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BlessedByTheBest
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   Posted 8/8/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
I am new to this forum but not the site. I have been suffering from anxiety and panic since  about my pre-teen years. I remember the first time when I had an episode I didn't know what the heck was happening to me, it happened a couple more times around that age but got worse when I went off to college. I remember being in my dorm room freshman year doing chemistry homework and all of a sudden I couldn't breath, my heart was racing and I thought I was about to pass out, I called for an ambulance and was rushed to the hospital where they gave me valium. I was then diagnosed with having anxiety attacks and panic disorder. I have been on Lexapro, Wellbutrin and Xanax in the past. I was also diagnosed with GERD, and was given Nexium, which seems to go hand in hand with Anxiety. I am currently not on any meds but seriously think I need to be. I haven't had many extreme panic attacks but I feel depressed and trapped inside of my wandering and worrying mind. I truly feel that most of my anxiety is health anxiety because I constantly think I have everything that I hear about or read about. Right now I feel like I have a million STDs, HIV, and other infections. I've only had sex 3 times in my life and all within this year. I posted on the HIV forums as well and they told me I have nothing to worry about, that my possible risk was low. I am going to see a health provider soon, but it's rough because I am without insurance right now (darn recession). I have always been a healthy person but my anxiety always makes me think the worst. I was a total maniac when the whole swine flu pandemic hit. I work as a pre-school teacher and I wouldn't go near my kids that were coughing or looked sick, it was ridiculous. My dad was even sick around that time, I had given him a hug and within a day I thought he was going to die from the swine flu, then my mother because she was in the same house and then me because I hugged him. As you can see I clearly have maaaaad issues!
 
Please give me some advice and guidance. I truly thank you guys for being here because I  find comfort in communicating about my disorders, and desperately long to control them.
 
ChiGirl24

Sunshine29
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   Posted 8/8/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum...
your story sounds similar to mine....mine started with stomach issues...diagnosed with acid reflux and hiatal hernia (lost 12lbs.) I was only 108lbs. I know I did this to myself from worry and anxiety. After being on meds for my stomach and it not going away...my doctor said there is something else going on. I cried. She put me on Celexa and also Xanax to sleep. After a month of nausea she switched me to Zoloft. Also on AcipHex in the AM, ,Nexium in the PM. Stomach has been feeling better. Ive been on Zoloft for a week and feel better than I was, but not 100%. I am also a teacher and worried about going back to work. My advice to you is to go back on meds...maybe a new one...thats the only way I feel you will get control of those obsessive thoughts. I am waiting patiently for the meds to kick in and to get my appetite back.
Good Luck

BlessedByTheBest
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   Posted 8/8/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Sunshine,
 
Thanks for your response, I am definitely going to get back on the meds as soon as I can, because I am tired of my life being interrupted by anxiety. Right now I have constant abdominal pain that's been going on for about a week and I'm thinking it's from stress and anxiety about my health. It's so comforting to hear from others who go through what I go through because sometimes I just think I am going crazy or worse, dying. I remember when my dad told me I didn't need the meds, but I do, my mind isn't right when it's left to it's own devices. Thanks again and I wish you well.
 
ChiGirl24

stkitt
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   Posted 8/9/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   

ChiGirl24

Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum. This is a great site. I look forward to getting to know you better.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps you cope with tense situations. It also helps you focus on the task at hand and motivates you. Almost everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. Typically, anxiety goes away when the triggering event is resolved.

Health anxiety is an initial overreaction/misinterpretation of a real abnormality.

Perhaps the most difficult task in treatment is to first understand that the physical symptoms aren't necessarily the sign of something more sinister – that in fact the mind is playing games with what are fairly normal bodily sensations.

Successful long-term medical management requires a durable and trusting doctor-patient relationship.

I am very glad to read that you are going to see your physician and look at going back on medications.

May I ask how the Wellbutrin worked for you. This med is often a good choice for people stuck on the merry-go roundof the "what ifs ?"

I have been through much of what you have talked of so please know we are here to support you and we care.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt


 

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BlessedByTheBest
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   Posted 8/9/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Kitt,
 
Your response was refreshing to read, it always is when someone understands what I am going through and can further asure me that I am not going crazy.
 
The Wellbutrin helped, but I don't know how much because I wasn't on it very long. I was put on it by my primary physician when I was still in college. I then graduated and was kicked off of my father's insurance. I work as a pre-school teacher but still do not have health insurance so I can not afford the meds. However, I am thinking of going to the county hospital. I really want to see my family doctor though because I am more comfortable and he knows me well.
 
Also, I had a question. Is there a problem with using anxiety meds after the expirstion/discard date?
 
Thanks,
ChiGirl24

Hibee
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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Chigirl24

Hi and welcome to the forum you have found a great support group were you can come and talk to people who can relate to what you are going through.  Sorry to hear you are having health anxiety I suffer with that and have convinced myself that I have many types of illnesses.  I am bad for googleing and I would say to avoid this as it makes things much worse regarding health anxiety.  I to am glad you are going to speak to your doctor re meds as they may help with your symptoms but I think it is important to not rely on medications to make every thing better as in my opinion they just help with the symptoms.  I have just finished a course of CBT and would recomend this kind of therapy and know lots of people who have had great success and mixed with the right medication things can be kept under control.   I hope things start to improve for you soon.

Ben


Cant Deal
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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
 
Welcome to the forum.  I have some very similar fears and I know how hard it can be to deal with them.  I was put on Wellbutrin 150 by my doctor and then after 3 weeks I was moved up to 300mg..  within 3 days I found that my anxiety went into overdrive and I was constantly having panic attacks.  I heard that Wellbutrin often causes people with anxiety to have WORSE symptoms of anxiety.
 
Does anyone else know if this is true? 
I am not on any meds at this point either because of side effects.  :(

TiredOfTheFear
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome! I'm still new myself to this forum and it has been a blessing!!! You are so right... it helps to "chat" with people who know exactly what you are experiencing.

I can relate to you very much. I also have health anxiety and am a teacher. The swine flu had me going bonkers! And of course, kids are always coming to school with all kinds of germs so that doesn't help those of us with HA. I also was recently diagnosed with reflux, and truly think it is due to the anxiety. I just finished week 2 of the Effexor and have noticed some positive results. I still have the nervousness but the full blown panic attacks are less.

It's good that you are going to see the doctor! I'm not a huge fan of meds, but have come to the conclusion that if it's what I need to LIVE my life and not live in fear of it... so be it. If you can get an appointment with your family doc, that sounds like a great idea! You already have a relationship with him/her and they know what meds you've been on, etc. I would stay away from expired meds. You may get side effects or the med could be less effective.

If you are interested in reading a great book, a fellow anxiety pal recommended this to me and I've just started it. Panic Attacks Workbook, A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick, by David Carbonell, PhD. I'm only on chapter 6, but am loving this workbook! I found it on Amazon and it was delivered within days.

Best wishes to you!!! You've come to a great place :o)

stkitt
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   Posted 8/10/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning ChiGirl,

To answer your question, While most prescription medicines lose potency after their expiration dates, many can become toxic and even deadly. I would advise you to dispose of the outdated medication.  Just my Monday morning 2 cents worth.  :-)

Take care,

Kitt


 

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BlessedByTheBest
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   Posted 8/10/2009 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh lord Kitt, something else to stress about!!! I have been taking them since I don't have new ones but I will stop immediately.
 
Also, thanks for the advice Hibee and TiredOfTheFear, I plan to go see my doctor as soon as I can. I also plan to look into that book, Panic Attacks Workbook, it seems that it might be helpful.
 
Thanks,
 
ChiGirl24
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