Anxiety Sickness (PLEASE HELP)

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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 11/26/2007 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a huge problem, getting up for school is hard for everyone, but harder for me. If I dont get enough sleep, I get sick. When I do get enough sleep, I get sick. When I get up I always start to worry about going. I turn the radio on and listen to music to direct my attention. I tell myself how much I enjoy going to school. And for the moment it works. But the closer I get the worse it gets.
 
I ride the bus for like 45 minutes so getting sick is very hard to hold in. When I get into a pattern of getting up and going it gets easier. We have been off for a week so I knew if would be hard today.
 
I got on the bus, turn on my music, and since I like to paint, I looked at the different colors of the world. The different trees and everything. Things I have never noticed. It seemed to be working for a while. But the closer we got, the more I felt it.
 
I get a stomache, followed by upset stomach, I get chills, my hands start to get clammy and sweat-like. The longer I have to wait the worse it gets. Eventually, I start to shake, my legs feel numb, and I feel cold. My mouth gets really dry and I start to hurt all over.
 
As you can imagine, this makes it very hard for me to go to school. Most days I can control it. Or I just ride it out. But, somedays I have to come home. My mom drives my school bus and we eat breakfast together at school, so if I decide I cant go, I just go home with her. Thank God for that.
 
 
So, I just got home, I am still feeling very bad now. I hope I can feel better, because I hate missing school, but I cant go like this.
 
This has been happening to me since last school year. Only, it has gotten worse. The anxiety has gotten worse.
 
What do I do? How do I deal with it? How can I explain it to my mom in a way she can understand, since she doesnt really know the extent of my condition? I just want to be able to go to school and not feel horrible. We've all had an upset stomach and it never feels good. sad
 
Any suggestions? Sorry this is so long. Thanks for the help in advance!

Post Edited (TeNNiSd0C09) : 11/27/2007 7:29:00 PM (GMT-7)


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   Posted 11/26/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,   I'm sorry that your having such a rough time.  Are you in therapy?  Do you use CBT?  Do you like to read, there are alot of good books on the subject that can be very helpful, I prefer Claire Weekes books, but there are others here that could give you other authors that they like too.  As far as explaining things to your mother, just be as honest and detailed as you can about how you feel and if she still doesn't get it, maybe she could read a book on the subject too.  All the symptoms you describe are included in the long list of symptoms of anxiety disorder.  I get most of them all the time.  Last year I went through some miserable stomach issues, kind of what you described, but once I re-learned how to deal with the anxiety (by reading and using cbt), it completely went away.  Let me know about if you are seeing a therapist and using cbt, as both of those, in my opinion are very important.   Keep posting here, there's so many people who know just how you are feeling and are here to support you!  Hope you'll feel better soon!

TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 11/26/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you.

No I dont see a therapist. Or use CBT. I would like to though. Anything that helps.

You see the problem is my mom doesnt really understand the things I tell her. And last time I tried telling her I was depressed, she flipped out. So, its really hard for me to talk to her and explain everything.

Its was weird though. I wanted to go to school. As much as I hate it, I actually like it also. I guess it gives me something to do. Today wasnt even going to be hard. I tried talking to myself, like saying how much I want to go, telling myself it will be ok. Nothing scary or anything happens at school. It just feels like a subconscious thing. I am not actually worried about school, but its like I am 2 people and the other person is and I feel it.
 
I went to sleep after I posted this, woke up at 10 and went to school at 10:30. I checked in because I can't miss Chemistry or Pre-Cal. My first 2 classes aren't all that important. I still felt really bad after I went. I was feeling dizzy. My head felt really weird, like I was going to get sick. I haven't had much of an appetite lately either. It got a little better toward the end. But, even right now I can feel it. Probably because I know I have to get up and do it again tomorrow.
 
Also, for those from the Fibro forum, I have talking to my mom about going back to the doctor. I think that if I do have it, all this depression and anxiety stuff is just part of it. BUT, if I can get to the doctor for the Fibro, I can tell them about the other stuff and get help for it also. She has seen the commercials for it a 100 times, yet I still have to feel as if I am dying everyday because she hasn't yet asked about it.
 
I just hope school goes better tomorrow. Its hard to explain to people when they ask why I wasnt there. I just say I was sick. And they say 'with what.' Ummm....change of subject please!
 
I just want some treatment. I want to be better. I want to quit hiding it. I want people to know so I dont have to explain myself all the time. My teachers should know as well. I shouldnt have to worry about whether or not they will allow me to go to the restroom or something if I am feeling bad. Believe it or not, some teachers have policies against going to the restroom!! We have 5 minutes inbetween classes, I go to the restroom every chance I get! Every 5 minutes if I could, plus going to my locker and traveling to my classes in 5 minutes without being late is impossible! So, I am really hoping I can get to the doctor soon!
 
Sorry this is so long.

TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 11/27/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   

School went better today. I felt really bad all morning, but never got sick. It went away toward lunch time. But, I have noticed, I haven't had much of an appetite the past few days. When I think back, I really haven't eaten much. I dont usually eat alot, but I havent eaten hardly anything compared to what I usually do. We have had things I like to eat too and I just have no interest at all. Strange.

But, at least today went better than yesterday. And my anxiety level was lower today, so maybe thats why.


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   Posted 11/27/2007 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad that today was better for you.  If you are having anxiety related stomach issues, the lack of appetite goes along with that.  Try to eat as much as you can, as it's not good for you physically or anxiety wise to not be getting good nutrition...oh I so sound like a mom ...sorry about that, just speaking from experience.  I went through the anxiety stomach issues last year and had to force myself to eat, I ate mostly soft things, like yogurt, bananas, ice cream and soup, maybe you could try that for now. 
 
You should try and see a therapist who deals with anxiety issues, or if that isn't possible, learn about cbt, it is a lifesaver.  Like I mentioned, there are tons of books on panic attacks/anxiety disorder and using cbt, and that may be a good place to start.  If you get back to the doctor, definitely talk to him/her about what's going on, if they can't help you themselves, I'm sure they could refer you to someone, and maybe even be able to explain things to your mom too.  I do hope that you will continue to have good days at school.  Hang in there and keep letting me know how you are doing.

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   Posted 11/28/2007 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there......................sorry I have been missing.

I used to get so anxious worrying about the next day at work that I could not sleep and then I was on the merry-go-round of anticipatory anxiety.

I knew if I did not sleep I would not be able to function and Sunday nights were the worse after being off for the weekend. Ugh.

I think it would be very wise for you to see a therapist again and learn some techniques to  get off the "merry-go-round" of worry.  I know how uncomfortable that ride is.......round and round until you do feel sick.

CBT is a great idea and many members here have had great success with learning this way of dealing with anxiety.

Bless you and I am sending you lots of good vibes.

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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 11/28/2007 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks. I would be very interested in learning CBT. I have read about how it helped so many people. I think it would help. I will see about reading about it. I am sure it is on here somewhere.

Today was bad again. I got sick again. I went to the school nurse twice. I think I have low blood sugar. I have never had it tested, but I am almost certain. The way I feel, then eat and it gets better the more I eat. The first time I noticed a poster in her office about high and low blood sugar and I had all the symptoms for low blood sugar.

The second time I asked if she could check it, but she couldnt because they have to have a doctors signature saying it is ok for her to test it. But I havent been eating lately and I am sure thats what it was. I got better about an hour ago when I ate a little snack though.

Well, I will read more on CBT, thanks!


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   Posted 11/28/2007 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Sorry to hear your day was bad again. I am glad to hear you say you will look into info on CBT.

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   Posted 11/28/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear that your day was not a good one.  I'm not sure of your age, assuming you're teenage since you mentioned that you are in school and ride the bus, sorry if I am wrong.  My daughter was having problems with upset stomach, shakiness, lightheadedness, etc. and her doctor told her that it is very common for teenagers to have hypoglycemic episodes (low blood sugar) quite frequently because of hormonal changes taking place.  She does not have anxiety disorder, but her symptoms of low blood sugar mirror those of an anxiety attack.  She is very careful to watch what she eats and as long as she doesn't go too long without eating, she doesn't get the episodes anymore.  You can get it checked easily with a blood test.  I think it's a great idea to look into cbt.  Glad that you are continuing to post here!

TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 11/28/2007 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   

You guessed correct Junebug, I'm 16. I did read that it can be caused by hormones. I think I kind of cause it accidently though. I get anxiety, which causes the upset stomach, which makes me not want to eat because then I feel like I am feeding the upset stomach and going to make it worse. When in reality, not eating is making it worse as well. So, anxiety causes upset stomach, upset stomach causes not eating, not eating causes my sugar to fall, sugar falling causes the hypoglycemic symptoms!

Confusing a little, but it all makes sense to me. So, in essence, I am accidently bringing on the hypoglycemia! Or at least my anxiety is!

But, that works for me...explains everything! I haven't eaten much of anything today, but I did eat supper tonight, so maybe that will help in the morning.

Just hope tomorrow can be the first good (ok) day I have had all week! I just want one good day! Is that asking to much!

Thanks.


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   Posted 11/29/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
What you said makes perfect sense to me.  As I mentioned, I went through a period of having stomach issues about a year ago and was unable to eat most foods for fear it would make me feel worse as well, so I get what you are dealing with right now.  Like I said, I could only eat very soft foods that were easy going down and I thought would be easy on my stomach as well.  I tried to force myself to eat just because I would get so shaky and get a headache if I didn't, but it wasn't always simple.  I would guess that maybe you are getting a double whammy, with not eating and the hormonal shifts, which much make it worse. 
 
Honestly, the only way my stomach issues got better was when I chose to accept that it was all because of anxiety and wouldn't allow myself to be afraid of it anymore and used cbt and positive thinking to keep the negative thoughts away.  It took some time, but finally my stomach felt better and I haven't had any problems with it since. 
 
I sure hope today is a good day for you and, asking for one good day is not asking too much!  It gets frustrating, I know, when you just get so fed up with feeling like crap and just want some relief from it all and have a good day.  You hang in there and let me know how today goes!

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   Posted 11/30/2007 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
hello  there , I myself have been dealing with anxiety and  it has not been an easy  road for me either, The best thing for  you to do is  to tell your mom what the problem  is so that way you can have some  support  in what you are dealing with ... It is always easier  when  you let someone  know and  then that  way  if anything ever happens  to you while you  are on the  bus on your way home or to school  your mom will know. also  I have  found  this  site to be a good site  when i neeed  advise .  because  someone  out there  has  been and  went  through the same thing that you are  going through  right now and  trust me somedays are better  than others  but  just trust and believe you  will  get better .  Have a  good day...

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   Posted 11/30/2007 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
You gotta eat! Even if its just a little... I didn't for a while because I messed up my stomach with meds and this caused my anxiety to multiply because my body and mind became so weak... You start to become more afraid because your body is weak and you feel tired all the time... please try to eat... even if its really really slow... I wish no one went through what I did... it exacerbated things so much!

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   Posted 12/2/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
PLEASE.......Email me and I will give you Cait's info she is anxious to talk to you ....
You have so much in common my friend and I know she can help you out

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I sent you an email. Let me know if you get it or not.



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I will do .......I will get to you by the am .........I hae to go and look after Dad right now ............

THanks and try to eat lil at a time plz......
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 12/2/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   

:-)  I have actually had a bit of an appetite today! I ate breakfast. I had lunch and I am eating dinner right now! Except for being extremely sore(eveyr muscle in my body) I havent had a stomache at all today! First day in a week! Although, I do have school tomorrow...hopefully it will be ok! And continue to be ok since I have my appt. Wedn.

I am starting to get very nervous about it. I am still excited though! I hate going to the doctor though....I know it will go fine. But, I cant help but worry abou twhat he will say to me. It will be so weird knowing I have something. I wont be the mysterious patient anymore...((((BIG sigh)))) Its going to be ok....thats what I keep telling myself!

 


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   Posted 12/3/2007 4:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey!

I'm sorry that you're going through all these. It is crappy cause I went through those the past few months. There will be something that will make you feel better.

And you got to eat. I didn't have the appetite and I just ate junk food if I really want to eat. It was totally unhealthy. Then I decided to stop going out to anywhere where junk food is available so I won't eat them. That was my only way. I lived on sweets for break time and lunch. =X But anyway, don't do that. Try to get bread or biscuits. (:

I had a hard time at school. I like to study and I don't at the same time too. I dreaded going to school everyday and I'll start whining about it the night before. That really suck. But still, you know you have to do it. When you're in school, try to stay happy. (: Hang around with your good friends and people who can make you laugh and happy. I sat with a bunch of crazy friends and laughed the whole day. It helped me get through the day. :)

I couldn't explain to my parents back then, not even now. Try to solve it yourself and get support here. Though it'll be better with your parents' support.

I learned that I need to find back my determination and my goal. Once these are really clear in your mind, you can start motivating yourself, go to school, do well, etc. Take things easy and step by step. Don't put blames on yourself or feel guilty. It'll just make you feel terrible. Instead, acknowledge the problem, and let it go, and move on. :D I did extremely badly for my examinations [and they are really important things to me] and I was totally upset about it and broke down after that. But a few days later, I looked back and made myself look on the bright side. Yup. That made a change in my mindset. There's next year.

Sorry, my thoughts were a bit disorganised, but I hope it'll help a little. (: If you need someone to talk to, you can always email me. ((:

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