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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/27/2009 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I just found this board so I thought I'd introduce myself
I'm a 29yr old female, I had my first PA in highschool although I didn't know what it was at the time. Through college I experienced some depression/anxiety, but nothing that I couldn't get a handle on. After college when I got my first job in the medical field I developed a lot of physical symptoms (pre-ulcer, IBS), I was also in a bad relationship... I survied the medical field for 2 years before I wound up in my doctors office, the cardiologist, having lots of tests and procedures done because I could no longer hide or deal with my anxiety. The cardiologist basically told me I was crazy for thinking at 24 I was having a heart attack, he put me on a beta blocker to help me deal with PVCs, my doctor put me on zoloft for the anxiety. It got me through, although it took me a long time to adjust to the zoloft and I never felt quite right, but it was better than waking in a panic at 1am and feeling totally out of control. The medication helped me get my life back, I even changed jobs and dumped my boyfriend, moved in with a friend and managed to get off the zoloft after only 6 months. I have managed my anxiety on and off since, last year I planned my wedding and that helped "distract me" from the panic. This year not so much. My husband is a wonderful man, we have a great life together, a farm, we've traveled, he's helped me reach some of my dreams and goals and we are very well matched. He does not understand my anxiety and why, if I am happy, I feel this way. I am in the process of undergoing lots of tests for pain that I don't understand and the doctor is having a difficult time diagnosing. Last week she prescribed me cymbalta to deal with some of my symptoms while they wait on test results and I only took 1 pill. Medication is one of my triggers and the side effects I experienced from that drug were worse than my worst PA. I am nervous that she will prescribe something else similar, as I don't want to feel that way. I do want to overcome my anxiety and live my life without fear and pain, but I'm unsure how to do it and I'm hoping maybe chatting with some of you will give me some new ideas on how to manage the panic.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/27/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   


I'd like to extend a warm welcome to you on your first visit to Healing Well! To help you get the most out of the Anxiety and Panic Forum please take the time to browse our threads

I understand your wanting to get through the A & P  without using medication if you can. Have you ever tried CBT?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts
cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think to feel / act better even if the situation does not change.

There is a free online program that you can work from home. I will post the link for you, do give it a try as it has helped many.The MoodGym Training Program 

Again a warm welcome



Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 2/27/2009 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi dixibella!!! I just wanted to add my welcome to Kitt's. Look forward to hearing more from you.
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 2/27/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dixibella!

Nice to meet you and welcome to our A/P Forum :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort . . . Your Bro . . . Sam :)
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"Although the world is full of suffering. . . it is also full of the overcoming of it."
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Not a professional.  Seek your physician's advice before making changes to your meds or lifestyle.

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 2/27/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I would like to extend a warm Welcome to Our HW family

I know you will get plenty of support caring and info here

Believe me I have in the yrs I have belonged

Stay with us plz

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 3/1/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome! You do not have to take whatever meds the doctor gives you. You have the right to discuss them and switch to something else if you want to. We forget this because often times we're intimidated by our doctors. I know I am. Let us know how you're feeling!

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