Melody's Anxiety is climbing higher.

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stkitt
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   Posted 10/20/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
This is Melody's thread.
Melody said...@ 10:56 AM today

Gosh...Please can someone please give me some advice.Please explain to me what anxiety is....This is how my day started...I get up with my kids for school and drink about 2 cups of coffee.Everything is fine.All of sudden I feel this pain in my chest...then I get to feel worried and I start feeling a little sweaty.I just want to get up and go to the emergency room,and yell please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I got an ekg in july for the same chest pains and my doctor said my heart is normal.And said well its anxiety and you need to get help.and sent me on my way.I ask the nurse like a dummy so what does normal mean?she said your heart is fine and i started crying.But the doctor just sent me on my way....The only thing the doc said is your heart is normal,I said am i really feeling the chest pain or is my mind playing tricks on me?He said oh yea,you are feeling the pains but its not your heart.Okay then,but WHY do I keep feeling these pains on and off through out the day.I try to ignore them.Then I will have no pain.Then I get to thinking Hey i got no pain..then here they come.Am I crazy someone?

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   Posted 10/20/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Melody said...
Kitt,I check out the link that you sent me,and why am I crying....I really dont like this one bit.I never had these feelings out all.Right now i'm on ativan and some high blood pressure medicine.I had went to a free health clinic the other day,and I was crying in the office because I had alot of frustrating inside of me and once i got in the back room after sitting for 4 hours to be seen i was crying.mind you this is right before they took my blood pressure.so anyways the doc said my bp is up because of the anxiety so she put me on the med to bring down.i even got upset with the bp medicine that i have to take.I also take ativan for the anxiety.....please reply..

Pinkmelody

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   Posted 10/20/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt said...


Melody,

I will get back to you as soon as I get home from work today. We need to work on your anxiety and how you can learn to cope. Until later, hugs to you.

Kitt

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   Posted 10/20/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Melody said...
Dear kitt,That is so sweet.thank you so much.I dont feel alone.Thank you so much.


Pinkmelody.

Hugs to you too!

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   Posted 10/20/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Melody,

It feels to me like your caught on a merry-go-round right now about your anxiety and that leads to chest pain and then you start to feel better and off you go around and around again. I know that feeling and I have worked very hard at learning how to stay in the moment.

Here is one technique that may work for you as your new to this anxiety disorder. First of all a big breath and breathe nice and easy. You are going to be OK.

Here is one example of how to control your worry. Pick a place and time to do your worrying. Make it the same place and time every day. Spend 30 minutes thinking about your concerns and what you can do about them. Try not to dwell on what "might" happen. Focus more on what's really happening. Stay in the moment and do not worry about yesterday or tomorrow. Then let go of the worry and go on with your day.

Practice this until it becomes a habit. Use the Ativan for moments when you feel like your anxiety is starting to take over but try not to make it your daily medication if you can help it.

The symptoms members have with anxiety are true pain so your not crazy, you do feel the pain but it is not caused by your heart according to your tests.

I am not sure why the Dr. at the clinic treat a increased BP reading when he felt the anxiety was causing the increase in BP.

There are different types of chest pain, but not all of them are a symptom of heart attack. Indigestion pleurisy sore muscles, injured ribs, pinched nerves, angina and gall bladder or pancreas problems can also cause chest pain. The symptoms of some of these conditions can so perfectly mimic those of a heart attack, that only a doctor can determine the cause. The doctor has dx your pain as being caused by anxiety which is very common.

Chest pain from anxiety is located over the heart and is described as "sharp." It increases with breathing in and out, and doesn't usually last more than a few minutes. Applying pressure to the chest also makes the pain worsen. Try not to let the anxiety overcome you when you feel this pain. Just breathe easy and know you have joined a great support forum.

We are all here to help each other. Welcome to the family. Please remember I am not a physician. :)

Gentle Hugs

Kitt

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   Posted 10/20/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi kitt,Thank you so much for the advice.I am so glad that I found others that have anxiety.Now I dont feel alone.One more thing.I dont know why the doctor gave me the high blood pressure medicine.She told me that my blood pressure was high and that she was concerned about that.I was thinking the same thing you were.She said the anxiety was probably making my blood pressure high.So I will talk to her about that on Nov.7th.I am so sorry if i messed up someone else's thread.I did not know. :)


I will keep in touch.
Melody

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   Posted 10/21/2009 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Melody,

Please do not feel you have to apologize re messing anything up as you did not. Many people post in someone else's thread but I wanted you to have your own thread as your problems seemed unique to you so that is why I moved your posts....................(((((((Hugs)))))))))

I am glad you are seeing the Dr. on 11/7 and please do keep talking with us.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt

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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi kitt.I will continue to write.But right now I feel so worried with the anxiety coming back,because now i'm thinking about the highblood pressure medicine.I feel dizzy.I hate this so much.I just dont like this at all.Especially when I have no health insurance.I hope I will be fine.

Melody

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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm unclear about this. Are you still taking the blood pressure medication? If so and you don't normally have a blood pressure problem (it's going up because of anxiety, which is extremely common) then it looks like your doctor would have told you to stop taking it when you spoke to him. I'd phone him for clarification.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
yes,I am still taking it.I need to call.What should I say exactly.I really dont like this at all.If i dont need to bp med i hope i dont hurt myself.This is the doctor from the free clinic i went to last saturday.
This is the 4th day that I have been taking it.

Melody

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   Posted 10/21/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Response for Melody from Georgie Girl:

Melody, I don't think that blood pressure medication is harmful. I would think that it would not be good to take on a long term if your blood pressure is only high during anxiety conditions but it won't hurt you short term.

Here's something that sometimes helps me manage my worries. I think of a box, like a gift box with a ribbon that has a top that comes off. I mentally put my worries in that box, close the lid, and set the box aside. Sometimes I do this at night when I can't sleep. I know the worries are there but I've "put them away" for now.


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   Posted 10/21/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Georgie girl,Thats what I'm worried about.I was so worried that in the middle of cooking I got a sharp pain in my chest and I started crying.I'm crying because i dont like the anxiety and the worrying.I dont have health insurance,and my primary care doctor is the on who did the ekg on me and said it was anxiety,and he said that i need prof.help.I could not get that help because of no health ins.So i called my doc again and asked if he could give me something to help with the anxiety.he gave me xanex.the mg.was 0.25.I was so afraid of taking it.Like scared.I thought i was no going to wake up.so anyways i took it and i did not like how it made me feel.So anyways i went to a free clinic on saturday and this doc told me that she wanted me to take the blood pres. meds.She also explain a little on what anxiety is....There is more to the story,but thats what got me worried.Hope to hear from you soon

Melody

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   Posted 10/21/2009 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Melody1000,

Can you talk to the doctor at the free clinic and ask for another type of anti anxiety med? There are many different meds available for you to try. I personally take Xanax .25 mg myself, and at the first hint of anxiety I take this med and within about an hour I usually calm down nicely. Other meds are Klonipin or Ativan. These meds can cause some drowsiness, but do work well to calm folks down. Not all meds work for everybody, so if one doesn't work well for you, then you can try another. Good luck!

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   Posted 10/21/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi melody1000,I am taking ativan.Its 0.5 mg.It helps but my concern was the blood pressure meds.I mean its helping,but I dont want to be taking forever if the anxiety is what got my high blood press. up.I just want to make sure that this free clinic doc is doing the right thing for me.I have no history of hb press.I called my primary care docs nurse and I asked her how was my blood pressure readings were when I came in in the past.This is not the free clinic doc.Anyways she told me they were normal,but the last few times when i came in and was upset the bottom number was 100 and the one august 25 was borline of 90.she said only when i was upset.When i went to the free clinic i was crying very hard before the reading of the bp was peformed.

Melody.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I wouldn't worry too much about the bp meds harming you. I just brought it up because I thought if your bp were artificially low it would make you feel bad physically and in turn make your anxiety worse.

I hope you're able to talk to the doctor soon and get this straightened out.

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   Posted 10/23/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I dont know.I tried calling the free clinic and they have not call me back.Right now I'm going to see a therapist.So hopefully I can get some help.

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   Posted 10/23/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hurrah, that is great that your going to see a therapist. Please do let us know how it goes and remember the first visit is often more about intake of info re you and your past medical as well as mental health history.

Good Luck,

Kitt

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   Posted 10/23/2009 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone.I went to my intake with the therapist.It went really well.Om gosh boy did i cry in there.SO the therapist show me some breathing techniques.I will be seeing her 2 a month.I also have so bad news.I have a sister in law who thought she was have anxiety and she went to the emergency room.they did a ekg,and she was having a heart attack right on the table.We both thought it was anxiety and it was not.She ended up having a clogged artery.Now when I found out.....I started to worried about myself.I had an ekg done and the doc said my heart was normal.....I feel so bad...I just know my sister n law will pull out of this...

Melody

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   Posted 10/26/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi kitt,how are you doing.Is normal for someone to get an anxeity attack in the middle of the night?I have been up since 4 30 this morning.

Melody

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   Posted 10/26/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
It took twelve doctors and a bunch of uncomfortable tests before a doctor finally figured out that I have panic attack syndrome. But, then I only had eleven of the thirteen symptoms for the syndrome. I think if you have five of the symptoms you are considered to have the disease.

Anyway, the cure is not expensive and won't hurt you any. Quit drinking coffee, quit eating chocolate, quit smoking and get more exercise. Walking is a good exercise, despite what the running fanatics say. Deep breathing also helps. To do this, I sit somewhere comfortable and relax and count to seven while breathing in, then for the same count of seven I breathe out. After a while, sometimes a long while, I get used to the rhythm and quit bothering to count. All the while I try to clear my head of all thoughts. Just concentrate on your breathing.

By all means, suggest panic attack syndrome to your doctor and therapist. Though it is not common, it is not uncommon either. It seems to have something to do with the CO2 levels in your brain, or so I have been told. It does resemble symptoms for a heart attack and most people with this problem, myself included, end up in an emergency room getting their heart checked out. Which seems to really annoy the ER docs, who should know better.

Anyway, there is help for it. I have gotten my attacks down to two or three a day. Which is pretty good considering I was having fifteen to twenty before I was diagnosed. Hopefully, you have caught this earily enough so that you won't have to go through what I did.

Post Edited (Blue Eyes) : 10/26/2009 9:19:03 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 10/26/2009 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Melody,

Good Morning and I am good, thank you for asking. I have woke up in the middle of the night and not been able to sleep only to go into high anxiety. Yes it is normal for a person to have anxiety in the middle of the night. You will see many members online in the middle of the night due to anxiety and feeling upset so please know you are normal but help is available.

Take care,

Kitt

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   Posted 10/26/2009 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I think that I am having anxiety due to my sister in laws heart attack.Its so frustrating......Thanks.

melody
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