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Nervous system shutting down my body

i suffer from sever anxiety and my nervous system shuts down on me, my body goes into a state of stiffness, all my muscles are clenched and tight including my face and tongue leaving me unable to speak or move. When this is happening i feel my stomach convulsing and heart is pounding. I cant control it but i am awake while i am trapped like this. Its incredibly frightening leaving me feeling like i am having a stroke, especially in my face. My Dr tells me its anxiety and not serious. To me it feels dangerous, what if i have been misdiagnosed. I feel helpless and don't know where to turn for answers. What if this is something more than anxiety. I am 36 years old. I only started having these seizures 2 months ago and have had 6 over this period. Since this breakdown i am nervous, shaky and fearful. Can anyone recognize these symptoms and please advise me.
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replied August 25th, 2010
This is exactly what has happened as well as I can recall it. Starting early July I developed a strange breathing problem where it felt like I was unable to breath in and get the last bit of oxygen to satisfy the breath, thus I yawned a lot but to no avail and it drove me crazy keeping me awake at night until 4am because everytime I would lull almost to sleep it would wake me up. I received an albuterol sulfate inhaler and as I had bronchitis and a cold at the time I also received Bromfed. Took this every 4 hours right on whether needed or not. They had little effect, actually seemed to worsen symptom. Finally one night I had taken it right before bed and during the night as I was lulling to sleep I felt a sudden strong jolt of adrenaline, for no reason. I dismissed it but again as I was in that stage right before sleep and awake, another jolt woke me up. I tried to fight through but it brought on strange feelings, like sensations that I was going to fall through my bed until I would open my eyes. It scared me a lot and early morning I decided to stay up because there seemed nothing I could do. Finally the feeling became stronger, slowly building, pumping more and more adrenaline until I couldnâspam�t take and woke up my parents and went to the emergency room. It was gone completely and my breathing was fine, of course as soon as I get there, and they took chest x rays and dismissed it as a tickle in the back of my throat that woke me up but I knew it was much more than that. They told me to take z packs for the bronchitis and mucinex instead of bromfed. I did and that day I was exhausted and tried to sleep but the jolts wouldnâspam�t let me. Took advice to relax after I talked to my doctor over the phone, wind down before sleep and still the jolts didnâspam�t stop until 430am. Slept until 9. That was the beginning of all this. I realized it was anxiety attacks later on because the next day I had what I call a panic attack seemingly triggered by the onset of night. There was nothing I could do to stop it, adrenaline pumping relentlessly that brought me to my knees trying to vomit and the world spinning, an incredibly disturbing feeling. I laid down and 5 mins later after only about a 7 min attack I was completely fine, actually felt great. I still had the jolts until early in the morning and didnâspam�t sleep much again, but wasnâspam�t at all fatigued or tired at all. I experienced an uneasy feeling for the next few days, fear of another attack I guess, it felt like one could go off any second and I would have to lay down to make it go away. Soon I was introduced to valium by my doctor which worked miracles. I was afraid to use it at first, really donâspam�t want to get addicted but one night I had no choice. I took Benadryl and it made my heart pump out of my chest and my mind race, thinking thoughts I didnâspam�t understand, like someone was in control of my thoughts which caused the adrenaline to pump. I took half and it completely sedated me, quite pleasant feeling, my mind was racing but my body didnâspam�t respond it was very relaxing and I slept well. The next days I tried melantonin but it had strange unpleasant effects on my mind. Resorted to valium for a little more than a week, trying to wean myself off. I finally slept for two days pretty well without it. On the third day however I had napped all day, I felt I couldnâspam�t go anywhere so I just lounged around doing nothing resulting in me staying up all that night. Went to sleep at 8 in the morning with no complications but my dad woke me up at 10 advising I donâspam�t sleep in the day. I stayed up all day, although I was completely exhausted and when night came I had energy so I took a valium which sedates me pretty well. However, 30 mins after taking it I experienced this strange sensation like my nervous system was going haywire. It took the place of the adrenaline pumping in waking me up. It was very disturbing and when I sat up it kept building, starting from the lower center of my chest and spreading throughout my torso. I went to the bathroom and started feeling like I was going to vomit. Kneeling there I felt like there was a lot of various chemicals releasing every 5 mins that didnâspam�t need to be released and I noticed my heart beating extremely fast like I had never known it to beat, I was shaking and couldnâspam�t control it. This was very disturbing and unpleasant, very tempted to go to the emergency room several times. It lasted altogether about an hour and I experienced no adrenaline rush or anything as I had taken the valium. As abruptly as it had started it stopped. I felt extremely relaxed and my heart slowed down so much so I thought it was going to stop. Slept great and during the next day I experienced a similar attack that only last 10 mins and it was only the nervous system seeming to go out of control and extreme tiredness so I laid down and fought through it and again as quickly as its onset it left and I felt great, like I had taken a valium, except I hadnâspam�t or havenâspam�t taken a valium since the first incident fearing it may have been some sudden strange adverse reaction although it had worked quite well before. Then that night the strange nervous system feeling came back, as soon as I tried to sleep, and it was awful, nothing I did would stop it and it wasnâspam�t an attack like before where it came and went, it just stayed, primarily low key because I didnâspam�t experience a need to vomit or rapid heart beat or anything, no adrenaline rush or anything at all. It kept me awake all night and I didnâspam�t sleep until the next morning where I had no problems with it during the day. Finally the night came and it returned, only when I decided to try to sleep, it caused me to sweet and kept waking me up. My whole nervous system just jolting me awake and some strange tingling, my quads by my knee felt hot but were cool to the touch, and sometimes my back has felt sunburned although its not. I stayed awake the whole night and slept fine the next day, but never getting much sleep in the day although I felt relaxed. I had some complications during the day, one time when I was trying to rest on the couch my whole nervous system erupted in the sensation that I was falling or flying through the air and when I trouble to move to make it go away I found I couldnâspam�t move. I couldnâspam�t speak or anything. I thought it might be sleep paralysis which I later looked up but I wasnâspam�t asleep just resting, mostly awake in fact. Finally I was able to kick my foot and my movement was restored but this was very alarming, it was the second time it had happened. During the night I had a sudden strange bout of depression, just felt hopeless and horrible but eventually it left. Then the night came and with it the new nervous system attack. It kept me awake sweating trying to fight it but couldnâspam�t so I got up and stayed up all night. Next day it left and I slept, which would be today, august 24. I felt great during the day besides the effects of getting very little sleep the past few days. Now it is night again and as I tried to go to sleep I found myself needing to go to the bathroom urgently. I had diarrhea twice, the second time more severe and combined with the nervous system attack I felt very weak and faint, and needed to throw up. For the past few days Iâspam�ve found when I eat I feel starved but after a few bites I am full. As Iâspam�m typing this I feel very strange, like I might faint. When I did try to sleep I fought my nervous system attacks but finally they seemed to make my lungs stop in an attempt to wake me up. I feel really strange right now and its causing my adrenaline to pump a little, my nerves arenâspam�t attacking but theyâspam�re here and it is an unpleasant feeling, like I might faint or black out or go into a seizure, just very disturbing like I am not in my body. It is worst tonight and it feels like Iâspam�m going to die and thereâspam�s nothing I can do. I feel hungry but Iâspam�m afraid Iâspam�ll have diarrhea again and feel worse. I am not really an anxious person but I do have some genetics for it. Iâspam�m on no medicine right now and at the end of my rope. Not suicidal but these symptoms are so real and disturbing I feel I may go into a coma or become paralyzed. I had to take a break from writing I feel very strange like Iâspam�m about to sleep away into another world. It scares me a lot and my stomach is very weak. This seems to only happen at night. I think I may be going insane, because I donâspam�t feel anxious or panicy but have many symptoms and the feeling of going into a coma or seizure or becoming paralyzed is almost unbearable. Iâspam�ll be up all night again. Iâspam�m strongly considering going to the ER right now. I would not wish this upon any person. I fear I have some kind of strange brain disorder and no one will ever figure it out and I will be like this forever. I would really do anything to feel normal and be able to sleep again. Sometimes I just want to join the marines and purposefully be killed in battle, much better to be dead I think than alive in this state. Thoughts like the previous sentence are what scare me to think I would ever think that, I am really a healthy person and have no clue what this could be. My stomach feels very weak right now like if I sit or lay straight Iâspam�ll throw up or something awful. I donâspam�t want to be afraid but it feels like Iâspam�m really high sometimes when I know Iâspam�ve taken nothing, and its accompanied by all these other symptoms. Sometimes I will try to pretend that the feelings are cool and enjoyable but it doesnâspam�t work, it is the worst feeling ever, and not knowing what it is makes it ten times worse. I would literally do anything to be rid of this. I donâspam�t know how long I can hold on.
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replied April 2nd, 2011
two years ago i felt something at the back of my spine while i was asleep it travel downward to my leg it shook me
it feel like if someone put two fingers at the back of spine from the neck downward Since then i been having a nightmare can't sleep and another thing it only happen when i trying to sleep and when i start to sleep and then my brain shook me (like when someone touch you and make you jump)
Any ideal ??
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replied November 5th, 2011
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you know what. f%&* doctors. anxiety is more serious than most physical problems i could ever think of. for your doctor to tell you what you're feeling isn't 'serious' shows just how clueless he/she really is about this situation. you along with many others with the same problem, have a VERY powerful mind. it can turn on you with the wrong thoughts, but everything is balanced, you can also use this as a plus. if you can find a place, or a sentence you can be/repeat whilst in this state of panic. you can get yourself out of it. and only you can do it for you. i say to myself "i am here." be your own friend. hypnosis. you just need to relax, in any way possible. massage helps me. help you stay down. help you to stay calm. life will go at your pace. don't be scared to live it. it is yours. it is in your hands. you have the power to get yourself into a more positive state. only you. you control your mind from now on. you. have the power. within you. to get your mind out of where it sometimes ends up. only you. you are stroner than you think.
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replied October 13th, 2012
To become free again mentally,emotionally, and physically.
I've been through severe anxiety disorder, panic attacks, severe clinical depression, insomnia, weird thoughts, suicide thoughts, uncontrollable heart rate, bad dreams, feeling like im going crazy, nobody understanding me not even doctors, post tramatic stress, imbalanced nervous system, and fear. i've experience this because of a physical accident. I never knew that the things i've been through ever existed or hurt so bad, but i thought i was broken and never was going to be fixed. Im here to let you know there's hope, not just to lower the symptoms but to actually overcome and for them to go away because i've overcame LITERALLY!! I know alot of you been praying to Almighty God and your saviour Jesus Christ and it seem as if God dont here you or he's not changing anything, but he does hear you and deliverance is on the way. Words are very powerful and almighty God created the earth with his words in the bible Genesis chapter 1&2. We can also speak our healing because we are created in God's image it also said it in the bible Genesis 1:27. To know how i've overcame then ask. Dont be afraid to contact me because I really want to help you overcome this obstacle in your life. GOD BLESS!!!!
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replied November 12th, 2012
Hi im looking for help for a friend , shes had headaches now for a few days then this morning while playing with her children she felt as if she could not move ,and also a pain in the back of her neck , she felt as if her body was numb and she was so cold to touch in one side and she just stared into space with very little response, took her to the dr he said it was not a stroke and it looek like stress and she was over tired can antone help
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replied March 26th, 2013
Feel like passing out an weak
I am a paid firefighter. Most my days are sitting an waiting for all heck to go down. I was 38 when it first happened to me I was at a fire an my legs felt weak I could not move. I threw up an just felt like I could not move an had no power to walk. It went away for a bit then at another fire the same happened I was 15 min into the fire an bam it hit me my stomach would cramp legs weak could not think right or walk. I've been treated for depression, dehydration, respatory disorder An nothing is helping. I got wrote up 3 times now an if I don't fix it I'm afraid ill get fired
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replied December 2nd, 2013
Help with Anxiety
Here is some very helpful information on anxiety and panic attacks. I am a 55 yr old black female. In the early 80s is wend i first began having attacks, and pretty servere. I went many years after getting control of them with no medcine and not having any attacks. Here it is December 2, 2013 and l have been having anxiety attacks for the last few days. Im not trying to sell you anything, but i can say having a great relationship with my creator help me though things that wiped out most people. I had an issue in my body where my white blood cell count was always low. I happen to be at a friends and they recommend some pills to me, which were, colon cleaner, and enzymes. After a few days of taking the pills it was like a miracle was performed in my body. I found out that by my food not digesting and my waste not being released, the foods i ate did me no good. I had my blood count redone and the problem was resolved. I began shortly afer that to have anxiety attacks again, so stop taking the pills thinking that might be the problem. The anxiety did not go away, but i did notice that they would mostly hit me in the morning. To get to the point of what i am saying, something that we that suffer from this disorder dont here much of. There are many foods that we eat that set off these attacks. This was something that i observed and began to research. I started paying attention to what i was eating. The reason i was not having the attacks before taking the pills, remember my food was not digesting. I felt bloated all the time, very uncomfortable, feeling of hunger because my food was not doing its job. Here it is December 2, 2013. When i got up i ate 3 slices of wheat bread just to satisfy my hunger and drank two glasses of water. I had some bouts of anxiety, but i do much praying and seeking wisdom from God to put the right foods in my body. I had a few bouts of anxiety this morning, but as i did my commute to where i had to be this morning i did deep breathing excercises. Now im sitting here waiting for my car to be serviced and feeling *GREAT* This is a person that use to suffer really bad with these attacks, and whether people want to accept it or not depending on medication is the worst thing a person canodp to themselves. When i had them serverely back in the 80s i was on 8 different meds. I did not want to become depended on them so i would educate myself on this disease that is effecting so many people. I have friends that would check themselves into mental hospitals, are would become house bound, or would talk on the phone to distract themselves, or couldnt be social because this disease has handicapped them. There is hope, you dont have too be bound... I will attempt to proofread what I wrote, but if by chance there are *typos* please forgive me and I hope this can help someone. Last but not least panic and anxiety is a learned behavior how ever it my have developed, so therefore we have unlearn this behavior and that takes time. Be Blessed, Margaret
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replied December 2nd, 2013
Here is some very helpful information on anxiety and panic attacks. I am a 55 yr old black female. In the early 80s is wend i first began having attacks, and pretty servere. I went many years after getting control of them with no medcine and not having any attacks. Here it is December 2, 2013 and l have been having anxiety attacks for the last few days. Im not trying to sell you anything, but i can say having a great relationship with my creator help me though things that wiped out most people. I had an issue in my body where my white blood cell count was always low. I happen to be at a friends and they recommend some pills to me, which were, colon cleaner, and enzymes. After a few days of taking the pills it was like a miracle was performed in my body. I found out that by my food not digesting and my waste not being released, the foods i ate did me no good. I had my blood count redone and the problem was resolved. I began shortly afer that to have anxiety attacks again, so stop taking the pills thinking that might be the problem. The anxiety did not go away, but i did notice that they would mostly hit me in the morning. To get to the point of what i am saying, something that we that suffer from this disorder dont here much of. There are many foods that we eat that set off these attacks. This was something that i observed and began to research. I started paying attention to what i was eating. The reason i was not having the attacks before taking the pills, remember my food was not digesting. I felt bloated all the time, very uncomfortable, feeling of hunger because my food was not doing its job. Here it is December 2, 2013. When i got up i ate 3 slices of wheat bread just to satisfy my hunger and drank two glasses of water. I had some bouts of anxiety, but i do much praying and seeking wisdom from God to put the right foods in my body. I had a few bouts of anxiety this morning, but as i did my commute to where i had to be this morning i did deep breathing excercises. Now im sitting here waiting for my car to be serviced and feeling *GREAT* This is a person that use to suffer really bad with these attacks, and whether people want to accept it or not depending on medication is the worst thing a person canodp to themselves. When i had them serverely back in the 80s i was on 8 different meds. I did not want to become depended on them so i would educate myself on this disease that is effecting so many people. I have friends that would check themselves into mental hospitals, are would become house bound, or would talk on the phone to distract themselves, or couldnt be social because this disease has handicapped them. There is hope, you dont have too be bound... I will attempt to proofread what I wrote, but if by chance there are *typos* please forgive me and I hope this can help someone. Last but not least panic and anxiety is a learned behavior how ever it my have developed, so therefore we have unlearn this behavior and that takes time. Be Blessed, Margaret
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