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Anthony B
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/13/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody!
   This is the first time I have ever joined a chat room. My name is Anthony I am a 47 year old male. The reason I joined this chat room was probably like most to discuss my anxiety and to get advice, and just to know I'm not alone with this crappy problem. I unfortunately come from a long line of Anxiet/panic attack sufferers. Apparently my Grandfather had them when nobody knew what they were.(poor guy) It all comes from my Mothers side of the family (thanks Mom) I have suffered from panic attacks since I was 19 but my panic attacks are wierd, I have never had an attack while awake only when sleeping do I get them. I will awake freaking out. Thank God that when I was 35 I found Xanax. Does anybody else have this night time panic attacks? I am so used to these attacks that havent taken Xanax in about 2 years I can usually take my mind off the attack by going on the net and reading. I haven't had an attack in 2 years they usually just happen , no rhymm or reason. Well, now a new thing is occuring and I'm looking for advice. about 2 years ago I was filling out a form somewhere and my hands started to shake so now I have this pre-conseved idea that evertime I have to fill out a form I am going to shake. This crap is killing me. I feel like my job prospecs are severly limited with this hand shaking thing. Can anybody out there relate or give some feedback. Thanks, Anthony 

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 6/13/2007 6:44 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to Healing Well.  I understand your anxiety  and the way you have dealt with it is commendable.

The hand tremor, do you have it all the time?  I have a familial hand tremor and I take Propanalol/Inderal 20 mg per day.  It gets worse when I am anxious.

IMHO you should check with your physician as other things may cause hand tremors too.

Again Welcome.

Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders
Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 178
   Posted 6/13/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
welcome. and i agree. it may not have anything to do with the fact that you were filling out a form.
if you really think that it is then get a few to practice at home on. that way if you start to tremble or something or alone and no one else will know. just a thought.
I am bipolar, have social anxiety, panic attacks w/agoraphobia , diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. Life is short but i am not.

Anthony B
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/13/2007 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Kit, thanks for the reply. I have always been a type A personality and I read up on essentail tremors I thought it might be the start of it and discussed it with my doctor. He said there's no cure and no test for it and also gave me Propranolol and said to take it when I was anxious. Kit, to tell you the truth it does seem to bother me more when I'm nervous and alcohol seems to sub-do the feeling. Great so now I can add Alcoholic to my list.
                                                                                     Anthony B.

Anthony B
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/13/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jerseycherries,
Thanks for the shout out and I do a lot of work at home and yes it seems like I do tend to shake a little bit when writing probably from Catholic school (getting wacked on the hands) but I am aware of this hand shaking and so self conscious that I think in my mind its nerves and it gets worse in public. Like Kit says it could be the start of essential tremors.

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 6/13/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Anthony. I can't offer much opinion to your situation, but I did want to welcome you to the board. I am quite sure you will quickly see how comforting this board is, and you will feel right at home in no time!

I am sorry you are suffering with this horrid disease, just know you are not alone!

I wish you all the best!


Anthony B
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 6/13/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Tammy,

   Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate it.

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 119
   Posted 6/14/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a similar problem but with my head and neck. Whenever I was in a restaurant with someone, especially if it was stressful situation where I felt the need to appear in control, my head would shake whenever I tried to bring a cup to my mouth. So here I am trying to act all together and my chin is vibrating side to side!
It was anxiety - I was trying so hard not to shake that I was shaking. Good grief...the things we can do to ourselves... : )

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 6/16/2007 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   

I am new to the healing well forum. I have had the shakes in my hands and head since I was a kid. Part of it I think was genetic with my father. Only recently have I tried to see a doctor about this. It has hurt my life tremendously. I also suffer from social anxiety disorder. Going out on dates has been very hard since my hands shake uncontrollably. I try and focus and they shake even more. I get very nervous in any social situation. I cannot speak in front of people without a panic attack. I just want to lead a normal life. I am now on Inderal 40mg. It has helped a little bit in social situations. But my hands still shake. I am thinking about asking my doctor to put my on Xanax also. All I want is for my anxiety and nervousness to go away and to fight the social anxiety so I can speak in front of people.

Any suggestions? Is zoloft better for someone whos hands and head shake very badly?

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