Constant Anxiety...ugh!

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   Posted 1/8/2010 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone. I am new to this whole thing. I thought it was interesting to read everyones feelings and see the similarities. I have been battleing this disorder for a long period of time, but recently it has gotten so much worse. I feel like there is a constant film over me and it is there all day long. I feel like I am constantly "checking in" with myself if I realize that I havent paid any real attention to the symptoms. This gets to be so irritating. Every little cramp or muscle pain or whatever I am feeling, I instantly take to "FEAR/PANIC/WHAT IF" and then it snowballs from there. This is a vicious cycle that I need to break. Recently I have been battleing the heaviness and tightness in the chest area. This is so very scary to me but have been told by many that this is just ANXIETY! UGH! Is there anyone with any advice so I can get my mind off the heaviness in my chest and relax so I can enjoy my life the way I want? Thanks so much to you all. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I think just knowing someone else suffers the same often times makes one feel better. =) Thanks again! ~Blessings~

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   Posted 1/8/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blessings and welcome to HW. Sounds to me as if you have Health Anxiety. Do you have a therapist or trusted doctor you can see? Sounds like you really need to get on some type of medication to tone down this anxiety. If you will look in our resources thread you will find alot of links that might be helpful to you. Again welcome and ask any questions you might have.

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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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   Posted 1/8/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nanners! Yes I have a Dr. that I actually visited with yesterday. He has me taking a very low dose of Zoloft. We will see after 1 week how I am doing. There are so many things that trigger anxiety in me.....I think the greatest is my physical symptoms, tightness in my chest, shortness of breath, dizziness, shakiness etc... when any of the slightest of these things happen it literally sets me off. I know I am not dieing but the constant 24-7 feelings make one numb. Thanks for the hugs =)

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   Posted 1/10/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have alot of the same problems. My main problem is that I do have a health issue but I concentrate on it so much that my symptoms just get worse and worse.

Any physical symptom amplifies if we constantly dwell on it. It makes me panic to the point of being non functional.

I recently started Klonopin which has helped. Although I feel kind of like a zombie it is giving my body a break from the constant shaking and crying.

Talk with your doctor. I do hope that your seeing a psychiatrist. I learned not tl see my family doc anymore for these types of medications. Psych docs are specially trained on how to do your dosages.

I do hope you find some relief. I googled audio meditation and I have been doing it yesterday and today. I have to say it makes me feel a little relaxed. Maybe you could give it a try.

Peace to you..kitkat

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   Posted 1/14/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Blessings! You just described me to the T!!! I have been living with severe anxiety and panic attacks since around 2004. I habe had numerous EKG's done, hundreds of trips to the hospital along with every other test you can think of. I have tried many medications but so far the only thing that works is Ativan. The problem is everythime I run out I have a hard time getting the Dr. to Perscribe more. Without this medicine my life is horrible. I constantly feel Im going to pass put. I have chest pains and the whole nine yards. Your not alone!!! I know exactly how you feel!!

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   Posted 1/27/2010 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok I do the same thing myself.  Anxiety/panic is a tough demon to battle. Im 37 been dealing with it since 14.  But I found a therapist I actually start seeing tomorrow, he specializes in this stuff.  So you arent alone out there, and it helps me to read that others are feeling and going through the same thing I am.  Good Luck to you..

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   Posted 1/28/2010 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys! Thanks for the replys. I have not been online in a couple weeks. Sorry for the delay in response. I have actually had a good couple weeks. I did purchase the Lucinda Bassett, Attacking Anxiety and Depression system. I am not close to even being done with the first far so good. I have been battleing anxiety since I was about 16. That is when I had my first "attack" and ended up in the hospital..... Still alive all these years later and still battleing the same symptoms. Some days are better than others. Thanks for the support to all of you. It does take the tension off just knowing there are others suffering the same way you do. I wish there was a button we could push to make us "normal"....LOL! Hope to catch up with you'll soon. =) ~Blessings~

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   Posted 1/28/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are wonderful. I thank God for you all. I too have been suffering from extreme anxiety and depression since I was around 14 I'm 44 now. For about a year now I've been experiencing this tightning in the chest area and it really scares me when it happens. I feel like a prisoner sometimes and I really would like to feel a since of well being in my life. I must say that reading the Bible really calms me down and keeps me going on from day to day.
Peace and Blessings to you all,and may the creator who created us    Comfort US!!!!!!!!!smile

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 1/28/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
The therapist I have been seeing gave me a book called "The Feeling Good Handbook". I read several chapters that all seemed like they could apply to me. All of the conclusions seemed to center around the same premise - what's the worst that could happen.

Example: I don't feel good, I'm afraid I'm having a heart attack. The fear paralyzes you and things snowball.

I was let go from my job the beginning of December. All I could think about was I am going to loose everything. I am a failure, ... Once I started to put the consequences of my position into perspective, the anxiety lessened. Whats the worst that could happen - I have to sell my house. It's not the end of the world. Once I started to face the real reality, my anxiety eased.

Don;t get me wrong, I still need to find work and my money isn't going to last forever. But instead of fearing the worst, I am concentrating on what I can do. BTW. I have an interview tomorrow.

New Member

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   Posted 2/1/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys! Thanks again for the posts. Notsogood...I totally agree. GOD is the best therapist. I continue to pray for the permanent removal of all anxiety disorder. I trust that HE can. Thanks for the encouraging quote. =) IwasRobbed, please let us know how the interview went. Hopefully things will start getting back on track for you. Its amazing how the brain works...we just need to trust that GOD has a purpose and a reason for all of it. ~Blessings~

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   Posted 2/1/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a suggestion but if you have any other symptoms - stabbing joint pains, fatigue, headaches, stiff neck - along with the anxiety, please get tested for lyme. That is what brought on my sudden severe anxiety
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