It may just be increased stress, possibly a change of diet (lots going on recently, so I haven't been eating quite so healthily!) and possibly less excercise. I've been so busy lately I haven't had a chance to get out on my bike or go for a run.

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   Posted 7/30/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
i am glad you feel better.... I waited a while before seein a therapist and now I realize I waited too long.

go to the doctor, you won't regret it.



Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and now new med Clonazepam starting 7/18/08


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   Posted 7/31/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so glad you are feeling better
I am hoping that you have another good day today
keep us posted plz

My anxiety goes thru the roof at times as well

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   Posted 7/31/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Chris,
You wont be letting the anxiety win if you make a doctors appointment. Maybe you can get a mild anxiety med. You sound like your on top of things so lets stay that way! : ) Dont feel weak, your obviously not. I always say it takes a stronger person to ask for help than it does to just suffer. Keep your head up! We are all here for you so keep us posted! Love to you!
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