waking up with anxiety

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countrybttrfly
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   Posted 10/25/2008 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,  I'm new to the forum and very happy i found this.  I have a question I wake up no matter what time i go to sleep with anxiety around 4-5 am .  I feel like i have to go outside and walk like i can't stop moving.  I have migrains also don't know if their hormonal or anxiety. I am taking prozac 40 mg , zanax .25 (sometimes i break it in half cause of how sleepy it makes me) and I take maxalt when i have my migrain. does anyone else feel like this when they get anxiety like they have to keep walking and moving.

Buddha443556
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Butterfly,

I pace. It's not a conscious thing though. When I realize I'm doing it I usually sit down and try to calm down. I wake up with anxiety a lot probably because of the nightmares (PTSD). With me it's heart palpitations and tremors in the morning. Usually if I start pacing it because of some sort of trigger I didn't even notice or a new bit of stress has set me off.

I certainly have tried the "keep busy" approach to managing anxiety just doesn't work for me. If walking calms you down then it's probably not a bad thing. If it's making it worse then you need to change something I would think?

I'm probably not much help, we're all different, it effects us all differently.

Best wishes and peace,
Buddha
You must do the things you think you cannot do. -- Eleanor Roosevelt


debaser
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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
When it's really bad I feel like this. I don't know if it helps out or makes things worse; I'm just compelled to do it. The trick for me is to not let it get that far, but if you're waking up with it in the very early hours I'm not sure what you can do as far as prevention goes.

I'm weird in that I hardly ever literally wake up with anxiety. I'm usually fine the moment I wake up, but then it can set it within maybe 10 seconds after I get out of bed. It's really odd. Everyone is indeed different.

You just need to try different things. Exercise, maybe. Go to bed early so that even if you do wake up with this stuff you're still getting enough sleep.

Good Luck

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 10/26/2008 10:59:07 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 10/25/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
countrybttrfly
 
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.  I know we had a thread not long ago on this very subject. 
When you wake up at 4:00 AM can you take the other 1/2 of your xanax, the .125 mg? And just picture pleasant scenes in your mind where you sleeping on a beautiful beach?
 
I will look for the other thread for you. I am sorry, I could not find it and I went back 300 posts..............the title of the post does not reflect the pacing members were talking about.
 
Keep posting.
 
Again Welcome
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paniccu
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   Posted 10/26/2008 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
When I first started having panic attacks I would pace around the house for hours. Occasionally, if I get a full blown panic attack I still have to walk around. I feel so silly doing it, but my mind convinces me that that's what I need to do to keep my sanity. Weird. Do you take Excerdrine for migraines by any chance? It's the only OTC med that works for me when I get them, but my anxiety gets really bad afterwards because of all the caffeine in it. Caffeine makes me get really bad anxiety. I don't know if you drink coffe or tea with caffeine, but if so I would cut down on that. If there's any way you can plan an outside walk during the day you might feel more relaxed later. Hope you feel better soon.

RTIST
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   Posted 12/15/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
turn PANIC ATTACKS••
I'm sharing my experieces with this in order to maybe help others.
I awake from a short sleep always at night with a rapid heart beat. I'm on buspar now and it seems to help.
Now I have only experienced these attcks about 3 times in the last 6 months. But before buspar I had them 3 times a week. I wake up feel tense. Usually I turn on the TV but I never do anything physical.I set up in bed. I try and watch tv to get my mind off of the near panic I'm experiecing. Sometimes I can do this . Last night I had been to sleep for 2 hours, sometimes dreaming. Woke up to slightly accellerated heart beat.Tried to keep my mind off of it but it didnt work. I can feel the "rush" so to speak into my arms and the anxeity increasing Now my heart is getting faster etc sweating under arm slight shakyness .

Here is what I do.... Grab a small piece of xanex 1/4 /1/2 of a pill. grab a plastic bag and start breathing into concentrating on the breathing not fast just normal breathing.Sometimes it takes 15 min. sometimes 35 min. I try not to think of anything but the sound of that bag as I breathe into it. Sometimes you think its about over and i get that rush feeling into my arms and starts again

My advise to all is to go to the doctor and let he do some tests on your heart so you can rule this out, as most people are worried about the rapid heartbeat associated with these attacks. Buspar does work. I just donot take the 30 mg a day as prescribed. A whole pill (15 mg) taken at once makes me dizzy and tired so I take half in the morning 5 mg at noon another 1/2 at night.

Funny thing as in the summer i donot have these problems

it a mind over manner thing i believe..

stkitt
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   Posted 12/15/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello RTIST
 
Welcome to A & P.  I am not exactly sure what you are explaining...............You take the Xanax and swallow it and then breath into a plastic bag?
 
You also only take 22.5 mg of buspar instead of the 30 mg you have been prescribed?
 
I am sorry sometimes the messages get confused in thee writing.  Would you mind clarifying for me? idea
Again a warm welcome to Healing Well.
 
Sincerely
Kitt
 

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RTIST
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   Posted 12/15/2008 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I was just trying to explain what I do to handle anxiety attacks at night. Everyone's experience with these attacks is different.
Countrybuttrfly wrote that he or she gets up with anxiety and goes for a walk. The last time I got up to take a walk from anxiety attack my heart rate was about 135 beats a min. I ended up in the E.R. not knowing what was happening.Now I understand what is happening to me.

I wasn't sure if I was to share my experieces with anxiety or not on this site

. YES I TAKE THE ZANEX, OF COURSE WITH a glass of Water. At this stage of the attack my heart rate is above 100 per min. so walking around is not what will help me.I lay as still as possible or sit still. I then breathe into a plastic bag as told by my doctor. When someone has a panic or anxiety attack, it's too easy to hyperventilate. This just aggravates the condition. By breathing into a paper bag, the person is forced to rebreathe some of his/her own carbon dioxide, preventing hyperventilation and easing some of the symptoms of the attack.
YES, i ONLY TAKE 22.5 mg OF BUSPAR instead of the 30 I have been prescribed. That is enough for me for now. Others may need more.
Today I saw my Doctor again. He thinks that my 5 hours of sleep each night is not enough and that this my be causing the less frequent attacks I have been having over the last 6 months. (Only about 3 attacks compared to 3 a week before buspar) Like countrybuttrfly I to wake in the morning 1 or 2 times. Sometimes I get back to sleep other times I wake nervous with rapid heart beat.Most of the time this rapid heart beat slows down.




yeah

hector
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   Posted 12/15/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
  hi ever one  i am new to this i can say that in 2000 i was diagnostic anxity panic disorder and i made  a full recover it took me a long  time becase the doc change my paxil 12.5 cr to 20 reg  and my boby was depend on cr  so for not having it  when i need it  it was real bad bad  ican say i just had surgei for kneen stone twice in a week  not good rember that pain killer  have very bad side eff well on people  that suffer thing like this  can trigerit ...so i  started paxil but the doc gave me a very high dos 25mg  not good so i went to a second doc and he put me on{ lexapro}10 mg  iben on it for six days  and i take xanacs .5 when   if  i real need it cuz in blers yr eyes  well now  i am justing   waiting for lexapro 10 mg  to kick in ever one say it take 7 to 10 dayif  and i can soon get bk on with my life and start working  agine   well  any    any coments are help ful to me   or if i can help any one u can eamil me at hje373@aol   at anytime     thaks every one  god bless ...

Post Edited (hector) : 12/16/2008 9:44:50 AM (GMT-7)


hector
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   Posted 12/16/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
 
    hi does anyone no how long those  it  take for  lexapo 10 mg to kick in ????/ smhair     for it to start to working  please let me no hje373@aol.com    thanks


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Post Edited (hector) : 12/16/2008 6:01:05 PM (GMT-7)

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