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Can anyone help me?

I have been told by my GP that I am suffering from extreme anxiety.

I kind if felt relief at first when she first told me, now though I am beginning to doubt it.

Everyday for over a month now, I wake up and feel like I am going to faint. My head feels foggy, my brain feels slow and unresponsive. My left leg is constantly shaking, no matter how hard I concentrate on trying to stop it. I feel out of balance when walking. Almost kind of dream like state. I have constant feelings of dread. I feel like my memory of recent things is poor, yet I remember things from the past instantly. The world feels like it's penis eyed sometimes. My throat feels like it's closing up sometimes, or like there is a lump in my throat, like before you cry. I feel aggressive and irritated. I am getting weird pains all over my body and in my jaw. When it first began it was small palpitations, then I would be constantly checking my heart rate, when I went to see my GP I had a pulse rate of 140 BPM. I also have a constant dry mouth.

Surely this can't still be anxiety? I feel like this all the while!

I keep thinking I have brain damage or something, maybe I am suffering from schizophrenia, because I cannot stop evaluating everything. As soon as I go out I feel light headed and weird. I managed to get a small grip of myself a week or 2 ago, I was only feeling like it about once a day and I was managing to control it. Then on Friday, I was walking to the local shop and out of nowhere bam, everything went weird and strange. Felt like I was too tall for my body... My vision is weird, especially at night, I get floaters and light trails, when I look at anything bright, not even for too long. If I am watching TV and look away from it for a split second I see the image of the TV still.

Nothing makes sense anymore and everything feels unfamiliar, I am confused and scared that I am either going to faint, die and stop breathing and/or that I am going to loose control and start flipping out. I have managed to convince myself that there is some under lying cause that is causing my problems. I want to be me again, but this new over anxious me seems to have taken over. I have no interest in anything and I am suffering from immense boredom. But I am so scared of going out and doing something, because of what could happen to me.

I don't get the numbness people have described from anxiety, and I don't know if I am getting anxious because of these symptoms or if they are causing them, I suspect that I am anxious because of these symptoms.

I have no energy either. I find myself struggling to get through the day, I am scared that if I relax, I'll fall asleep. I'm not really struggling as such to go to sleep, but I can only fall asleep with the radio on low in the background at night. Sometimes I will drift off for a few minutes and then wake up gasping for breath after thinking that I have stopped breathing. I will also switch from being totally lethargic and depressed to being really excited, nervous and anxious all at the same time.

Everything feels really trippy, as if I have done acid or something. I hate being out in the sun, because of all the vision stuff.

My doctor gave me short prescription of diazepam at 2mg. It helped, but it's not the answer. I want to be me again. The me that loved going up mountain tops and looking down on the world. Now I am too frightened to go to the shop in case I pass out! Or I have no energy or interest in anything. I can't even watch a film without my concentration drifting back onto a list of possible diagnosis' for my symptoms. My mind is constantly on the go, for fear that if I relax it might just switch off. No matter how hard I try there's this nagging voice in my head running down these feelings in my head. I thought this morning I had had a stroke, because my face felt a little weird on one side. I must say the physical aspects have now subsided a little, I'm just constantly worrying about the head stuff and the feelings and the visual stuff. Everything feels so alien, I'm talking about emotions, not environment.

I suffered a little with anxiety before, but never to this extent. I just would have the occasional panic attack if I was over tired. This is constant, which makes me think it's something more. I can't even dye my hair without worrying that I am going to suffer an anaphalatic shock. Or take medication for pain relief without worrying about fainting and slipping into a coma.

My blood pressure and urine tests were clear at my last GP appointment.

I am nearly 28 and I am so scared at how fast life is slipping by. I can't beleive I am nearly 30. I never noticed how quick time has passed. I don't want to die and I certainly don't want to continue feeling like this anymore.

This just feels more than anxiety. I am convinced that this is more than just power of the mind stuff.

My GPs' answer was to refer me to a counselor, I got the letter a couple of weeks ago to inform me that I wouldn't be able to see anyone until October.

Anyone relate to this? Anyone reassure me that it is just anxiety? Any advice for getting over it?
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replied August 27th, 2008
Wow this kind of sounds like me, although i'm only 17 years old.

Have you visited a docter about the numbness and tension in your jaw? this could be TMJ... which is what I have, many of these symptoms sound like how I am in high stress situations. The key is getting back in touch with yourself, I know it seems hard right now but rest and maybe take an easy walk, what helped me was walking my dog late at night. Do simple things that give you peace, nothing to extravagant for the time being. Stay comfortable but gradually begin to push yourself, baby steps my friend.

ps calming music is also a plus
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replied August 28th, 2008
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I think you need to see an endocrinologist. It sounds like you may have adrenal insufficiency or a thyroid imbalance.
Check it out. It could become serious very quickly.
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replied September 13th, 2008
you are not alone
in 38 and have suffered terrible anxiety symptoms just like the ones you describe on and off for the past 7 years.some times its not so bad and i can cope with them,other times i just feel like running around and screaming at the top of my lungs "someone help me for gods sake,i cant take this anymore" at the moment i dont go out unless i really have to and my major problem is sleeping.what you describe when you go to sleep is what i experience also,im so afraid to sleep now. i just want you to remember you are not alone and you are not going mad although when you are in a panic its hard to rationalise anything. try to tell yourself when you feel it coming that its just adreneline surging round your body thats making you feel this way,it will pass.keep repeating that in your mind and eventually they fade.i use that and while im out at the shop or somewhere and it normally works.it wont make you stop having them but it helps it getting too out of control.
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replied September 13th, 2008
you are not alone
in 38 and have suffered terrible anxiety symptoms just like the ones you describe on and off for the past 7 years.some times its not so bad and i can cope with them,other times i just feel like running around and screaming at the top of my lungs "someone help me for gods sake,i cant take this anymore" at the moment i dont go out unless i really have to and my major problem is sleeping.what you describe when you go to sleep is what i experience also,im so afraid to sleep now. i just want you to remember you are not alone and you are not going mad although when you are in a panic its hard to rationalise anything. try to tell yourself when you feel it coming that its just adreneline surging round your body thats making you feel this way,it will pass.keep repeating that in your mind and eventually they fade.i use that and while im out at the shop or somewhere and it normally works.it wont make you stop having them but it helps it getting too out of control.
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replied September 15th, 2008
I feel you
I am an 18 year old college student who has had panic attacks since I was in the 5th grade. As a child I was extremely suicidal and hyper, so of course "The Kids got ADD". Well some years went by, wasn't on any medication, and all of a sudden my panic attacks would shoot my heart rate up in the high 160's. Ive been on every benzoe there is and they only mask the symptoms, which I guess is their function but still. The feeling of foggy-ness in your brain is something I also experience, a lot. But your anxiety sounds an awwwwful lot like free-floating anxiety. Also? your body has a lot to do with anxiety as well as your mind, which brings me to my next point. My hands and shoulders violently shake when I get bad attacks, and my hands are always shakey even when Im calm. Have you tried Omega oils? I know it sounds kinda iffy but it works for some and not for others.

The thyroid suggestion was an excellent call. The first thing one should always do (aside from seeking treatment) is have blood drawn to determine if the problem is glandular or psychological. Please don't try and rationalize anything when your in a state of panic? It's virtually impossible ( I know, I took the SAT during an attack) and anything that you do rationalize probably wont make a lot of sense later anyway. Anxiety is tough, very tough, but it is not impossible.
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replied October 15th, 2009
Unreal! That described me perfectly! If I didnt see your name on that post, I would have swore I wrote it. I hope you have found some releif, I have not.
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replied October 19th, 2009
Hi, you need to do some relaxation when you feel that way, take the pill it helps to be relaxed, and go back to your doctor and get re-evaluated, it does sound like anxiety, I have suffered now for over 10yrs, and am just realizing that I have had it for that long, learning to be in control of the attack is the key thing, once your in control and not it in control of you, everything will be better.
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replied December 9th, 2009
everyday anxiety
oh my goodness im the same way!!!! im only sixteen and this is taking over my life i dont feel like my self anymore. i used to love going to the store, mall, and going out with friends but now i dread it. i have lump in throat feeling on and off... im scared something is wrong with me also and i always think about it constantly. I had a tyroid blood test its fine. I feel like im livin in a dream. i feel cofused alot and i also get weird pains. i cry all the time and i dont know what to do. i want it to stop. if u have aim i would like to talk its maimoned1. i dont know anyone with bad anxiety like this until i found this post... thanks best of luck
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replied December 29th, 2009
hi im 20 years old an have been suffering frm anxiety for 2 years now at first it was just massive panic attacks now it has developed to something else..i dont have panic attacks i just have a constant crippling anxiety about my health i dont know were it came from im always terrified im going to die thats my big 'fear'all i can say with anxiety is i know its so hard to believe when these very real an scary physical symptoms are happenig to you that its actually all in your head i myself in the past 6 months have been to my gps around 20 times maybe more thats not including my visits to a&e for example i started getting headaches shooting pains in my head funny vision an thought i had a brain tomour notrhing ever got found an when i calmed down about it those physical symptoms went away then i got REALLY paranoid about my heart an started having chest pains palpatations shooting pains down my left arm and pins and needles jaw pain now ive calmed down about that a bit the symptoms have calmed down a bit My moods flip like a coin an i cant help it its awful it honestly is i dont like saying see you tomorrow when i talk to people or make plans with friends a few days in advance because im scared ov tempting fate silly as it sounds i to have been referred to a counciller but god knows how long that will take. I find there is for me no real way to deal with it completly thought thats not to say you cant all i know is when i go on one i have see it through by getting reassurance off a docter or else nothing will settle me but sometimes if its just general anxiety i find warm bubble baths an books help aswell as exercise an distraction tecniques like going out with friends an making sure your not alone t.v doesnt really help cos its to easy to stare at a screen an let your mind wander hope this reassures u a bit x
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replied December 31st, 2009
FEAR = False Experience Appearing Real
I really liked the honesty in your post and could relate to everythig you said. From what I read you have been to the doctor and you are following up with that. The medics help make sure nothing in your body is going haywire.

The challenge I detect from what you wrote is managing how you feel 24 hours a day 7 days a week so somehow you have to get through that bit. This is where creativity can help.

Given your post is dated in 2008 I suspect you will have discovered some of this for yourself.

I was suffering anxiety 24 hours a day 7 days a week and waking up at night just shakng all over for about three years. I read a quip which goes FEAR stands for False Experience Appearing Real.

I hung on to this and kept saying to myself this is just FEAR - a false expereince appearing real and equated it to how I feel when I go on a roller coaster.

It's absolutely dreadful but the ride does end.

I also did other things like find quotes I could talk out loud and did exercise when I could. I also wrote every day how I was feeling and found putting it on paper got it outside of me.

All these little things gave me a few seconds of relief a week a first - then a few hours - then a day then a week and slowly the time between feeling this awful feeling has increased to months.

There is a biblical quote which goes "Perfect love casts out all fear." and when the anxiety was so bad I couldn't even eat or get out of bed I would shout it out loud so I could hear myself speaking as I was so afraid no one could hear me. I felt if I could hear myself I would at least know I was real even though everything felt so unreal.

A surprising thing that helped me was singing. I used to sing so my voice would relax me and kept it up by talking myself into becoming one with the vocal vibration so to speak.

At first I could barely manage 15 minutes a day but the relief lasted for two days sometimes so I sang evey two days for at least 15 minutes however I could. I had some CD's that helped me feel positive so I would sing along with them and it pushed the anxiety out for a while.

Can I suggest the Susan Boyle CD which has just been released. Listening to her voice in I Dreamed a Dream really works for me and you can get a U Tube version right now if you want to give it a go.

The hard part of my journey was cutting off people who drove me mad - I now have a life restricted to situations and people who do not trigger the anxiety episodes becuase I hate feeling that sick. I have no contact with some family members as a result but thats what I had to do.

I see a psychitrist at the moment and we are looking at biofeedback techniques to see if I can learn how to do what I used to without getting anxiety attacks. I also see a GP regularly for blood tests and a dietician every 7 weeks as I became rediculously fearful of food.

My dietician helps me plan a diet and I am confident I am eating healthy food that has been checked by a professional. Food is not scaring me at the moment and I managed Christmas with flying colours - its always my bad time of year.

I know it sounds mad to have to go to such extremes but I had to as my life was paralysed by it.

It would be interesting to read a post from you on your progress since 2008 - you might be able to shed some light on my challenges too.

Thanks for sharing
Iceberg Rose
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replied January 14th, 2010
heart rate
I think it can be anxiety related i am 29 years old. I felt a lil nervous and decided to check my blood pressure and heart rate standing up. as i put on the cuff i felt more and more nervous, as the cuff squeezed i felt very anxious and anxiety. My pulse started flying. It read 140 beats per min. And after i took the cuff off it started slowing down. To me i think that was pure evidence of anxiety produced heart rate.
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replied January 15th, 2010
Medication
I'm 23 and have suffered from debilitating anxiety and depression for 11 years, everyone is different but the only thing that works for me is medication. At the beginning it's hard to make that decision, you feel weak, like your a failure, but if you were a diabetic you wouldn't refuse insulin and try to deal with the problem on your own. Personally I recommend Cipralex, it's not addictive and isn't harsh. Good Luck!
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replied August 19th, 2011
You described me to a tee too, I feel I am dying daily. I have been through every blood screen, an MRI and an EKG. I have seen my general doctor, a disease specialist, a neurologist and been to the ER twice in the last four weeks. It did turn out to be debilitating anxiety and panic disorder. I am trying to come to grips with it. I see my general doctor again next week. I did have the tick borne disease babesia but had treatment for it and the disease specialist told me that it would clear up after medicine...Still having the same symptoms and getting thorally (sp?) checked he told me it is anxiety. I cried and asked repeatedly if this can have this many symptoms and he told me it can be debilitating. I am going to work with my general doctor on a plan. Right now I am taking medication for it 3 times a day to help me relax. What helped me was thinking what lead to this. Lets see, I have always been naturally higher strung and anxious but have always been able to control it on my own. Thinking about my last two years alone has made me realize I worked myself into this. I decided to switch careers two years ago do to being in a field that took me from my children. I hit rock bottom then but only depression. I decided to go for my bachelors degree and only had to do two years to complete it due to credit transfer. My problem is I did it two years straight (including two winterms and two summers full time with children and a working husband. I also made myself get nothing lower then a 3.5 GPA. During this time I also got pregnant (not planned but love her more then anything), I had a baby in college and both years my teenage step daughter put us through hell and back. I think I just snapped and as a result I am suffering constant. These are some scary symptoms and even though I was told it was anxiety and I will not die I still believe I am dying at times. I even turned to cigarettes to calm me which I had quit long ago. I hate being alone. I am always in fear. I feel your pain. I asked the doctor over and over, are you sure you are at the right diagnosis..this just can't be right. I think the path to getting better is to quit thinking that way and try to think positive, exercise, and go to counseling...and trust me I know it is easier said then done especially when someone hasn't a clue what this is like. I am still trying to get to that frame of mind. I don't want to die, my girls are only 6 and 1 and I want to watch them grow, get married, go to school, have children..I wanna be a grandmas someday. I love my girls so much and am so sick of feeling like I won't see them grow up. I feel your pain.
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replied September 9th, 2011
I've been there, done that,from age 4, The mind is a powerful thing, more then you will know. You can take a hold of it or you can let it take a hold of you. The secret is to have something you love or like to do and get involved and definitely leave no time to dwell on you, most of the time we are fine it's the mind having nothing to think about other then you, as individuals we all need a balance of working the mind for solutions and pleasure, life is a balance and each person need to find their balance.
Dwelling on, what's wrong with me will never work it's a tail spin around and around you will go, useless you need to focus on moving forward NOT chasing your tail that's defiantly a dead end. This come down to a choice live to go forward or live to be consumed with wasting your life and time. I vote to move forward. Carol
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replied September 9th, 2011
I've been there, done that,from age 4, The mind is a powerful thing, more then you will know. You can take a hold of it or you can let it take a hold of you. The secret is to have something you love or like to do and get involved and definitely leave no time to dwell on you, most of the time we are fine it's the mind having nothing to think about other then you, as individuals we all need a balance of working the mind for solutions and pleasure, life is a balance and each person need to find their balance.
Dwelling on, what's wrong with me will never work it's a tail spin around and around you will go, useless you need to focus on moving forward NOT chasing your tail that's defiantly a dead end. This come down to a choice live to go forward or live to be consumed with wasting your life and time. I vote to move forward. Carol
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replied September 16th, 2011
The same thing has been happening to me since November 2011. It first started with costochondritis which is rib swelling. Then rapid heart beats last winter. Then it just continued....heart palpitations, poor balance when walking, dizziness, blurred vision, fear of passing out, feeling nauseous when sitting down to eat, numbnessin my arms, shaking, tremors, jolting awake at night. It's been terrible. The doctors can find nothing wrong. I am so tired of feeling this way all day long. I would love to talk to more people maybe on Facebook or email that are going through the same things. Thanks, good luck, Tony
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replied September 16th, 2011
The same thing has been happening to me since November 2011. It first started with costochondritis which is rib swelling. Then rapid heart beats last winter. Then it just continued....heart palpitations, poor balance when walking, dizziness, blurred vision, fear of passing out, feeling nauseous when sitting down to eat, numbnessin my arms, shaking, tremors, jolting awake at night. It's been terrible. The doctors can find nothing wrong. I am so tired of feeling this way all day long. I would love to talk to more people maybe on Facebook or email that are going through the same things. Thanks, good luck, Tony
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replied November 9th, 2011
I felt relief when I found this website. I thought I was going through this alone. I have extreme anxiety about my health. Everyday is a struggle. I have a fear of passing out and being along. I jolt awake at night. It has taken over my entire world and I have a 3 year old to take care of. I do take ativan as needed but I need something other then medication to make me feel like myself again. If anyone is going through this and would like to talk..that would be great and it would be really helpful to talk to someone that is going through this.
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replied September 11th, 2012
Hi jennifer i dont know if you are still feeling this way as its now well into 2012 but i have been feeling like this sinx=ce the begining of the year, i have been to doctors and got all the usual tests done but they all came back clear. Like almost eveyone else they said it was anxiety, i dont really want to take any medication but i do want this to stop and go back to the fun loving person i was before.Hope if you got some sort of help or treatment it helped ! Take care x
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replied November 9th, 2011
Take it from me, a ten year fighter of generalized anxiety and panic disorder, you are not loosing your mind. Everything you are feeling are very real to a person having anxiety attacks. Every symptom you've described happens or has has happened to me, you should be taking medication to help ease these feelings. Your not alone. The fast heart rate and many other symptoms you've described is a rush of adrenaline cause from the fight or flight response when we feel in danger... And when you get scared it gets worse. Chin up and don't give up! It will get better with a little help:)
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