Anxiety Now Numbness And Tingling Left Side Of Body

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flashinglights
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   Posted 8/27/2011 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
[img]/community/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Hello everyone,



I have had a rough couple of weeks. <span class=largetext>I am panic attack due to negative energy around me. I had previously had a panic attack in April after smoking ********. After the recent panic attack, it has all gone downhill. I am constantly checking my pulse, it rises to 130 when i stand up, I am so concious of it and it is ruining my life. I went to the ER a few weeks ago because I had bad chest burning and convinced myself I had either heart failure, heart disease, or something wrong. I had an ECG, Chest x-ray and also blood tests. All came back normal. It is completely ruining me. I am constantly researching chest pain and symptoms. I was diagnosed with panic disorder and prescribed prozac. It has been a week and 6 days so they have not kicked in. I am having upper left chest pains and sternum pain, and I am scared to death. It has become so bad I am scared to stand up. I fear that something is wrong and I know there is nothing wrong and I am hurting myself, I am very stressed out, I just graduated, friends are leaving, I have to move for school, family problems, there is so much I think it has just taken its toll on me. I am now constantly worrying, having back pain, chest pain, and when I lie down it eats me up and the pain gets worse. It feels as if something is sitting on my chest. I am also constantly gagging it almost iis my relief. I am fine when my mind is taken off of it. I need help and I dont know what to do. It is on my mind 24/7. Now after a night that went bad getting yelled at, all night, when I started thinking about it, my whole left side of my body goes numb and tingling, and the more I think about it the worse it gets. If my mind is off of it or I am doing something it isnt there, but then I sit and think about it and it comes back, I just need some reassurance I guess. [img]/community/emoticons/rolleyes.gif[/img] It is the exact numb feeling that I get when I have the panic attacks. I know I beat myself up researching stupid stuff and its like I get all the symptoms, now I think its a stroke, it is the most scariest thing that I have ever had to deal with. My best friend just left town this morning for University, so I have had alot of punches in the last few weeks.

Post Edited By Moderator (Scaredy Cat) : 8/27/2011 10:28:38 AM (GMT-6)


Crimson Red Scarlet
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   Posted 8/27/2011 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Flashinglights,

I am sorry you are going through a rough patch but can empathize with your situation. Due to my anxiety disorder, my resting heart rate is abnormally high. My doctor is not worried about this and neither am I since a healthy heart can beat 200 beats per minute for an extended period without harm. As was evidenced in the results of all the tests you went through, take consolation that there is nothing physically wrong with you.

Chest pains are a very common symptom of anxiety but are not hazardous to your health. You need not fear standing up either as the increase in heart rate is again, a symptom of anxiety and will not cause you any harm. The rumination of a stressful evening caused your body to go numb probably because your breathing had become very shallow and were not getting adequate oxygen into your body (don't worry, this is normal and is not dangerous).

The fact that you do not feel these symptoms when your mind is occupied elsewhere is convincing proof that these uncomfortable sensations stem from your mind and do not come from any physical ailment. Panic attacks are terrifying and highly uncomfortable, but they are not dangerous and they can be overcome.

You are going through a lot of stress right now and I would urge you to seek counselling if at all possible. I would also suggest you stop looking up physical symptoms on the Internet;)

There are things you can do to ease the symptoms and reduce your stress level. A lot of anxiety symptoms can be relieved with deep breathing exercises and you can find many resources on how to do this on the Web. It is good to practice daily so that when panic or anxiety symptoms arise, you'll already know on how to quickly make the discomfort subside. Exercise can help release stress and re-habituate yourself to a quick heart rate. It will also help your resting heart rate decrease over time. Yoga and meditation are also good ways to help both mind and body to relax. Finally, journalling your thoughts can be tremendously helpful. Eventually, you may find patterns in your thinking and find ways to counteract negative thoughts with more positive statements.

I hope this helps a little bit. Please know you are not alone and that many of us understand exactly what you are going through. By the way, congratulations on recently graduating!

Best of luck,

DarkWolf

flashinglights
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   Posted 8/27/2011 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your response, it is crazy how many people anxiety affects. It is emotionally stressfull and it is hard to overcome, but I know I can do it, someday, sooner or later. I will try finding a counsellor, and take all of the advice you gave me, thank you for understanding and making me feel better. I know I am doing it to myself looking on the internet, and I promise you I won't do it again! :) The chest pains come on randomly throughout the day, but I believe I have anxiety attacks and stress the muscles, I am very tense. Thank you so much again :)

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/27/2011 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi FL and welcome! I am sorry but I had to edit your post as to rule #1, but no worries, we are just glad that you joined us:)

I can't really respond at the moment, but will post to you later...hopefully you will hear from some others soon as well

Talk to you soon,
Scaredy Cat
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"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

flashinglights
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   Posted 8/27/2011 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I understand, I should have read the rules a bit closer LOL! I am glad to be here :D Talk to you soon to and thank you.

flashinglights
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   Posted 8/27/2011 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I am actually sitting here having another panic attack, my goodness. My heart is racing, I can feel it without touching it in my chest. I have the tingling all on the left side of my body again. My stomach hurts, I am having a few sharp pains in the chest, it is so surreal. My head feels kind of dizzy and I just feel super weird.. it sucks because I am at work. Blahhhhh. I have twinges in my leg to. The numbness in the head is causing me to have a headache, life stanks

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 8/27/2011 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again FL:) I am sorry, I had a busy morning, and no time to post!

First off let me tell you that you are not alone in your anxiety experience. There have been so many people your age and in your stage of life that have posted here recently. I think that this is a crucial and stress inducing time, as adulthood is right around the corner, and so many decisions to be made. Your future is both wide open and exciting, and yet a mystery and full of change...who wouldn't feel anxious.

With that said, no one should have to endure panic attacks and anxiety that is disrupting their life. DW gave you some great advice, and I am glad that you are planning on folllowing up on that.

For now, until you can find and set up a therapist appointment, we have some great resources for you. On the main page, 3rd post down is the Anxiety Resource Guide. It is full of links to sites that teach breathing and relaxation exericses. As DW said, if practiced daily, these will bring your overall stress levels way down. Also there are two links to on-line therapy. This is not as ideal as one-on-one, but could give you a head start until you can see someone!

I also noticed that you give great advice to others here! I want you to try this exercise...I want you to write a post to yourself (not here, just for your use) as if you were giving advice to another anxiety sufferer. How would you give advice to someone who was going through exactly what you are? What would you recommend, how would you comfort them, encourage them? Sometimes we are good at helping everyone but ourselves! Writing this out will help you to see the big picture...that is one of the fundamental ideas behind CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) taking negative/fearful thinking patterns, and reversing them...you will be doing this for yourself through this exercise:)

I hope that this helps, and that you will continue to post with us!

Take care,
Scaredy Cat
Moderator:Anxiety/Panic

"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"

"It is when we are most lost that we sometimes find our truest friends"

Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT

Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 8/27/2011 3:18:31 PM (GMT-6)

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