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nyliz
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   Posted 7/11/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everybody... since I posted last (I don't know like a month ago)  I've been feeling awesome!!!!  Now all of a sudden the last three days my anxiety levels are climbing...  I can think of a few reasons for the increase in my panic (and sensation that I'm losing my mind).  First of all I applied for a new job.  One I've wanted forever that just came available and although everything about it would be totally perfect for me - truly, absolutely perfect... I'm terrified that I will be offered the position because I am so comfortable (sometimes bored) with my current position.  I'm awesome at my job and I know what to expect everyday (I've been with my present company for 4 years).  The fear of the unknown totally freaks me out... I'm also terrified that I won't get the job because that will mean that I'm destined to stay where I am (possibly forever).  And I need more money!!!!! (who doesn't)  I also quit smoking... this is the 3rd day and all I want to do is smoke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
 
I've got this dizzy sensation, inability to concentrate, nervousness, feel sometimes like I could pass out, constant muscle tensing (which I know I do when I'm anxious).  I've been having problems with feeling like my head will explode when I go from a sitting to a standing position (usually after driving) and it totally freaks me out... I thought that it might be related to smoking and not enough fluids... but I've stopped smoking and I've been drinking between 8 and 12 glasses of water a day...  the feeling hasn't stopped I'm totally fearing that it's some type of catastophic illness.   Please make me feel better.
:) Liz
 
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jerseycherries
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   Posted 7/11/2007 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   

i did the same thing your doing when i was working. i put in for a job i really wanted and then worried the whole time between putting in for it and getting it. total freaked myself out. like your doing. and it worked out that i got the job i wanted and it was a great move for me. i was nervous with the move and had to learn some new things. but it was totaly worth it in the end. plus bonus was i made more money. and i was better at the new spot then i was in the old one.

i'm sure that it will work out for you the same way. and you'll do great. i could tell you not to worry but those are just words and your gonna do it anyway. once you get the postion you'll settly back down and be great. and in the very off chance that you dont that doesnt mean your stuck were your at it just means that theres something better coming. and you got to be patient.

as far as the getting dizzy or head feels like it gonna explode when you stand up from sitting. you might try moving from positions a little slower. and if it continues might be time for a trip to the doc for a blood pressure check to make sure its ok. but i would just try getting up slower. getting up too fast causes a change in blood pressure and that could be whats causing the feeling. but i'm not a doc. of anything just my advice. remember that.


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nyliz
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   Posted 7/11/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jersey!!! I hope my situation works out like yours... I've wanted this one particular job since I got out of college and I was ever vigilant waiting for the person to retire... I saw it posted in the paper, applied, went in for an interview, and (of course felt like I bombed it) so now I'm waiting. I really believe that what is meant to be will be - sometimes I just wish that every little bump in the road didn't feel like a gigantic meteor shower of anxiety.... and I really wish I could smoke.... I hate that I ever started. And I wish it wasn't bad for you and that it smelled like raspberries... oh well :)
:) Liz
 
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Junebug05
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   Posted 7/11/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Mom,

I think the fear of change and the unknown can throw alot of us, even those without anxiety disorder.  Are you thinking the worst about this job change?  When I start to feel anxious, I always go straight to 'what have I been thinking', 99% of the time I'm catastrophizing and making myself miserable.  This job is going outside of your comfort zone and that's scary.  I think that you having some extra anxiety right now is a pretty 'normal' thing, almost to be expected.  As for the symptoms you're feeling, I've had all of those at one time or another, and nothing horrible has ever happened...other than being really uncomfortable.  You are going to be okay, let the anxiety take it's course, try and relax and keep your mind busy and this too shall pass! 


Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/12/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I believe it is alot to do with anticipatory anxiety hun

You are just worried about stepping outtas that " comfort zone" you are in

We are here for you always never forget that plz and do keep us posted
Jersey as well as Junebug give you great input and support

YOU go girl

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LYN


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debaser
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   Posted 7/12/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
3rd day off cigarettes? The symptoms you're describing are classic nicotine withdrawal. The other stress factors are contributing, sure, but nicotine is a formidable beast. I admire your courage for quitting, especially at this time.

It'll pass, but I'm not going to lie and say it'll be easy. I've tried to quit before. Very, very difficult. The physical withdrawal lasts a week to maybe nine days. After that it's all psychological. You can do it! The first three or four days are the worst, and if you've managed to get this far then you might as well keep going with it!

Best of luck.
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nyliz
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   Posted 7/12/2007 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much everybody for your thoughts and encouragement...  I will let you know how it works out... I'm on day 4 smoke free and feeling pretty good.... I am drinking A LOT of water and everytime I am totally freaking for a smoke I do something physical... you will probably think I'm nuts but I've got the girls in my office doing jumping jacks with me every two hours... it's hilarious. 
 
Once again, you are all awesome, I'm so thankful for you :)
:) Liz
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/12/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Liz,

Glad to hear you are doing better. My husband got very anxious with nicotine withdrawal and actually needed to take some Xanax for a short time.

I can picture you doing the jumping jacks at work.  It sounds like you are a winner no matter which way the job goes. Liz, please know we care for you and keep on posting.

(((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))


Respectfully
Kitt
 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/12/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
SO proud of you

ROFLMBO........I too have a visual of the Jumping Jacks Girls

Keep up doing what you are doing obviously it is working

KUDOS

LYN
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nyliz
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   Posted 7/19/2007 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya,
 
Just wanted to update... believe it or not, it's been almost 2 weeks since I quit smoking.  A lot of the time I feel OK but let me tell ya, I get very upset that I can't smoke - I really enjoy it and would probably still be doing it if my husband didn't need a new vehicle... thank God I have a good reason not be "afford" cigs.  Anyway,  I got a call for my second interview at the job that would be "so perfect" for me!!!!!!  It's tomorrow morning at 11:30a and I'm soooooooooooooooooooo excited (and nervous).  Wish me luck guys, I am really hoping that all goes well.  I'll keep ya posted.
:) Liz
 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/20/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
All the best

Post and let us know how you make out

CONGRATS on your 2 weeks of non smoking........THATS A BIGGIE
LYN
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 Be Thankful for the Difficult times..During those times we GROW
 
             EMPATHY is Always Better than APATHY
 
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Junebug05
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   Posted 7/20/2007 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on 2 weeks of not smoking...being a smoker myself, I know how huge an accomplishment that is!  I wish you the best of luck on your interview today!  Let us know how it goes!

nyliz
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   Posted 7/22/2007 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey All,

The 2nd interview went REALLY well but I won't know the outcome until next week. I'm praying :) You have no idea how desperately I want to smoke which REALLY makes me mad because it's been over two weeks and I still have this STRONG desire to go get a pack. I am worrying about my son as well because he has been dizzy for about a week... I've had him checked for an ear infection but everything looked good. He's been struggling with this since he was in 2nd grade... he's 13 now. Back in 03 he had a cat scan that was fine and his hearing was tested at the ENT in 05 but he's still having trouble with the dizzyness. I have another appt at the ENT in two weeks and I also made an appt to see a neurologist at the end of August. It is probably just a simple problem with the fluid in his inner ear but I feel like this black cloud is hanging over me.... anyway, thanks for listening.
:) Liz
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/22/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Liz,

2 weeks is a wonderful accomplishment to be smoke free.  I know it is tough and some people crave the nicotine  more than others.  I am rooting for you.

I believe you will get the job. A second interview is always a good sign.

I also feel you are being very proactive re your health care and your sons....................Kudos to you !  Lots of hugs too.

 


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Kitt
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