symptoms of anxiety....what are yours?

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   Posted 5/13/2009 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
let me give you a long list of mine, and lets compare - shall we?  i'm so fed up with this - even on the days i feel good and am not thinking negatively, the symptoms are still there.
head numbness (slight novacaine feeling), then almost a feeling of cool when the numbness goes away...
head/facial tingling
ear fullness, neck tightness, jaw tightness
i am on no meds, but i do have a psychiatrist visit planned for next week.....i cannot take it anymore !  i exercise and do all the right things, even deep breathing....nothing helps completely.....

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   Posted 5/13/2009 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I always get gastric issues when my anxiety ramps up. I instantly get diarrhea and nausea, and of course I feel very tense and weepy. If I catch it right away I can stop it in its tracks with laying down and taking my Xanax.
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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh geez, lets see. At different times and in different situations anxiety makes my head feel fuzzy, my arms and legs tingly and achy, my chest hurts when I 'm anxious. Then I start to think maybe it's not anxiety, it's my heart, then they get worse because I get more anxious. I feel like I can't breathe or swallow. My stomach hurts a little. I get diarhea, but not often (well, if you consider a couple of times a month not often). It usually happens when something unusually upsetting happens. That's all I can think of for now!

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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Nanners said...
I always get gastric issues when my anxiety ramps up. I instantly get diarrhea and nausea, and of course I feel very tense and weepy. If I catch it right away I can stop it in its tracks with laying down and taking my Xanax.

I pretty much get the exact same thing(s) plus a little feeling of 'impending doom', and if I feel 'it' happening I can usually do the same as yourself and pop a couple Clonazepam 0.5's and hit the bed in my dark bedroom and turn the oscillating fan on for some added coolness and some 'white noise' helps also.

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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
All of the above and

I also get sweaty, very nervous to the point I'll pace. Racing thoughts, out of body feeling. I get muscle spasms in my back and sides. Pain in my chest, legs etc.
I have a lot of symptoms and long with back problems to boot. It comes down to almost you name it I have it type
Including the numbness on the scalp with the cold feeling. Throat issues and breathing problems.
If I can have it I do. lol

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   Posted 5/13/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Where to start... I have chest pains, I hyperventilate, arms and legs tingling, dizziness(probably from not breathing right), my stomach gets upset usually resulting in a trip to the bathroom, numb tingling sensation on face head lips, vertigo, palpitations, racing heart, "unreal" feeling, feeling like I need to escape, shaking... I'm probably forgetting a few at least I can say I don't get them all at the same time. :)
This too shall pass...

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   Posted 5/14/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
hey all..

When I'm feeling anxious or having a panic attack my head buzzes, my ears ring, my arms get tingly, my legs become restless, when I lay down I just feel totally dizzy and out of control of my thoughts, sometimes I get mild hallucinations, racing thoughts, the feeling where I must escape, I don't like lying still because I feel physically weirded out... I feel like I'm terrified of something, like I'm doomed, and panic myself into thinking that I have some kind of "mania" or schizophrenia.. It's probably my subconscious playing games with me, because that is where this all comes from. This anxiety, this condition.

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   Posted 5/15/2009 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Dizziness, Head numbness (feeling like I'm not in my own head), shaking hands and legs, cold sweats, ears ringing, dizziness, heart palpitations, chest pains, Hyperventilation

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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a feeling like I need to run! To escape!
Feeling like my heart is about to start racing, if its not already.
Cant sit still
Racing thoughts
Mind focuses on the one thing I'm worried about (worst case synarios are all that come to mind)
Shallow chest breathing (I do that a lot during the day too not realizing it)
Hot flashes
Cold flashes (my hands and feet get ice cold, I'd like to know the science behind that!)
Sometimes dizzy and spacey (feel like everything is distorted and maybe unreal)
My fingers get stiff I notice if I'm trying to type
Sometimes my legs and arms get stiff (scared stiff I guess)
When its over I eather feel relaxed/ relieved or depressed and spacey for a while

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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

For me it is a feeling of dread as I know I am starting to feel anxious and I fear what will come with it.  The crying and the fear of leaving my safe place, home.  The feeling of being so uncomfortable that every nerve is on high alert.  Also the feeling of failure as in " I must be a weak person to not be able to hold it together".  Now I know that is stinkin thinkin but I still feel it.

Kitt  smhair

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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had every possible symptom of anxiety/panic. At this point, my symptoms are racing heart, skipped beats and shakiness.

Once I get over the fear of my current symptoms then others pop up. It's been this way for over 20 years.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
60 mg. Prozac, Ativan as needed.
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   Posted 5/16/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
These are my symptoms:

Chest pains... shakiness... Headaches... Tummy troubles (the stress probably aggravates my Crohn's disease)... Sudden, intense fear for no reason.... Tendency towards crying or a tendency towards emotional numbness (it varies from time to time)... Sudden, intense (but contained) anger for no reason... Frequent nightmares... Paranoia over my health... Sometimes, I feel like I'm not all there, not grounded, or I'm a different person...

Inability to remember the simplest things (according to other people, I've forgotten how old I am, when my birthday is, what their name is *I had a teacher two years in a row... apparently, I forgot what her name was... She was a very nice teacher, too*, there are small periods of time where I don't even know where I am, thankfully, I manage to orient myself, but it can get scary, sometimes)... And I've noticed that I forget appointments, homework assignments, where my keys are, etc. etc.... Normally, I am very forgetful (I think it runs in my family... //@.@\\')... but when I'm anxious, my forgetfulness gets incredibly bad...

Loss of appetite (not a good thing, especially since I'm trying to gain weight)... Over-sleeping or not sleeping enough ... Startled easily... a mere touch on the shoulder can send me into hysterics... Inability to concentrate/focus...
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 5/19/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
i get a hot flash or a cold flash and i feel like the world is going to crash in on me. I feel like im aware of how the world is spinning (how ridiculous is that??) and my heart goes a mile a minute. it's hard to describe but it feels almost as if my soul and my body aren't in focus with that my soul is floating somewhere a little bit above where it's supposed to be and my body doesnt know what to do about it. sometimes i get my boyfriend to take his hands and touch from the top of my head to my toes and it makes me feel more aware of the fact that i am actually in my body.
its scary and i hate it.
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   Posted 5/20/2009 4:48 AM (GMT -7)   

My  worst anxiety symptoms is itching.

I dont mean general itch and scratch. When my anxiety is really bad, I itch from my head literally to the bottoms of my feet. I will scratch my scalp til it hurts,  scratch my arms til they bleed and scratch my feet on the carpet until they burn. I take Ativan, but I cant take it and work.  I think my Prozac is making my anxiety and my RLS worse, so I am going to try to slowly wean myself off it. 


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