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StaceyA
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   Posted 2/12/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else have this problem? I have trouble with general anxiety all the time, but never so bad as when I wake up. I literally wake up with my stomach all upset and my heart racing. I am usually pretty relaxed when I go to bed and sleep well through the night.
Could this be a hormone problem?
Any thoughts appreciated.
Thanks!
Stacey

kitkat32
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   Posted 2/12/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know about the hormonal thing but I too wake up with anxiety.

A few weeks ago it was really bad...way out of control. I would just shake all over and cry. I ended up having to take klonopin and did the trick.

I am still a bit anxious some mornings but once I get going it calms down a bit. Have you mentioned it to your doctor? I know it's a terrible start to the day.

Blessings, kitkat

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   Posted 2/12/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
This happends to me alot. I wake up with my entire system on adrenaline mode...dont know why..but when i realize its just me, I have a real cold drink of water, relax and go back to bed. I do not think its hormonal, just another syptom of our anxiety :(

StaceyA
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   Posted 2/12/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a new anxiety problem for me and very unpleasant. It seems crazy to wake up with this crazy feeling. I'm sorry that you are both suffering with this as well. I am used to having anxiety, but find it so much easier to deal with during the day. I have an appt w/ my OBGYN on Tuesday, because I really thought that it might have a hormonal element. I do have klonopin but I hate to take it, because I quit seeing my psychiatrist. I guess that is where I need to go, but I need a new one. He kept me so drugged up.
Thanks for sharing. It is much appreciated. I hope that you will both wake w/o any symptoms tomorrow.
Wishing you the very best!
Stacey

Rustoleum
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   Posted 2/13/2010 1:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Stacey,

I wake up in complete panic all the time. It as though there is a "welling" or "screaming" that has to come out when I wake up and look at the clock. The anxiety never seems to subside. It's always there. Tick tock - Tick tock ... I really can't give you any advice except... I feel your pain hon. I'm so sorry, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. So many nights I've woken up to get sick. My old roommate thought I was nuts! I never slept... chronic worrier. I also take Kolonopin, it doesn't really work my brain is still "squeeling wheels"... Nyquil does the trick... for me... People always tell you "get 8 hours of sleep" like it's a choice. It's not a choice.

I'll keep you in my prayers hon,

-Russ

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   Posted 2/13/2010 6:02 AM (GMT -7)   
     Sorry for what your going though, I to wake up with anixety a lot of mornings, I wake up dizzy or heart racing my first thought this is going to be a crappy day, I usually take a xanax and lie back down, but I am hardley ever without anxiety or the health anxiety something new everyday, I sleep 4 hours a night if lucky, wish I could tell you how to make it stop but I havent figured that out my self yet after 40 years with anixety and panic. had it since I was 14
 Hugs Anna
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StaceyA
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   Posted 2/13/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry for you too, Anna & Russ. No sleeping is not a choice for some of us. My klonopin helps me with getting to sleep, but it does not seem to last long enough for me to wake up w/o this panic. Also, I really hate taking it. I have been on it for YEARS. Has anyone tried the melatonin? Maybe that also would only help in the falling to sleep aspect.
Bless you all!
Stacey

Mazfire
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   Posted 2/13/2010 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
StaceyA said...

Does anyone else have this problem? I have trouble with general anxiety all the time, but never so bad as when I wake up. I literally wake up with my stomach all upset and my heart racing. I am usually pretty relaxed when I go to bed and sleep well through the night.
Could this be a hormone problem?
Hi Stacey A,


I used to have this symptom particularly as a teen and in my very early 20's (im 29 now) but it doesnt happen anymore. Ive noticed for me that my night attacks stopped around the time my meds were adjusted to include Xanax.

Its an awful sensation but you are not alone. Discuss it with your Pdoc and see what they think-

all the best, I pray you feel better soon,



Maz XX

StaceyA
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   Posted 2/13/2010 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Maz! It does seem that xanax might be a help for me too. I'm not sure why my doc put me on klonopin. It did work well for me for a long time though. I thought they were very similar. I am getting to where I just dread the night coming and particular going to bed.
Wishing you well.
Stacey

Treester
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   Posted 2/13/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I regularly wake in the middle of the night, from a sound sleep, in total panic mode.  It's been a problem for me for years.  I'm 35 now and I can recall it happening regularly from when I was in sixth grade and maybe even before. 
 
I'm currently on Prozac, and while it does still happen to me, it's far less intense than it used to be.  Now, I will wake, acknowledge that I'm in panic mode, and be able to settle myself back down within an hour.  Before, I would be awake for hours, sometimes I'd never go back to sleep. 
 
It su-huh-huh-ucks.  Unfortunately, I have no helpful hints for you, but I wanted to  let you know that you're not the only one.  If it helps you, you can think of me in the middle of the night when you're up.  Sometimes part of my anxiety has to do with feeling alone and isolated.
 
Hang in there, maybe your ob/gyn will have something helpful for you.

StaceyA
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   Posted 2/13/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
That is a horrible thing to deal with as a child. I am so sorry.
I always had trouble GOING to sleep because of anxiety, but waking with this is new to me. It's hard to figure what would make someone so anxious while sleeping. I hate to think so many people live this way.
I'm glad that it is a little better Treester. Well, I'm out here with you too and so are others.
Hoping for a good night for all!

Stacey

Rustoleum
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   Posted 2/14/2010 12:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Stacey,

I understand what you are getting at. I don't understand either what makes me so anxious when all I want to do is got a little bit of sleep. I don't know if you have a little bit of ADHD like myself. I think that has a lot to do with the waking up and not being able to go back to sleep. My friends come over and sleep on my couch some nights. I pretend to be asleep for 8 hours or so as to not disturb them. However, my mind is always "racing" so to say. My girlfriend will come over and sleep next to me, little does she know, I'm wide awake all night... I always try to get to the "root" of my anxiety... a full night's sleep has been so elusive to me for years. I get anxiety as I fall asleep. It's almost like I am afraid to fall asleep....

-Russ

kitkat32
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   Posted 2/14/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried any meditation when you goto bed. I do that now. I just googled audio meditation and I found one that talks you through relaxing your body. It seems to help me.

I still wake up with the morning stuff. It is not as bad as it has been in the past. I also have to take a half klonopin at bed and in the morning.

I hate this. I would love to feel normal again. I was good for a few years and all of a sudden it came back.

I hope everyone had a restful night.

Peace to all, kitkat

cancermoon2975
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   Posted 2/16/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been waking up this way for about the last few weeks, 2 or 3 maybe?? It can be scary at times. I just wanted to say that I know what you are going through and you are not alone!! Bless you
 
Tina

Paulos
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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:48 AM (GMT -7)   
"Does anyone else have this problem? I have trouble with general anxiety all the time, but never so bad as when I wake up. I literally wake up with my stomach all upset and my heart racing. I am usually pretty relaxed when I go to bed and sleep well through the night.
Could this be a hormone problem?
Any thoughts appreciated."

Well... I just woke up from a sleep and felt nervous/afraid about my life... that's nothing new though.
"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

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Xanax-3mg a day-For Anxiety


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   Posted 2/16/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Stacey,


When my anxiety was at it worse I used to wake up and lay in bed crying as I did not know how I was going to get through the day and I was completely lost. I found getting up and getting dressed helped. Although I might still have felt tearful all morning I did feel better as the day progressed.



It took many months of therapy and going on medication to get past the morning anxiety. Also the support of my husband and friends helped. :)



Gentle Hugs to you,



Kitt

StaceyA
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   Posted 2/16/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Things do seem better once I am up & dressed. Within a couple of hours the really bad panic is gone. I do have some ADD & it used to be a real problem going to sleep, but didn't cause me to wake up this way. I wish I had some answers to offer up for you all. I thought that I had a really strange problem & now I know that it is not at all uncommon. I will give the meditation a try. I have heard that yoga can be very helpful for anxiety.
Sending hugs to you all and best wishes for good sleep!
Stacey

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   Posted 2/17/2010 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Russ,

you are the first person I have seen on here so far mention having issues falling asleep or feeling anxiety about falling asleep. I am new to this board so I am sure there are more but my question is what exactly happens when you try to fall asleep?

I happen to be up now at midnite when I need to be up in five short hours for work. I started off trying to fall asleep alright but it lasted about twenty minutes before my heartbeat got a little faster and before you know it, it's two hours later and midnite and I'm still up :-(
I don't get it. It's like I want to sleep so bad every nite but seem to think about it and get worked up apparently and can't sleep even though I'm tired. I think I get anxiety about falling asleep. Most nites I don't even feel like I was thinking about anything inparticular and the I get the faster heartbeat. I don't get it.

Anyone else have the same thing? I'd like to hear it.

Thx
G

Sunshine29
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   Posted 2/17/2010 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have no trouble falling asleep....its staying asleep! Last night I went to bed at 11, woke up at 1, took .25 of xanax and slept until 630. The problem is that I hate taking something every night to sleep. Im afraid of addiction. Ive also been waking up with nausea, my stomach is not right in the morning. Im off of work this week and i feel worse not being on a schedule.
Sunshine

Treester
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   Posted 2/17/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry so many people deal with this - it sucks.

I'm actually coming back in to apologize for a huge faux pas when I replied. I completely missed that you were asking about the morning wake-up. For some reason I assumed you were talking about waking at night, that's why my reply was so self-centered. I'm so sorry! Usually, I'm a lot better about reading for content ... maybe I'm just too tired (haha).

StaceyA
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   Posted 2/17/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I am now so grateful that I'm sleeping (with the help of med). I can't stand the panic that I wake up with every day, but it is clear that this is better than the complete sleeplessness that I too have dealt with in the past.
Wishing you all many good nights sleep!
Stacey

Na na na Pepper
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   Posted 2/17/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I get that sometimes too :(


Or.......sometimes I JOLT out of my sleep right after falling asleep. The other day I did it, and yelled out "PEPPER"[my bird lol] and I woke up like freaking out. Is this normal?
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