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   Posted 11/21/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
my story started out when i was 19 i woke my mom up while she was having a major stroke. she had had several in the past but this one left her in a fog. Throughout the next 16 years she was rushed to the hospital a lot. She passed away after being in the hospital for 3 months. I watched my mom slowly die and become more and more like a veg. I have this pain really hidden down low to keep myself sane. The anxity i experience is heart racing out of no where, weakness in my joints light headed, but mostly i feel like i am going to have a stroke all the time i am overweight and like everyone today in a financial mess. My sister tells me to go on meds go on meds i was on lexapr for 6 months made me worse i dont want to walk around like a zombie i already take a lot of meds for a condition i have i know there is no answers but i was wondering if anyone gets the same feelings with the light headed feeling and weakness in the leg arm and face i had mri and been to a nuro said it is stress   just want to live life and stop worring what gonna hit next      shakehead

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   Posted 11/21/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Susie,

Welcome to HW, thanks for introducing yourself. You have had a really bad experinece there and I am so sorry you had to go through that. Any latent anxiety tendencies would certainly have been brought to the surface.  Anxiety is something we can control, but it takes time, therapy and sometimes, meds. Have you had any therapy about this trauma?

What you describe sounds like a panic attack. Yuk! I don't get numb joints, but I get weakness, high heart rate, dizzy all of that. It's normal, so don't feel wierd about it okay?

I'm not trying to advocate anything, but meds and therapy have changed my life. If you find the ones that fit with you then it can be a path to recovery..and a "normal' life. I am truly sorry for what you have been through. Please stay with us, let us know how you go.



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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the Anxiety Forum. Your sx could all be caused by anxiety as just about anything can becaused by anxiety and chest pain is a frequent one that members speak of.

The most common type of tachycardia is sinus tachycardia, which is the body's normal reaction to stress.

You have done the right thing and been to your physicians. I am glad your tests were normal.

Reading your post makes me think you may have anticipatory anxiety.

Common Anticipatory Anxiety Reactions include :

Feelings: anxious, fearful, angry, confused, hopeless, losing control, numb, sad, moody, irritable, guilty.

Behaviors: withdrawal from others or activities, disrupted routines, startle reactions, easily crying

Cognitions: preoccupation with possibility of trauma, concentration difficulties, self-doubt, worry, indecisiveness, memory difficulties

Physical complaints: muscle tension, headaches, gastric distress, sleep and appetite changes, fatigue

Talking usually helps. Share your feelings with friends, family, on here are all good ways to work through the anxiety.

Relaxation techniques: Try deep breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization (imagining peaceful scenes), and/or listening to soothing music.

Realistic self-talk: While we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control what we say to ourselves. It's important to keep things in perspective. Talk to yourself in reasonable ways. Ask yourself "how likely is my fear?" Remind yourself that you have coped before during other challenging times. Don't just dwell on the negative but consciously look for things you can appreciate every day.

Make an effort to stay focused on what's happening now. What do you see, hear, and smell? How do you feel? Truly be 'present' in the moment! That will help you keep the anxiety down.

Please remember I am not a professional but I am a peer with the same problems you are having.

Take care and keep on posting to us.


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   Posted 11/22/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
HI Susie
I met you in other thread

I also believe that many factors are involved in your anxiety and I too am glad your tests are okay

I believe Anticipatory Anxiety hits so many of us ( me included)

Both MEGS and KITT have given you great input

I had take my dad off life support hun so I do know some of what you are feeling

I am so sorry for your loss
KNOW you are not alone
WE all know from where you come

God Bless
and stay with us


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