Anxiety and Panic at the Gym

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OCguy949
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   Posted 8/17/2007 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Lately I have been getting really anxious and panicky at the gym. I wasn't like this at all a few years ago.
I am currently taking .25mg of klonopin on a as needed basis. I would like to know it's to take before I workout at the gym????

This is a benzo so it will slow my heart rate down and relieve me of my anxiety. Now if I were to take this before I workout, I would be doing the opposite b/c
working out increases your heart rate!!

Anyone here know whether or not my heart will be affected if I take this medication before I work out???

Thanks..

debaser
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   Posted 8/17/2007 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
It won't bother you. I take Klonopin .5 mg twice a day and work out after my morning dose. The benzodiazepine does not slow the heart rate directly. It is a GABA agonist and works on that. As a result it keeps your anxiety level down and THAT will keep your heart rate lower than it would be if you were in a high anxiety state or in the midst of panic.

Always discuss these matters with a doctor or at least a pharmacist, but I seriously doubt a benzo would keep your heart from pumping the blood that your brain and muscles demand.
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OCguy949
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   Posted 8/17/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
When did you start your treatment?
How often do you take them? As needed basis or everyday?

thanks..

Danxiety
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   Posted 8/17/2007 10:51 PM (GMT -7)   
just to jump in here. I've done 100 mile bicycles rides while on 1MG of klonopin, 75 MG of Zoloft, and never have had any problems. I've also experienced a panic attack while on a ride ( while taking a break) and had to take an additional MG of ativan (another benzo - faster acting, shorter half life) and rode about 30 miles after that, lots of climbing, heart poundin, no problems.

Like debaser says, i would talk to your doctor. He/she may advise you to see how you feel on that level of klonopin before you actually work out. I dont think anything would happen, but if it makes you groggy, you might wanna becareful!

Also, do you fell anxious and panicky going other places, or is the gym triggering it? Just curious... Also, do you get more anxious during you work out or before?

Take care!
Dan
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stkitt
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   Posted 8/18/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning OC Guy,

 I am posting your link here to your thread of 7/24/07

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=9&m=872540

It had a lot of good answers re your Panic at the Gym and you may want to review them. :)

I agree with the others. If you feel your having medication problems, please talk with your physician.  Meanwhile I hope the attacks lessen.

Take care friend and keep posting. We are here to support you.


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OCguy949
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   Posted 8/18/2007 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Helllo Dan,

I am anxious and panicky all the time..
I think it might be do to alot of stress I put myself through....

I over worry about things..

How long have you been taking klonopin?

Wow you took Klono and bike rode for all those miles?!?! nice!!

thanks..

Danxiety
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   Posted 8/18/2007 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been talking klonopin for about 1 1/2 years. But i did a lot of those rides when i just started cause i was feeling the same as you. Anxious and panicky all the time. I dont think you are over worrying man, i think its important to ask questions. We dont want to make our situations worse, so dont think of it as over worrying. Its actually a really intelligent question to ask. I didnt even think about it, and that makes me wonder "man, maybe i shoulda thought about that" Heh. So yeah, great question to ask! And i would consult your doctor. If you feel anxious and panicky all the time, them maybe you can do somethings (meds or natural) to help with that. Working out is great for your mood, but if you are having trouble getting into the gym to do this, i would talk to the doc. :)

Thanks! yeah, riding 100 miles is a great feeling. Its been a while since i've done long road ride rides, but i'm going to start up again soon. I'm just starting to get into a stable place where i feel like i can do that stuff again.

Take care.
Dan
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OCguy949
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   Posted 8/18/2007 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Dan,

Thanks for the quick responses!

In addition to taking Klono I also go to Therapy once a week just to talk and let frustrations out.. Therapy sessions really help! =)

I think I will take my Klono today before I go workout and see how it works.....

When did your anxiety and panic start?

What kind of situations trigger your anxiety and panic???

Thanks..

Danxiety
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   Posted 8/18/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
It takes klonopin about an hour (i think) to start to kick in, so take it well before you go. Also, this will allow you to see how you feel before actually going to the gym.

As for me, I have had panic and anxiety for 6 years. I have lots of different triggers, but for panic I have 2 big ones.
1. Separation. Whether its a break up, going through the loss of my dog (most recent), or when at a heighten state of anxiety or panic just leaving my therapist office will trigger it. So it depends. If i'm already in panic state, I'm ultra sensitive to certain detachments.
2. Confrontation. This usually happens when i'm dating someone and its not working out. I will tell the woman that it not working out and if they blow up on me it freaks me out. I feel guilty, and over come by fear. These are easier to handle as they are situational and they tend to pass rather quickly.
3. Unknown. I've had panic out of the blue, and that really freaky. I used to only get them from triggers, or at least conscience triggers, but not they can come outta know where.

Let us know how today goes!
Dan
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OCguy949
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   Posted 8/18/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Dan,

What causes my anxiety and panic:

Separation
Being alone
After an argument
crowded loud places
class rooms
being far from my car ( I feel more comfortable when I have quick access to my car)

This is all like a bad nightmare I wish this kind of **** never existed. I never had these issues when I was younger.

When I was younger I loved to do all the mentioned above... I guess some of this has to do with growing up and seeing what life is really about..

Reality CHECK? hahah

I do get panic out of the blue sometimes when I am driving.. So if I am stuck in traffic I get panicky and I hate that feeling!! =(

I am sometimes all panicky in the morning when I get up.....

But really at the end of the day what can we really do about all this right?? I mean we have to face it and just let time cure the problem.
Anxiety and panic won't go away over night .. It takes days, weeks, months, even years to overcome this horrible feeling!

Thanks..

Any thoughts would be cool..

Danxiety
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   Posted 8/18/2007 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
you pretty much nailed it. It takes time. Time to understand the whats and whys. I'm still trying to learn as much as i can so when it happens and i'm in it, its not so hard to get back out of. I think it stems from child hood, for me ( over protective mom, that did everything for me -- which was amazing) but made it hard for me to be alone... I think. Well, i think that contributes to it. I also think some of it is Biological. My mom has panic and anxiety as well, so its not a big surprise.

I get all the above as well. The car thing i believe is like a home thing, its a safe place for us to retreat to.

I've always been anxious, well since i was about 12 or something, but i didnt know that i was. I just thought that was how everyone else is / was. It wasnt until 6 years ago did it really surface as a problem for me. Since then its been nothing but a learning experience. This last bought was the toughest and really opened my mind to it. Its almost like i was in denial a little bit. Even though i go to therapy and take medication, i sorta felt that it was a passing thing. Now i'm a bit wiser, i think, and know that it will most likely happen again. And when it does i will be better prepared to read the early signs and better prepare to manage the panic when it happens. Possibly stopping or diverting it before it happens.

take it easy!
dan
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