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I don't know what's wrong with me anymore. This summer before my girlfriend's mom died, I was fine. Then after this happened, everythings went beserk. I have horrible panic attacks, constantly afraid of the world basically, won't go out anywhere except to my girlfriend's house, or short distance trips. I quit everything I used to do, including sports. My question is, I lay there, or just sit here, and I just feel the urge to move something, and if I don't move some part of my body, I end up twitching anyway. This is scaring me in to believing I have heart failure, but i'm only 17 and my ekg showed up normal, along with my bloodwork. I just really want to know whats wrong with me, so any help would be greatly appreciated, this is tearing my life apart. I would like to know if this is just something i'll have to deal with for anxiety, or if it's a whole different case. Thanks. :(
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replied January 3rd, 2006
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In the Same Boat.
Hello, I am 24 years old, have suffered mild anxiety for at least 10 years now. I started a new job at a hospital in february where I am a nurse.

Probably about october we had a lady pass away with breast cancer and it struck home because my mother was having all kinds of tests done and a large biopsy to see if she had cancer of the breast. Thank god that she doesn't. But ever since I have noticed my anxiety worsening.

Then there were heart attack patients ++ and that just topped off the cake. I became a nervous wreck. Now I find myself not wanting to go anywhere, I just want to sit or lay on the couch covered in my blanket.

I have to fight everyday to do my simple house work, and going out for groceries I have to psych myself up and take an ativan about 30mins before I go. Because if I don't I will not make it to the store.

So, you are not alone, this is just a brief summary of my story. It is scary being like this. But you must remember you are not alone in this. As you can see on this forum there are a lot of people dealing with some sort of anxiety. Feel free to write to me anytime, you are feeling scared.




Justy24
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replied January 3rd, 2006
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Hi,

anxiety can start with anything and yours was triggered by a death. It`s hard to deal with and makes you realise that we are all human and start to panic about what our fate will be.

I got my anxiety through an illness and it made me fear for my own life. Everyday I scan my body to see if I feel "normal" but what is normal? Anyway ive tried most things and I have got better but it certainly isn`t gone. You learn to deal with it and I hope that one day it will go away completely.

Good luck
debs
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replied January 3rd, 2006
I'm just worried about my nervousness, I mean it feels like it's lasting almost constantly, and I can't calm it down. My heart seems to pound harder than it used to since i've been having these nervous spells... Is all of this normal? I had an ekg, and it came back perfect, along with my blood work, so please, is this normal for a person with anxiety/panic disorder?
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replied January 3rd, 2006
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Crusaderx
Yes a raised pulse is normal when having nervousness/anxiety or panic attack. Before I went on medication my pulse was up to 137bpm... So, do not panic especially if your ekg came back perfect. As long as your sinus rhythm is normal/steady and not thready and jumping all over the place it is good. I am taking apo-propranolol for my heart and ever since it has been between 56-80bpm 80 when I am working.
Not that this drug is for you.
Anxiety can give you heart attack like symptoms and many others.
I hope that you are feeling better soon.

Justy24
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