can anxiety symptoms be constent? please help...

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sweetbabyray
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   Posted 4/24/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
The past 3 mth I have been dizzy, lightheaded, my heart will start poundiing for no reason, I feel dreamy...  It use to come and go, now it seem like I feel like this constently. I have high blood pressure and have went to my dr several times because it will climb up too high. ( i do take daily meds for bp)  My dr. told me I could have anxiety but wants to do more testing to rule out everything before he calls it anxiety/panic attacks.  I had a 48hr heart monitor and a ult of my heart...everything came back great.  A few days ago I was sitting at work and all of a sudden my heart went out of controll, felt really dizzy, lightheaded..ect.  I work in a hospital and went to be seen in ER.  The ER doc told me that it was an anxiety attack.  Can you feel these symptoms constently with anxiety? It just seems to have an anziety attack yo uwould have to be in a stressful situation... I wasnt.  I do have crohns disease but havent had a flaire in years.  Please help... I am so sick of feeling this way.  This is totally taking control of my life. Please help.

janetlee
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   Posted 4/25/2010 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Sweet!
It does sound like you're having anxiety attacks. And you can have them w/o any apparent cause. Many people will tell you that their panic attacks come "out of the blue". If you are feeling anxious constantly, you could have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder). This is what I am on meds for. unfortunately, you can have GAD and panic attacks simultaneously. They can be real "partners". UGH!
It is good that your doctor is checking your physical health out thoroughly, to rule out any organic causes. Has he checked your thyroid? Hormonal changes can trigger anxiety as well. Are you getting sufficient magnesium in your diet? How about B vitamins? These are important supplements to help curb some anxiety problems.
Thankfully, there are treatments for anxiety and anxiety attacks. I am on an antidepressant (Paxil) and Buspar which help me a great deal. There are other meds as well that are used, but in my opinion, it is better to have a psychiatrist prescribe these sort of drugs, rather than a regular doctor.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is helpful for many. others here could tell you more about it.
The books by Dr. Claire Weekes are good, one being "Hope and Help For Your Nerves".

For me, the amino acid Taurine has been very very helpful. I doubt that many people know about it as an anxiety treatment, but it's been real helpful to me and friends of mine that have tried it.
You have options and it is good that you're looking into this now, while these symptoms are relatively new to you. Many folks suffer for years before reaching out to find out what's wrong. The sooner you work on this problem, the sooner you can get relief!
Stay in touch and I wish you well!
jl

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   Posted 4/25/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Sweet,
 
Maybe this will be useful to know. Anxiety is classified in two ways: Acute anxiety, lasting for a relatively short period of time. It is characterized by an array of physical symptoms including rapid heartbeat, elevated blood pressure,  chest pain, shortness of breath, feelings of suffocation, sweating or chills, dizziness, trembling, and nausea. And there is a chronic anxiety is marked by symptoms that linger on. It lasts sometimes for weeks or longer, including excessive, constant worrying, tension, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating and inability to make decisions. Anyway ask for professional help, maybe it is something else.
 

A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that develops for no apparent reason and that triggers severe physical reactions. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you're losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.

You may have only one or two panic attacks in your lifetime. But if you have had several panic attacks and have spent long periods in constant fear of another attack, you may have a chronic condition called panic disorder.

I have only had 2 panic attacks where the fear was so severe it crippled me.  I have had A & P for 28 years and what helps me most along with my meds is my Psychiatrist and my Therapist.

I wish you peace,

Kitt


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janetlee
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   Posted 4/25/2010 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,
You are such a good answerer! I hope Sweet will listen to your advice!
I did not know you'd only had 2 PAs in your life! I've had more than that, but never had them constantly or anything like that. But I still fear them, even though I try not to if they happen. I talk myself through it...then I have a good cry for release of the tension and then I try to go on!
I hope you are feeling some better! Love ya!
jl
 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/25/2010 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I too hope you connect with therapist
i have had a handful of severe panic attacks..the real deal n yes it is very crippling to your body n mind imho
stay with us anf=d get the caring n support you need as well as understanding
lyn

stkitt
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   Posted 4/25/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey All,


I have had only the 2 panic attacks but anxiety is part of my everyday life. I do use Valium when necessary for the anxiety as well as Buspar twice a day.



I am a work in progress always. Thank your for your kind words JL.



Kitt

janetlee
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   Posted 4/25/2010 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,
I know how awful it is to be anxious all the time...the fact that you continue on, despite it, is a testament to your strength and courage. You set a wonderful example for everyone here!
HUGS!!
jl

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/26/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Very well said kitt

sweetbabyray
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   Posted 4/27/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for everything! Kitt - This might sound really stupid... when you say, anxitey is part of your everyday life... what symptoms do you experience? I am desperate for help... part of me thinks that I have something seriously wrong with me. I havent been able to work the past 2 days. Last week I went to ER with an panic attack. This week I just seem so dizzy, lighheaded, really "dreamy". I feel like I am worthless at work because I cant consentrate on anything.... i just feel horrible. I am going to my pcp tomorrow but am worried nothing will be done. He wants me to see a cardioloist to make sure nothing is wrong... i just cant get into the cardio doc for 2wks and I dont think I can stand to feel this way for that long. I need advise. Is this possible to feel this way from the time you wake up until you go to sleep and have it be anxitey?

janetlee
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   Posted 4/27/2010 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Sweet,
IMHO, it sounds like you have GAD. For more info, please follow this link: http://psychcentral.com/disorders/sx24.htm
See if it sounds like what you're going through.
I have had that "dreamy" feeling. This is called "depersonalization".
Read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depersonalization

Everything you're describing goes hand-in-hand. Anxiety, panic attacks, depersonalization, worry, stress, sleeplessness, dizziness, pounding heart/chest pains, lightheadedness, sweating, hot flashes, stomach pains/nausea, diarreah, and more. Not everyone has all these symptoms. Each person is different, so it varies to each one as to what all combination of symptoms is had.
Keep researching "anxiety", "generalized anxiety disorder", "panic attacks", and such and you'll become familiar with how these things affect individuals. I went through a very long period of GAD in the 90's...it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. Then I had a relapse in 2006 and had to deal with it for a number of months...being educated about it helped me to keep things in a bit more perspective and helped me to talk to myself in such a way that I coped better than I did in the 90's.
PLease keep us up to date and I hope your appt. goes well.
jl

Howlyncat
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   Posted 4/28/2010 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Please keep us posted on how you are doing n what doc said
huggs
lyn

techbud86
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   Posted 4/28/2010 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

First time poster but man am I glad I found this forum. I am 24 and have been dealing with anxiety since the age of 15 so here is my story.

I was on paxil for my anxiety since the age of 16 but two years ago my doctor went into private practice so I didn't have anyone to follow up with me for my condition so 6 months ago I decided to go off my meds WITHOUT consulting a doctor. I felt GREAT for all 6 months thinking that everything was under control until one day....BAM... it came back with a vengeance. I'm not sure what caused the anxiety to come back but I have never been so scared in my life.

I have been back on paxil for just over 1 week now and I am starting to feel better but I am still having symptoms ALL DAY LONG. What we need to realize is that anxiety is often caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain which makes it very difficult to overcome alone but we CAN overcome it with the proper tools such as medication,therapy and even hypnoses. Don't ever give up no matter how bad it gets or how scared you get.

To help you with your question sweetbabyray, it is normal to have symptoms from the time you wake up to the time you goto bed and this is what I have learned is chronic anxiety. I cannot tell you how many times I've sat around wondering if I should goto the ER just incase but it wont help.

Whats been working for me is getting my butt out of bed or off the couch and going outside to do something. It's VERY difficult to sometimes seeing as how my symptoms are all out of wack but it helps takes my mind off of my anxiety

Hope this helps tongue

sweetbabyray
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   Posted 4/28/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Just got back from my doctor and feel better:) My blood pressure was okay - 123/80... it was 131/95... I feel alot better about that! I am going to start taking Cymbalta. He said that its is a antidepressant but will also help with anxiety. Im not looking forward about taking another pill... but so excited to hopfully start feeling better. Has anyone of you ever been on this pill and if so what are your thoughts? Thank you all again for your support, it really helps!
May God Bless you all!

janetlee
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   Posted 4/28/2010 11:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Sweet,
I've never been on Cymbalta, but was on Zoloft for 12 years. When it "pooped out" as antidepressants can do over time, I was placed on Paxil and it has been working well for me too. Hopefully, Cymbalta will help you as my meds helped me. You will need to give it time to get into your system well. Sometimes it takes several weeks to start feeling better. Sometimes the dose has to be adjusted with ADs (antidepressants). I am on the maximum dose of Paxil as I was also with Zoloft.
If Cymbalta doesn't help, you might have to try another AD. It can be trial-and-error sort of thing sometimes, trying to find the right med for each individual. In my case, and many others, Buspar has been prescribed along with an AD to help with the anxiety more.
I wish you were seeing a psychiatrist as they are trained to know all the ins and outs of these meds, unlike a general practitioner. If you keep having problems, that might be something you will need to do. I hope that you do just fine though! I just wanted to let you know what might or might not happen. It can be a very confusing stressful trek, dealing with an illness like anxiety!
Keep posting and let us know how you're doing. We want to help if at all possible! :)
jl
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