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Stories End
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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/10/2006 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
So yeah, I am new to all this, but here it goes.
about a week ago I started feeling like I couldn't breathe. 
As long as I can remember I have always been a
hypochondriac(?).  Then I met this girl it pretty much went away, well kind of, I worry about her instead of me.  She had to get her gall bladder removed last thursday, needless to say I was really stressed out about it.  I always seem to imagine the worst case scenerio.  Thats when it seemed to have started, or shortly after.  Most of my family and co-workers believe that I'm haveing panic attacks.  I've had them before, but never this severe.  I've been to the doctor, they x-rayed my lungs and said that all is normal, but for some reason I start obsessing about the things I didn't tell the doctor, the things he didn't check.  But it comes and goes, the breathing thing that is.  I play in a band, last friday we had a gig, i sat in the parking lot of this club, feeling like I couldn't breathe, my face was tingling, and my heart was pounding.  I've been playing music for a while so I am never this nervous, the second we played, it all went away, I wasn't even thinking about it, and it was one of the best shows I have ever played.  I guess what I am wondering is why I would be having panic attacks or anxiety at all.  My girlfriend is totally fine, and I am really happy with most of the things going on in my life, and the doctor says I am healthy.  But I can't convince my self of that,  I'm not sure if I am freaking out or if there is something physically wrong with me, but in my head I keep thinking that I am dying of something.

helpingme
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 10
   Posted 10/10/2006 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
if your doctor says your fine try to relax. even if you forgot to mention some things to him they are trained to know what else to look for. when i am in panic mode i also have the tingling face. especially around the lips and the side of my face. sometimes my scalpe will even feel weird. i also have trouble breathing. it feels like i cant get enough air in my lungs and other times it feels like something is stuck in my thraot. hope you feel better soon.

2tall
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 10/10/2006 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hi,
    I want you to know that I care.  I am sorry that I cannot give you an answer.  Just know that you are not ignored here.  My prayers go out to you.  I wish you the best!
Becky Lynne~
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seechell
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 10/10/2006 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
(((((HUGS))))) Stories End-
Try and keep a diary of sorts of what triggers these attacks, what were you doing, where were you at, what were you thinking about, what did you see, really put some thought into it. I've tried doing this and I now know several of my own triggers. Hope this helps.
Take Care,
               Chelle
    "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
  DX: ankylosing spondylitis, periferal neuropathy, chronic migraines/headaches, depression/panic attacks, hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, orthostatic hypotension, sleep apnea
  RX: synthroid, estradiol, cymbalta, xanax, proamatine, inderal la, neurontin, torfanil pm, celebrex, sonata, aspirin, relpax, phenergan, esgic plus
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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 10/10/2006 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi storys end...is that the name of your band? I sing in a band too - so cool! Anyway you sound just like me a few months ago. I also felt totally confused by the whole anxiety thing. I didn't understand why I would have it , and why it made me feel so physically sick! Anyway I went to the doctor and of course thought that there must be something horribly wrong w/ me, but was diagnosed with a/p. I too start to project my health anxiety onto my loved ones. If there is nothing wrong with me...then there must be something wrong with my kids, husband, mother ect... Long story short, I just had to choose to believe the Dr. when she said that I was healthy. I am doing a combination of herbs and cognitive behavorial therapy and am having great results! C.B.T. basically helps you to get out of your fear response produced by the primative part of the brain, and into rational/cognitve thinking that is controlled by the more developed part of the brain. This breaks the panic cycle and stops the catastrophic thinking...what a relief! Hope that this is helpful. Welcome and keep posting you will find great comfort and support here!

Take Care
Scaredy Cat
"Courage is not the absence of fear...it is being afraid, and doing it anyway!"


I_willconquer
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 77
   Posted 10/10/2006 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Scaredy Cat said...
Hi storys end...is that the name of your band? I sing in a band too - so cool! Anyway you sound just like me a few months ago. I also felt totally confused by the whole anxiety thing. I didn't understand why I would have it , and why it made me feel so physically sick! Anyway I went to the doctor and of course thought that there must be something horribly wrong w/ me, but was diagnosed with a/p. I too start to project my health anxiety onto my loved ones. If there is nothing wrong with me...then there must be something wrong with my kids, husband, mother ect... Long story short, I just had to choose to believe the Dr. when she said that I was healthy. I am doing a combination of herbs and cognitive behavorial therapy and am having great results! C.B.T. basically helps you to get out of your fear response produced by the primative part of the brain, and into rational/cognitve thinking that is controlled by the more developed part of the brain. This breaks the panic cycle and stops the catastrophic thinking...what a relief! Hope that this is helpful. Welcome and keep posting you will find great comfort and support here!

Take Care
Scaredy Cat


PLEASE tell me what herbs and what book you are talking about, please. I want to look into them. THANKS!

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/11/2006 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there and a big warm Healing Well Welcome to you
Stick around you will see that there is fantastic peeps here and great support to help you out
We are so much like a family here and look out for each other so just join in and let us get to know you and you us
Be well and say hello to your G/F so happy she is okay
Lyn tongue


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Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 10/11/2006 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I will conquer! I take St. John's Wort - no side affects for me. I take 600mg some people take more. There is a c.b.t. workbook that you cand order on amazon. Mastery of your anxiety and panic 3rd edition author David H. Barlow 0-19-518697-4 Good luck with this and I am so glad to see you still posting!

Good Luck
Scaredy Cat
"Courage is not the absence of fear...it is being afraid, and doing it anyway!"


Daisy232627
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 189
   Posted 10/11/2006 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to say welcome and that you sound like me when mine started, I just could not understand why and thought there has to be something the doc's are missing. Well I was wrong, it was a/p and like others I see a therapist and am working on CBT. My life was great at the time too, so try not to worry a/p is so tricky. I have a free CBT online course, if ya wanna e-mail me I will forward it to you (my e-mail is in my profile). It sounds like it would really help you. Hope ya feel better soon.

Hugs
Daisy
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/11/2006 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
We do have to remind selves occassionally that was does work for one may not work for another
I do wish you all the best in this FIGHT with the illness we have and most likely share
This is a great supportive forum
as you will come to see.........Post often and vent away
Lyn


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greyhound
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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 10/11/2006 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome! You will be in my prayers.

I can totally relate. Sometimes when I consciously think of my breathing, it's hard to breathe. My best friend says the same thing. When I stop thinking about it, it's just fine.

God bless.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/12/2006 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sure these books can also be ordered thru HW Wellness.com in the recources at the side in yellow .......this helps to support this site as well
thanks and again glad to have you with us .....
Lyn
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tangerine bear
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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 10/12/2006 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Stories,

Sorry you have been having a difficult time. Sorry about my genes, if that's what is causing this (In case nobody figured this out.. Stories is my son). I love you and hope you start feeling better soon.

Love,

Mom aka Bear
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idie
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 47
   Posted 10/13/2006 1:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi StoriesEnd - I cannot say I know exactly what you are going through, but I can say that I certainly have been as confused as you are now many times. The best advice that I can give you is that I have experienced some of my worst bouts of anxiety/panic attacks during times of change in my life that were actually GOOD things. As crazy as it may sound, panic disorder soes not neccesarily mean you have to be stressed about something that is negative. There is also stress that stems from positive things. The key point I am trying to make is CHANGE. Be it good or bad can aggravate panic disorder. I struggle w/ this myself. I hope you are able to find a good doctor that can help you. Try to pinpoint your periods of worse stress and keep on fighting the anxiety. It will get better the more knowledgeable you become about your own feelings. I will be keeping you in my prayers... keep us posted! paninID

Howlyncat
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   Posted 10/13/2006 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   
How are ya doing Stories thinking about you ...
Hoping things get better and you feel the welcome here at HW
Lyn (moms friend )
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