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dorri
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   Posted 3/18/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Symptoms of Anxiety/Panic Disorder...
 
Inability to take a deep breath
 
Dizziness
 
churning stomach
 
Butterflies in stomach
 
Indigestion
 
Tightness in chest area
 
Racing heart
 
Palpitations
 
Skipped heartbeats
 
Sweating hands
 
Choking feeling in throat
 
Difficulty in swallowing
 
Tense band around the head
 
Sore or burning scalp
 
Pressure on shoulders and top of head
 
Pins and needles in hands and feet
 
Nausea
 
Occassional vomiting
 
Tremors
 
Feeling of dread
 
Frequent desire to pass urine.
 
As some of these symptoms are indicative of other conditions, please check with your physician to make sure your symptoms are anxiety/panic related.
 
There are more, that I can't think of right now, so please feel free to add your symptoms to the list.   
 
 
 
 
 


wannabbetter
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   Posted 3/18/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
hi there, why do panic attacks always have different symptoms. for a while it would be the racing of the heart and shakiness, fear of dying. but lately it has come into my stomach, dizziness, feeling of passing out, headache, with heart racing. sometimes they are not as severe as others. why is this?????? thanks

wannabbetter
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   Posted 3/18/2007 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
what is the difference of heart palpatations and racing heart. for some reason i thought they were the same thing. thanks

dorri
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   Posted 3/18/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Wannabbetter, panic attacks cause a whole array of symptoms including the ones you mentioned. It all has to do with the increased adrenaline, that can start at your gut and spread up and down our bodies causing different symptoms. I suffer from anxiety/panic disorder and my main ones are inability to take deep breaths, palpitations and stomach butterflies where it feels like something is fluttering around in my gut..


wannabbetter
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   Posted 3/18/2007 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dorri, i used to get the butterflies and it turned into stomach tumbling feelings about 13 years ago. had that symptom for 2 years then stopped, no it seems to be back again. it first felt like a big huger pain, then traveled up my stomach ino my chest, then throat, and neck was tensing and hurting. then heart racing. it was a very bad feeling.  do you know why and have you ever had it where it comes and goes, why is that? thanks for your response and help. God Bless

dorri
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   Posted 3/18/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I understand how you feel, because alot of my anxiety is in the gut area, and it's very uncomfortable. I wish I knew why the attacks come back?. I've had anxiety/ panic attacks several years ago..then I was free of them for several years, now I get them on and off. I was good for several months, and here I am again trying to get over this last one. I've been under a lot of stress lately, and not copeing that well with it, so I am blaming this last episode on tension and stress. You can only run so long in high gear before it starts coming out in physical symptoms.


Chris711
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   Posted 3/19/2007 2:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Had thought before a list of all the symptoms people have experienced would be good. I cam here wondering if what was happening to me at the time could be anxiety and I'm sure loads of others do. Maybe add,

Tiredness
Forgetfulness
Feeling of 'unreality' like your watching your life on TV
Aching joints
Aching or permanently tensed muscles

andwes
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   Posted 3/19/2007 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Take it from a life-long anxiety/panic sufferer whose posted here many, many times - I have had ALL of the symptoms at some point in my life.  Most recently (as I've posted) it's these squiggly lines in my eyes - they get much worse under stress and are driving me crazy (probably shouldn't mention as you'll probably get those too).  Anxiety has to come out somewhere and it comes out in the strangest ways....a burden that no one else could understand unless they've gone through it.

1ofhissheep
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   Posted 3/19/2007 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   

I understand EXACTLY what you are talking about. That is the most confusing part of this anxiety/panic disorder. For example: I had really bad nausea for MONTHS..like Oct, Nov and Dec. Then all of a sudden it just left. I havent had a bad episode since Dec. But in the meantime..I am getting those flutterings more and more lately, but no nausea. Weird. It is just strange to me, how we can be anxious ALL the time, and yet not ALL of the symptoms we suffer with are present all the time. I get that dizziness you are describing EVERY DAY. It is sooo frightening. It feels as though any moment you are going to hit the floor( faint), stumble, etc. When I got out places(grocery shopping) I always have to LEAN on the buggy, as if I need it to support myself so I dont fall over. It is just so weird how the symptoms come and go.

I asked my physchologist this very question around the year '98, '99. I said..."Why do they( symptoms) differ all the time and why do they just come out of nowhere". He said "Well, that is how panic/anxiety works, sometimes you might have ALL the symptoms present, sometimes just one or two present. And they come out of nowhere because that is why they call it PANIC attacks..it just STRIKES without warning a lot of the time.". So he really didnt explain WHY it happens this way, just bacially that is the nature of panix/anxiety.

In His Grip,

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wannabbetter said...
hi there, why do panic attacks always have different symptoms. for a while it would be the racing of the heart and shakiness, fear of dying. but lately it has come into my stomach, dizziness, feeling of passing out, headache, with heart racing. sometimes they are not as severe as others. why is this?????? thanks

'I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.' ....Walt Witman
 
 
 
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1ofhissheep
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   Posted 3/19/2007 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi there! My mom suffers with those very things in her eyes as well. She went to the eye dr and he told her those are Ocular Migraines. Put her on Inderal(sp?)...which I believe is a Beta blocker. It is weird..he called them Ocular Migraines, but my mom NEVER gets a headache when they come on. Just the eye thingys and then in about a half an hour, 20 mins. they will go away.

Dawn

andwes said...
Take it from a life-long anxiety/panic sufferer whose posted here many, many times - I have had ALL of the symptoms at some point in my life.  Most recently (as I've posted) it's these squiggly lines in my eyes - they get much worse under stress and are driving me crazy (probably shouldn't mention as you'll probably get those too).  Anxiety has to come out somewhere and it comes out in the strangest ways....a burden that no one else could understand unless they've gone through it.


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gcvmom
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   Posted 3/19/2007 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
1ofhissheep said...

... Put her on Inderal(sp?)...which I believe is a Beta blocker. It is weird..he called them Ocular Migraines, but my mom NEVER gets a headache when they come on. Just the eye thingys and then in about a half an hour, 20 mins. they will go away.

Dawn

Did the Inderal help with the ocular migraines? 
 
I'm curious because I get them occasionally, and I recently started taking Inderal to help with cardio side-effects of my tricyclic anti-D, and now I wonder if the OM's will now get better...
 
 
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1ofhissheep
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   Posted 3/19/2007 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   

^ She still gets them, but not as often( and when she does get them they tend to last about 20 mins). She can go like 3-4 weeks and not get them at all. Sometimes though, she can get them off and on all month, like about once a week.  It is hard to say whether or not the medicine is really working. She might be getting them a lot more often if she wasnt on anything though. She also just told me that when she does get the ocular things, that they dont seem to be as severe as they were prior to starting the medicine.

I really hope that it helps with your migraines!

God bless!

Dawn


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wannabbetter
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   Posted 3/19/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello again, just wondering how indegestion can be considered part of a anxiety attack? does it happen while you are having a panic attack, do people with anxiety disorder suffer from indigestion? i had mentioned in a previous post about this weird feeling i get in my stomach, then it hits my throat like no air can get in, comes and goes quickly. then at times i feel weird in the stomach then feel anxiety, then i burp then i feel better and the anxiety feeling goes away. is this anxiety, or am i making myself feel anxious because i feel something odd going on in my body. you know when you feel something strange in your body we tend to get nervous. that how i get. i see a symptom of indegestion in the list above. thanks for your opinion...

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   Posted 3/19/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
IMO
Yes the indigestion can be attributed to A/P
I know I get it and I have for a long time
I have had this disorder since I was young and I am now 53 so I have about 40plus yrs of all the syptoms listed so far and I am sure others as well
Will have to write them down as memeory is not good
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dorri
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   Posted 3/19/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
As Lyn said panic attacks can affect the stomach and digestion. Just to tell you how sensitive our stomachs are, when someone gets some bad news or are scared by something, the first place they may feel it is in the pits of their stomach, you know that sinking feeling like an elevator dropped a couple of floors rather suddenly. Anxiety and panic can cause all sorts of digestive and nervous stomach symptoms.

Personally, I feel a jittery stomach not only during a panic attack but during prolonged anxiety as well which may or may not have yet turned into a panic attack.

I have been diagnosed with CD which may contribute to some of the anxiety, but a overstimulated stomach feels different from an inflamed intestine, plus the other symptoms of anxiety are usually absent during a flare of crohn's disease.



dorri
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   Posted 3/21/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hyperventilation...what comes first the hyperventilation from over breathing that causes the panic attack, or is it the panic attack that causes the hyperventilation?


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   Posted 3/22/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
HI...I've been reading all these postings and wanted to join to tell you what I"ve discovered that many people don't know about. I've had about all the symptoms that have been written here. I've suffered with anxiety, heart racing etc for 4 years and it's been a long hard journey. I've been to doctor after doctor. I've tried and done the medical and alternative medicine fields. Most of my help has been from the alternative. Anyway, through saliva testing I discovered I have adrenal fatigue......my cortisol levels were low which attribute to panic/anxiety attacks. But going even further I took a urine test for neurotransmitters which showed that my norepinephrine and dopamine was high. The role of norepinephrine and epinephrine is controllign the sympathic system...which incluces anxiety and heart racing and panic attacks. That is the root. Many people suffering from anxiety that is not attributed to something scary happening ,but just comes out of nowhere when we are feeling good can have an imbalance in their neurotransmitters. Oh, by the way, norepinephrine is produced from the adrenal glands. For some reason, we have too much that shoots out. You can find a doctor in your area who does this testing. Go to www.neuroscienceinc.com and you can read about the treatment program. They use amino acids and other things....and yes, you CAN get well!! There is a place on the site to search for doctor close to your area. And they take insurance.
I am just so relieved to find answers now and wanted to pass this on to others who are tired of anxiety.

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   Posted 3/22/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Also....there is a good book to read about adrenal fatigue which is a big factor in P/A attacks. That wast the book that began the road to hope for me. It's calleed Adrenal Fatigue, by James Wilson

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   Posted 3/22/2007 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I've had panic attacks for 9 years and I'm only 18. And I've had every symptom listed, plus some. They don't seem to get better mine only get worse.

dorri
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   Posted 3/22/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Suzanne, you make a good point.  I have adrenal problems.  My doctor  knows of my anxiety/panic attacks but he never told me they were connected to the adrenal problem.  I had an ACTH stimulation test done, but never a saliva test?  Is the salvia test done through a doctor and lab test,  or only through alternative medicine means? 


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   Posted 3/23/2007 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Dorri, the salvia test was done by a medical doctor who also combines his work with alternative methods. I actually have two Dr.s who do that. I did a hormone panel saliva for a month which really shows what going on hormonally. A blood test just takes the levels your hormones are at just at that moment the blood is drawn.Our hormones fluctuate all throughout the month, so this one showed how my progestrone was low just on day 20-27 on the month..(which was when I was getting some funny symptoms).so I use a bioidentical cream for just those days. Low progesterone can cause A/P symotoms. I also did an adrenal saliva test that is done at different times during the day. It showed my levels to be low...so he put me on a super low dose of cortisol called cortef that has made a difference. ( That same test also tests for other things such as DHEA and gluten intolerance. Often our dhea can be low....especialy if your'e not sleeping well.) Plus, at the same time I take some herbal/vitamin supplements just for adrenals to help heal them. Dr. James L Wilson's book "Adrenal Fatigue" really explains this well. There are many other sources and companies designed for adrenal/thyroid/hormone help also out there.You can find it online pretty cheap in the used book section.
Saliva tests can also be done through naturalpath Dr's and some chiropractors.

wannabbetter
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   Posted 3/23/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow this is really amazing, this information about the adrenal glands. I dont think i was ever tested for this, and im sure alot of panic and anxiety sufferes have not either.the drs should make this a standard test to find out if this is the main root. maybe this could be my problem, the attacks come out of nowhere. even the drs ask me if i am in alot of stress and i am not. i am just always concerend about these attacks that come out of nowhere. i have a nice life and no major stresses.so maybe this a pathway to help. thanks so much for sharing. i hope everyone gets to read this thread...thanks again. god bless

dorri
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   Posted 3/23/2007 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I was put back on 5 mg of prednisone, but when I am going through stressful periods, I feel this is not enough. I asked my doctor if a ACTH test can still determine low cortisol levels while on prednisone, he heed and hawed and didn't really give me a straight answer, so by his answer I think not. However, a few years back my GI took a blood test and told me that I was still producing some natural cortisone on my own...and that was while I was on prednisone for CD.
I did see a product called AdrenaSense in the Health Food Store.., but I am a little skeptical to buy it. It's supposed to support the adrenal system.

It makes a lot of sense that the adrenal gland can cause anxiety/panic attacks along with a whole host of other symptoms. I will see if I can find Dr. Wilson's book on Adrenal Fatigue.


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   Posted 3/24/2007 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi..yes there is a lot of hope and resourses out there to help...that was the reason I wanted to share this with you all. I have learned that as wonderful as Dr's can be, you can't always rely on their responses and beliefs. You have to search and research for yourself and educate and find answers. The computer is great for this! Think of years ago when all we had were encyclopedias and had to go to the library!! :-)

Dr. Jame's Wilson's book explains the difference between the blood cortisol and saliva cortisol testings. I remember when my blood cortisol showed normal and the saliva didn't. I can't remember the explainations right now he gave. In his book he includes a huge questionaire to determine just how stressed your adrenal are, which will help to know which program to start on. He has his own line of products. You can find them online.( I read the book last year and then went to visit two new doctors and was pleased to see they had his book on their shelves and highly recommended him.)

In heath food stores, they carry supplements for adrenals that are focused for mainly upkeep. What we need for our issues are programs designed by doctors who specialize in this subject, who have had the experiences of treating and helping patients to actually get well.

Often low adrenals accompanies a low thyroid. If you pull up the symptoms of a low thyroid, you will probably recognize yourself in the symptoms. The thyroid/adrenals are buddies. Actually the whole hormone system is so connected that when one or two get out of whack, it can unbalance the whole system. I KNOW....:-) I've been a walking hormone nightmare. :-) When I started taking the safe form of cortisol, a lot a balancing began to take place.
Here's to health, hope and lots of smiles andl laughs!!! :-)

dorri
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   Posted 4/1/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Suzanne, thank you for the information.  I feel my symptoms are more like hyperthyroid with the constant heart palpitations and not hypothryroid.  I had an EKG on Friday, and now I am worried about the results coming in... my doctor did a thyroid test a few months back and all came back normal. 

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