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stkitt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   

This thread should be the first place you visit as a new member of our Forum!! This is where you can share a bit about yourself and give all the members a chance to get to know you and welcome you to the Anxiety and Panic Forum. :-)

Share as little or as much as you like. We love new members !

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babblin5
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   Posted 3/25/2009 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay all.. here goes. (Although I've been making some posts for a bit now =)

I'm Ross, and I've had panic attacks off and on most of my life, and anxiety disorder since I was 19 or so. I've also had some obsessive compulsive disorder mixed in there just to make things more interesting... 8P

ANYWHO! It's very difficult for me to post responses to people and especially to tell you about myself, which tells me that it's something I need to do and is beneficial to my recovery. I could also recite a litany of horror stories as to why I am the way I am, but I guess I reached the point where I accepted that my recovery is my responsibility, and why I am the way I am isn't as important as doing something about it. I have, however, gone through years of counseling and psychology sessions about many of my personal issues. I've read a lot about panic, anxiety, depression, and many other things that are more fun to read about than that. I love to read and write about a wide variety of subjects. Oh! I have fibromyalgia too! I almost forgot!! smilewinkgrin

I sometimes get very down about these disorders of mine, but I'm learning to not allow them to define who I am or to detract from my inherent worth as a human being... no one is perfect after all!

I'm 48, have been married for 16 years to a wonderful woman, and have 4 children, 2 adult, a 14 year old with Downs Syndrome, and a 12 year old with Aspbergers.
___________________________________________________________________________

"Come to the edge," he said.
"We're afraid!" they replied.
"Come to the edge," he said.

He pushed them, and they flew...


Mazfire
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   Posted 3/25/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome, Ross! sorry you have had a rough time of it. you will find truly understanding and compassionate people here- please stay with us and hopefully we can help where we can! I too have fibro and its a nightmare.

Take care,

Maz XX


            'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)                  
 
Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ disorder, Endometriosis, PCOS, Chronic E.N.T and Upper respiratory tract infections, Reactive Arthritis, GERD,  IBS, Glandular fever, Migraines, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, PTSD, Seasonal Mood  Disorder, OCD, Benign Vertigo,  Impaired immune system. Tachycardia, tinnitus, low clotting factor= bruising. Tendonitis, Bursitis.
Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Celebrex. Mobic. Panadeine Forte. Digesic. Nexium. Phenergan.
Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
Age:28. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14. Proud Aussie.
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 3/25/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Ross, this is Kitt.  I am very pleased to meet you and I know I have been reading your post. Your signature has caught my eye  and it is pleasing. :-)

I hope you fine what you are looking for with us and that we can help each other. Please feel comfortable here and continue to post and let us help you with your concerns.

Peace,

Kitt


 

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&  Moderator GERD  Forums

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Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Posted by Alyce, new member 
Posted Yesterday 5:41 PM (GMT -6)
 
how are all of you ?
 
Background on me and please share yours too! Your stories are calming...
 
I am 35/F and just started having panic attacks 2 years ago. Altho I went thru periods of feeling anxious for some time before that. I am now aware of the gigantic difference between the two! Most times I dont have a specific "worry or fear" on my mind when my panic hits. It happens just as often when my husband is home as when he is not. The only time they dont happen are when I am at work. I have a normal life... husband, 2 girls, easy job I enjoy, I get on well with my extended family, coworkers etc... We have your standard economic issues but are not behind on anything. Basically, no excessive worries. Medically the doctors dont feel there is anything wrong with me. (I changed jobs to move to a safer city this year and no longer have health insurance, so I cant go to the doc for meds or advise anymore.) Almost 3 years ago I found out I had a spinal condition and had to have 3 discs removed in my neck and a plate put in. For the most part there is no pain or discomfort. I also have had stomache problems for about 15 years which I recently learned was due to a wheat allergy called Celiacs. But not until my neck problems did the panic start. However, I am now experiencing panic attacks when my stomache flares up (which can put me down for a few hours usually), when I wake up, middle of the night, while driving and shopping (which are 2 of my favorite things!)The worst one happened during a normal parent issue. During Christmas break this year while washing my daughters hair I discovered the dreaded "bug". I had faced this once before 4 years earlier and with an experienced friends help took care of the problem without issue. This time however I had a break down. The worst panic attack I ever experienced. I couldnt breath, think, stop pacing, sweating, crying and shaking uncontrollably. My sister drove 70 miles to bring me Zanex and Val's. The attack lasted 2 days! For the next 2 weeks my husband had to force me to look thru their hair and each time I was sick and the panic came back. Its been a few months and everytime I look at my girls brushes, or their hair I cant breathe and my palms get drenched and I hide. I still wear gloves when doing their laundry, and I brush myself off after hugging them. I cant stop the anxiety over it. Late afternoon and evening seem to be the worst for panicing. I feel I dont give my girls the quality time I should lately due to all of this. Please tell me your stories, I dont care how long....
 
alyce

stkitt
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   Posted 3/26/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear alyce,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.  I am sorry we had to meet here but we love new members so welcome to our family.

You will find tons of stories on the boards if you read through the threads from people that have anxiety and panic attacks.

The members are warm and caring and they have posted their problems and stories so please do read and post away.

Again welcome and I hope you find what your looking for to help you with your anxiety.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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&  Moderator GERD  Forums

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Peace does not dwell in outward things, but within the soul
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Green Grove
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   Posted 3/26/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all New Members and Welcome to HW! Our A/P Family is the best and it is nice to see some new faces :)

Sam

alwayslove
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 3/26/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
hi guys :) ive been having panic attacks and constant anxiety since i had surgery 5 weeks ago....hoping it will go away when i feel better....i love that this exists XOXA

stkitt
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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:33 AM (GMT -7)   

alwayslove,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Family............you will find the members caring and supportive.  I know you will be welcomed with open arms and know we are here to help you so do stick with us.

I see you have started your own thread.  That is good and I will be posting on your thread shortly.

Again a Warm welcome, you are now family. :-)

Kitt


 

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&  Moderator GERD  Forums

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Clickable Link: Anxiety-Panic Resources


alwayslove
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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks kitt:)
sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
<3 <3 <3
when you feel like you're done, and the darkness has won, babe you're not lost ...when you're worlds crashing down and you cannot bare the cross, baby you're not lost.


Howlyncat
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Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 3/28/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
A Warm HW Welcome to you All

A Great place for support and caring

LYN
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

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                               Moderator@Alzheimer's..
              CO Moderator @ Anxiety and Panic........Co Moderator   @ Crohns                    
                            Keep The Fight Going..Or YOu Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN


almost40
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/29/2009 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Good evening and early morning.

I have been reading through this section, and many other sections on this website and figured it was time for me to join.

I have been dealing with very "big" panic attacks for the last 3 months. I have had depression and anxiety since I was 18 when my father passed away, however, have been able to deal with these issues for the most part...until recently.

I have also been experiencing heart flutters when a PA is not even starting. They are random, but, very scary, and tend to put me on the edge of a panic attack.

Went to a cardiologist this week. EKG was fine. I get the results of a chest xray and have to take a stress test on WED. I also am going to be wearing a monitor for a month.

I feel like my fiance is thinking I'm losing my mind and I am having a hard time explaining to him that these are real symptoms. I was taken off Wellbutrin, carry a bottle of xanax in my purse "just in case" and have also been put on a very low dose beta blocker.

I am so scared and wonder if I should go to the mental hospital until this passes.

I just wanted everyone to know how comforting it is to finally learn I'm not the only one going through a period of severe anxiety and dealing with the side affects.

A friend of mine passed in her sleep from an arrhythmia last year, I had to put my dog down, my company has laid off over 60% of our staff in the past year, and I have to continuously worry about my fiances nutty ex-wife in dealings with his son.

Hmmmm. I wonder what area of stress I need to tackle first? Is this what life is about? If anyone has any relaxation strategies, I sure could use some ideas.

Help!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/29/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah ......A Warm........Caring n Supportive Welcome to You
I am so glad that you have found the HW site and decided to post about self........
PPL here are /have been thru exactly what you are/have been thru so hence they can and DO relate so well
.....You are NOT losing your mind ........
Anxiety likes us to believe that IMHO and make our friends and loved ones feel the same
This is NOT an easy disorder/illness to live with BUT the good news is that YOU can
As long as you find ways to cope .....fight..........and .......survive
Thats what this "family" is all about
Helping you to learn ways to do this
PLZ check out the Resources at the top /read back threads and also front ones to see that YOU are not alone .........
I can honestly relate to the deaths you have gone thru as I have just gone thru enough myself..........
Once you are able too
Maybe you can Celebrate these lives and find the GOOD memories to help you thru
It wont be no and it wont be easy.....
BUT it does get easier.............
PLZ do stay with HW and get to know the "family" that truly does care
 
 
.................LYN
 DX: Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum,Anxiety/Panic,
Fibro & Other DD

Donate at  www.healingwell.com
 
                               Moderator@Alzheimer's..
              CO Moderator @ Anxiety and Panic........
                            Keep The Fight Going..Or YOu Will Lose
               Look For The GOOD, Even At Your Lowest
  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
                                     LYN


Hags
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   Posted 3/29/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi all

I am a mid-40's male living in the midwest. I have a wonderful wife and 3 children. I guess I have always been an anxious person. I have a bad habit of chewing my fingernails - guess that is a sign. On the flip side, my co-workers feel I handle stress very well.

Anxiety runs in my family (mom and sister). The only medicine I was on until May of 2008 was Asacol for ulcerative colitis. In May, I was having occasional trouble staying asleep, where I would wake up around 3:00 and could not go back to sleep. My doctor put me on temazepam as needed. I was taking it 2-3 times a week initially. It really did help. However, I have now gotten into the habit of using it daily. I asked my doc if it was safe to take every night, and the answer was yes. Over the last few weeks, I have had isolated cases where I feel too excited, I may start sweating, and it feels like blood is rushing to my head. That feeling only lasts about 10 - 15 seconds or so, then goes away. However, it makes me feel like something is wrong, and has really bothered me. I talked to the doc about it, and he diagnosed anxiety, and gave me a prescription for Xanax (.25 mg) as needed. Both Xanax and temazepam are in the benzo class of drugs, and while they work, I have read some negative items. I now wake up some times (at the proper time) and feel jittery (shaking). I wonder if my anxiety is getting worse, or if my body wants a "Xanax" fix. I also feel dizzy at times - wonder if it is anxiety, or side effect from temazepam. I have an appt Tuesday with a psychologist - hopefully, I will find something that can make these anxiety symptoms go away. I have had these "excited" episodes in the past, but it never really bothered me until recently.

Well, I rambled a bit, but that is the story. I am glad I found this message board, and can really feel for the symptoms all of you are feeling. Does anyone have experiences they can share from the use of temazepam? xanax?

Thanks


stkitt
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   Posted 4/1/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Hags,

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum. Temazepam is Restoril and is a sleeping medication.  If your physician has added Xanax, please do be careful and do not take  the two medications at the same time.

I am glad to hear you have found a therapist as that is a very wise move IMHO.

I am also very happy that you found this great site.

Take care and keep posting.

Kitt


 

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Green Grove
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   Posted 4/3/2009 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to welcome all of the new members! Hello and I hope you enjoy our A/P forum :)

Sam :)

dutchone
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   Posted 4/5/2009 1:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Im new here, and ive been suffering from panic/anxiety attacks since my teens, i now am in my 40's and still suffer, ive tried every kind of med, and therapy and nothing has cured me yet.


stkitt
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   Posted 4/5/2009 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome dutchone,

Please take your time and post when you feel comfortable. I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.

Glad to have you with us.  :-)

Kitt


 

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Hibee
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   Posted 4/5/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to all new members this is a great forum with great members who understand what you are going through.

percycat
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   Posted 4/5/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to all the new members who have posted. This forum is a safe, supportive place where you can describe what you're going through and know that others have probably experienced something similar. The sense of not being alone is a help, even when no others answers are available. And the anonymity often makes it easier to say certain things without fear of the responses or fallout in your "daily life."

It's also uplifting to post to others' threads, when you feel like it. The sense of helping someone else, or of just letting them know that you read what they wrote, is good for both the poster and the reply-er.

percycat

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Green Grove
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   Posted 4/5/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone :)

It is nice to meet you and you come to a great place for peer support. Many wonderful people on here that understands what you are going through, and full of good advice. I hope that each of you find relief from you anxiety issues.

Sam :)
Anxiety-Panic Forum Co-Moderator


stkitt
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   Posted 4/7/2009 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to our new members this week.............here is where you can share a bit about you, brag, or what ever you choose to post.

Please do know we care about our new members.

Kitt


 

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Butterflyna
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   Posted 4/7/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all.  Not feeling great today but just wanted to introduce myself and to say Thanks to this site for being here.  Hope to share with many...learn, share and grow. Hugs to all!

Butterflyna

"What you are is God's gift to you.  What you become is your gift to God"


stkitt
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   Posted 4/7/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Welcome to HealingWell and I hope your feeling better soon. If it is something we can help you with please do feel comfortable posting to us.
 
We are really a good group and have lots of hugs to go all around.
 
Sincerely
Kitt

 

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nellebutter
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   Posted 4/14/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I stumbled upon this forum while researching the side effects of Lexapro and Xanax because my doctor just prescribed me these and I don't like being on meds because I don't remember to take them daily and I am scared of side effects.so if any one is on these meds please let me know how its going. First off please exsuse me if I mispell or start rambling on and on. I am a 30 year old mother of 2 (a 3yr old and 4 month old) their father and I are planning to get married and he supports me through this whole anxiety fiasco. I have had GAD for 9 years now - at least that's how long ago I had my firdt panic attack I wasn't really going through anything extreme then(as the therapists ask me). After that things were moving right along smoothly until the summer of 2005. I started having panic attacks again and this caused me to lose my job :(. Two months later I was pregnant w/ my first child- no panic attacks and no feeling anxious the whole 9 mos. Then when my son was 6mos. My fiancees mom died. the anxiety came back and with it came 2 new symptoms , heart palpitations and this vertigo feeling. This lasted about 4 mos althuogh that whole time I had not one panic attack. Next in early 2008 I became pregnant with my daughter , once again not one feeling of anxiety for 9 whole months no vertigo but still palpitations. Now as of February of this year I started having panic attacks again and full on axiety and fear every day. It started because even though one doc. Told me that the palpitations were nothing serious I was still so scared also I think the stress of taking care of two small children (my fiancee works long hours to take care of us). Just this week my doctor gave my results from the tests he took for my palpitaations( EKG, ultrasound, blood work, and holter monitor) everything was fine he thinks it all boils down to my anxiety.is anyone else going through something similar. This is the 3rd doc I have told about this issue( my former therapist, my OB, my regular doc.).my regular doc prescribed the meds but I was hoping I could overcome this without meds. I am also in the process of looking for a new therapist because I wasn't happy with her. Hopefully things will get better. Hopefully I can find support on this forum.
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