Not sure if it's anxiety BUT PLEASE HELP

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/7/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
So i'm not sure what i have, this started in January, just when iw as drinking... I've drank for years, i'm only 20 and I am so outoging fun happy wild, I could do ANYTHING before. Now in january I moved to a new place with a bunch of friends from back home was having the time of my life, everything was GREAT and one night after the many of drinking i couldn't breath, AT ALL, well i could be i couldn't take a relaxing deep breath, so it was freaking me out and being drunk didn't help control in a good thought. Now I went to the doctor because it woke me up out of sleep and i couldn't breath so i took my abuteral for asthma (i had barely asthma) just thinking maybe that was it, and i had not been drinking that night, then my heart started racing really bad, thinking from abuteral... and the hospital told me to come back if it happene dbut it could be a case of anxiety, however i wasn't freaking out or gasping for air, i was just sitting there relaxed wonderin what was wrong with me. now it's been happening, soemtimes it feels like i can't take the relaxing deep breath for a week at a time and now its everyday, sometimes i can but most the time i can't. it's extremely irritating, so i went back to the doctor again and he thought it could be asthma getting worse but i don't have an medical insurance, so he didn't wanna do the proper testing. he gave me sample enhalors to try a steroids one and another abuteral, and heart burn medication because sometimes after certain things i eat i feel like i can't breath. and I've contemplated that this may be all in my head and tried telling myself chill ur fine, its all in your head, but i can't convince myself of that i truely believe its not all in my head but im open to all options. I just want me back, my normal fun, drinking, life. I don't wanna drink all the time but i do turn 21 in 1 montha nd would like to go out without FREAKIN out like a weirdo cuz i "can't breath" now last night i woke up at 3 am with our new puppy fed him, and went pee then tried going back to sleep. when i laid down i felt like i couldn't take the deep breath, only when i sat up i could get one occasionally. so i went in and took my puff of abuteral, well it didn't work at all, my head started hurting extremely bad like it has for 4 days now everytime i take a step i have a horrible pain in the top and back of my head, i tried taking my mind off of it so i took an excedrine and got the lap top to internet browse to try to calm down, but my vision was going in and out it would get blurry then normal so it freaked me out and i started feeling REALLY nascious... my head hurt, I felt really light headed, i almost fell over in the bathroom, i started puking but it was just dry heaving just a lil bit of my water came up, i felt so sick and i was shaking uncontrolably but wasn't cold, it was insane. I was freaking out thinking i was going to die and needed to go to the hospital, so i called my mom and she said its okay your fine just calm down ur not going to die, yadda yadda, but i just dunno what it is that is wrong with me and it's been 9 months of feeling like i can't breath and no doctors will do anything for me to figure it out. I've been feeling homesick lately, and kinda stressing out A LOT. about life, bills, everything. I've felt not good enough and ugh its just i dunno. has anyone experienced this and is this anxiety or am i just looking to hard for the answers. IF anyones experienced PLEASE write again, my email is if you'd rather.

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 9/7/2007 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
You certinly have a problem that you need to address, and it sounds as if you have already taken some of the proper steps to resolve this. (going to the Dr.'s and posting here) It's definitely a tough place to be without insurance and having these feelings, but it's important to know that you are not alone. Do you go to school? Many schools offer affordable heath care packages, some will even offer brief personal counciling, so if you are in school that would be a good place to start. If you are not in school that makes things a little harder, perhaps you should talk to your parents in more detail about your symptoms, or a close friends (preferably and older person that you trust, such as a teacher, coach, or co worker) The frist thing you have to realize (if this is indeed anxiety related) is that there are no easy answers, and that this will take time and presistants to overcome, but you will be able to overcome it. Try to take it easy, sometimes attacks will come out of the blue, with no trigger, when you are feeling relaxed and everything. A panic attack cannot hurt you, remember that you are safe and that the scary feelings inside of you, however scary they are at the time, will pass.

Good luck on your journey --- Peace - Z
Panic journal; the exciting and fun to read conicals of my triumph over GAD

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 9/7/2007 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   


Good advice has been given to you before me so I will just ask the questions and hopefully you may find the answers to some of your problems.

First off you have asthma, that you know and a new puppy could be setting off your breathing problems.

Your drinking because you like to, how old should you be to drink legally as you say you are going out to celebrate your 21st birthday which is usually a indication of your first time to legally consume alcohol.  Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person's perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing.

When large amounts of alcohol are consumed in a short period of time, alcohol poisoning can result. Alcohol poisoning is exactly what it sounds like — the body has become poisoned by large amounts of alcohol. Violent vomiting is usually the first symptom of alcohol poisoning. Extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures, and even death may result. Reference: Understanding Medical/Surgical Nursing, Williams, Linda and Hopper, Paula

Now add to all this the fact that your home sick and you may have your answer to all your symptoms.

Please find a physician to talk with. Perhaps your parents would help pay for a physician.

Keep posting.

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