Giving it a try

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 5/30/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
... being med free. I forgot to take my toprol the other day since I've been on vacation all week and didn't notice until well into the next day. So I figured since my doctor just kinda said to feel things out that I would give it a go without the meds. Yesterday and today have been a little tough but I've mostly been ok. Been doing a lot of deep breathing and tonight I randomly got the idea to use a system they use on nervous horses to help calm them down called Ttouch. You just basicaly make circles using a few fingers from 6oclock all the way around and a bit past on the skin and just doing that over and over in a few different areas. So far its been really helping with the chest discomfort and getting me to relax. It kinda precipitated around getting a cortizone shot in my shoulder on Weds (bad idea for vacation by the way!) and I was in so much pain from the shot I didn't really have much thought to put toward my anxiety or worrying about the palps. Also curiously since my shoulders are even now that the spasmed muscle has relaxed a lot of my chest pain and axillary pain is pretty much gone and he put another injection in my trapezius muscle that has pretty much gotten rid of my headaches. So I'm hopeful I can stay off the Toprol and work thru this without medication. I'm realy just trying to accept my anxiety and allow myself to just feel nervous if I need to instead of bottling it up and it coming out as a full blown panic attack. Its only been a few days but so far so good. I'm really hopeful!

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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   


Kudos to you, I think you are doing awesome.........acceptance is one of the most important things when dealing with anxiety.  I have had a couple of rough days as I fell back into the "stinnkin thinkin".  I don't want to have anxiety, when will it go away and why me?  so I spent 2 days in tears and today I am hoping to get back in the saddle and  kick the "why me" thoughts to the curb.

I think perhaps you are the people whisper..........I like the circle idea.  I will be trying that.

Hope you manage without the Toprol, however do keep an open mind about it in case you do need to try it.

Lots of hugs



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   Posted 6/1/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Kitt,

Sorry to hear you've had some rough days, I know how you mean about just wanting the anxiety to go away. Go easy on yourself, you've been through a lot lately and are doing an amazing job managing life stress AND anxiety!

Thanks for the kind words, I am really hopeful that I can make it without the Toprol. I'm not set against it but it has caused some weight gain that has put extra pressure on my legs and seems to make the leg cramps worse so I'm hoping I can get both of those under control.

I'm back at work today and I'm not sure if it was the distressing phone call with my brother/SIL or that I'm back to work but I am very anxious this morning. I'm trying to stay positive. I woke up with terrible cramps in my left leg that have been going on since yesterday, I'm trying to remind myself I was up on a ladder painting Friday night and am probably just sore from that but of course my anxiety brain is like "BLOOD CLOT". Ugh. Sometimes I just wish I could shut off these thoughts. I envy people who don't constantly worry like this. I know I used to be one of those people. Just got to figure out how to get rid of that thinking like you said!


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