Hi, Miriam! I saw your post on another thread and wanted to respond. I know you don't come to the forum often. I wanted to be sure you saw this so I started a thread so you would see it.
I don't know if you ever heard my story of anxiety so I thought I'd share it with you. My anxiety kicked in when my Crohn's disease kicked in. I was a young mother of three children ages four and under. Anxiety hit me like a ton of bricks and I didn't know what was happening. I had pain shooting up the back of my skull, my heart was pounding in my throat, I felt weak and very vulnerable. I actually thought I could be dying. It hit on Christmas Eve and I didn't see a doctor until the day after Christmas but I sure didn't move much that that Christmas. I stayed glued to a chair and prayed a lot.
When I was diagnosed with anxiety I was put on Valium right away and was taking 5mg. of Valium four times a day. I was practically a zombie on that drug but stayed on it because it seemed to be helping me. That was my perception but i really didnt know what it was doing to me. My Mother came for a visit about
a year after I was on the Valium and she was very upset. She said it was changing my personality, I was not the same person and begged me to get off it. I did wean myself off it but the anxiety continued, of course.
One day in church the sermon was on fear. The minister used the script
ure that I have in my signature. I had never thought of anxiety as being fear before but it sure is! It's basically our fight or flight response to something. I started wondering what could be causing the fear that was causing the anxiety and couldn't find a reason. I knew i wasn't going to die from my health problems. Plus, that script
ure said that God does not give me the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind! That really hit me between the eyes and I decided I was going to beat anxiety.
When it would crop up. I would recognize it for what it was, push it aside and get busy focusing on something else. I refused to think about
it because if I did it would hit me over the head with it's miserable symptoms. It took practice and it didn't happen over night but the anxiety attacks got fewer and fewer and when they would attack. I would push it aside again and get my mind on something else. Now I rarely have anxiety and if I do, I know exactly what to do. I also remember that script
ure because it was the catalyst to get me on the right track. That's why I put it in my signature on this forum.
A few years ago I had just finished lunch and all of a sudden I couldn't swallow! Boy, did the anxiety kick in. I sure didn't need anxiety along with the other problem so I honestly was able to focus on other things like I explained above, and, sure enough, the anxiety left and I was able to swallow again. The swallowing problem was caused by a muscle spasm in my throat but at the time I didn't know that and had visions of stomach tubes dancing in my head!
Also, you might want to check out your anxiety medication at Drugs.com. That's a great site. Some anxiety medications can still give you symptoms of anxiety! Everyone is different as to how these meds work.
I know you are an extremely strong woman. Just look what you have done in the recent years! It's amazing that you have gotten off all that medication and are doing so much better. I'm really proud of you and you should be very proud of yourself, too! If I can kick anxiety to the curb, I just be you can, too. I really hope you can and I also hope this post has helped you some. Our minds are a powerful thing and I believe we can do just about
anything if we put our mind to it. We just have to believe we can do it!!! You have shown this type of spirit, too!
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 4/15/2013 11:05:49 AM (GMT-6)