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honeypie
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/6/2006 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi to you all, im here as a result of having anxiety,panic attacks...I am in the middle of being diagnosed as having fibromyalgia which heightens my anxiety,panic attacks...I have been suffering with these attacks for eight or more years,have learnt to control them,but since of late they have been hitting more often and unexpectedly...I have realized that fear is starting to rule me again,as i can not go anywhere by myself,and have found myself not being able to cope as well as i used to be able to....I cant handle a lot of stress, somedays i spend in bed not even wanting to know about the outside world....I have been to anxiety classes,read alot of books,and am seeking counselling but to no avail is this helping me at the moment...I found this forum and thought that it would be a good place to vent out some of my feelings... I am taking medications,doxepin,valium,and stemetil for the dizziness that i suffer along with the attacks...
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Twiggygal
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   Posted 10/6/2006 1:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there.  I've had A/P for eight years as well.  I'm in your same boat too, as I learned to control my panic and thought I got over it until a few months ago when it started getting bad again. (due to a traumatic experience)
 
I was having panic attacks every day (sometimes twice a day) and I was miserable, but wasn't on meds, so I got on lexepro and ativan.
 
Fear was starting to rule me again, I couldn't even go to the doc without someone.  I did make it to the doctor by myself however, a week ago which was good.
 
But with A/P I can't handle a lot of stress either, and it sets me off as well.  I would suggest just relaxing and trying to clear your mind, maybe draw/paint and listen to music at the same time?
 
Tell yourself "you can get through this" and "things will get better".  Maybe you need to switch meds?  How long have you been on them?  I would definately consult your doc about that.  Maybe you just need a different med.
 
I'm seriously taking baby steps with everything.  My sister has A/P and has had it for 12 years, and she was asking how we should get better, wanting to make a whole list of things to accomplish.  I just don't work that way though, it's one thing at a time.  "Let's try to go to a mall" and THEN go from there to see what I can handle, yanno?  Thinking about doing too many things at once sets me into panic mode, so I just look at the one goal, and focus on that, and try to see if I can accomplish it.
 
And yes, I've spent days in bed or on the couch not even caring what was going on in the world, not even moving, just drained, and anxious at the same time.
 
I'm sure others will be able to help you more.  I thought I'd just try to help.  :)
 
Sincerely,
Twiggygal
 
 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/6/2006 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Great input twiggy
Welcome to the HW a/p forum .....I am so sorry you are dealing with all this and the possibilty of Fibro
you may need to have some meds added or reduced but that is just my opinion
I know you will find the best support system and peeps on this board to help you thru all of this
The key (as twiggy ) pointed out is " Baby steps" it takes a wee bit longer but you make progress
I know other will be along to give their input and I am hoping you continue to come back to us and post often
Take care and God Bless
Lyn
BTW there is a Fibro forum as well and they are great there as well : you can take a look at as well as the resources at the side in Yellow
God Bless ......lyn


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normalsnofun
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   Posted 10/6/2006 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok Lyn stole all my responses lol so I will just say Welcome and hope you enjoy our home here at HW
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janet s.
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   Posted 10/6/2006 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I also suffer from anxiety & panic, along with fibro and other physical problems. As soon as I even think there is too much on my plate, I immediately go into anxiety. My body trembles, my hands go number and I simply can't function properly. I become totally disorganized grasping for certain papers and I have piles of papers all over the house, in fact I was even using three different calenders to list my October appontments, etc. I lost my job back in JUne, I've been participating in a free cognitive/behavioral therapy, and it does help a lot. But, the anxiety is still there. I recently was in my car when it broke down in the middle lane of a busy road, and a few days later I had a very minor fender bender with my car, and I wasn't even in it. When I found out about the fender bender, I overreacted so badly and couldn't stop crying. I just couldn't stop the tears.

Everyday I wake up in a very positive mood - I force myself to do this - and my optimism is helping me. However, I'm just about finished with my short-term state disability and am in the middle of applying for SS Disability. The mere thought about going back to work simply terrifies me. I know that I can't be a reliable worker any more since I always have some kind of pain or condiition that causes me to take too many days off. That's the main reason I lost my job.

Keep the faith, all of you. Things will get better for all of us, I don't know when, but it will. We just have to be there for each other. No one without fibro and without anxiety can understand what we go through!

Hope everyone has a good day today & gentle hugs to allof you!!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/6/2006 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Janet ...I do understand believe me
No I dont have fibro but I do have Crohns and Pyoderma Gangrenosum and another very serious illness I keep to self (or my very closest friends as they dont pity me they support me )
It is a very rough road to travel with other disease and illnesses along with the A/P and I am so sorry that we are all dealing with it
The peeps on this forum and other forums here support,care and empathize as you know
HW has been my life saver in all honesty as have the peeps I have met and become very close to
Yes Faith will get us thru, baby steps as well
Support is crucial and thats why this forum is so great we all support and understand one another totally
Take care and God Bless
Lyn
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honeypie
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   Posted 10/8/2006 12:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for your replies...I appreciate very much...You know there was something that i read yesterday which said "If you trust google more than your doctor then you need to seriously think about changing doctors...Im changing doctors... lol...I definately feel better when i come into here and talk to you guys then i do when i go to my doctors...I see my counsellor tomorrow am going to talk with her about getting my meds changed or something... I have been on doxepin ever since the anxiety,panic attacks,and valium about four years...I was put on xanax at the start then my doc changed me to valium, i think i may need to go back to xanax for awhile? I just feel like i cant cope and my life is changing for the worse... I am trying to keep my spirits up, but it is so hard to do sometimes especially when you feel like you are losing control of your life...My sons are asking me what is wrong with me,they know about my anxiety,panic attacks but they dont know about the fibro...My oldest son who is 19 would understand i think but my youngest son who is 11 would find it hard i think... They see that i am not happy,and that i am unwell but i just cant for some reason tell them yet about the fibro...Janet i can fully understand what you are going through,yes we need to all stick together and be there for each other most definately... I am here for you all, well as much as i can be anyway... Take care to you all, my prayers are with you... :-)


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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/8/2006 1:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Never heard that one before Honeypie.......but I sure like it lol
I do TRUST and respect my doc and he is great with myself and hubby/ daughter........
Would not change him for any other .......
Thanks for the chuckle sweetie needed that one this am lol
Take care and good luck on finding a new doc
Lyn
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honeypie
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   Posted 10/8/2006 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lyn glad i could make you laugh, am trying to keep my sanity through all of this,i guess humour has always been my best medicine... Trust i have always had a problem with,so i am finding it hard to even stay positive about changing doctors...Im glad that you have a good doctor,makes life a little easier i think...Will keep you informed as to how i go with finding a new doctor...Im sure there has to be one good quack in town...Take care and thanks for your reply...
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