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   Posted 1/13/2009 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
  I am new to the forum, I have been reading for a few weeks and just decided to join in :-)   I was dx'd back in October with anxiety/panic attacks. I had been very sick with gastro issues which caused me complete angst. I went to a deep dark place that I hope to never return to again. I am 30 yrs old with my spouse in the military as well as having a special needs child. I have TONS of stress in my life.
 Most recently my symptoms have been heart related..After having a holter monitor/CT scan/EKG etc done I have put it in my mind that my heart is truly, truly fine..But now today I am having breathing issues..It seems like everytime that I put something to rest the anxiety morphs into something else that scares the heck outta me..Does this happen to anyone else? I just feel like I get over one thing and my body changes to something else..Before my heart it was shaking, dizziness, stomach problems..It is forever morphing!!!

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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth and Welcome!!!

I tell you this anxiety gets to be stressful with all the body symptoms, don't they? So many of us on here have these issues too and it is a good thing to learn some different techniques to help you control the way you feel in general. Some of these include, Relaxation, Breathing Exercises, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), General Exercise, Healthy Eating Habits, etc. Sometimes it even takes some meds prescribed by your physician to help get you over the worst of it.

From the way you speak about your life, it is no wonder you are stressed out and feeling anxiety. It is hard to be a full time caregiver/mother and a military wife. I think that most of us would feel the same in your shoes. My late brother was a special needs child and was the sweetest child God ever made in our eyes but the worry involved took its toll over the years.

Please go see your physician about your problems you are facing now. I have the same symptoms that you have and they have been better through the techniques described above and by getting the meds straightened out for me. As far as your breathing goes, you really should try to use the Breathing and Relaxtion Exercises that you can find at the top of our page under Anxiety-Panic Resources. Click on that and scroll down the thread to the post by "wen" and there are the links. You will also find a link to a free online CBT therapy called MoodGYM which goes over so much that will start making you feel better :)

Nice to meet you! Bless you and your family.

Take care and have a wonderful day! . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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   Posted 1/13/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there :)
You sound kinda like me. My anxiety started 3 months ago with upper abdominal pain and constant nausea. After that came chest pain and shortness of breath. Tummy pain is now gone, chest pain only sometimes, now it has been replaced by back pain and rapid heartbeat + heartburn.
Docs claim my heart is fine too... and honestly i doubt any heart condition could cause all these symptoms^^ Anxiety can manifest in many ways,i guess.

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   Posted 1/13/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Beth,

Welcome to healingwell, I'm so glad you have joined in with us. I can relate to your "morphing" symptoms!! Anxiety is a tricky beast and will get you wherever you are weakest..try and identify when anxiety is "shape-shifting" and keep track of it. I try and journal the new things anxiety throws at me so when the cycle repeats I am prepared.

The good thing is once you have been through something (shaking/nausea) you know that it is part of your anxiety and next time it comes along you can say "ahh - here comes my anxiety monster again" sounds a bit silly, but it's nice to be able to identify and act on our anxiety quickly.

Take care, and please feel free to email any of the moderators if you need to talk privately.

Welcome again,


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   Posted 1/13/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Beth you took a page out of my life book. ive had stomach problems and went as far as having a colonoscopy and everything was fine,then i thought my heart was bad, had test and everything was fine now iam getting numbness on my face and i think i have a brain tumor so no, you are not alone.

any advice i can give rite now is stay on these forums, people here help alot.

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   Posted 1/13/2009 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I read a book that said it was rare to have every symptom of anxiety. Well, guess what? I've had them all. Just like you, I would get used to and become unafraid of one symptom and another would pop up. This tells me that I wasn't doing enough to relieve stress. You must not be doing enough, either. Are you practicing relaxation techniques? Are you keeping a journal? Are you exercising? Make sure you're doing enough! Take each symptom and each day as it comes. You will get really good at this!
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   Posted 1/13/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Beth, and welcome!

My health anxiety likes to play that game sometimes; it's like "Wheel of Symptoms." The morphing's not real common for me, but occasionally, I have a day or two when some new health worry out of the blue gets stuck in my head.

I'm glad you've had all the proper tests run, and that you're satisfied with the results about your heart. That's hugely important! If you have a good relationship with your doctor, and lots of open communication, what's really helped me is talking about why I can't have the stuff I fear. (Yes, regular members, I'm up on that soapbox again. LOL) I honestly think I would have gotten caught in the constantly morphing round of symptoms, though, if I hadn't had that kind of interaction with my doctor.

We got to go from chasing after my latest fear, to me recognizing that it wasn't a realistic fear. Cognitive behavioral therapy really reinforced that message, too, or rather allowed me to see it in the first place.



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   Posted 1/13/2009 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I read in a book that it's rare to have every symptom of anxiety. Well, I've had them all. I realized that I wasn't doing enough to relieve stress. Once I got used to one symptom, another would surface. You probably aren't doing enough, either. You need to add things to your daily "to do" list. Make sure you are exercising, keeping a journal, practicing relaxation techniques. Your body is crying out to you. Give it what it wants!
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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for such a warm welcome and letting me know I am not alone in this! Back in November I tried to take Zoloft for the anxiety but couldn't tolerate the side effects at all..It threw me into a complete tizzy on Thanksgiving Day..So I have decided to go the herbal route. I am using Vitamin B complex and fish oil..It seems to help alot but I really wish the physical scary stuff would go away!!!!!
I started in October seeing a social worker who is just awesome. I wish my schedule would allow me to see her more because she really taps into what is going in my life..I have so much stress right now as my husband is wanting to get out of the military because the stress in our lives in unbelievable. But that causes much more stress for me because I worry so much about healthcare and how things are in the civilian world. The military is all we have know since we married 12 yrs ago so we have never had to survive in the real world!
Sorry for rambling=) I just have so much to carry on my shoulders at the moment and I am so glad to find a safe place where people understand..Thanks again for the warm welcome!

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   Posted 1/14/2009 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beth,
Welcome to HealingWell.  Yes your physical sx are real and you have found out from the other members that the physical sx need to be addressed by your physician also, not just the anxiety.
I was so happy to read that you are seeing a social worker and I hope that helps you.

We often waste way too much of our time and energy focusing on what we don't like, what we're worried about, or what we think needs to be fixed, changed, or enhanced.

There are great things happening in your life and around you all the time.

Celebrate the good stuff around us, in others, and in ourselves

Remember to stay in the moment.
Again Welcome

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   Posted 1/14/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Candlegirl and welcome to Healingwell. I am sorry for all the trials you are going thru right now. I too am glad that you have a therapist to talk to, and hope you can get in to see her more often. Please come here vent, read, whatever, we are always here for you.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Beth I'm so sorry you're going through so much right now. Glad you're seeing someone who sounds good for you!

I never knew anxiety was what it is! Mine started with stress over chronic illnesses that I have, then my grandmother died and I started have heart palipatations and chest pains. Shaking and nausea. Then my muscles started twitching. Then this week I couldn't pee right. My bladder wouldn't empty. I went to the dr and he said everything looks fine, then I meekly asked if it could be my anxiety and he said yes. I can't believe this is affecting me like this! It makes me feel lots of empathy for those who deal with this chronically. I'm not sure how they do it? You are all so strong!

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   Posted 1/16/2009 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also new to this site, but I have suffered with anxiety/panic disorde for years now. I am also a Military wife with 2 kiddos and it seems that my anxiety really kicked into high gear when my husband was in Afghanistan. I used to just have the panicky feelings with nothing physical besides a racing pulse, sweating, and feeling out of my body. I am constantly worrying about something physically wrong with me too. I had an echo done on my heart, an mri on my brain and many many blood tests, but it only seems to calm my mind for a short period of time and than I am back to feeling like the same issues I just had checked out are going bad again. I dont know if this makes any sense. I have been feeling like I cant take a deep breath, and my heart is constantly racing. Anytime I try to do anything physical it makes me sick to my stomach. I think I have myself so stressed out that I have convinced myself something is wrong that my body is just freaking out on me. I cant seem to get past this point and it is very frustrating. I am glad to see that I finally havea place to come to talk to people who make me feel like I am not a crazy lady.
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