My Twin Is Experiencing Similar Symptoms as Mine

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ocean1
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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Is anxiety hereditary?  My twin over the past month or so has been experiencing so many of the things that my anxiety started with before it got full blown bad.  I have tried talking to her and listening to what she says and she just keeps swearing something is "physically wrong".  She has started the going to doctor after doctor looking for an answer and every test has come back totally normal.  I've tried explaining to her the physical symptoms are a manifestation of the anxiety and that they are harmless (though we all know they don't feel harmless).  I've tried talking to her about the heart palpitations and the more you focus on them the worse they feel.  I've tried talking to her about things and just can't seem to convince her it is anxiety (even the doctors have told her this). 
 
I have given her this website and told her about the wonderful people here and have also told her I was going to start a thread for her.
 
If anyone here has any helpful advice for her or me that I could tell her, could you respond.  Maybe seeing others with the same issues and symptoms will help her feel less anxious and help her to stop worrying so much.  She is of the belief still that it can't be anxiety and MUST be something she has done to her body (she looked up something on the internet last January and is trying to convince herself that she has damaged her heart from the wine she drinks and that has this rare disease - even though doctors have told her that is NOT the case).  I am at my wits end trying to help her and hope someone may be able to help.  I would die for her if I knew it would help her.  She means more to me than I can ever put into words.
Diane
Thou shalt smile and have a nice day.  It frustrates those who have other plans for thee.
________________________________________
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications:  Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/2/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
My friend
It is VERY normal for twins to feel the same emotions and other feelings of their twin
I am sure she does prolly have anxiety as well just as you do
Tell her to come here an I am sure she will begin to see the light
It is NOT your fault at all it is also heridetary (sp)

I do hope she will come here to HW and let us get to know her as well
Anyone like you is the best IMHO

Luvs
LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
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ocean1
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   Posted 8/2/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Lyn,

She is coming over to my apartment this afternoon and I plan on at least trying to get her to read some of the posts here and some of the resources provided so she can begin to understand what is happening to her.  We'll see what happens.  Thanks for the help my friend.

IMHO you are top notch Lyn.


Diane
Thou shalt smile and have a nice day.  It frustrates those who have other plans for thee.
________________________________________
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications:  Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.


nervymeg
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   Posted 8/2/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   

Diane,

It is hereditary (tough word Lyn - I got out the dictionary and cheated!)..my sister suffers from mild anxiety and one of my aunts has been institutionalised since she was 30. I hope your twin knows how welcome she is to join our HW family. We care and we support and we understand. :-) :-)

twin hugs to you both,

Meg


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/3/2008 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Diane
I really do care about you as well
Thanks for the compliment
I am just like all others here

I DO hope she does come here and find many things to help her
I know the members will welcome her with open arms
She will be part of the family as you are my friend....

I like Sweet Megs have had so many in my family
Mom,Gma,one brother and now my Cait is having severe panic attacks as well
I truly believe alot of this DD is what we have lived and hereditary ( no dic S.I.S. lol )
I would think especially being twins this is most likely what she is going thru I cannot say that for sure as you know hun but .....

I will be out and aboot with Cait this afternoon but will check in later okay
Thanks again
and I am proud you are a good friend and obviously a loving and caring sister

Take care of you too plz as we all care

Luvs your friend
Lyn
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
                                    Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
Moderator @ Alzheimer's,Co Mod @ Anxiety/ Panic,Co Mod @ Crohns 
 
                                    FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE
               Look For The GOOD,Even At Your Lowest
 
     Listen To Your Heart,Look Inside Yourself,Understand You
 
 
 
                    


skye_bella81
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   Posted 8/4/2008 3:35 AM (GMT -7)   

  Hey,

    I am sorry to hear that both you and your siter have been unwell, though it is very fortunate that you have each other. It can be very hard for someone to ever imagine that some of the symtoms of an anxiety disorder can be so painful, physical and real. Sometimes there are no thought problems, OCD symptoms and the disease can sometimes come across as just PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS.

    I really think if your sister would like to keep searching for an answer she should go a head ,BUT in the mean time while she is looking she should definantly try some treatments for anxiety. Whether it's medication, seeing a psychologist or even talking here online etc......  "it can't hurt", and it may not be anxiety after all but until she tries some anxiety treatments she won't know.

  Unfortunatly we can't help the name of the illness we have, and if the doctor told you that you have a cold and cold tablets would help -you would try that. So the best thing to do when a doctor tells you it's anxiety and the doctor has treatments to help, the best thing to do is give the treatment a go.

 

So good luck

xx Skye


Howlyncat
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   Posted 8/5/2008 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Dianne
Hoping your twin checked the boards have just got on this am
Trouble in paradise with Cait lol
Nothing serious
BOYFRIENDS

Luvs
LYN
  DX With Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,Fibro & Other DD
                                    Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
Moderator @ Alzheimer's,Co Mod @ Anxiety/ Panic,Co Mod @ Crohns 
 
                                    FIGHT the FIGHT with all YOU HAVE
               Look For The GOOD,Even At Your Lowest
 
     Listen To Your Heart,Look Inside Yourself,Understand You
 
 
 
                    

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