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I have been out of work since March of this year due to increased anxiety. I have been on Xanax and was not taking more than 1mg/day. I tried a few SSRI's but I couldn't tolerate any of them.

My biggest symptom is internal shaking. I have it from the time I wake up in the moring which is the worst part of my day because it takes me time to wake up, so I feel confused and anxious for about 30 min. each morning. The internal shaking lasts all day and seems to settle in the evening sometimes. I also get the lumpy sensation in my throat and the discomfort in my chest (sternum). Xanax seems to help, but I've weaned down to 0.25mg/day and I take it mid afternoon. Besides that I take Klonopin 1mg twic daily. Sometimes, when my anxiety is really up, I get bad nausea and start belching and feel like I'm going to throw up.

Can anyone relate to this? My Psychiatrist has thrown her hands up in the air, told me to get a second opinion, which I did. Second doctor told me I need to stop taking Xanax as I'm getting rebound anxiety, but at 0.25mg/day, I can't see that as the problem, as the Klonopin should keep me from any kind of withdrawing.

I seriously think I have something else wrong with me. I'm a Registered Nurse x 15 years and have tons of knowledge and have done tons of research on this and it seems like I have the symptoms of GAD, but I just can't understand what would cause this. I have been on disabillity since March of this year because of all this. I have no financial worries, or family problems. I am happily married with two great kids, nice house, etc.

Please try and help me, anyone....this is really affecting my family life, and it sucks.

Gary
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replied August 31st, 2007
Re: the Internal Anxiety Shakes
gary1rn wrote:
I have been out of work since March of this year due to increased anxiety. I have been on Xanax and was not taking more than 1mg/day. I tried a few SSRI's but I couldn't tolerate any of them.

My biggest symptom is internal shaking. I have it from the time I wake up in the moring which is the worst part of my day because it takes me time to wake up, so I feel confused and anxious for about 30 min. each morning. The internal shaking lasts all day and seems to settle in the evening sometimes. I also get the lumpy sensation in my throat and the discomfort in my chest (sternum). Xanax seems to help, but I've weaned down to 0.25mg/day and I take it mid afternoon. Besides that I take Klonopin 1mg twic daily. Sometimes, when my anxiety is really up, I get bad nausea and start belching and feel like I'm going to throw up.

Can anyone relate to this? My Psychiatrist has thrown her hands up in the air, told me to get a second opinion, which I did. Second doctor told me I need to stop taking Xanax as I'm getting rebound anxiety, but at 0.25mg/day, I can't see that as the problem, as the Klonopin should keep me from any kind of withdrawing.

I seriously think I have something else wrong with me. I'm a Registered Nurse x 15 years and have tons of knowledge and have done tons of research on this and it seems like I have the symptoms of GAD, but I just can't understand what would cause this. I have been on disabillity since March of this year because of all this. I have no financial worries, or family problems. I am happily married with two great kids, nice house, etc.

Please try and help me, anyone....this is really affecting my family life, and it sucks.

Gary


Hi Gary. This may sound like a stupid question, especially since I am also a nurse, but what is "internal shaking". I have MS and have fine tremors quite often which make me feel weak and a little nauseated at times. Is internal shaking similar to that? I guess I should stop my questions and just look it up. The only suggestion I would have is to maybe try a neurologist. Maybe it is neurological. Do you have any other physical symptoms?

Keep in touch. - T
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replied November 14th, 2008
Internal shakes
For Gary
I read your post, even though it is a year old. I too, have had these for 23 years. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. I was taking 4 mg Xanax a day, and while it controled my anxiety seizures and panic attacks, the shakes never go away. I have also tried Klonopin and Ativan, neither help. I am tapering off the Xanax, down to 1.75 mg, a 6 month to a year process. If I could get rid of the shakes, the withdrawl would be so much easier. You are not alone. They are horrendous. And my morning to mid afternoon hours are the worse. If you need someone to talk to, write me.
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replied September 9th, 2009
I recently started this internal shaking and have been on Xanax for only 7 months at .25mg each night before bed. I stopped taking it last week on two occassions and my body shook all night. I attribute the shaking from Xanax withdrawl. I cut my dose in half and will be only taking .12.5mg for the next two weeks. I never had this shaking before trying to taper off Xanax, I really think it comes from the xanax. I just started taking Gaba to help offset what my body is not making because of how Xanax works. My friend, Pharmacist/Naturalist (I know they don't go together), told me to get the hell of Xanax and try natural therapies. Believe it or not, I'm a naturalist and never took a drug before this and I think my body is just going haywire. Hope this helps.
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replied September 9th, 2009
In my last post I posted 7 months, I really meant 7 weeks....not very long on the stuff.

Kelly
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replied September 10th, 2009
Internal shakes and anxiety disorder
Hi Gary, it is Lei Ann again. After 23 years, I finally got an answer to the internal shaking thing. My psychiatrist sent me to a neurologist who did an MRI. The MRI showed many white clusters, which were dead brain cells. The electric synapses in my brain misfire, and create very nasty chemical imbalances which create internal shakes, a feeling of being pulled out of my body, dizziness, and sometimes too sick to get out of bed. Episodes last from 30 minutes to 14 hours. Diagnosis: Anxiety/Panic disorder AND migraine disease. Once the neurologist put me on migraine meds my symptoms started to change. Now we just have to find the right med to get rid of them.
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replied November 17th, 2009
shaking anxiety
I am going through the internal 'shakes' or more like a crawly, anxious sensation. I can feel it just about everywhere. It gets worse the more I pay attention to it and of course when in situations that are stimulating (at the dentist today) they feel worse. I was able, however, to do deep breathing in the dental chair and calm them a bit. Here I am at 12:45 am and still feel vibraty (is that a word) after 2 mg of ativan. I am a mess. The only thing that makes them really disappear is my evening cocktail. I am sure I'll just be an alcoholic soon and that ought to take care of it. I also get dizzy (have fought this for many years) and optical migraines. I am 65 but look many years younger, and don't think of myself as an old lady. My neurologist said there is no neurological disease that has the symptoms I described to him. ?? This is really unpleasant and keeps me from getting much done because it is such an effort.
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replied May 5th, 2010
internal anxiety
I am feeling the same internal shakes or crawly, anxious feeling. Have been going through a major anxiety depressive episode for about a year and been on cymbalta for about 8 months and have also used abilify and lithium as mood stabilizers during that period. The depression rarely lifts and the internal shakes or crawly feeling make it very hard to function. Been through two psychiatrists for differnt drug therapies and also have been consistently in counseling/psychotherapy. Don''t know what to do next.
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replied May 12th, 2010
Shakes anxiety
The only thing that helps me is exercise. Once you have the shakes all your blood vessels contract (at least that''s my understanding), this causes the muscles to seize up and you can''t release. It may take a week, and you must do it every day. The best form of exercise for the shakes is weights. Sometimes aerobic exercise just feels too stimulating. But weights at least half an hour a day really does work. I had the shakes badly last week due to Xanax withdrawal (I''d only been on it 2 weeks). I''ve done the gym thing every day since then (started with weights at home because was agoraphobic) but now I am back at the gym every day. It has taken a few days this time around, but I can tell it is def working. So please do try it.
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replied June 13th, 2010
Panic Attacks
I get the internal shaking right when i wake up and sometimes it will wake me up when i sleep. You really have NOTHING to be worried about it's all stress related whether you think you have it or not. I was the same way but for some reason our body just responds differently to stress and acts as an "alarm" that makes you feel worried when nothing is wrong. My doctor prescribed me Zoloft that helps Panic Symptoms. Maybe it will work for you. Hope this helped:) Don't forget, these symptoms aren't dangerous or life threatening at ALL.
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replied September 15th, 2011
ALOU6448.... did the zoloft work for you? How long did it take for it to kick in? I have the internal shaking especially in the morning and sometimes throughout the day. Any help would be appreciated.... did you have any other symptoms? I had a CT and MRI... all was normal... just got scared, cause neuro said internal shaking is sometimes parkinsons? But all my neuro exams came out extremely STRONG.. what do you suggest?
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replied August 11th, 2010
Essential tremor
Try looking up a condition called Essential Tremor. I have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and some of the medications can cause this "shaking" I take a very low dose of anit-seizure medication and it takes care of it completely. It's an outdated epilepsy medication called Primidone. It works wonders for the tremors and has no adverse effects that I have found. Hope this helps
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replied March 13th, 2011
My 9 yr old daughter has complained of "jiggly" feelings for a long time. They really freak her out and when they happen she acts as if she's going to have a nervous breakdown. She takes a vitamin called Empower plus (for bipolar). It has helped a lot.
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replied May 24th, 2011
I have been struggling with this internal shaking feeling for about a year. it comes and goes but when it is here it last every morning i wake up. It it very uneasy and i feel sick for about an hour every morning becuase of it. I feel like i cant function. On top of everything i am a hypochrondriac. I go to the doctors at least 1 or 2 times a month. I cant take this feeling any more. the knots in my stomach the dizzy diorentated feeling. I need some help i cant fix it. Ive been on xanax for 2 1/2 year was on 3mg a day now only 1 mg. i dont want to take them but worried about the side effects of when i finally get off of them. I AM BEGGING FOR HELP. I have had a mri and cat scan all came back normal. i dont know what else to do!!!! please i didnt know anyone else knew what this felt like. Im only 22 years old and i feel like everyday something major will happen to me. i felt like i had an arithmya (spelling) three days ago. please any ideas i will try. im running low on hope.
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replied September 14th, 2011
Anxiety disorder
Sounds like you have an anxiety disorder. I have had this for 11 years and am looking and concentrating at calming natural methods now. Apparently anxiety disorder is reversible but it takes life style change. The symptoms i get which can be debilitating are head pressures, painful head tingling, numbness top of head, internal shaking, unpleasant headaches, nerve endings in legs feet feel over energised, heart racing, very slow heart, heart palpitations, confusion, difficulty speaking and thinking so difficult to have conversation, body temperature rising and sweating much. The first thing i would say is do your best to come off those terrible medications. In my experience and what i have learned they are NOT going to get rid of anxiety disorder. I think once you go down that road you will be constantly at the doctors trying to find the right solution but there is none where meds are concerned. Believe me i am also completely fed up of this disorder and have completely changed my diet for starters from what i have learned. I have no more sugar, very little carbohydrates, no processed rubbish. I try and have bananas, nuts, porridge, lots of protein. Basically a diet of slow release energy and nothing that will over stimulate the nervous system. I am also trying to exercise more (cycling and swimming), going for an indian head massage and reflexology, taking natural vitamins incl. krill oil, multi vitamins and especially trying Methy B-12 and Benfotiamine which is supposed to be excellent for the nervous system and cell maintenance. Only taken for two days so far. I also do diaphragm breathing exercises and hope to do relaxation exercises and some form of meditation. Anxiety disorder is no dangerous but really affects lifestyle in a horrible way. As said it is suppose to be reversible but only with life style change. We can all do this if we stick together. Smile Maybe we should all form an anxiety club and help each other out. Lets beat it and not let it take over us anymore! Smile If you want to chat
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replied November 8th, 2011
Please Help Panic Disorder feel like im in a nightmare
Hi Please HELP!! I have a history of anxiety and panic disorder but have not had it for 6 years until 2 months ago. I had a baby 6 months ago and have been under alot of stress.
My doctor and 4 others reasure me it is panic disorder but I think every day it is MS or parkensons. Even though I have had 2 neauro tests Normal, Optic nerve checked Normal, Catscan Normal, MRI of brain Normal, Full blood work Normal.
I get vertigo pins and needles more down my right side hands and feet but now seems to be on my left as well. Blurry vision although opthamologist says my vision is perfect. Weird sensation most of the time and the most scary permanent internal tremer. So much that sometimes I see it in my hands. It all seems nearological and with a new baby I have been freaking out I won't be able to bring her up. But I have seen several doctors and they all say it is anxiety.
I have a history of OCD and social anxiety and because I haven't had it for years I thought it was gone forever. I am happy in my life with my husband and new baby but am stressed and can't understand how these all just started one day. Especially as I don't have all the other symptoms I used to have ie heart racing ect..
I feel for you all that are going through this as it feels like a nightmare and can't seem to wake up Sad
I have started CBT which is good. I was on meds for 2 weeks but that put me in hospital.
Now I am seeing a chiro 2 times a week a kinesiologist and a naturapath. But I still find myself going to the doctors all the time.
Does anyone else have the internal tremmers all the time?? It so scares me!!
The pins and needles are also always there but the other symptoms come and go. PLEASE if anyone has any advise i would love to hear it. As long as it is not I have some random disease that will put me back into a tail spin.
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replied July 4th, 2011
Internal Tremors- Vibrating feeling inside
LaBellamafia and others I've been dealing with the same issue plus more for nearly eight months. I've had a million dollar workup. I can't believe the tests that I've gone through: MRI CT scans, Exercise stress, echo, Ativan, Klonipin,Valium, Xanax---I've tried a little bit of all of those. I once tried a dose of Celexa but that's an antidepressant since 'they' said I was depressed...well, once dose of that felt like my brain was on fire. I have no high blood pressure, no diabetes, thyroid okay....but the anxiety symptoms....I could say so much much but will skim the surface: I had a traumatic childhood but did fine for years and years and years, I compensated. However PTSD symptoms took over 20 years to surface and, oh, the symptoms. The internal shakes they come and go but seem to occur most when I'm taking meds. I never take more than .5mg of any one medicine.....sometimes I think I have MS....but don't want to claim that....I used to run 17-20 miles a week and stopped for a lot of months....I may do 13 and find I feel better when I run. Read about exercise, cardio, and anxiety.....the heart palpitations and panic attacks pretty much stopped altogether....then I stopped exercising, seemed they started up again......I think we're all fine. Trust me, no one goes to ER and other specialists as much as I. And no one researches as much as I. This sucks. Hard to believe we could feel this way, I know.
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replied November 12th, 2011
HI Nielle I know your post is from July but I was wondering if your still on this forum?? I am having all the same things as you and I have done all the same tests which have come back normal. Are you feeling better now? I have been going through this vertigo dizziness numbness in hands and feet vision problems and internal tremors for the past couple of months and it is totally freaking me out. I to think I have MS but all the tests have come back clear and I too def don't want' to claim that!!
if your still on this forum i would love to get your advise and also help you. Cheers
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replied July 4th, 2011
Internal Tremors- Vibrating feeling inside
LaBellamafia and others I've been dealing with the same issue plus more for nearly eight months. I've had a million dollar workup. I can't believe the tests that I've gone through: MRI CT scans, Exercise stress, echo, Ativan, Klonipin,Valium, Xanax---I've tried a little bit of all of those. I once tried a dose of Celexa but that's an antidepressant since 'they' said I was depressed...well, once dose of that felt like my brain was on fire. I have no high blood pressure, no diabetes, thyroid okay....but the anxiety symptoms....I could say so much much but will skim the surface: I had a traumatic childhood but did fine for years and years and years, I compensated. However PTSD symptoms took over 20 years to surface and, oh, the symptoms. The internal shakes they come and go but seem to occur most when I'm taking meds. I never take more than .5mg of any one medicine.....sometimes I think I have MS....but don't want to claim that....I used to run 17-20 miles a week and stopped for a lot of months....I may do 13 and find I feel better when I run. Read about exercise, cardio, and anxiety.....the heart palpitations and panic attacks pretty much stopped altogether....then I stopped exercising, seemed they started up again......I think we're all fine. Trust me, no one goes to ER and other specialists as much as I. And no one researches as much as I. This sucks. Hard to believe we could feel this way, I know.
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replied September 11th, 2012
I RELATE TO MOST OF THE ANXIETY SYMTOMS LISTED, BUT I DONOT AGREE WITH THE DR'S RESULTS, ITHINK THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE WRONG, BUT BECAUSE OF MY AGE THEY DON'T DO NOTHING, THEY'LL PROB POP UP AND TELL ME WHEN I'M 60, THATS IF IREACH THAT AGE, IF IT IS ANXIETY IHAVE I DONOT WISH THIS ON MY WORST ENEMY, ITS TERRIBLE, YRS AGO IWOULD OF LAUGH'D AT THIS, BUT AFTER THE SYMTOMS I'VE HAD, ITS NOT FUNNY BELIEVE ME...
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replied September 11th, 2012
My symtoms are, first thing when I awake, i have severe inner shakin, very nausea, headache, through out the day this will go on and I get very lightheaded, severe jerks in my head, vision problems, sweating,chest pain and left arm pain, jaw pain in the morning, its all been put down to an Anxiety disorder, the symtoms are unbelievable,there like attacks, and when they happen, well hard to decribe, head rushes are severe, I did think it was something to do with my epilepsy, but dr said no, they have been under control for 16yrs and i only had 2 back then, can any1 relate to these symtoms...
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