Dr's Appt tomorrw.. High Anxiety

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TLee38
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   Posted 3/26/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to see my Doctor tomorrow to have my medications refilled.. I'm in such a high state of anxiety about it.. I had a bad panic attack today on my way home from work and I know it has to do with the appt tomorrow!!! I'm so bad with getting from point A to Point B  ...My anxiety is so bad again that my boyfriend has to drop me off and pick me up from work everyday... It's hard for me to stay at work anymore.. I hate the feeling of being "trapped"... it seems all i'm doing anymore is trying to talk myself out of a PA.. My Boyfriend (ken) goes back to work in a couple of weeks (he's been off for the winter) and i'm so freaked out about that also.. My job is only 12 miles ROUND TRIP from home and I can't even make it there and back without constant self talk.. I don't know what the heck i'm going to do when I have to drive again myself.. this is so hard to deal with anymore...   smhair cry  ... I'm sorry I've gone on and on but i'm sure glad I found you guys.. I wish I could be like Mr T from the A-team.. lol.. give me a glass of milk and fall asleep like a baby for the ride there and back... I know i'll be fine once I get there to see the Dr. (about 20 miles one way) smhair smhair smhair  but  I'm there for about an hour so I know about 10mins before departure I will start to feel Panic.. I feel so dang trapped in the car..
 
Ok, I'm done going on and on...lol..
 
Again, I'm very glad I found you guys.
 
Teri

Raniah
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   Posted 3/26/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teri,

I remember you! I know you have had anxiety issues about going to doctors appointments before, and hey, I hate going to the doctor, too......but the reason I do it is because I find that going for a checkup once in a while actually helps to EASE my anxiety.....just knowing I'm not as sick, crazy, messed up or physically damaged as I think (or worry) that I am. Think of what good care you are taking of yourself by seeing your doctor. Tell your doctor EXACTLY what is going on with you.....about the fear of being trapped, about how hard it is for you to get to places and back again, how fearful you are about not having your bf to help you in the same ways when he goes back to work. Maybe your meds need to be adjusted...? Maybe your doctor will suggest a different dosage, schedule, etc. that will help you feel better! I know you said before that your therapist has not been very effective in your estimation, so is there any way your doc could help you find someone more suitable? Please don't give up, Teri. I know it's a tough fight, every day, to deal with all the little things and not-so-little things, but try to help yourself as much as you can by talking to your doctor very frankly and asking for any and all suggestions to ease this struggle for you. Your doctor really needs to know how hard this is for you so that you can get the best treatment possible. Please do whatever it takes to go to your appointment. You deserve to feel better!!! ((hugs))

stkitt
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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Teri,

I know exactly how you feel as whenever I go to see my Pdoc I start to have anticipatory anxiety the night before.........I always feel like I am going to come away more upset then before I see her.

We have been doing the drug switches for so long that I am now afraid to try anything and yet  she pushes for me to try new meds. I feel like I am going into battle with each appointment. 

Just take it one step at a time and remember to stay in the moment.

It's really important for myself to be able to stay in the moment. I have found that by avoiding things like dwelling on past or worrying about the future I am usually able to get done what needs to get done when it needs to get done.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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TLee38
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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your support..
 
Well, I made it to the Dr's appt.. it was at 9am and of course I shot out of bed at 5am feeling full of panic.. I took a xanax and still felt a high state of anxiety all the way to the appt.. we sat for 1 hour with me crying my eyes out telling her everything I have been going through and of course she gave me no Ideas of how to get through my set back.. she did however up my xanax to 1mg 4x daily as needed.. she told me if I feel I dont need the 1mg to just cut it in half and take 0.5mg... so onward into this pit of hell I will continue.. I'm going to do alot of research online to try and find some type of support group in my area...
 
I'm at work now and just want to be at home!! I feel so worn out from all the panic today and just want to climb in bed with a good movie and my dog... I'm trying to avoid having another PA.. I can feel it trying to rear it's ugly head again... cry cry
 
ttyal
 
Teri
Panic and Anxiety off and on for almost 20 yrs now..
Medications are Lexapro 20mg 1x daily and Xanax 0.5mg 4x daily PRN
 


stkitt
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   Posted 3/27/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   

TLee,

I am glad to hear you made it through your appointment and it is ok that you cried, do not beat yourself up.  I cry frequently when feeling anxious or stressed out.

The only way you could ever really find a way how to avoid panic attack is if you know when your attacks are likely to occur. Rather than avoid the situation, look at ways in which you can control the attack.

If for example you can feel yourself getting stressed as you enter into a situation, you should start to use calming techniques. Deep breathing is excellent and it is one of the most successful ways to avoid panic attack. As soon as you feel your anxiety getting hold of you, pause and count to ten whilst taking a deep breath in and a deep breath out. Continue this until you feel your anxiety easing away. For many people this technique works really well, but if your panic attacks are slightly more severe then it may not.

Using your medication can be a useful way to avoid a panic attack because medication takes away the anxiety so that it doesn't even occur in the first place.

Overall when looking at  how to avoid a panic attack, it is better to think of it more in terms of prevention than avoidance. Avoidance can cause your anxiety to become worse so learning control techniques is definitely a better way to go about it.

Have you ever tried the CBT therapy?  It has worked for many people and I am working the online program myself now.

I wish you peace and happiness.

Kitt

 


 

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