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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/21/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

Ive just joined this forum ..Im going to have a good read of all the posts !

I started with pains in my chest 16 years ago and for years I have been fighting the doctors for help - convinced I had a heart problem. Well Ive just found a doctor that has sent me to a cardiology consultant where I have had a 24 hr recording and a cardiogram , everything was fine.

My symptoms have got so bad over the years , but ove rthe last six months I have been house bound with the chest pains, sickness, dizzy spells, palps, headaches, panic attacks, loss of weight, stomach pains, etc etc I could go on for ever !

Could anxiety actually take over my life like this and cause me so much pysical pain ? I'm having a hard time accepting the doctors telling me this is all due to anxiety and its all in my head when I feel so ill everyday

Even when I feel happy I get all the horrible symptoms

Can anyone relate to this ?

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 5/21/2007 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   


yes, anxiety and worry about the heart can cause your problems

accept the docs assurance and ignore your heart, it knows how to beat without any help or monitoring from you

theres a type of indigestion called heartburn, by the way

beta blocker type meds calm the heart, any valium type med also calms the mind and body

do you have any meds from your docs?

stay with us and read the other posts

lots of info on panic attacks on the net

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 5/21/2007 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Beta blockers? Not unless there's a heart problem. Were you thinking of H2 blockers (Zantac, Pepcid, Tagamet, etc), Harry? They're for GERD/heartburn/indigestion/whatever you want to call it, but you do NOT want to take H2 blockers with benzodiazepines. There's a theoretical interaction there...something to do with liver enzymes. Ask a doctor first. PPI's (Prevacid, Nexium, etc) are okay to take with benzos like Valium and the rest.

Good luck to you, Mishka.
My Brain: My friend, My enemy: A blog to chronicle my attempt to recover from anxiety/panic disorder

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 129
   Posted 5/22/2007 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Cbt is what got me over most of my panic attacks and hypochondria after years of suffering like yours. Join a group and work hard and you can beat this scourge. I still do the TEA form thought countering exercise from the book by sam obitz every day and feel good now. I hope you find something that works for you.

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   Posted 5/23/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was so physically sick (i thought) that I actually lost 40 lbs in three months due to not eating....seemed like EVERYTHING made my stomach act up.  Finally things settled down and now, two years later, I've gained back 60lbs and eat like a apparently all those fears that I was dying of stomach cancer, etc. were all due to the terrible anxiety I was, believe me, anxiety CAN cause huge physical symptoms that feel so real you're SURE the doc must be wrong. 

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 129
   Posted 5/24/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe it. It is amazing what the mind can do to you and amzing how much power it has to make us better when properly channeled.
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