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vokal612
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
It's been helpful reading some of the posts here letting me know I am not alone with how I am feeling. A little background on me. I have always had OCD tendencies but never really let that interfere negatively with my day-to-day living. I have always been an anxious and stressed-out person, worrying about anything and everything (especially feelings and sensations in my body). I just turned 27 and in my early 20s I started getting panic attacks and anxiety that were bad enough to the point where I went to the DR in fear that I was having a heart attack, tests showed I was not. In 2007, I met with a DR and was prescribed Citalopram. I used it until the bottle ran out and then didn't find time to make another DR visit to get another prescription. I was feeling better.

Since then I have been doing pretty good. Within the last few months, the anxiety and panic attacks have gotten worse and more frequent (that's what led me to seek out this forum). It has been especially bad at work (I am a waiter/FOH manager) and makes it so difficult to do my job well. In the past, the anxiety and panic attacks were manageable and never had a significant impact on my work and/or hobbies. Now its all I can do to just get through a shift sometimes. I get the fidgety feelings in my body (chest) and my breathing becomes a little more difficult. Sometimes I feel real cloudy and I can't really concentrate. The snowball effect sets in and I have to just ride it out.

I have been looking into meeting with a mental health professional and have an appointment 4/27. I have had pretty big changes going on in my life: new baby, new living situation, new job. ALl of the things I think of as positive and I am so thankful for, so its hard to understand if any of those are making my anxiety/panic attacks worse. I just wanted to share my story with everybody because it helps me to share how I'm feeling. Thank you for your time and I really appreciate this forum.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and Welcome to the forum'I have not been around in some time so I will
just say this'
You have come to a great place where you will find alot of supportive and caring ppl that
know what you are /have gone thru

There are gret moderators and members that do not judge but do try and help where they can
PLZ do stay and keep posting
I know you will find this the place of hope and help I did
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Vokal,

Welcome to the A/P forum. You will find you will get a lot of wonderful advice here.

Am I right by feeling that you don't want to take medications? Because I feel that you could benefit from them.

Do you practice any slow breathing techniques? That helps a lot too when you feel that you are getting anxious. Also some relaxation techniques would be good for you.

I am happy that you have an appointment coming up. It does sound like you suffer from anxiety, but have kept it under control quite well.

Keep posting, as everybody is here for you.

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vokal612
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   Posted 4/15/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the quick responses!

As far as medications go, I always viewed them as a last resort. In the past I have tried herbal remedies, breathing exercises and such but I feel like none of those things are working for me right now. I know life isn't supposed to be easy, but it's also not supposed to be this hard. I just want to be able to find joy in the little things again and if medications and meeting with somebody to talk about my issues then I am all for it.

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
You and your doctor have to agree on a plan of TX with meds
I know for me they are a must
I also do techniques like breathing and CBT
But I can honestly say that w/o my meds I am sure I would be a total wreck.
Talk to your doc
There is NO shame in meds IMHO

LYH


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  We Have Anxiety and Panic...................Anxiety and Panic DO NOT Have us         
   
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vokal612
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
At times, I am a total wreck and those times are the scariest. I just feel like I have lost control of my body and my mind.

I know it's not true, but I always had the "drugs/meds are for the weak". I now understand that drugs/meds are a necessity for many individuals. If they can improve my quality of life and help me take control of the anxiety/panic attacks, I am all for it. Thank you.

Nanners
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   Posted 4/15/2009 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Vokal612 welcome to Healingwell. As you have already seen we have some wonderful and supportive folks trying to live with anxiety/panic just like you. I have another chronic health issue that causes me to take alot of pills everyday and I was not happy about adding another one for my anxiety. But let me tell you how much they help. I am now able to recognize my anxiety and stop it in its tracks with my Xanax. I hope you can get some help at your doc appt. Good luck and again welcome.
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vokal612
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   Posted 4/23/2009 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Since my last post I have seen a DR at a crisis unit at the hospital (I couldn't wait until my DR appt next Monday). I was given a px for Citalopram. I have taken the meds for almost a week now. It feels like they are working to some extent. The anxiety has lessened,but the panic attacks still come and go - though less frequent. The pressure in/on my chest has almost gone away completely. Now I have an almost tingling sensation on the side of my head, which at times leads to very bad anxiety and states of panic. I just wanted to share my feelings and see if anybody else is going through the same thing. Thanks to everybody here for the support and kind words in advance.

Aries8
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   Posted 4/23/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Vokal, I'm so glad you got help before your appointment. Sometimes we need help fast. Sounds like the medication is helping. You might ask for a quick acting anti-anxiety drug for emergencies. There are some wonderful meds out there (Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, Xanax, etc). They're addictive, so you have to be careful not to take them on a regular basis unless your doctor advises to do so.

You mentioned some good things were happening in your life. Stress and/or anxiety can occur from bad experiences and also good experiences. Weddings, birth of a baby, promotion at work, all of these can contribute to our anxiety. It's good that you recognized what was happening in your life. Sometimes that helps. I know it helps me. Your life will settle down. In the meantime, ask about an anti-anxiety med and learn a relaxation technique. The breathing exercises can be done at work. Cut out caffeine and junk food.

The sensation in your head could be a side effect of your medication or anxiety sneaking through. Call your doctor and discuss it with him/her. They will have the answers. Take care, my friend! Let us know how you're feeling!


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   Posted 4/23/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi and welcome to HW,

I've had the tingling scalp, face, head thing for quite a while and although it is really annoying and does cause my anxiety to worsen, it cannot hurt me, so I try to be accepting of it...easier said than done, I know.  You really have had alot of changes lately, and even positive things going on in your life can cause stress, so I wouldn't discount those things as being a possible reason for the increase in your panic and anxiety.  Hopefully, things will settle down with you and the meds will help. 


vokal612
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   Posted 4/23/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for the quick responses. It is comforting sharing here and hearing that I am not going crazy. I really appreciate the words of encouragement! Thanks!

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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry I am late in welcoming you here.  I am very glad you have met some of our wonderful members and hope you stick with us.  We are a great family.
 
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