This internal trembling is driving me crazy

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   Posted 1/27/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Does anyone experience your insides just trembling, like a vibration feeling. I also have a feeling like I just got off an elevator. Last night I had some weird sleep thing, I dont know what it was, a night terror, it was so weird i cant explain it. I think its stress induced. I have been going into work at 6:30am until 4:30 then running home taken care of my 4 kids, dinner etc and more paperwork until 9:00pm. And they say teachers have it made!

Can anyone relate?

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   Posted 1/27/2009 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   

You are doing quite a bit - no wonder you are tuckered out! 

Have you started any new meds? 

How is your blood sugar? 

Those are few things that I have experienced as causing that trembling.

Please try to get yourself to slow down a bit - if you don't already take some breaks. 

Or, at least, some deep breaths!

Take Care,









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   Posted 1/27/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate the internal trembling, it gets me nuts. I also occasionally get the elevator feeling.

I know that the trembling increases when my blood sugar is low. Do you go go many hours without food? When you finally eat, is it predominately carbs? Try to go no more than three hours without eating. When you do snack, have some protein.

Working 10 hours a day will burn you out. Pay careful attention to what you are doing during your extra hours and see how you can cut back. Remember, you really only have to be a darn good teacher, not a perfect one!

Right now I allow myself one hour/day outside of my paid contract time, plus no more than two hours total on the weekend when absolutely necessary. The only exception is when there is a deadline or some district mandated extra baloney. I do the most important things first and work quickly. I try to use email as much as possible so I don't end up socializing during that hour. When the time is up, I go home. Sure, sometimes I'm not as prepared as I would have liked, but all in all, it's been very helpful. I make sure that I take at least 10 minutes during my lunchtime to relax, or stretch, or do some deep breathing. I am not as stressed out and I have more energy. This actually helps with my teaching. While I have fewer bells and whistles in my lessons, I am more focused and energetic so it evens out.

I've found that grading takes up way too much time. I am trying to plan all assignments, homework, and tests so that grading takes less time. This is a work in progress so I don't have anything to share yet. If you have any ideas, let me know!!!

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   Posted 1/28/2009 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I get this. It is good to know I am not just nuts. Okay, maybe. I do not know what to do about it.


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   Posted 1/28/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Momteach,
I had that same thing, it was awful. I think, for me, it was mostly anxiety related. Try to find a way to chill out a little. Maybe a nice bath in the evening. Dagger and some good ideas related to the work load issue. Remember, you only get one chance with this body, be careful of burn out. I allowed my self to completely burn out and its taken almost 3 months to recover.. which is still a work in progress.
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   Posted 1/28/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I also get the internal trembling.. actually this is going to sound crazy but I SWEAR it gets worse when I drink a lot of water... now, okay, water is GREAT for you, especially when you have Fibro from what I have heard (good for your joints and whatnot).. but if I drink more than a few glasses of water at a time, my body gets soo COLD on the inside that it starts trembling... does ANYONE get that from drinking cold fluids??????? confused
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   Posted 1/28/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   

I have had the vibration-thing.  Went running to the ER because I vibrated a vase off a night stand!  They ran every test known to man and told me it was anxiety.  It's a horrible feeling but it will pass.



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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Drinking cold water makes my insides all cold too and I tremble. Once they put a cold IV in me, that did the same thing... temperature seems like an important thing for us fibros.


Making sure you get enough rest is really important. If I was doing half of what you do I'd be out like a light by 9:00pm. If I don't get enough rest my body gets really unhappy and my fibro gets worst. The most important thing you can do is take care of yourself, because if you run yourself down, that's not going to do you much good.

I think we all just need vacations... go somewhere warm, sit on a beach in the sun and all the spa treatment we want... if only life could stop for a second and we all got a million dollars.

Take care Momteach, you're awesome :) four kids! You do have your handsfull.
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   Posted 1/28/2009 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you everyone for your words of advice, and support. I know I am in overload, but I am a special education teacher in high school and in addition to my teaching I have to prepare for meetings that are quite involved about my studnets that I am responsible for, I run the meetings, so it is hard not to be prepared. This position has a lot of paperwork, it is quite ridiculous. I also have a portfolio that is due by May and it is a teaching portfolio that requires a lot of work(100 pages), so I am literally working everyday till 9:00, and all day Saturday at the library. I am type A personality so this fibro thing is quite difficult. I think a lot of us are type A personality.

I dont eat much, and I do snack on pretzels, so I wouldnt doubt it may be low sugar or something. I eat less since I was forced to stop running everyday.

I also find that I have more difficulty sleeping, more than usual and I have had a rapid heart beat. It is probably all that is on my mind.

Thanks again everyone for the advice. I will slow down in May.

Meanwhile I have to fit in some more testing. My new dr, wants me to go for a mri for chiari malformation syndrome, something with the cerebellum part of my brain being malformed, may be a lot of my symptoms. Not a good thing to have, anyway, thanks again.


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   Posted 1/28/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Teach!

At least that's what my students used to call me...and I sorta liked it. One thing above all I would on getting your life slowed down. Your body is trying to tell you that you're doing way too much and abusing it by lack of sleep and improper diet. I'm repeating your words here but sometimes we need to hear our own words aimed at us directly. I know I do.

You have committed yourself right now to way more than you should take on so you will have to finish up but when this one project is over please work on slowing down your lifestyle. Reading your posts one thing stands out to are having trouble fitting everything you have to do into one day. What about those 4 kids? Are you able to spend time with them? Relax and have some fun together? This could be done over dishes, folding clothes or homework. Have you sat down and talked to them about the disorders you and your body are facing and how it affects you? Bring them on board. Kids respond will to helping a parent.

You are right that many of us are type A perfectionists and that makes it much harder to deal with the fibro. I know because I pushed myself so hard that I went over the edge. I'm saying all of these things out of love and experience. My body finally collapsed to the point that doc more working/teaching. It broke my heart and still hurts. I don't want you to ever be in that position.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Special Ed. is tough. There's no way to cut down on the paper work and you have all those deadlines and legal requirements. I've seen student files thicker than phone books. Actually, finishing by 9:00 is pretty good. I've been to 3 IEP meetings since Christmas but all I have to do is sign my name, I have the easy part. You've already cut back as much as you can.

Low blood sugar will affect your sleep and your heart rate increases when your blood sugar drops. Nuts are a great snack in school, unless one of your students has nut allergies. Just be sure to only have a few at a time. You should be able to find snack ideas online. Even if it's not your blood sugar, eating every few hours will help you stay healthy.

My coworker's son is dealing with a chiari malformation right now. It was discovered a few weeks ago and he is still undergoing tests.

May will be here before you know it. Good luck!

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   Posted 1/29/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG, Yes!! I get that now and then! It's the strangest feeling ever. It seems like I usualy only get it at night, though, sometimes while falling asleep or sometimes it wakes me up from sleep. I don't recall ever getting it during the day. Mine, however, I dont think, is stress-related. The first time it happened was quite scary. I was drifting into sleep, then all of a sudden I felt like a motor was running inside my chest/upper body/shoulders. First I thought my heart was racing, but I felt my heart rate and it was normal and I could feel the tremors aside from my heart beat. I usually lasts a few seconds, then stops. I tried keepign a log of when it happened, but it never seemed to correlate with anything in particular, except it happened at night. One thing I did read about it, is it could be hormone-related as well so that might be something to check into. Personally I just turned 40 but it's been happening for at least 5 years for me. I also think I am getting menopausal symptoms as my body became suddenly warm. I get hot flashes, especially during the  night. But it's so weird when it happens...i can hear my pillow make tiny noises as my upper body vibrates, like it's moving my pillow. What I cannot remember, though, is what meds i was taking at the time, maybe that might have something to do with it.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks again everyone for the great words of advice, I will definitely listen to them and try to apply them to my life.

Chutz, I am sorry you had to give up teaching, but I can see how it can knock you down. I have great kids, and we are a very close family. We still, despite our busy schedules, eat dinner every night together and we talk about our days. They also help me with my school work and understand the importance of this project and have been supportive. I also coach their basketball team so I spend time with them doing this. They are aware of my medical problems and are always concerned offering a back rub, my oldest says he will find a cure.  Thanks everyone again, I am so glad I joined this forum, you guys are the best medicine!



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   Posted 1/30/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like a fairly normal anxiety/panic attack to dr gave me Xanax to take as needed when my identical symptoms were occurring quite often.

You might wait till the big portfolio thing is done and see if things calm down. Anxiety/panic attacks are "all in your head" but not in an imaginary way. There are actual chemical changes occurring that you cannot control, and they can take over your brain and become more easily triggered if the pattern isn't stopped and/or reversed. If it still occurs often, please talk to your doctor.

about 3 years ago I was like that very often, so took the xanax just before stressful things (mtgs, emotional conferences, big reports, etc) -- as time went on the attacks became less and less frequent, and now only occur if I'm out of sleep, out of food, and extra stressed.

Hope that helps,

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   Posted 1/30/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Lynnwood,

I am stressed and I probably am anxious. I do have xanax because I do get panic attacks occassionally, but I have been able to work through them without pills. I looked at my script bottle of them and it expires 2/09, and it is full, so maybe I will take one before bed. I could never take during the day they make me sleepy, even only 1/2 the dosage.


Thanks for the advice

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