Anxiety or Something More?

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Mike619er
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   Posted 11/27/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 24 yrs old and have always thought I had just regular normal anxieties.  For example public speaking, being around big crowds, meeting new people, etc.  I've noticed somethings over the last year that's been kind of new for me I guess because of what's happened to me recently it made me look back and see what was changing.  Over the last year I've been a little more guarded, more sensitive, more irritable, and up until about 2 months ago I was actually sleeping a lot during the day and at night.  I'd get off work at 2 pm and sleep from like 3-6 have dinner watch a movie or play some games and then go back to bed and do it all over again the next day.  Would pretty much only go out on weekends and would drink pretty much your standard amount for a single 24 yr old guy.  Then all of a sudden something happened where I became extremely nervous and feeling guilty about things I've done in the past, and it's so stupid because when I think about them its just stupid little fights or arguments that have already been patched up but my mind just started racing.  For the first week this happened I would say my mind was going about 100000 mph, racing with all these negative thoughts and I was unable to focus on anything.  Lately that has calmed down but what hasn't changed is my physical ailments.  I've had this headache now located on the top and back of my head sometimes going down my neck, I have a tenseness in my jaw and throat muscles, my hands shake mildly and from time to time my legs will twitch.  I can't sleep for anymore then a 25 minute period, and it seems like everyday is just dragging on forever.  I've lost enjoyment in just about every activity I enjoyed doing, and the days for the last 2 months just seem to never end, not to mention the memory and forgetful problems I've been having.  I've had all bloodwork and cat scans done and nothing out of the ordinary popped up.  My primary doctor prescribed me seroquel saying that I could be bipolar or skizophrenic and told me to seek out a psychiatrist which I am currently doing, thank god so far he has ruled out both those possibilities and says its just generalized anxiety disorder.  I just cant keep getting it out of my head that maybe it's more then that and my primary doctor was right?
 
I was talking to a friend who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder and they said that their headaches come and go and it's not really constant, all of my symptoms have remained pretty constant over the last 2 months...  I'm currently on cymbalta for the last 9 days to try and help with the anxiety but it only seems to have stopped my shaking and twitching, still suffering from everything else.  And in the last week my left ear has began to twitch and when it does I get this cracklingn and popping sound in my left ear.  Was hoping that anyone reading this who had generalized anxiety disorder has had these symptoms or atleast had a headache that just didnt quit for this long.  Really getting worried that somethin serious is going on here.
 
~Mike

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/28/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike..welcome to HW..I suffer from accute anxiety as well as GAD..now i for one also get severe headaches with anxiety....i carry alot of pain n guilt over all the ppl i hv lost to death in last few yrs so my doc feels it is alot to do with losses....i hv gotten worse since hubby n i broke up i was found by daughter at home in seizure and in hospital for some time in very rough shape..i lost total hearing after that as well ...it seems you may have gad as your doc said and the meds do take some time to kick in ,,i use ativan to sleep or if in anxiety attack ...also for a good sleep that stops my mind from going round n round over n over the same horrid things all the time i am on trazadone..what i find myself now doing is making self try so hard not to dwell on past but to look towards future...and i am a lot older than you lol....so not sure how many more years i have or will be blessed with...anxiety is a beggar it drains you of energy n zest for life did your doc perhaps touch on depression as well ....i hope i hv helped in some small way if you hv more questions post i will answer or others here will ...this is a fantastic community of caring ppl..luvs..lyn
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stkitt
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   Posted 11/28/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Mike,

If you feel you are not getting the right dx I would suggest you see a neurologist for the constant headache problem. However, having said that, you do sound like you have GAD and are worrying about your health which = health anxiety.

Also the medications you have been put on can cause your head to feel all off whack and you can feel like you have brain fog when trying to get onto these meds. Some people have no problems at all starting up the new drugs. I had a bad time on all of them and had to stop many and try other ones so sometimes it is a matter of hanging in there to see if the med side effects go away.

You may want to check out these resources:

Resources for People with Anxiety

Anxiety Symptoms, Anxiety Attack Symptoms (Panic Attack Symptoms), Symptoms of Anxiety:

http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-symptoms.shtml


Medications:
http://www.crazymeds.us/
Welcome to HealingWell and please know that you have joined a great forum.

Kitt

Mike619er
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   Posted 11/28/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to both of you for the reminder that I'm not losing it but to be honest I felt a little out of it and in a daze before the medication kicked in, and throughout the summer now I'm realizing that maybe I wasn't just tired and maybe it was depression? My doctor currently says its depression and says to go out and do things that I want to do, ONE MAJOR PROBLEM....I've lost all my drive and motivation. I don't really want to do much of anything, I've just been sitting around watching tv and messing on the computer to pass time. Almost to the fact that I've stopped getting exciting about friday paydays and money. Never been one to really get overly excited over things but I just feel emotionless. Trying to tell myself its just anxiety and the meds and therapy will help it pass, hopefully that's all this is. Going to check out those links and see if I can find anything that can help me out, someone mentioned meditation or breathing exercises can help relieve some of the symptoms.

~Mike

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/28/2009 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi again...CBT OR Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a good one to try imho...moodgyms has a program to do online...meditation works too for so many..i can really relate to a lot of what you are saying since being so sick i hv literally stopped being the outgoing person i was..i cringe at the thoughts of hving to go out of safety zone but i eventually force self too.....a very painful thing was said to me by a close family member and that was that i had died in hospital..in all honesty what they meant was the lover of life always on the go kinda gal died n yes they are right...am presently working real hard to find me again as i miss myself as much as everyone else does ...i too watch tv and play on puter...i do my lil bit of housework needing to be done but thats about it.....i have changed so much i despise what this last hospitilatiom amd illnesses have done to my personality...i WILL fight to get the Lyn back i too miss so much......i am glad you found some answers kitt is good with her input...be well n you are not alone...lyn


..                          Co Moderator for Crohns , Anxiety/Panic ,Alzheimers....
 
           Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum ,Seizures ,Fibro ,completely Deaf ,Anxiety/Panic,Neuropathy..
 
......I COULD feel sorry for self but where would that get me....I CHOOSE  to fight n survive...
 
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                                                        Lyn

Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 11/28/2009 10:32:46 AM (GMT-7)


Mike619er
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   Posted 11/28/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry to hear that you feel the same way Lyn, makes me feel better but I don't wish what we're going through on anyone.  And yea I feel the very same way, I feel as if the once fun and outgoing Mike that would go out to bars, parties, events, etc is gone and not quite sure how to get him back.  The only thing that bothers me is that everyone seems to have a reason, or maybe it is the fact that they figured out their reason?  I just don't seem to have one thing to pinpoint exactly what it is that set this off in the last couple of months.  I mean like I said I've always been anxious my whole life and the only 2 things that are really worth noting that I could think could have caused this would be I had a serious reconstructive jaw surgery a couple years back from a condition I was born with, and a month after recovering from that I was mugged right down the block from my house.  But that was well over a year and a half ago, I don't know how that would trigger any of this really.  What can ya do though?  You play the cards that are dealt to ya and these are mine now, let's see what I can make out of em.  Good luck to you Lyn, keep fightin through this annoying crap :)

Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/28/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Mike...imho those are 2 life altering occurences you dealt with....i do hope you will check out kitts links and moodgym also stay here with us and find ppl that do really truly feel as you do.I am so angry that i was not strong enough to put up more of a battle agaist a/p depression this time..it sucker shot me real good..i see know the differences so i can only feel sadness for my daughter .....that is what makes me get up each morning..the loss of hearing has been very difficult my friends cant call nor communicate and daughter does get frustrated only because she is not use to this MOM ya know.....she looks at me with the eyes of sadness and i feel so bad for her...she lost a mom that did everything loved life and wanted to always do something i am sure at 16 she is really getting mixed signals as to what has happeneed ..where is fun lovin happy mom...it scares me to know this could cause her damage my hospitilization already did she will not sleep in her bed brings her mattrss to LR and sleeps close by me..i just have to cough n she is awake.....its so hard on everyone and i do at times feel like a burden......i have my crying jags believe me then my spitting angry ones too..i am fighting this monster everyday and i KNOW that you CAN TOO.....STAY WITH US........keep posting ......lyn......we can do this ......
..                          Co Moderator for Crohns , Anxiety/Panic ,Alzheimers....
 
           Crohns,Pyoderma Gangrenosum ,Seizures ,Fibro ,completely Deaf ,Anxiety/Panic,Neuropathy..
 
......I COULD feel sorry for self but where would that get me....I CHOOSE  to fight n survive...
 
.                                    Donate  www.healingwell,com 
 
                                                        Lyn

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