going through alcohol withdrawal

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Paulos
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   Posted 6/28/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
cannot believe it's happening again like it did in 2005 november, I feel just too STUPID, and this time I feel it really is my heart... it's nothing like the last time I assure you regarding the symptoms, but it was very scary when I laid in bed after being up for 14 hours, nice and comfortable and thinking I was alright *at the 72 hour period of alcohol w/d* and then all of a sudden... my heart pounds irregularally, my head gets dizzy, my chest gets comfortable, the infamous left arm pain/weird feelings and weakness/fatigue... scary...
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


anastasia01
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   Posted 6/28/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
It might be a good investment to buy a blood pressure monitor. My husband just bought me one and it gives your pulse, and it shows it you have an irregular heart beat. Sometimes you may feel as if your heart beat is irregular but it may very well not be. It may give you some reassurance. If your heart is racing, it is probley normal for you due to anxiety. Just remember that it will go back down. When I feel real anxious, I am unable to check my heartrate because I am scared to death. But through out the day when I feel okay, I monitor it all and it sort of brings some reassurance. When my heart pounds, I feel like I have no enegy and its hard just to take a breath. I know it is scary feeling, I hope you will feel better. Mabye go online and read about positive thinking. Mabye it will help. Start an exercise routine if you don't already. Exercise reduces stress and anxiety and will lower heart rate. I started walking a couple days ago to try and keep my heart rate normal. You are going to be okay. You will feel better! Try to think as much positive as you can.
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Paulos
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   Posted 6/28/2009 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
ok... I'm tryin ;\ I get so scared when I take my bp...
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


anastasia01
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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
YEah I was so scared too that my husband bought one. It made my heart race just thinking about it. But now after using it for two days now I am at ease but like I said, if I feel anxious or feel like my heart is racing, I stay away from it. I have to feed my self positive thoughts through out the day. But a blood pressure monitor could bring you reassurance about your heart. Do your symptoms get worse at night or in the evenings. Try not to be scared:) You will be okay and you will live a long and happy life. Tell yourself these good things. You will be happyy and you will feel better soon. You will be get over a lot of this anxiety that you are dealing with. Beleive it and you will get better. I tell myself this everyday and I have a lot of hope. Panic attacks and feeling of anxiety just about kill me especially when I am overwhelmed with them but you have to keep a good attitude. I get just as scared as you. You are not alone. You will be okay. Sometimes I get a sort of pain sensation in my left arm and it has freaked me out before but I also have got this funky pain in my right arm too. If it is a sign of a heart attack, I think you will definately know. But I understand that you are scared, It is normal to feel scared. I would get scared too. But I would tell myself that I will be okay. Just all panic/anxiety related. You are going to be okay. Do you feel any better?
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Paulos
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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
same, except for the husband part :p yeah they get worse at night, I'm on Xanax 3mg for my anxiety, but my anxiety has gotten worse because of the alcohol withdrawal... I pray I can get through this... anxiety always stinks... yeah I'm bettern ow ... gonna ... rest... .... would like to rest without feeling like I'm gonna die...
"Make a joke and I will sigh, and you will laugh and I will cry. Happiness I cannot feel, and love to me is so unreal."-Loony from Rings of Power


anastasia01
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   Posted 6/28/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
YEah I hate the  dieng feeling. All I know is to tell you to tell yourself that you will not die it is all part of anxiety. Try to imagine something nice and pleasant and when you get it in your head try and hold it there long enough to fall asleep. Pray to God tonight and it will be the best help. Talk to God about your problems tonight and tell him all your bothered with and ask for his help. Okay it will help. And try to stay off the alcohold completely. You will anc you can. The withdrawal from the alcohold should go away real soon and you will be okay just keep away from the alcohol.You will get better and I hope you feel so much better when yo uwake up tomorrow. Just try to think and be a s positive as you can, I know it can be difficult but practice will go along way and day by day it will help you more. I will pray for you. You are giong to be just fine! Goodnight and have a great night sleep. Remember a new day tomorrow for a new and better you!!!


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Post Edited (anastasia01) : 6/28/2009 9:20:36 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 6/29/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Paulos,

Have you ever considered a treatment facility?  You have been fighting this battle on and off and on since you joined HW back in 2007 my friend.

I truly feel you need some professional support in beating the alcohol problem.

Take care,
Kitt


 

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Nanners
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   Posted 6/29/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Paulos,

I agree with Kitt, maybe getting some help to let go of the alchohol is a good idea. Sometimes these things are bigger than we are, and we need help to let it go. I will definetly keep you in my prayers. Keep talking to us, and make sure you are using your anxiety meds.

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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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percycat
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   Posted 6/29/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Give it some thought, my friend; it could be the best thing you ever did for yourself. Let you move forward and feel like the valuable person you are.

Hugs to you Paulos,
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kam#7
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   Posted 6/30/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Paulos -

I am copying my reply to another similar post. I hope it helps:

When I was in my teens and twenties, alcohol was like a magic potion - it ALWAYS helped my anxiety. In fact, the first drink or two seemed to bring me to a "normal" level where I felt like everyone else. I hated that feeling of jumpiness that was present before I had a few drinks. Unfortunately for me, I usually did not stop at one or two drinks. The feeling of freedom from my anxiety was sooooo wonderful, that I never wanted to stop. Even when my intentions were good, I would end of drinking way too much.

Like you, the next day was hell on earth. My anxiety would come back 5Xs as bad the day after drinking. Of course, my solution was to not schedule anything on Saturdays and Sundays during the day, so I could give myself time to recover. Those recovery days were filled with extreme anxiety mixed with guilt - I would not wish those days on my worst enemy.

To make a long story short, the alcohol stopped working for me. It got to the point that no amount of alcohol could bring me full relief from the anxiety. And, the day after hell turned into two and three days of hell. You can see where this story is going....I ended up on the alcohol / anxiety roller coaster.

Thankfully, I got to the point where I could no longer take the anxiety that came after drinking. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired...I finally went to a meeting of AA.

I write all of this only to tell you MY story....I have no idea if you have the same issues that I have, but I DO know that I self medicated for years thinking that there were no other options.

Finally, I would be lying if I told you that my drinking years were all bad - they were not. There were lots of fun times with good friends. Unfortunately, my magic potion eventually stopped working and I ended up on my couch wishing I could be "normal"

Today I have over 7 years sober. I no longer have to drink to have fun. Believe it or not, I have had some of the wildest times without any alcohol at all!

If you are unsure about your drinking, try limiting yourself to 2 drinks /day or occasion for the next 6 months. No exceptions. When someone told me to do that, I knew I could not - that is how I ended up in a twelve step program.

I wish you the best and hope that you find your answers.
35 year old female (newly married) - Diagnosed w/Crohn's 2002 - Surgery 2004

Currently taking: Pentasa, Entocort, Imuran, Zoloft, Seroquel & Ativan as needed

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