Anyone else have these isolated symptoms(or am I a freak?)

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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/24/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, thankfully I have enjoyed a nice remission from the full blown panic attacks that I used to suffer.  However, I am still often having isolated symptoms.  From what I've read, A/P symptoms are usually experienced or catagorized in groups.  So is it wierd to have just one, maybe two at a time?  For example, on any given day I could get:
Dizzy
General malaise-like I'm coming down w/ the flu
exhaustion
nausea
derealization/personalization
agitation/jitteriness/nervous feelings
weakness
Hot/cold flashes
But not together...
I guess if I was still having the whole heart-racing, feel like I'm gonna pass out/die thing going on, I could clearly know that it was an attack,  but with just a singular symptom it's confusing (Don't get me wrong-I'm not complaining about not getting acute attacks!)  I wonder if now I'm experiencing more of a GAD than an A/P syndrome.  Anybody else go through the same thing?
                                                         Thanks,
                                                          Scaredy
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/24/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
To the best of my knowledge you can have just  few off the list of anxiety sx or a whole buffet of sx.  I have never had a lot of sx with GAD.  
 
You may also  have more than one type of anxiety together. For instance you could be obsessive/compulsive and have social anxiety together. 
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Fugs
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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
That's not an easy question to give a definitive answer to. I think it's not unusual to have multiple symptoms in a single day or at once. Although I don't have all of the same symptoms that you described, I have my own list of physical symptoms and I can have just one in a day or a couple in a day. For me it depends on how the day is. More stress, more anxiety, more symptoms...

Could it be changing to generalized anxiety (since it's not an acute attack)? Maybe.... One way or another what you're realizing is that your symptoms are changing and your question is why. Has anything changed recently? Less stress? Change in medication? Progress in therapy? If you're having fewer symptoms - great! Maybe you're just getting better. Try not to worry too much about having too few symptoms -- you just might make yourself anxious enough that you get more.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my gosh, that's funny Fugs! More anxiety about having not enough anxiety-I do loves me some irony:)!!!!!! I'm not on medication. so no changes there. I have done CBT therapy in the past, but am not actively in it now. The weird thing is, many times I am symptomatic when I don't even feel stressed, which in turn brings on the anxiety (and so the cycle starts) In general though, I am doing much better, so I'll not let it bother me. Thanks for your replies, and here's to 100 percent symptom free days:)
Scaredy
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nellebutter
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   Posted 8/24/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly how you feel...I can be having what I think is a stress free day and all of the sudden Im having one of those anxiety symptoms and i start wondering why Im feeling this way. I also have health anxiety so that doesnt help. My therapist said that maybe my body is so used being stressed that I may not even realize that Im stressed...I dont know if thats the case but i have felt all of the symptoms on your list at some point some of which I get on a daily basis.
This too shall pass...

dogstar
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   Posted 8/31/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I can really relate to this. I also have frequent symptoms such as the ones you describe here: nausea, exhaustion, general malaise etc and I believe these are related to my anxiety. These are certainly different from (and less acute than) a full blown panic attack, but they are nevertheless unpleasant and I would prefer not to have them.

I have spoken to my pdoc about this and he thinks it is related to Generalized Anxiety Disorder. He says it is very common for GAD to manifest as physical symptoms such as nausea etc etc.

The trouble is, when I start feeling ill like this, it tends to cause me to become anxious (because I worry that there is something wrong with me)....

I also agree with what Nellebutter says that our bodies become so sensitized to stress and anxiety that they react even without us being aware of it.
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