Anxiety and depression along with pain

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   Posted 2/3/2010 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new on here and need advise on handling my anxiety, depression and pain.  I have been in pain for several years and then came the depression.  I have been off work and unable to find a job for 2 yrs because of my pain with limitations.  I have developed social anxiety with panic attacks in the last three years and need help trying to figure out what the trigger was.  I would like someone to talk to one on one and need advice.  I have seen therapists and all kinds of doctors and one of the doctors suggested i find a support group.  Please help me in any way.

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   Posted 2/3/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I am not sure it is so important to try to figure out what triggered your problems at this time as it is to find support to help you overcome your social anxiety.

I would guess that your therapist would be your best person at helping you sort through the past.

When I feel anxious about going to a social event or even just out to shop I try to keep in mind that I can always come back home as soon as I am ready. I may plan on being gone for just one hour knowing that I will soon be back home where I feel safe.

Other times I will only go if my husband is along and will be there as my safety person.

I know other members will be offering you advice too.

Again welcome.



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   Posted 2/3/2010 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome! I have back pain so that definitely affects the level of my anxiety. I think you may have to find a way to control your pain in addition to your anxiety as they both trigger each other. Do you see a physical therapist who can help you with your pain? I go to rehab a few times a month and it has helped me tremendously. When my pain subsides, my anxiety diminishes substantially.

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   Posted 2/3/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, I am kindof new here as well but I htink that they are right that you always have the option to come home when you feel unsafe. However; the more exposure that you get the more comfortable you might feel. I know that for me I need to get out at least once a day even if it's only for twenty minutes. Sometimes I just take my self for a walk or something. I have suffered from depression for awhile and have been out of work for awhile aswell and know I'm trying to go back. It's difficult when you have a social anxiety though. I take medication but that doesn't always do the trick. I hope that you are able to find comfort here and people who understand. for the pain ya I can say that sucks....I've been living with back pain for awhile also and I think that hinders all the other stuff going on as well.

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   Posted 2/3/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I am seeing a therapist for my anxiety and have tried 3 different physical therapist and have done aquatherapy, they have helped a little, but the PT says they can no longer do anything for me and to do the excercises at home. I do the excercises till i start getting pain and then i stop. I do not get outside because I am afraid of people and don't like it when people see and watch me. My husband is my safe person but he cannot be with me all the time. I just want to talk to people and see how they handle their depression, anxiety, and pain. The doctors i have seen all tell me there is nothing they can do and I take a handfull of medications daily. I sit here and try to encourage myself to go do things but I seem to always talk myself out of it. I do like to hear from people so please don't stop posting. I need help to work through this without having to leave my house.

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   Posted 2/3/2010 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi melhil9505 and welcome to Healingwell. I have a chronic and incurable bowel disease and developed anxiety because of it. I am always worrying about will there be a bathroom close by where I am going, what kind of food will be there and can I eat it, what if I get sick and ruin a good time for my husband, etc etc. I was/am always worrying about the what if's.

Thru the help of a good therapist and the occasional Xanax I am now able to even travel a little. If its a new place, I still get a little anxious, but with the help of my Xanax I am making baby steps to do more. I think if you can try to get out a little bit everyday, may slowly help you to get back into doing things. Its one babystep at a time, one day at a time, sometimes even 1 minute at a time.

Keep talking to us, and know we do care.

Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
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!
*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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