You're not alone kchicka, I've experienced the same symptoms.
My symptoms vary from attack to attack which sounds strange, but I definately do get the foggy feeling when I'm about
to have a panic attack in Target or whereever else.
You aren't going crazy. I always think I'm on the verge of insanity too with my thoughts and how I feel, but I'm not, it's just the symptoms of anxiety.
We're all here for you.
"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."
DX: Panic Disorder, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), Chronic Migraines
RX: Ativan/Lorazapam (1 MG a day), Lexapro (15 MG a day), Tylonel for the TMJ and Migraines
Posted 10/19/2006 1:36 PM (GMT -7)
My head always feels kind of foggy.
Posted 10/19/2006 3:46 PM (GMT -7)
Im glad to know I'm not alone. Ya, I've been feeling this way for like 4 days and its sucking really bad. Do alot of you guys feel like your anxiety symptoms linger betwen attacks?
Posted 10/19/2006 4:00 PM (GMT -7)
Kchicka, in answer to your last question, yes. My symptoms do tend to linger sometimes for days. I wanted to also reply to your original post. I do this same thing all the time. In fact the majority of the time my attacks are caused by my overactive mind (usually while driving or at rest when I am not focused on anything in particular) and my thinking that I am having a heart attack, stroke or whatever. If I see something on television or hear about someone (especially my age) being sick I tend to get the same symptoms just by worrying about it. If you feel nervous about this see your doctor. I did and was tested for ALL of these things I thought were wrong with me simply to be told that I was fine. So yes I am in the same boat as you and I do believe this is rather common among A/P sufferers. I wish you well - keep us posted! God bless you...
Posted 10/19/2006 4:10 PM (GMT -7)
Thank you. Knowing that Im not alone and that others experience practically the exact things I do helps. I do that exact thing. I hear about things and push into my head that because some of the symptoms mimic anxiety symptoms, that I have that disorder. In a way, I want to check with my doctor and have her run tests, but then at the same time I know nothing is wrong! So I don't want her to think I'm crazy. I honestly don't want to go on medicine.Im trying everything.Im going back to my anxiety counsler 2 times a week and have started to take some vitamins I read about in my Natural Cure for Anxiety book. Hopefully they will help.Again thanks to all
Posted 10/19/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -7)
I get the foggy feeling also. I also feel disassociated most times during an attack - I hate that even more! Some symptoms do seem to linger once in a while - anxiety between panic attacks? I totally sympathize with your situation. I havent had a full blown attack in many months, but the last week has been horrible! A co-workers wife died suddenly of a massive heart attack at age 46 (I'm 42). Since then my mind has been having a field day, and the heartburn, jitters, back pain, etc. are just starting to let up. I am mostly sure its all the anxiety, "but what if??" keeps running thru my mind! Its a vicious circle...
I also used to avoid meds, but really had no choice after the birth of my second child. I went thru zoloft and one other before found paxil, which has been a godsend for me. I tried weaning off, but found that less than 10 mg/day (which I'm told is a "baby" dose) has me battling the anxiety too often. As I mentioned before, I usually go months without a real anxiety attack, and full blown panic attacks are rare. Every so often I will feel anxiety trying to take hold, but relaxation, etc. gets me thru it in a few minutes. One thing the meds taught me was how tense and uptight I was and what the constant worrying was doing to me. I can now tell when I'm getting stressed out and do something about it. I really had no idea before the meds eliminated those patterns! You may want to give them a chance.
Posted 10/20/2006 6:34 PM (GMT -7)
Hi all. Just a quick question: for those who are on an SSRI for major anxiety or Panic disorder, how long do you usually stay on the med? How do you know when it's time to get off of it and continue the rest on your own and with therapy? Thanks, good luck to you all. XoooX.~
Posted 10/20/2006 7:03 PM (GMT -7)
Margaroo, I've been on paxil for 10 years. Think I stated at 30 mg/day for a few years. about five years ago I felt comfortable enough to try to wean off. As I said before, I got down to 10 mg/day just fine, but when I tried five, the anxiety was too constant. My doc is not one to jump at giving meds, but he also seems comfortable with me on paxil long term.
Only you will know when you're ready. Just do it slowly (with your doctor's blessing). If it turns out you're not ready, you can always go back to the dose that worked.
Posted 10/20/2006 7:07 PM (GMT -7)
Thank you for your reply. I suffer from PD and some agoraphobia, but am not on an SSRI. My psychiatrist gave me ativan a while back now and I barely ever use that. I wish I could gain some stability and calmness again though, maybe then I could finally focus enought to try and truly battle this Panic/Anxiety disorder. Thanks. Bye bye for now. XoooX.~