PLEASE HELP, PLEASE - ANXIETY OUT OF CONTROL

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nolaman
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/26/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I AM 36 YR OLD MALE, FORMER ZOLOFT USER OF 7 YEARS - 2 YEARS CLEAN.  DIAGNOSED WITH MILD HYPERTENSION IN JANUARY 2006 AND WENT ON LISINOPRIL.  QUIT THAT DUE TO SIDE EFFECTS THEN WENT ON MICARDIS.  ALSO TAKE TOPROL FOR ANXIETY AND MILD SINUS TACHYCARDIA.  TAKE .5MG OF ALPRAZOLAM WHEN ANXIOUS.  SOME DAYS REQUIRE 1 MG. OTHERS NONE.
 
ANXIETY - SINCE JANUARY I HAVE HAD AN UNCONTROLLED WORRY about MY HEALTH.  THE MEDS AND SIDE EFFECTS DID NOT HELP, ALONG WITH MY DOG DYING AND 2 MISCARRIAGES BY MY WIFE OF 10 YEARS THIS YEAR - BUT NOW I AM IN A FULL BLOWN STATE OF PANIC. 
 
TESTS/FINDINGS:  EVERY TEST, INCLUDING CT SCANS, BLOOD TESTS, EKG'S, THYROID, ETC. DONE - ONLY FINDING IS MILD SINUS TACHYCARDIA PROBABLY CAUSED BY MY EXCESSIVE STRESS/ANXIETY.  SEEN 4 DIFFERENT DOCTORS OVER 11 MONTHS.  BLOOD PRESSURE OKAY AT 125/83 WHEN CALM. PULSE AROUND 75-85.
 
SYMPTOMS:
FLUSHING, SWEATING, HEART PALPS, LEGS TREMBLE AT NIGHT, CLOUDY OR BLURRED VISION AT TIMES, LACK OF CONCENTRATION, FEELINGS OR THOUGHTS OF DEATH ALL THE TIME, AND CRYING BY MYSELF AND WIFE BECAUSE I CANNOT GET BETTER. 
 
ANY HELP/SIMILIAR STORIES/ASSISTANCE YOU CAN PROVIDE WOULD BE APPRECIATED. 
 
GOING TO SEE PSYCHOLOGIST ON THURSDAY.

nolaman
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   Posted 12/26/2006 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
okay, in reality I am not taking much medication at all. The Blood Pressure meds are the lowest doses possible (Toprol - slows down your heart rate) and Micardis (which I am coming off) is a telimasarten drug. The alprazolam is the lowest presribed dose at .5mg. It does come in .25mg but it is almost ineffective at that dosage.

I am healthy otherwise, ran the NYC Half Marathon in August. Iam 5'8" 185 lbs and muscular. I have seen my physician over 10 times and they did every test under the sun. My father and brother are bth physicians as well. My brother did the CT scan.

nolaman
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   Posted 12/26/2006 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I eat only fruits and veggies during the day. I eat lots of chicken, little beef and a staple of rice, low sodium and oatmeal breakfast bars. My ideal weight is probably 170, but I am getting there. I have lost 15 lbs this past year alone. I just feel like I should be buying a casket instead of buying a new car and that is what gets me. Chronic death anxiety over my anxiety disorder which occurs all day long. The flushing feeling is horrible too.

nolaman
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   Posted 12/26/2006 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Think about your goals, every of them.  I have achieved most of my goals, that is not the issue.  My goal is to be healthy and I feel sick - even when I am apparently not.  I am 36, male, and graduated college and law school, even have a nice job, so I have done things I wanted to do - and achieved them. 
I am confused as to whether you read my posting, but the symptoms do not end.  It is all day long, chronic worrying about my heart health, my health in general and longevity.  My best friend passed away suddenly (2001) at the age of 31 from a heart attack and she appeared fine on the outside.  It is tough for sure - thanks for the response.  If I feel a twinge in my left arm or hand = I fear the worst.  If my blood pressure exceeds 140/90 (when I get very anxious) - I fear the worst.  When I watch a movie - I cannot relax.  When I do everything, I think about anxiety.  Too much thinking about it makes me ill. 
 
 

Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/26/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW
You will find plenty of people here that will support you and help you if they are able
I am truly sorry for all you are going thru
Most ppl with A/P have health anxiety and I am one of them but I do have serious health issues as well
I am also sorry about the miscarriages
Please do post more and let us know amore about you
get to know us and let us become your support line
We are not doctors here but we are great listeners and have empathy and know what you are going thru
This site has been my life line for a couple of yrs now and w/o it I am sure I would be a lost soul
Post agin please
you take care and
God Bless
Lyn
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hunniebee
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   Posted 12/26/2006 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi :) Wow I think you might be my twin. I worry about my health 24/7! Even if i am NOT panicing about it ..it is ALWAYS on my mind. Drs say I am fine but still I am ALWAYS concered, panicing, obsessing, etc. I cry and get so frustrated because i just want to be "normal" again. I used to wish the drs WOULD find something wrong with me just so I wouldnt have to feel crazy anymore. If that makes any sense. I am always POSITIVE i am gonna die of a heart attack. ( I'm 27) Every panic attack I have I am sure its not panic and "this time i am gonna die" Its a horrible way to live. I am not on any medication. I was on Ativan which of course helped when panic would come about.. but i just stopped taking them and now am freaking out from not having them. I am trying to keep a cool head but its just too hard at times. When this all first started for me I was barely able to fuction. I had to have my husband stay up and night and watch me sleep in fear that I was going to stop breathing and die in the middle of the night. That was 6 years ago and it HAS somewhat gotten better. I have days that are horrible and I just want to crawl in a hole because its just to difficult still to fuction. But I do have better days, and i do have days that I dont panic. I never thought i would. I am greatful for those days. I hope seeing the psych. helps you and you are able to get control over this horrible disorder. God bless and keep us posted.
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gia0315
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   Posted 12/27/2006 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
nolaman,
I'm not a doctor but i have experience with anxiety.....first i think you should see a therapist. You have alot going on and it may just be too much for you right now....it happens to all of us. At my worst i would hyperventilate in movie theaters. I am doing ok now a lot of my mental health issues came about almost 7 years ago when my son died and then suddenly i was obsessed with death,so obsessed i didn't live. I was afraid to die and would ponder every possible way I could die and avoid it at all cost. 7 years later i can say that my obsession with not wanting to die was really my rerfusal to admit that i wanted to die and my refusal to admit that my sons death was killing me. I refused to deal with his death and found other things to obsess over. I thought about death constantly avoiding it but the whole time i really just wanted to desensitize myself to the fear of death because I really wanted to die.You and your wife have lost 2 children a beloved family pet and you have health issues.....I understand why you're obsessed with death. I think you should think about the ones you have lost because it seems that it's their deaths you van't deal with so you're obsessing over the possibility of your own. Good luck

ag05
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   Posted 12/29/2006 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds pretty familiar or maybe even less severe than I experienced in Feb of 2005. My BP was 160 over 100 but none of BP meds worked. My first psych. diagnosed me correctly but soon I ran out of money. I am getting b etter, Clonapin is the best for the beg. , especially first few months, it works longer than Xanax.
Ask me more questions
Agnes

gia0315
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   Posted 12/29/2006 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
smorzik,
I am ok right now. And yes i do have other children i have 2 sons of my own thye are 3 and 5 and 2 step sons they are 5 and 10. I thank you for your condolances.
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