Bad head pressure- anxiety attack too

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   Posted Yesterday 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay if anyone can answer- i'm having that bad bloated head feeling- does anyone get that regularly? I also am feeling very scared at the moment.  My stomach has been growling all day.  I guess i am just very scared and feel like i'm losing control or something. I don't even know how to describe it.   If it's lyme ammonia then i'm heavily toxic or am i just going nuts? I hate this feeling- i feel like i'm about to die- like literally. Does anyone get that feeling along with the bloated head sensation? Am i just having a panic attack or what is this? Any responses are appreciated. 
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   Posted Today 3:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there finding,

I have experienced the annoying "head pressure" off and on for a number of years. Anxiety and head pressure are listed symptoms of Lyme disease as you probably know. Most recently, I was quite taken aback by having the head pressure and anxiety while I was herxing from Ketek. I'm not prone to anxiety at all, but I was getting these awful mini anxiety attacks (like sudden impending doom and that roller coaster feeling in the gut). I also frequently felt lightheadedness, and faint-feeling during this time. Sometimes herxing can seem worse than the actual disease (Lyme and coinfections) you're trying to eradicate.

I haven't heard of lyme ammonia ~ I will have to read up. I haven't been on H/W for quite awhile. I'm Canadian, so lately I've been visiting mostly CanLyme and Dr. Murakami's forum.

I really hope you feel much better soon, whether it be from herxing, Lyme/coinfection cycling, medication side effects, or any of the other nasty Lyme-related things we have to deal with. It's a good thing we all have each other!

Take good care, and keep us updated.

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   Posted Today 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm so glad you happened to be on- I do believe i might be herxing i'm doing some basic natural anti parasiitcs but one thing i haven't really checked into is how my body is detoxing- The way you described how you felt is exactly how i felt- although i have been prone to anxiety for years and years so this just makes it worse. As i started to breathe more the head pressure lessened and the more i calmed down i felt a little more "stability". 

Right now i am truly concerned about how my body is processing toxins- i don't believe it is doing it properly- not enough of the right tools maybe- i know someone replied to my post about vit D- and i think being as low as i might (hopefully i am not depleted)   i think this vitamin does help the body detox- along with other factors- like my lymph system might need drainage or something- I do hope i can get this taken care of- i would think a Natural Doctor might know more about how to see if my body is detoxing correctly- and i am interested if anyone here has happened to have issues with that-  



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   Posted Today 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh sweetheart I'm sorry you are feeling under the weather today, I wish I could give you a hug.
I wish I could be there to help you with your lil ones.
I have had all the feelings you are talking about. Please take each day slow, and dont beat yourself
up with what you cant get accomplished. I promise it will get better, but you have to take it slow.
It's really ok if the dishes dont get done, or the floor dont get vacuumed. Do what you can and if there
are days that you feel like you are describing please, sit down with your kids and watch a movie, relax
as much as possible. Sit and close your eyes and just listen to yourself breathe. I have to take in slow long
deep breaths and just blow them out hard like you are releasing air to blow up a balloon, might be helpful.

Take your time and try not to worry.

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   Posted Today 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Everything you described sounds like a panic/anxiety attack. There are medications to treat this. I take Xanax. Increasingly, over a 9+ year period I am up to 5mg a day. In the beginning, that would've put a horse to sleep for 2 days straight. My PShrink will only prescribe up to 6 mg a day (no higher). Now, I know I'm dependent on Xanax. I am not dependent on anything else (THANK GOD!)... I realize what I'm in for when cured of Lyme, I need to stop or severely decrease the Xanax. I guess what I am saying is that there is medication that REALLY DOES work..... on the other hand, if you do not want to become depndent... or if you're already dependent upon any other rx, take things VERY slowly.

PS - everything you described, sounds like Lyme disease to me.
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   Posted Today 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much for the responses- i wish i had someone here with me too! The head pressure is back and the burning sensation- does anyone get a burning sensation with an anxiety/panic attack?

I really do hope it is all as you describe and that this will pass-
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   Posted Today 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey finding,

You're body can do very weird things when you're having an anxiety/panic attack. I used to get them really bad. I learned a breathing technique that helped me most of the time.

Take a deep breath through your nose and hold your breath for a few seconds, then blow the air out from your mouth. Do this from one to three times. It is supposed to calm the body down. It worked really well for me.

You may also want to consider a prescription medication for now. They really do help.

Btw, I also get the bloated head pressure. It got worse for me when I was in the heat.
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   Posted Today 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
this is one of my worst symptoms.  I get  severe head pressure and terrible terrible anxiety. For the three years I went undiagnosed, I actually thought I was going crazy. Xanax has helped and I have had to increase in the last few weeks now that the anxiety has come back.  I too am looking into better methods of detox and handling the anxiety better.  It can be just unbearable.  I have found myself hibernating as I do not do well with people at all when I am like this.  Such a weird weird thing for the disease to manifest itself like this.  I actually just read up on lithium orotate and have ordered to see if it will help with anxiety.  Best of luck to you. 

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   Posted Today 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
cajungrl, i see much similarity in your story and my symptoms- i mean i rememeber you telling me you came back positive for cytomega and EBV. I was just reading how cytomega can have a "stealth virus" that imitates it or something and causes brain infection- i'm sure people here have already read this but they are looking into how stealth viruses cause anxiety disorder and many other disorders...
Has anyone here been checked by the Center for Complex infectious diseases for stealth virus? I read there is blood testing that can be done for it.

Springsjean, wow, every time i hear someone going through something similar i want to reach out and connect with them b/c i feel like such an odd ball with this. I have only found 1 other lymie so far that has gotten the "head burning" sensation that i have. it is quite scary. Thankfully it hasn't happened all the time but it does make me think maybe i am not detoxing correctly. You know i have some xanax but have been worried about taking it- i can't afford to get any worse- but maybe i should try it sunday when my husband is home. How many mg or whatever where you taking?
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   Posted 12/19/2009 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi finding,
Is it possible that you are PMSing?  Also, what exactly is your detox regime?  With that information, I could possibly give you some pointers...
Hope you feel better,
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   Posted 12/19/2009 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Deejavu, it is highly possible- but the burning sensation is what worries me. I know dr. jernigan talks about this somewhere- do you remember what he said? I think he related it to an ALS patient? i hope not but i'm trying to prepare myself here...i haven't been getting it today thank goodness- but i do feel slight pressure up there. 
Right now i am doing epsom salt baths during the week when i can stand it- sometimes i get bone pain when i do them- don't know why-maybe the water is too hot?
I also use chlorella to help detox and drink lemon water.  I'd love any pointers you have to offer! :)

I refuse to stay sick! Period. 

Post Edited (finding721) : 12/19/2009 10:54:53 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/11/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey finding. I´m so familiar with your type of anxiety! That´s exactly what i used to get. On my left hand, it felt like there was liquid fire burning inside my veins. My cheeks would also burn up like they were on fire, I´d get so warm and sweat like crazy and well as my heart pounded. Kept thinking that I was gonna die and that that I was loosing control of myself. For me it helped a lot to stop fighting the panic attack- but just go with it and accept it - as well as taking deep breaths. It is NOT dangerous, merely a reaction that your body is under stress. Yet it is very very scary. Like I´ve written somewhere else on this forum I have jumped out of a plane with a parachute and bungy jumped - which were both peanuts compared to a panic attack. You are not going to die, your body is just freaking out a bit.
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