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weinerdoglover
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   Posted 10/20/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I was taken to the emergency room on Friday because i was having really bad tremors (they thought it was a seizure). I couldn't move my arms and my legs and my words were very broken. After all the testing they did the dr's came up with no diagnosis. They think i have panic/anxiety disorder. I am not willing to accept this. I don't want to be tagged with this. I guess if it is panic/anxiety the sooner i accept it the better off i am. I don't want to go see a psychologist or psychiatirst. I also think the reason the diagnosed me with this is because i am taking anti-anxiety medication. What would have happened if i wasn't taking this? would that have changed anything?
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stkitt
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   Posted 10/20/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   

weinerdoglover

Hello and Welcome to HealingWell.  I am Kitt.

You lost me when you wrote, "I also think the reason the diagnosed me with this is because i am taking anti-anxiety medication."

So I have to ask, why are you taking the medication if you don't have a probelm and yet you don't want to be tagged with the Dx of Anxiety Disorder?

Please remember, the members here have accepted their anxiety and like you they are Not happy with it but if you can accept your disorder and look at it straight on then you can learn how to overcome your anxiety.

We have Anxiety, Anxiety does not have us.

Kitt


Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/27/2008 10:34:58 PM (GMT-6)


Georgie Girl
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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi doglover
 
I too have taken trips to the ER for anxiety.  I didn't care what they called it or what they diagnosed me with, I just wanted relief!
 
Don't worry about being "tagged" with some title - if you have an anxiety disorder the sooner you accept it the sooner you can get the help you need to keep on an even keel. I know my coworkers, friends and family don't care that what I have are called anxiety and bipolar disorders, they just want me well and happy.
 
I see by your post that you already know that the sooner you accept the diagnosis, the better off you'll be.  But don't worry about the words. 
 
Good luck to you.
 
Georgie Girl
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allgirls
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   Posted 10/20/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to know also - why taking anti-anxiety if not suffering from it?
Trust me, in the beginning, I was afraid what people would think of me if they ever knew I was taking meds and seeing a Psych. doctor.
It's funny now though because more than 1/2 the people I know who don't suffer from GAD or Panic need to be seen by a dr. and maybe even meds! Ha!
I see anxiety as an emotional disorder, not a mental one.
If you're refusing to accept your diagnoses, I hope you have good insurance - you'll probably be going to the ER a lot.
I would really recommend you learn as much as you can about anxiety. Reading books, seeing a therapist, talking to people about your situation could really benefit you.
Who knows, if you're like me - and finally stop hiding your sypmtoms, thoughts and feelings - you'd be amazed just how many people you know of already probably suffer from it to some degree also.
One thing I will agree w/you on is - once a dr. (most - not all) hear that you suffer from anxiety- Boom - that's the root to all of your problems.
If you must - go to another doctor. Get a 2nd opinion. If all tests, labs come back fine......
Find peace with it. Know that you're healthy and have a disorder that is treatable!
Wish you all the best!
Jenn

weinerdoglover
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   Posted 10/20/2008 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
i have not come to accept the fact that i have an anxiety disorder. I am not sure what it is going to take before i do. I am suppose to see my dr. on Thursday and maybe at that point i will accept it. I went to see her a couple of weeks ago because work was getting really stressful. I just wanted her to give me something to take the "edge" off of my anxiety. That is when all of this started. I take my medication now in private. I don't tell anyone or let anyone know that i am currently taking medication for anxiety. I don't really think that i am under that much stress. What makes my stress different than everyone elses. everyone else can handle theirs what makes it that i am unable to handle mine? right now i have more questions than answers.

allgirls
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   Posted 10/20/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Everyone is different.

I used to think to myself -

why do I suffer from this soo bad - ole so and so has worse problems than me, ect...

Everyone handles things differently.  I'm the only one in my family who has this disorder.  One of my sisters is worst than I am when it comes to stress.  Yet, she's never had one symptom, lost any sleep and has an Iron Stomach as she likes to call it.

Even on days when I don't feel "stressed", I can still have physical symptoms..??

However, my days are getting better thanks to my therapist and a couple of great books I re-read to help me through tough times!

You are o.k. and will be fine! 

Hope to hear from you again!

Jennifer


weinerdoglover
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   Posted 10/24/2008 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
ok update....i ended up in the hospital again on tuesday. they ran all kinds of tests (more than they did on friday) and everything came up negative. there is nothing neurologically wrong with me. So i hate to admit it but i may actually suffer from stress/anxiety disorder. where do i go from here i am not sure. i have an appointment with my primary care dr on monday and i want to discuss other medications ( i am currently on amitriptiyln and valium) that may better control this. I am also going to start keeping a journal and finding time to exercise on a regualar basis. I will only see a therapist as a last ditch effort (i am not big on them) if ANYONE can suggest any kind of books or reading material that may be useful please let me know. thanks to everyone....

stkitt
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   Posted 10/24/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

I am glad you are getting closer to accepting you have anxiety.  You are in with a lot of wonderful people and many of us have hidden our anxiety, I did for 26 years from my co-workers. You don't have to tell people what meds you are taking.

Here are a few helpful hints:

One of the best simple ways to deal with Anxiety is breathing. Simple things like inhale to your lungs full capacity, hold it, then exhale imagining all of the stress to leave your body with the air that is exhaled. Getting yourself to a quiet calm place is another way to help and be able to breathe. Imagining a beautiful scene in your mind, counting to 100, counting your breath and trying to slow it are all techniques that really do help.

Another way of dealing with Anxiety is to be proactive with it. Understand what your triggers are. Think about them. Maybe write them down and the reasons you feel that they are your triggers. Try and focus on solutions to these triggers to avoid it happening in the first place. Maybe even get a loved one to help.

Exercise. take a walk, play a game, or ride a bike. The point is to exercise because when you do, your body will release endorphins, which contribute to feeling good.

 
Remember you can come here and post anytime you want, we do not judge............we will, however, listen to you.
Gentle Hugs
Kitt



 

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Mazfire
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   Posted 10/24/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   

May i ask why you "hate to admit" that it might be panic/anxiety? i was so relieved when i was diagnosed- the sooner the diagnosis, the sooner effective treatment can begin.

Is this about the social stigma attached to such an illness? because the people in your life that really matter will accept this and help you in finding a way to live your life as fully as possible. I know it is daunting, but managing this condition can be done, as many of us here do. it wont be easy, but acceptance leads to treatment which leads to relief.

Take care,

Maz


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stkitt
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   Posted 10/25/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Maz has a good point.  You do not have to be ashamed of who you are ever.

To the right of this page is a box titled Resources.  It is full of resorces that have been made available by our Administrator. Scan through them and see if there is anything you like.

Take care
Kitt


 

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percycat
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   Posted 10/25/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, weinerdoglover.

I'm just catching up on your thread, but I certainly went through something similar to you. Many trips to the ER only produced diagnosis after diagnosis of anxiety.

An ER has great resources and equipment to check you out for many serious health conditions, but if you still have concerns about a physical cause for your symptoms, talking it over carefully and thoroughly with your primary care physician is very important. When I did that - and it took us many tries to sort things out - we found that I did indeed have a physical problem (easily diagnosed, by the way, once we looked that direction) *and* that I really had also built up a lot of health anxiety.

So I encourage you to check on possible physical problems that your doctor wants to follow through on. Also accept that anxiety and concern for your physical health can manifest in many unexpected ways. Even if something does show up in some test yet to be run, you may be developing anxiety even as we speak, and it's important to treat that too. The fact that you recognized the stress in your job indicates that anxiety is not something totally alien in your life right now.

Good luck to you, and let us know how you're doing.

percycat

PS - Oh, and make sure you're clear on what the tests can and cannot check for (I wasn't at first, at least not on the "cannot" side of the coin). When they come back fine, I think you can trust them.

Hibee
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   Posted 10/25/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

I suffer with anxiety and depression and it took me about 20yrs to admit to myself that i had a problem. Since getting diagnosed i have found that i have a better understanding off whats going on in my head. There is a stigma associated with mental health and i to did not want any one to find out but since going through therapy and telling family and close friends about my anxitey i have found them nothing but supportive.

There are lots off different medications which can be taken and they all work in a different way so you may need to try a few before you find one that suits you.

A good book is called :- coping with Anxiety and Depression by Shirley Trickett she explains clearly how anxiety can affect your life and offers sensible, practical advice, including information on the latest treatments and therapies .

Take care

Ben

weinerdoglover
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   Posted 10/26/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I would like to thank everyone for the information and the support they have provided to me since i have been diagnosed with panic/anxiety disorder. it is a lot to take in and process all at once and at least i have a starting point. i do however have an additional question. I don't know if the symtoms i am experiencing now are "real" (headache, ringing in the ear, tingling on my face, soreness in thigh muscle) or if they are just part of the disorder. It seems as though this works in some very mysterious ways. Also i was reading somewhere that some people with this disorder have unnecessary surgeries or procedures. what is the reasoning behind that? I am due to have foot surgery on friday and i am seriously thinking to myself "do i really need this" Sometimes this is all so confusing. I have to see my primary care dr tomorrow and i want to discuss with her to see if the medication i am on now (amitriptyln, valium) will still work for me. my goal now is to eliminate having panic/anxienty attacks in public. Also my co-workers have been very supportive of me during this time. they don't know exactly what the problem is and to be honest i don't feel comfortable telling them at this time, so i am really nervous about going back to work and facing them. what do i say?

stkitt
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   Posted 10/26/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning,

I would just go back to work and when someone asks how are you.......just tell them your feeling much better, thank you.

The aches and pains that come with A & P are real, however if you need surgery I do not believe a surgeon would operate unless he was able to document a reason for the surgery.

Go slow, one step at a time.

Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 10/26/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi

There are many symptoms that come with anxiety disorder and you seem to be suffering with some of these. With regards to unnecessary surgeries i dont no much about this so cant advice maybe some of the other members can help you with this question. I would not tell your co-workers until you feel ready to do so. I only told the managers at my workplace and some close friends i work with. I have been on both the meds you are taking at the moment i did not get on to well with amitriptyln i found vallium did work well but they are quite addictive.

I hope you start to feel better soon and that you can meet your goal, we are hear to listen if you need us

Take care

Ben

crazy1
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   Posted 10/26/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have very bad anxiety and the doctor at the ER said at first that I sick with a stomach illness. In 1 week when I went back they ended up having to give me 3 doses of ativan to calm down. My doctor has me on Pristiq and on Ativan for "rescue meds". It took a while for me to get Dx right but now I am much better. I fear what may happen if I go off meds. I cannot afford them but I am going to call the drug company to see if the have a assistance program.

Pinks
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   Posted 10/27/2008 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I would be very happy if anxiety is all I have, because once you know what really is wrong with you, that's when you can work on getting better.
My advise will be to wait and see if your tremors return, and also what triggers them. You need to get evaluated again because people DO get misdiagnosed, but doctors don't diagnose you with anxiety if you don't have the symptoms.
Take care, and update us :)

::Pinks::

weinerdoglover
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   Posted 10/27/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
UPDATE......i had my follow up appointment with my primary care dr today. based on the symptoms i told her i had and the records that she got from both ER's she doesn't believe that i had an anxiety/panic attack. That is all fine and dandy except that she still wants me to keep taking my anitptylin and valium for anxiety. is anyone here seeing a contradiction.......She thinks it was a low blood sugar reaction (when the did a sugar test in the er it was around 54 the average should be between 75-100). Again this is all fine and dandy but she didn't schedule any additional testing to verify this....back to square 1 again....she also thinks something (of course we don't know what) triggered my blood pressure to go really high 150/? (it is usually around 117-120). she is going to go with this diagnosis for now. If i have another attack (glad i get to be a guinne pig) then at that point she might consider the panic/anxiety attack thesis. So when all is said and done i think i left with more questions than answers..that is one reason i am not to hip on dr's in the first place. they take your money (co-pay) and leave you with nothing.....no sarcasm.....oh well what are you going to do......

bluerosesix
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   Posted 10/27/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello weinerdoglover. I also suffer from anxiety and know exactly where your are coming from with the frustration of getting a straight answer from doctors. I also have many other health issues which include diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. You mentioned your blood sugar level and yes that is low and that in itself could make you have the shakes. There is an A1C test(hope I spelled it right) they can do with your blood to check what your blood sugars have run at consistently for several weeks or months. Sorry not sure on the length of time but it is a good resource. Have they done this yet? Panic/anxiety attacks can definitely make your blood pressure rise, it does mine when I have one. Attacks also make me shake, shortness of breath, and chest pain. You are not alone in this and you are doing the best thing for you at this time, which is getting it out and talking about it. That in itself can be a huge relief.
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   Posted 10/27/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
This room helped get me through a flight to Denver.  I had an ambulance run from a beach in Iowa to the hospital, from Peoria, IL to the hospital and finally from Davenport to the Hospital, where I was finally diagnosed with Panic Disorder.  What a relief.  My first flight after all of this, the entire room gave me support.  Made me strong.  I did panick going through the security gates but I had my lap top.  Alot of people here, talked me through it and I was able to fly.  We will support you and give you what you need as best as we can!!
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