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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/10/2007 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Years ago,I suffered severe panic attacks;could barely leave the house.Doc put me on Paxil.Stayed on it for 4-5yrs.Been off now for about 5 yrs. with little to no panic attacks.However,last 3 months I've been having them again.The last couple of weeks have been worse. I've also been taking Claritin for allergies for the last 3-4 months. Could Claritin be making me more prone to being nervous? Also, I've been having numbness and tingling in my legs,feet,hands,etc..Also,tenderness and soreness under my arms(particularly,my right underarm). Has anybody else had these symptoms? I exercise and eat right,and I don't smoke or drink or do drugs. Are these aches and pains all in my head?

anxietyridden
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   Posted 10/10/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike,

I can't offer you too much information on the aches and pains, except to say that muscle aches and pains are fairly common with anxiety due to tension, fatigue, etc. I'm not sure about the numbness/tingling/underarm pain though...how long has that been going on? It's possible that you have something viral that's causing it, as underarm pain is often associated with swollen lymph nodes. If you continue to experience those symptoms I would suggest you see your GP, just to be sure.

I can tell you that many, many allergy medications send my anxiety through the roof. The culprits are often those allergy meds that are touted as "Non-Drowsy" or "Daytime" meds. Claritin Clear does it to me. I'm not sure what the ingredient in the meds is, but it makes me jittery, nervous, accelerates my heart rate and can trigger panic attacks. I normally don't have this problem with allergy medications that aren't specifically labeled "Non-Drowsy" or "Daytime", although on occasion even Benadryl will set me off. I talked to my doctor and was prescribed Allegra-D, which is a once daily med similar to Claritin, and it doesn't have the same awful effect on my nerves. One of the side effects is listed as POSSIBLE drowsiness, but it's nowhere near the same level of drowsiness as Benadryl, and I have never had a problem with it.

Considering that the amount of time you've been experiencing panic attacks seems to be related to the amount of time you've been on Claritin, you may want to talk to think about switching allergy meds just to see if that's the culprit.

As a side note, I get the same bad effect from "Non-Drowsy" and "Daytime" cold medicines, so you may want to watch out for those as well.

Good luck!

stkitt
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   Posted 10/10/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Mike and Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P forum.

Your pains are real even if anxiety is the cause so don't doubt yourself on that score. :)

There are likely to be other possible causes for the underarm pain, so ask your doctor about your symptoms. I can think of several causes but I am not a professional so please rule out the medical possiblities with your physician soon.

I agree with the Claritin possibly being your culprit.  I have heard of people who experienced rapid heart rate, dizziness, dry mouth, shaking, sweating, anxiety, out of body feeling, blurred vision.

Again a warm welcome.


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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/10/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your thoughts guys. I'm glad I came across this sight. It's nice to have people with similar problems to talk to. One thing I wanted to add about the underarm pain...I don't really notice it when I'm thinking about other stuff or if I'm occupied with other things. That's why I figured it might be anxiety related. Also, When I do notice it , it's accompanied by nervousness, tight band feeling around the head,tingling,light-headedness,etc...which again are all anxiety issues.(Wow! It's weird how I can rationalize it so easily,but when I'm feeling it ,it's so scary!) I guess that's the nature of anxiety.

Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/10/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
If anyone has had underarm tenderness, tightness around the head, tingling(pins and needle feelings in the legs arms,hands, and feet), vertigo, light-headedness, and thoughts of having a serious illness, please let me know. Also, what are some other symptoms anyone has had? I've read a lot of different symptoms and I have many of these symptoms, but I was wondering if anyone has had other symptoms than the commonly listed ones? Also, is it less common for men to have anxiety issues? I haven't met any other guys, beside myself , that suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. Thanks!

stkitt
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   Posted 10/10/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there Mike,

You may want to read back through some of the past posts as I am sure you will find just about everything you can think of experienced by members dealing with anxiety.

When you clarified your underarm pain it does fit with the anxiety sx but as I said earlier, we can only share and your physician needs to make the call on what is physical versus caused by anxiety.

Take care and keep posting.

Good to have you here with us.

 



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Post Edited (stkitt) : 10/13/2007 10:27:09 PM (GMT-6)


nyliz
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   Posted 10/10/2007 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike,

I am very familiar with all of the symptoms you have mentioned as I struggle with severe health anxiety. I can diagnose myself with any number of catastrophic illnesses daily (very annoying). Sometimes the fear of being ill triggers panic which can last for weeks at a time or until I see the Doc. and ease my fears. Sometimes I worry that I will be like this the rest of my life... really hoping not.

There are many men who suffer with anxiety, I'm sure you will meet some on this site. Please know that (for me at least) I will notice all kinds of aches and pains and I'll focus on them so intently that it seems like something MUST be wrong but it's been my experience that it is usually "all in my head". Keep your chin up!!

Liz

Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/12/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Nyliz ,Stkitt , & Anxietyridden for your imput. I appreciate it very much. I've been off of Claritin for about 3 days now, and my anxiety has eased up a little more each day. I don't know if it's just in my head that I'm feeling better, or if it's the Claritin leaving my system. Either way, at least I feel better. My Prayers are with all of you and your individual problems. If anyone needs to talk, I'm there for you. GOD Bless you!

liquid
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   Posted 10/13/2007 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mike,

Claritin will make you nervous and anxious as it contains the same chemicals (in much smaller quanties) as meth amphetimines, here in Australia, if someone goes to buy claritin from the chemist, they ask if you are a speed user, or have an addiction to meth amphetimines. So there for it will cause the panic attacks and anxiety, which is one reason i cant take them...


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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/15/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Liquid , for your thoughts. The claritin was causing me a lot of anxiety. I've felt much Better since getting off of it. GOD Bless You and I'll Pray for your recovery>

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   Posted 10/15/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mike
I personally CANNOT take any antihistamines especially Claritin
It gives me the shakes inside and out
Makes my heart do the funky ticking thing like it is going to explode out of my chest.........Just a thought...I would rule out the medical reasons though first BUT seems like since you have been off the claritin you are becoming better..........

I am glad you found us and there is a heck of a great group of guys that belong in this family too
So stay with us and get the support you need

Take care and keep us posted plz

LYN
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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/16/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Howlyncat. Everyone has been very supportive on this sight. I hate for anyone to have anxiety problems, but it's nice to know I'm not the only one out there with these issues. GOD Bless ya!

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   Posted 10/16/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
NO problem at all Mike ....Call me LYN k lol........
This is the best place to come to for support understanding and empathy
We have been where you are or have been to places you may yet go to ya know so it is great to be able to share our war stories and our PROGRESS as well as success stories ........

This is a family here Mike ..welcome to your HW family.....LYN
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Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Lyn...I found an older thread on this sight about the underarm pain thing, but it was locked. It's also been several months since anyone has replied on it. It was a good chat though, because the ones replying had the same symptoms I do. How do I go about replying to an old thread like that ? Is it possible?

Mike Raphone
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Also...I changed my email address, and now I don't get messages when someone replies to a question that I post on this sight. Is there a way to update that?

stkitt
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   Posted 10/23/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Mike,

Lyn will be here today I am sure but I can help you out........

Frist question, if a thread is locked you cannot post on that particular thread anymore, it was locked by administration.

To change your email, look to the top at the dark blue  space that reads "Log Off and next to it you will see Control Panel.  That is your control panel.  Click on that and your info page will come up.  There is an edit choice, click that and you can edit your profile which is where your email address is located.

Glad you found some past threads that were helpful. yeah

Take care and keep posting.

Kitt


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