Is this anxiety? Please advise.

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   Posted 3/24/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel a lot of tension - no pain in the chest, just tension. Every once in a while, I get this "head rush", sweat a little bit. It only lasts about 5 - 10 seconds and is over. If it went any longer, it may feel like I could pass out. It has happened while eating out, in a meeting, or even exercising. Does this sound like an anxiety attack?
Some history - I started having issues once in a while waking up in the middle of the night. The doc thought it was anxiety, and put me on temazepam as needed. I now find that I am taking it nightly. Then, over the past couple months, I had the issue I mentioned above. I have had them before, but they seem a bit more frequent now. Went to see the doc (general physician), and he gave me Xanax (.25 mg) as needed. I take it when I feel real tense, but I am afraid I may get hooked on this benzo as well. I also have sleep apnea, and am using a CPAP machine. That doc gave me a prescription for Zoloft, thinking that would help with waking up overnight. At that time, I was not having these "attacks". I am thinking about seeing a psychologist, but have not pulled the trigger. Anxiety disorders do run in my family (mom and sister). My mom got over hers, and my sister puts up with her episodes, refusing to take meds.
Does anyone use temazepam (Restoril) or Xanax? Any advice? How do you "live with it" - ignore the symptoms?
Thanks so much...

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   Posted 3/24/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Hags,

I think that the xanax will help you with the anxiety. I have been taking it for close to 20 years. I take half of what I use to by cutting back on the caffiene. I don't need as much as I did. And it works wonderfully.

Hopefully somebody will come on and help you more than I can. It does sound like anxiety to me. But you should go by what your physician thinks. Be totally honest, don't forget to mention things that you think might be triggering these anxiety attacks.

I hope that you feel better and that the meds work for you.

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   Posted 3/25/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Hags and Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.

Anxiety has so many sx that you may be experieincing an increase in your anxiety.  You will find many threads on the site that will help you see that you are not alone.

On HealingWell we strive to seek a balance between alternative and traditional approaches. Many people have used the CBT therapy and there is an online version of this program.  Their is a thread on this page you may want to read.

I will pull up the Welcome thread if you would like to do an intro in that thread that would be great as all the members like to meet the newbies.




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