why are the mornings so bad????

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   Posted 9/22/2006 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
almost every morning i feel achy in my chest my arms and legs will ache i shake like i'm nervous and my pulse is up. why??? i feel like my mind must start thinking or dwelling on things before i even wake up and then all this anxiety is what actually wakes me up. how do you stop thinking about things before you are even awake? sometimes i feel like is this really anxiety or is there something else wrong with me? i did notice the other day when i took my ativan 3 times a day like it is perscribed i wasn't that bad in the morning, so maybe i should take it like it's perscribed for a little while, i just get scared cuz i don't want to become addicted to it. i am also weaning off the cymbalta and am starting to take lexapro 5mg at night. the dr said to continue to take the 30mg of cymbalta in the morning for a week and the 5mg of lexapro at night them after that week i don't take any more cymbalta and i go to 10mg of lexapro. is that how they wean you off one to another? 30mg of cymbalta is the lowest dose. i hope the lexapro will be better for me and help with all this nervousness. i am so sick of feeling like this in the mornings makes you want to run to the er and tell them to fix you now!!! i just don't know what to do to relax in the mornings i try the deep breathing and all that. anxiety SUCKS!!!!!!!

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   Posted 9/22/2006 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   


I know exactly how you feel!! I go to bed fairly relaxed and fall asleep pretty quickly by the time I get in bed.  But, it never fails that I wake up early, way before my alarm goes off, almost feeling like I am paralyzed because my body is so tense.  I have found that the more I lay there and try to fall back asleep, the worse it gets.  However, 4:30 am is waaaaaaaaaaaay too early for me to get up!! Sometimes I try breathing exercises; sometimes I get up to get a glass of water and walk around the house a little bit.  It just amazes me that I can feel so much better at night, thinking I am getting a reprieve from the anxiety, and in the morning it starts up all over again!

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   Posted 9/22/2006 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Amos I have really bad mornigns most days as well and for me I think it is the anticipation of what the day is gonna bring my way and what I will have to deal with all day long
Once night comes I am alot calmer and am able to look at things differently
I really wish it wa not this way for almost all of us but it is .....from my experiences here and self ........
I am usually up prior to alarm clock and on here by 4:30 each morning checking threads and reading them .......I also can fall asleep fairly easy with a hot milk and a book to read for a bit .....sometimes I do need a sleeep aid not always ......
I wish things could be better for us and some days they are great, others welll we all know those days ........
Anyways know you are not alone with this and we are here for you .......
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   Posted 9/22/2006 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amos,

Yup the mornings are sometimes the worst for me. When I’m super super anxious I wake up and my anticipating anxiety starts going and my body gets tense and it feels like my entire insides are shaking. Maybe trying doing some relaxation before you get out of bed and see if that helps.


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   Posted 9/23/2006 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I had anxiety for over six months and had your symptoms of the morning thing for around 2 months.

I found a way to totally supress these symptoms of anxiety by doing the following:

Vitamin C - Took 3000mg a day because this vitamin supports adrenal gland, it also supressed the production of cortisol and adrenaline, which is what are causing the effects you describe.
Fish oil - This again lowers cortisol, helps with good thought patterns and will aid your recovery. Takes at least a couple months for full benifits to kick in, but everyone should be getting omega 3 for proper brain functioning. to get the most acute benifit, start taking vitamin C now. For me it totally stopped my palpitiations, my nervousness in the mornings, my tiredness, and all other symptoms associated with anxiety.

Read the following from the article:

"People who have high levels of vitamin C do not show the expected mental and physical signs of stress when subjected to acute psychological challenges. What's more, they bounce back from stressful situations faster than people with low levels of vitamin C in their blood."

"In the animal studies, vitamin C fed to rats undergoing stress not only prevented the expected increase in cortisol levels, it prevented the animals from exhibiting the known signs of physical and emotional stress, including loss of body weight. Animals that did not receive vitamin C had three times the level of stress hormones"

I wish I could tell more people on about how much these two helped me!... but this is the last time I will share this information now, gets annoying after a while when it ends up 20 pages at the back lol and almost 0 responses.

I think maybe because it sounds unbelievable and too simple. But I was in a real mess, and it really worked very well for me.
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Post Edited (whoa182) : 9/23/2006 2:57:40 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/23/2006 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amos I too have bad mornings I wish I knew why but I have to say I am gald I am not the only one ............although i am sorry othwers feel like this too I thimk its because I worry about the day to come
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   Posted 9/23/2006 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I know I hate them too. Ugh. Hopefully someday we won't hate them as much!

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   Posted Yesterday 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
In my humble opinion, it is the anticipation of "another day", the "situations" - with kids, if you have kids - with work, if you have a job - with whatever......sometimes, it's just going to the motions of living. It sounds bad.....but, I'm glad I'm not alone and especially I am not crazy.

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   Posted 9/26/2006 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I related to this. When my anxiety is up, I wake up feeling fine and after a few minutes I look around and remember where i'm at and I tense up and can't calm down. I also have periods where I feel like I can't catch my breath . I also suffer w/ migraines and am always worried about when my next migraine is going to it which always makes it worse! Hang in there. I have had help with meds and therapy and I'm "work in process", but much better. Good luck to you.
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