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RaeRay
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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hello Everyone!!!
             I was searching the web for cures for Anxiety and Panic attacks when I found this sight. Some of the stuff I read amazed me. It described exactly what I have been deling with for several years now. It all started when I had chest pain and felt like I was going to pass out. My medical bills are sky high because of all the trip to the ER. I feel like Im gonna die cause the Dr. doesn't know whats wrong w/ me. I am most comfortable in a hospital so that if something happens I am in a place where they can save me. Its a horrible life. I might be OK for 5 months the BAM, out from no where I feeling like Im dying again and it may last a day, a week or it may even be months before I feel normal again. Even though, It always returns.
One Dr. from the ER perscribed me Ativan. It was like a miracle pill because as soon as I had that feeling come over me I would take one and in about 10 minutes or so I would feel normal again. The problem is its not all the time that they will perscribe it to me cause its addicting.
I feel like a hamster on a wheel always searching for a solution so I can feel normal like everyone else.
 
 
Any Suggestions???
 
 

Post Edited (RaeRay) : 1/14/2010 1:58:37 PM (GMT-7)


Hara
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   Posted 1/14/2010 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Try Zoloft, Trazadon, Cymbalta. But not all at the same time. And you might have to take them every day for a while to see how you really do feel.
 
HARA

RaeRay
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   Posted 1/14/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx....but isn't trazanon a sleeping pill?
If it works Im willing to try anything!!!!!

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   Posted 1/14/2010 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you really need to take a daily medication instead of the fast acting ones like Ativan. Although.....we do have members who use these types of meds daily with instruction that if they ever want to get off of the med, they do it on a weaning schedule. Good luck!
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RaeRay
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   Posted 1/14/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanx Nanners!!! I really like this forum. I feel like now I can get some tools to work with!!

Hara
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   Posted 1/14/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
RaeRay said...
Thanx....but isn't trazanon a sleeping pill?
If it works Im willing to try anything!!!!!
 
 
It also works as an anti-depressant
HARA

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   Posted 1/14/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
HI...trazadone is supposed to stop your mind from all the stinking thinking going round n round..i hv been on it and for me it works as well i take sublingual ativan n diazepam i am in a position where i hv just become totally deaf n thats has really increased my anxiety 10 fold..i dont like being left alone and it is very hard when you no longer can hear...yes hw n the members are the best imho...stay with us plz...lyn


                          
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/14/2010 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,

Trazodone is a antidepressant medication. It is thought to increase the activity of one of the brain chemicals (serotonin) which may become unbalanced and cause depression. It may also be used for relief of anxiety disorders (eg, sleeplessness, tension) and chronic pain.

Trazodone is used to treat depression. I use it for sleep and find it is a great med as Lyn noted above.

Please do discuss your meds with your physician. Here is a good reference site for the mental health meds.

Medications:
http://www.crazymeds.us/
Let us know how you are doing and know we are here for all.

Gentle Hugs

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RaeRay
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   Posted 1/15/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Guys! Today is not a good day! I Already took 2mg of Ativan and my anxiety is still at an all time high! I feel lost, out of place, sick, and strange. I hate having to live with this condition. Will it ever get better?????????????????????????????????

queenb
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   Posted 1/18/2010 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I wonder the same thing raerae! My anxiety level is so high I feel like my heart is always racing. The have me take xanax .25 when I'm having bad anxiety but I don't like taking them. They relax me but my heart still races beause I'm always in my head. So like raerae I 2 am wondering if there are any methods other then medication to relieve this anxiety. I think I have every darn symptom that comes along with anxiety and there are a lot..... So PLEASE HELP

RaeRay
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   Posted 1/18/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I completely understand u queenb. I feel like I am going to die because there is something wrong with me but when I go to the ER, I just get sent home. I feel like Im going crazy and belong in the looney hospital at times. I'll keep you updated in case I find a solution that works for me besides ativan.

queenb
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   Posted 1/18/2010 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Yea I feel the same way! Xanax doesn't help. My heart races I have the chest tightness feels like I can't breathe... I can't stop thinking about it which makes it worse. I feel like I'm going to die. I debated on going to the ER today but everytime I went I almost feel like there laughing @ me and the doctors there just tell you nothing. I don't know what to do anymore.

kitkat32
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   Posted 1/18/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
My anxiety was so through the roof I could not function for the last few weeks. Ended up in patient.

It is important to discuss this with a psych doctor for medications but I wanted to share with you what I was given.

Xanax really did not do much for me. I would feel semi normal for about an hour after taking it..that's it.

My new doctor prescribed Klonopin. It was a very high dose at first but now that I am stable he decreased it a bit.

I still have my moments during the day but I feel so much better. I also made a switch from Paxil to Zoloft. Hoping once the Zoloft kicks in I can get down even lower on the Klonopin.

I can function now. No more crazy thoughts. If you look up Klonopin it is also used for a seizure disorder but goes on to explain how it helps anxiety and stops the constant panic and worry.

I was in a really bad place so I don't know if you would need it but it is worth a shot talking to your doctor about it. An added benefit is that it has calmed my headache down a bit.

I am pretty tired though and notice I slur my speech a bit but I will take that over the hamster on the wheel feeling.

Peace to you, kitkat

queenb
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   Posted 1/19/2010 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks kitkat. I just keep hoping it will go away I don't wanna be put on medication. I've had this be4 where I have like a month of anxiety then it would go away for like 6 months to a year or more. I've NEVER had it this bad ever and for this long. I've had severe anxiety almost all day evryday since july. When I get really anxious my blood pressure shoots up. I've had a couple of times when it got bad bad and I got a weird burning sensation in my chest and some chest and back pain. Went to the er had all the usual tests and thy tell me its my anxiety... But I haven't heard or read about a burning sensation in the chest be4. Do u think that's normal?? I just keep getting so scared that somethings wrong with my heart.

kitkat32
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   Posted 1/19/2010 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't diagnose but I have had the weird burning chest pain. Mine is like a burst of really hot feeling in my chest and radiates out.

Do you see a psychiatrist or a therapist. Don't let yourself suffer needlessly. There is help out there. Anxiety has to be treated like any other disease.

If it would put your mind at ease go get a full cardiac workup. Explain to your doc what you have been feeling and that you also deal with anxiety. I tell my doctor that I sometimes can't tell the difference between a true physical problem or anxiety.

They will usually work with me.

I never wanted to be put on medication but it is something I finally gave into. It is a personal choice though. I hope you have a better day today. Have you tried meditation maybe?

Blessings, kitkat

queenb
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   Posted 1/21/2010 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks kittkatt! I have had a full cardiac work up a lot of times since I was 14. I've decided to take your advice and seek help. I ended up in the hospital yesterday... Not just for my anxiety. But I was speakin to the doctor there and he did make me feel better even tho he thinks I have generalized anxiety disorder. I had a panic attack just from being scared of the hospital. He didn't give me an ekg this time tho because I calmed down quickly and everything went back to normal. Do you think he should have given me an ekg anyway?? I mean I've had like 4 since the summer and there all normal. Also I found out I have acid reflux. They gave me a medicine for that which seem to be helping. There is also a website anxietyhelpcenter.com it has a listing of over 100 symptoms of anxiety. It helps me alot

kitkat32
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   Posted 1/21/2010 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I would say that 4 EKGs since the summer is a pretty good indicator that your heart is beating just fine...I of course am not your doctor though so you must learn to trust him.

I know acid reflux can sometimes mimic a heart condition so hopefully that will help you out. Try to find a good therapist who can work with you on changing your thought process when it comes to your health. I know it is easier said then done. I am struggling a bit tonight also but I am trying to work through it.

I have read that above web site and it is amazing all the symptoms that anxiety can cause. Our minds are very powerful. I am trying to tell myself now that if my brain can cause these symptoms then my brain is strong enough to make them go away.

I am glad that you are seeking a help. It is really reassuring to speak to a psychiatrist and a therapist. I know our general docs try to be helpful but these problems are not there specialties. It would be like going to your hairdresser to get your car serviced...lol.

I hope you are able to have a peaceful night...blessings..kitkat

queenb
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   Posted 1/25/2010 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank u kitkatt for all of ur wisdom. I've actually had 3 good days in a row. A liTtle anxious of course but not so bad at all. I gave the wrong website be4 its www.anxietycentre.com that page has been a great help to me. U can click on the symptoms and it gives a full description and of the different ways it can make u feel. I also learned that acid reflux is a symptom of anxiety. I'm hoping I'm on the path to recovery minus medication but only time will tell. But thank you and everyone else. This forum has really helped me having people to talk to that understand what I'm going thru. :) hopefully one day I can help someone else they way everyone has helped me

Blessings
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   Posted 1/28/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi RaeRay and QueenB. Hope you are both doing better. I left a reply on the other page that I originally posted....regarding the attacking anxiety and depression program....have you thought about that? Also, after battleing this disorder for years...and trying to "kick it" myself, good days and bad, I did not want to take meds.....I would get on zoloft and feel better and two months later take myself off because I did not need it.....Not the case! I DO need it. I have been taking Zoloft daily and not a very high dose...it is helping. Hope this helps. Hope to hear back soon. *** AND thank you KITKAT for all your continued advice. **** =) ~Blessings~

kitkat32
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   Posted 1/28/2010 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad to see you are both doing better. It is such a tough road to be on.

You will get through it though. I have had anxiety disorder for years. I have to say though that it is not always there. I have gone for very long stretches with no anxiety or panic.

Sometimes we all need a little support and sometimes medication to get us through.

I just recently increased my zoloft to 100mg. Hopefully I will start feeling better and better. I have a psych appt. in the morning to talk about lowering my klonopin dose. I think as the zoloft is working the klonopin might be making me a bit depressed. We will see what he says.

Then I have therapy on Saturday.

Continued blessings to you both, kitkat

2sad2care
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   Posted 1/30/2010 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Zoloft has helped me with my constant "What if" mentality. However, Im still battling my Bipolar.

Im on Zoloft, Gabatenian, xanax, temazepam, and newly added wellbutrin. Im still depressed and moody but my hypochondria and constantly freaking out at everything going on with my body has lessened.

Beach Walk
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   Posted 2/1/2010 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Anxiety is basically worry, this is a survival tool to allow us to think ahead of outcomes so we can plan our course of action and avoid situations if necessary.  Panic is driven from fear so when these two combine, we think ahead and are fearful.  Put yourself in a real situation whereby you need this and your heart rate and body change to adapt, this is completely normal - meaning you are normal.  Having these survival instincts when your walking down the road or just reading a book is where we get scared but most times we are in a safe environment to handle this.  Take away this safe environment i.e. living conditions, mortgage worries, job worries, relationship worries and your mind is taking away your safe place.
 
You'll then begin to look for a safe place, many people think back to find this place but they stumble into everything negative about themselves because the situation wasn't as bad back then, things were fine and we just didn't appreciate it, we took it for granted.  This leads to confusion, depression and intensifies our anxiety into actual Panic Attacks which unsettles us even further.
 
You are afraid of dying - like me - and you feel our lives will be taken from us in an instant.  This is our fear so we look to the future most of the time, but when we look too far it can turn negative and we begin the Anxiety cycle again.
 
You must begin to calm down, slow everything down from getting up in the morning, to making your breakfast and looking forward to the day ahead.  Become aware of all that is around you, identify with it, take a moment to take in all the positives in your life.  At night think of 3-4 things you did in the day that were positive.  In time when you do this you'll be able to see negative elements in life (inside and outside of yourself), begin eliminating the negative aspects of your life one by one, TV, Radio, Newspapers are full of negative stories, your job is to keep your mind positive, believe in yourself and realise if you were born somewhere else you'd be the same person with a different outlook - one thing is important, you are your best friend and you need to help yourself - see your doctor, request that he helps you to calm down, talk to a therapist.  I did, and it took months to understand that stress had made me weak and I had panic attacks, very sad thoughts, depression and I was very scared.  By seeing a Therapist you can work towards taking negative thoughts out of your mind - don't just see someone to talk to and think it's fine, find someone who will work with you to help you stay calm.  Balance the Therapy and medication, take time out for yourself to relax.
 
You will recover, just find positive elements in your life, eat and rest well - go to book stores and find health books for mind and body, read a little bit at a time and your desire for knowledge will help you also! Be positive!
 
Take care my Friend, you are not alone!!
 
 
 
 

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   Posted 2/1/2010 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Beachwalk and welcome to HealingWell,


Thank you for your very supportive post. I know it will be appreciated.



You may want to start a thread of your own to introduce yourself to the members and that way you will have the chance to get to know all of the members and we will be here for you with any concerns you may need help with.



We love new members and want all to have the chance to be welcomed.



Gentle Hugs,



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