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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
its been a long time since i have posted at a loss as to what do do...i was dx with gad over four years ago but i dont want to take meds because im scared of the side effects...also its very hard for me to accept all these physical syptoms are anxiety..I do not have a life at all i stay at home all the time and only get out of bed when i have to use the bathroom pretty much...I just dont know what to do anymore,should I try the meds? I fight everyday with going to ER cause I feel so bad..If this is only anxiety why do I feel so weak go numb all over my body and my head feels very strange? Im very frustrated and advice would be greatly appreciated!!! thanks!
This too shall pass!! Take care,Dottie :)                                                                  

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   Posted 8/10/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you don't have a choice whether or not to take meds unless you want to spend the rest of your life in bed and what kind of life is that?

Try the meds- you can always stop if they don't work.

All the best to you- you must be suffering terribly.

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   Posted 8/10/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
It's sounds like you're in a very painful place. This is kind of hypocritical advice since I need to take it myself, but the more you sit around ruminating and worrying about what could be, what you're afraid of, if it is/is not anxiety, etc. the worse anxiety becomes.

When my anxiety started I knew I had to see my doctor, but I was afraid of having invasive heart tests being done and afraid of a scary diagnosis. I kept putting it off and things got worse. Eventually I decided I needed to know right now what's going on in my body. I couldn't wait until tomorrow. I went to the ER that day and they did an EKG and bloodwork. While they didn't tell me that it was anxiety, they were able to confirm that nothing was medically wrong with me. That then freed me to explore other options. At least I knew it was anxiety (as I suspected) and I knew what I was dealing with. Maybe for you too, ruling out something medical (as frightening as that might be) is a necessary first step.

Isn't there a saying that goes something like "you have to go through the fire" to get something [better, well, to the other side].....?

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   Posted 8/12/2010 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I also have been away for a while and your story struck a chord with me. It is very hard to deal with anxiety as a mom! So much responsibility-no breaks ect...but the same things that make it so challenging are the very reason to get help for yourself! If you are fearful of being on meds (me too) could you try some therapy? CBT was helpful for me. If you are unable to go to appointments, I believe that there are some good on-line resources. I wish you well:)
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