anxiety killing me again at night.

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   Posted 4/27/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
for the past week i have been having paniack attacks at night when i WAKE UP!
i will fall asleep and wake up 1 hr later at 3am or so and it feels like im choking on something and i cant breathe. i get up and go outside to breathe.
i have chest pain when i lay down in bed. so i start thinking im having a heart attack or something.
i dont know why thi is all a sudden happening again :(
is there any way so i can fall asleep peacefully and NOT wake up and thinking im dieing???? other then medicine.
my counserler cancled on me for some reason and now i cant see him intill may 20th!!!
i feel crapty and drained of life.

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   Posted 4/27/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi.  Are you getting the night sweats as well?  Anyway, from what you are describing, you have anxiety big time.  I know you already know this.  The only thing I can suggest is that when you wake up, keep going outside and do some deep breathing and maybe read a book or newspaper.

You mentioned you don't want meds, but if this is interferfing with your sleeping, you might want to think about it again before it really becomes a problem.

I hope this help a bit.



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   Posted 4/27/2007 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
i ment i cant get meds intill may 20th

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   Posted 4/28/2007 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh yeah - the night time stuff is the worst! We've all been there and it's terrifying.

I had the same issue where I'd wake up unable to get my breath - as though my lungs would no longer function even though the air was going in and out. What I didn't realize was that these were signs of my anxiety returning.

Have you figured out yet that you can't think yourself out of this? You're in the endless loop of panic that fans the fire of your fears. I would highly suggest you get medication - it can break the cycle DESPITE your self destructive - yet very well intended efforts.

You're going to be ok...but you need to take some intentional steps. Go see someone else...another counselor, anyone that you can open your heart up to.

We're here for you...

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   Posted 4/28/2007 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi zappy
Can relate to night time anxiety..grrr very scarey and annoying..anyhow I have found in the past that leaving the stereo quietly playing in the background helps - not sure how it works but maybe it soothes the brain for getting to sleep I have found a good hot shower before bed and a lovely mug of warm milk & a dash of cinnamon does the trick..mmm
Another trick is the good old 'rescue remedy' from the health shop..anything is worth trying :-)
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   Posted 4/28/2007 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
valerian root helps you sleep at night, and yes they have many natural supplements at the natural store. try those and dont go crazy because you cant see the doc till the 20th, that would just make it worst.

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   Posted 5/2/2007 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
i will try that thanks.

it eased up for the past 2 days tho. but im sure it will be back
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