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The agony of anxiety

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Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Posted by: Grangy on Tuesday, October 16, 2007

 

  Hi. I'm 49 years old and have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for about 23 yrs... I've gone through different meds and finally went to a psychiatrist about 5 yrs. ago. It's amazing how little the doctors even seem to know! I have had major panic attacks that left me crawling to the toilet and vomiting. I've dealt with the day to day anxiety that never goes a way. In April I had a stress test because of an irregular EKG and bad heartburn. Even though I didn't last long at all o­n the treadmill I still passed. I decided to stop my meds (Zoloft) due to a couple of reasons, cut out my addiction of diet cokes, most caffeine, aspartame and splenda. I got out in the yard and planted two flower beds and had o­ne of the best summers that I can think of. But the heat set in and I was driven back indoors and consumed more sugar than I needed and the anxiety is trying to return.(I have taken a couple of Xanax)

But, I have found deep breathing helps and I believe cutting back o­n sugar and exercise are big keys in helping this disorder, plus getting your B vitamins.. If I need meds again I will use them but I find my anxiety attacks aren't any worse than when I'm taking something. I've been having the anxiety and racy heart but I'm going to cut back o­n the sugar and up my bible study. Getting the focus off myself is a must.

As I said I've been consumed by horrible thoughts that led to physical weakness to were I couldn't walk to the bathroom and when first diagnosed I went through all kinds of tests and was given many different pills because 20yrs. ago this condition was not discussed you were just medicated. But, I've persevered and every time I defeat it I say thank you God.

As you read this and set there with a racy heart, tingling body, numbness, obsessive thoughts of fear and worry, know YOU'RE NOT ALONE and there is help and hope. I believe people who deal with this are people of great courage and more strength that we give ourselves credit for when we look at what we endure and that we still go o­n. That strength will bring us to end of the tunnel and back into the light. I'm not saying we won't enter the tunnel again but know the light is there waiting. Thanks for reading and God Bless.
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Grangy - I read your story and feel like I could have written this myself. You sound like you are working your way through, which I know is a tough thing to do. My feeling is that with God's help we can do anything. It's trusting in Him to get you through. I hope for you as I do for all of us who suffer with anxiety/panic, that you will continue to find peace and strength. Thank you for your story.
 
November 23, 2007
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Honeyface said:

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Grangy - I read your story and feel like I could have written this myself. You sound like you are working your way through, which I know is a tough thing to do. My feeling is that with God's help we can do anything. It's trusting in Him to get you through. I hope for you as I do for all of us who suffer with anxiety/panic, that you will continue to find peace and strength. Thank you for your story.
 
November 23, 2007
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jewel9880tx said:

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Thanks so much for sharing your story!!! I have been searching for things that I could do in my everyday life to help with my anixety. God Bless You!!
 
January 07, 2008
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jewel9880tx said:

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Thanks so much for sharing your story!!! I have been searching for things that I could do in my everyday life to help with my anixety. God Bless You!!
 
January 07, 2008
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giridharb said:

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I am completly recovered form the panic attack. and to help people who are suffering from panic attack I have created a new blog on this which is
http://trainyourmind.blogspot.com
 
January 16, 2008
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giridharb said:

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I am completly recovered form the panic attack. and to help people who are suffering from panic attack I have created a new blog on this which is
http://trainyourmind.blogspot.com
 
January 16, 2008
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GreatThunder said:

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If deep breathing helps you then there is something you can do to train yourself breath more deeply without any effort. Place a canopy over your bed so that you sleep within a somewhat restricted air space. As you sleep the air you breath becomes less and less oxygen rich and your body responds by breathing in more air. Thus a habit of shallow breathing can be overcome. It takes time and depends on how much shallow breathing habit you have. A friend of mine in Sydney has done this and very successfully. All the best.
 
January 21, 2008
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GreatThunder said:

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If deep breathing helps you then there is something you can do to train yourself breath more deeply without any effort. Place a canopy over your bed so that you sleep within a somewhat restricted air space. As you sleep the air you breath becomes less and less oxygen rich and your body responds by breathing in more air. Thus a habit of shallow breathing can be overcome. It takes time and depends on how much shallow breathing habit you have. A friend of mine in Sydney has done this and very successfully. All the best.
 
January 21, 2008
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sissyhere49 said:

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hi ,i am new.i have had panic disorder for 15 yrs now ,with agoraphobia.needless to say at 49 i dont have a friend to my name.im on meds now that seem to be working ,but now I dont know how to start over.or even how to make a friend.ive been on my disability for 15 yrs. any advise.the last time I was out it was in the 80's.44544
 
May 05, 2008
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sissyhere49 said:

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hi ,i am new.i have had panic disorder for 15 yrs now ,with agoraphobia.needless to say at 49 i dont have a friend to my name.im on meds now that seem to be working ,but now I dont know how to start over.or even how to make a friend.ive been on my disability for 15 yrs. any advise.the last time I was out it was in the 80's.44544
 
May 05, 2008
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