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  1. #31
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    Right there with you all. My main anxiety trigger is my heart. I've been to a cardiologist and all is normal but why can't I shake this fear?? I think I worry more than someone that TRULY has a heart condition!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kdubg View Post
    Have been struggling with serious GAD for almost 2 years. I don't really get anxious about most things, accept my health. I'm on Zoloft and Xanax as needed. It's miserable. The main thing I think on is my heart. I'm 25 , see the doctor every 3 months, workout everyday, yet I still can't seem to get it out of my head. I've had EKGS and blood test done, and I'm told to be in perfect health. Still, everday( almost always when I lay down to go to sleep) I start freaking out and have to take a Xanax because I can feel it coming on. I had. A co worker did two years ago from a heart attack in his sleep, so I think that triggered it. But he was also 400 + pounds, and over 55 years old. But I fail to think rationally everytime I feel my heartbeat. I'm not asking for pity, but please for the love of god someone tell me that they are in my same shoes and understand what I'm going through. I hate feeling alone on this
    Sounds like me 100 percent. Every single word

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessed

    Sounds like me 100 percent. Every single word
    Hi I've been suffering from heart palps, racing heart, skipped beats ect for over 26yrs now and I'm still alive and kicking:-) just remember and tell yourself it's just anxiety and it wont kill me! Focus your mind on something calming and breath..... It will go away if you let it. Take care xx

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    Scared44, You and me both ( on and off 29 years) I believe you have to laugh or you'll cry. Positive mindset. When things are good, you just don't have time to worry ( feed the anxiety ) Honestly, if we didn't all hate the anxiety so much we would probably recognize it as a friend. Actually in reality it simply is the mind's way of letting us know things aren't right and that we need to make it so ( a good friend will do that as well) Good to know you're still hanging in there, although I am not surprised given that Panic is all Bark no Bite Bravado !
    Be Well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judie
    Scared44, You and me both ( on and off 29 years) I believe you have to laugh or you'll cry. Positive mindset. When things are good, you just don't have time to worry ( feed the anxiety ) Honestly, if we didn't all hate the anxiety so much we would probably recognize it as a friend. Actually in reality it simply is the mind's way of letting us know things aren't right and that we need to make it so ( a good friend will do that as well) Good to know you're still hanging in there, although I am not surprised given that Panic is all Bark no Bite Bravado !
    Be Well.
    Hi Judie how are you well I hope? After 26yrs I am not going to let anxiety rule my life any more. When I feel an attack coming on I talk myself through it and its starting to work. Like today I have driven 2hrs to see my pain specialist! That was a MAJOR STEP for me as I did it alone and I'm so proud of myself :-) just have to get through the next few hours..... Anyway take care abd hope your doing well also. xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by scared44 View Post
    Hi Judie how are you well I hope? After 26yrs I am not going to let anxiety rule my life any more. When I feel an attack coming on I talk myself through it and its starting to work. Like today I have driven 2hrs to see my pain specialist! That was a MAJOR STEP for me as I did it alone and I'm so proud of myself :-) just have to get through the next few hours..... Anyway take care abd hope your doing well also. xx
    Hi scared44, Yes I am doing well. I think we both are in the role of knowledgeable Supporters on the Forum. My anxiety ebbs and flows ( like life lol ) and is in direct relation to the amount of stress/depression at any given time. I understand the disorder pretty well and like you talk myself through it. Initially the Panic Disorder many years ago was crippling as far as what it did to me emotionally. I stood up to it even then, educated myself on Agoraphobia and fought it with no meds. It was tough I weighed 95 Lbs and Drs. were unfamiliar with the disorder so I was left little choice but to educate myself. I continued to work, date etc ( not always easy, in fact sometimes downright horrible ) I got married 24 years ago, had my daughter ( now 22 ) and was actually afraid of postpartum depression but never happened. I was taking care of my Dad, she was four and he was quite ill, out of the blue the Panic returned with Avengence ( Panic Disorder/ Depression are cyclic, they sometimes lay dormant for years. Well anyway being a young mother I couldn't risk not being there for my dad, husband, step kids and daughter so I started an antidepressants ( SSRI's ) I remained on these for ten years and found tremendous relief BUT ( always a but lol ) it cost me 60 Ibs. I happen to be one of those individuals ( and there are quite a few of us ) that weight gain is a major side effect. Some people don't gain any ( lucky)and some gain just a few ( very much worth it ) . I stopped it 4 years ago and have been med free since. I take 2,000 mg of Fish Oil ( Omega 3's Brain Function Vitamin very successful adjunct to help anxiety/depression as well as Alzheimers prevention why not right lol ? ) I will tell you anxiety, as you know is very tricky. I did have ulcer pain all winter and I'm very achy ( could be Lipitor ? ) but Yes thank you I am doing well. I asked someone else this today, do you have any relatives with anxiety ? There is a strong hereditary link. I don't talk about it on here, I don't want people to think it's not manageable, because it is. Great chatting a bit. I would love to hear a little bit about you. Pain Specialist ? Yes, Always be proud of accomplishments like driving two hours.

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    Ahhhh.. Reading these posts make me feel so NOt alone..

    I have lived years bouncing from one fear to another.. It's almost like my brain is hyper focused on every little bodily sensation... Sweating to myself that I'm having an aneurysm for sure!! (Bc of the tinge I felt in my head).. But then only to panic bc I can't breathe (surely I have asthma!!!) and then my fingers get numb.. My heart is skipping (OMG!! Heart attack!!) oh boy.., it is E X H A U S T I N G..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelliesean View Post
    Ahhhh.. Reading these posts make me feel so NOt alone..

    I have lived years bouncing from one fear to another.. It's almost like my brain is hyper focused on every little bodily sensation... Sweating to myself that I'm having an aneurysm for sure!! (Bc of the tinge I felt in my head).. But then only to panic bc I can't breathe (surely I have asthma!!!) and then my fingers get numb.. My heart is skipping (OMG!! Heart attack!!) oh boy.., it is E X H A U S T I N G..
    I am the exact same way!, it's exhausting even thinking about all the time I am wasting but it's so hard. Everyone tells me to ignore what I feel but my mind won't let me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxcraigiexx View Post

    I am the exact same way!, it's exhausting even thinking about all the time I am wasting but it's so hard. Everyone tells me to ignore what I feel but my mind won't let me.
    I know! I was just w my very best friend yesterday.. Driving home from Brooklyn.. Tons of traffic (if that helps set the mood lol) .. Back to where I live, about 40 min drive to Long Island. Anyway the traffic was making me insane.. I cdnt handle the idea of not being able to quickly make my way to an exit/hospital if I needed! And.. I was in an unfamiliar area to boot.
    So I'm telling my friend that I'm getting anxious.. And she really is TRYING to understand.. N she says "but this stresses me out too.. " etc.. But she just can't wrap her head around the fact that he can't understand the terror that is u raveling in my head.. She can't understand that I am losing my mind and spiraling out of control into and anxiety hell .. All quietly inside where no one can see..
    And being that we all KNOW we have this disorder.. It's easy for someone to say "mind over matter"... But it simply is not that simple.. Therapy and medication are crucial components for those of us who have it severe enough where our quality of life is greatly compromised.. No amount of wishful thinking will help otherwise.. We need help.. And that's ok

  10. #40
    I feel you completely, it's misery, iv'e gone through many kinds of phases with my anxiety, but iv'e hit the worst one, I hate going to bed at night because like you said it feels like your heart is starting to act up, I have PVC's also, my heart skips and likes to do its own thing, it's scary, but it's a heightened awareness of your heart due to anxiety, you can't get your mind off of it, the worst part is that you can't get your mind wrapped around it, you don't know why, and the only answer the doctor has is that its your anxiety.

    This is what iv'e come to realize about this...

    The stress hormone (cortisol) witch is responsible for all our misery's is adrenaline, think about when you work out, same kinda feeling just without the movement, heart pounds and your anxiety feeds off of it, am I on the verge of a heart attack? Am I gonna go crazy? Am I not gonna wake up tomorrow morning?

    It's hell, i'm a smoker too, witch doesn't help, when I try to quit my hell go's through the roof, after 4 or 5 days i start feeling a little better but then i start smoking again, but I fear that this will not fix my problem.

    My last option is sexual, Iv'e noticed the more stressed I get the more I wanna have sex, and the less stressed I am the less I wanna have sex, so I'm stopping it completely for a month to see if this is whats causing my pro longed insane anxiety and depression, sometimes we have to think back on when we felt healthy, and think about how our lives were day to day, whats different now from then, and fix it, because unfortunately, anxiety is not an infection or sickness, it will not heal itself, we have to work for it, try stopping everything, put all your worrys away, think naturally, and rationally, coffee, cigs, drugs, booz... Dont touch it, try to only allow peaceful things into your life, you might notice a difference or even start to heal, just remember it's not overnight, it's a healing process, your body's chemicals need to rebalance and your body and brain needs to adjust, i hope i helped

 

 

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