I would agree with your Cardiologist, you have had your cardiovascular system checked out and your report was normal. Many people have a higher BP when they are anxious and also when they are in the physician's office. This does not mean your have primary hypertension. I would guess if you were not worrying about your BP it would be in a bit lower range but your readings are not that high to begin with.
If you have an MRI scheduled and that turns out normal I would return to your PCP and talk about looking at therapy to learn how to deal with your anxiety.
You have made a big committment and change of life style with your marriage. You may be feeling underlying anxiety you have not recognized yet. Do try to take a deep breath and know you are going to be OK. You will find reading through the many posts here that anxiety does not discriminate in it's victims. Try not to anticipate the what if's? Just take life one day at a time and stay in the moment.
I wish you peace,
Well, maybe this will be useful to know. Anxiety is classified in two ways: Acute anxiety, lasting for a relatively short period of time. It is characterized by an array of physical symptoms including rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, shortness of breath, feelings of suffocation, sweating or chills, dizziness, trembling, and nausea. And there is a chronic anxiety is marked by symptoms that linger on. It lasts sometimes for weeks or longer, including excessive, constant worrying, tension, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and inability to make decisions.
I know other members have posted they experience constant anxiety. I went through a time in my life where I felt anxious all day long but therapy and medication helped me learn to control my anxiety.
If you have a prescription from your physician I would certainly use it. It makes sense to give it a try. Also try not to overthink this disorder. Feel the anxiety and then let go of it. Do not allow it to big come as big as the sky. Keep it whittled down to size. Anxiety is not fatal. Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.
Coming here and sharing your feelings is another great way to help keep your anxiety under control. You are taking steps to reduce your anxiety so be proud of yourself. We are here for you.
Good morning Thomas,
This is your thread so do keep on talking here.
The problem with anxiety is the fact that it is perceived fear that something terrible is going to happen. This is due to the Fight of Flight Response not working properly in individuals with Anxiety-especially General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. An explanation of this phenomenon follows:
The Fight or Flight Response
Do you recall a time when you've been in danger, or feared that you could be in danger? Do you remember how the adrenalin pumped through your body, and how you quickly you went into action? Your heart likely beat rapidly and your breath became faster. This is a primitive response called the "Fight or Flight" response. It is an inborn genetic response which helps us to protect ourselves throughout our lives. The surge of adrenalin gives us the strength we need to either get the heck out of there, or stand our ground and fight off the danger. The fight/flight response is one of survival. The problem is that in our society today there is no way to release this adrenaline surge as fighting and running are not usually viable options when we experience our stressors. In this day and age there are constant stressors encountered on a daily basis. We need to find a way to manage these effectively.
Physiological Responses to Stress
Here are some facts regarding the body's response to stress:
The heart begins to beat faster and has stronger contractions. The lungs breathe faster and result in more shallow breathing. The muscles become harder and tighter. Digestion decreases. The sweat glands produce increased perspiration. The adrenal glands produce more adrenaline and cortisol. The immune system decreases resistance to disease and the pancreas increases production of insulin. Panic AttacksYou might recognize the description of someone in fight/flight mode if you suffer from panic attacks. People having panic attacks experience the same physical symptoms as a person in immediate physical danger. Panic attacks are a type of fight/flight response. Once this response "kicks in," we tend to perceive anything and everything around us as a potential threat to our safety. When we are in fight/flight mode, our brain chemistry is altered. The part of the brain which controls our rational thoughts is bypassed, and we move right into "attack" or "run" mode.
Feeling anxious often means a racing pulse, sweating, and rapid, shallow breathing. What do you do to alleviate feelings of anxiety? What's the best treatment for anxiety? While prescription medication is often useful, and sometimes necessary, it's not the only treatment. Therapy is often effective and necessary. It is a personal choice on which treatment is for you. Resources: NIMH
Joining a support group like HealingWell is a wonderful choice. Here you find members who know where your coming from and what your going through.
Please do keep on talking with us. You are part of the A & P Family now.