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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/25/2009 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, it's relief to read everyone's symptoms and that i'm not the only one to experience this, although i wish we didn't have these problems. i do have anxiety attacks every now and then, it sometimes comes when i least expect it, but i can feel it coming and i start panicing depending where i'm at at the time. My panic attacks comes in different forms sometimes. My main trouble would be that i have trouble breathing, can't get that full intake, then i start getting dizzy, then i feel numb, and tingly, then my head feels tingly like i'm fixing to faint. The most horrible feeling, and yes like everyone else i ran to the doctor and find that there's nothing wrong with me. Sometimes my eyes have muscle spasm then my face feels like it twiching then i start getting nervous with shakes and start feeling tightness in my chest, CRAP!!! i'm having a heart attack, is what goes through my mind. But again Dr. finds nothing and give me med. which help and i carry around a bottle of xanax in case i need a little help to calm me down.

I have bad sinus problem and somethings it so bad that my nose is stopped up that i can't breath through my nose and only rely breathing through my mouth, which again i start panicking cause i can't get a good breath. Meds did good and think i was taking Prozac and i took it for a couple of years and i was good for a long long time and thought maybe i'll try to get off the meds and i did for more than a year with no problems but recently i've been stressing out on family issues, bills, and work, so off course it started up again and it seems worst this time and i'm freaking out. I'm going to the Dr. next week to see if i can get back on those meds and hopefully that will help again.

I guess what i worry about and you know us folks with the problem is always worrying about something when we shouldn't. I tend to start thinking, what if i was having a real heart attack but i don't do anything about it thinking its just a panic attack and that's it. Crazy huh? well i know i need to stop thinking like that, especially after i've been checked and everythings is all good. i can get these panic attacks while i'm sleeping and it'll wake me up in the middle of the night and then i can't sleep anymore or too afraid to sleep that i'll stop breathing. These attack feeling are hell to deal with aren't they? even though we know what's happening, it still don't make it easy.

Well that's it for now, just wanted to share my experience with everyone.

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   Posted 6/26/2009 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell.  I look forward to getting to know you better.  I am glad to hear you are going to see your Doctor.  Perhaps going back on the medication is a wise choice for you.

It feels to me like you are having anticipatory anxiety.

Anticipatory anxiety is where a person experiences increased levels of anxiety by thinking about an event or situation in the future. The worries you experience specifically focus on what you think might happen, often with catastrophic predictions about the event.

Really try to stay in the moment and not worry about the what ifs? 

Relaxation exercises are also good for occupying mental capacity. Relaxation exercises are techniques to relax muscles and relieve tension by using controlled breathing and muscle flexing. They usually involve sitting down in a comfortable chair, closing your eyes and systematically tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in your body, usually starting with the legs and feet.

As you slow down your breathing and work your muscles, you are supposed to mentally put yourself in what you would consider a relaxing situation. The best thing about relaxation exercises is that they can be done almost anywhere and at anytime. Remember to use a sitting position when doing the exercises rather than lying down since you do not want to fall asleep.

Again a warm welcome to our great forum.



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   Posted 6/26/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
My anxiety is much like yours, always worrying about the what if. I too always have a bottle of Xanax with me. I have found that I am now able to recognize it and stop it right away with the help of my Xanax. Welcome to Healingwell and we look forward to hearing more from you.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 6/27/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to you. When I konw that there are genuine physical health problems that trigger my anxiety, I take medications to suppress those symptoms. For instance, you mention that you have bad sinus problems and that they bring on your panic sometimes. Do you take medication for the sinuses? If you could stop how they behave, you'd have stopped one of the triggers that makes you anxious. Then you have a little more energy to focus on dealing with the anxiety attacks that are coming all by themselves.

Take good care of the body, so that you're better able to take good care of the mind.



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   Posted 6/28/2009 3:58 AM (GMT -6)   
read my thread on how to beat panic attacks
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