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Hi, I know what you mean, it's pants. I've had anxiety since May 2002, joined these forums soon after and they've helped on occassions. Justsharing feelings etc.. helped me realise I wasn't alone in this.

I struggle through most days at the moment, initially when it all kicked off I couldn't leave the house let alone go to work!

I'm going through a bit of a relapse at the moment, had 5 or 6 weeks of raised anxiety with the usual dizzyness, palpitations, chest pains, arm pain and generally feeling pretty crap.

I've not slept properly in weeks and feel pretty weak and tired everyday, by 4pm I'm yawning! Since yesterday I've been getting muscle cramping sensations in my arms, legs, ankles, back you name it. I went to the doc who took some bloods to check for a few things.

There are days when I really feel like I can't carry on, the start of this week for example I went into a depressive state, couldn't see an end to all this, felt like I was ruinging my familes lives. I've kinda snapped out of it a bit but I still can't see the end.

2 1/2 years ago this started, after I accepted it was anxiety I assumed I could be back to my old self in a year or so. No chance! This is a long battle, maybe I won't ever be the person I was, but I'm going to keep trying. The thing that gets me the most is that I'm an intelligent person, I understand my problem, know what the causes are etc.... but I can't keep it under control as it just jumps out when you least expect it. There are times when I have been feeling pretty good then boom! out of the blue I have a PA.

Hang in there, I know what it feels like to be right down in the dumps, but you can get through it.
ManApart, I feel for you. It makes me so sad to read your story about not taking the flight. I know how anxiety can destroy dreams but we still need to fight it. I am trying to although I feel almost hopeless. I am not allowing it to stop me from living how much I can though. I have had anxiety almost all my life in some way or other. However, it just got really bad 9 months ago. However, I am fighting it although it is tough. In these horrible, worst of my life ( and strangely best because I have an 8 month old son) 9 months, I have been on 16 flights, and been on a 7 day cruise (just returned on Sun.). It was unbelieveably difficult to take those trips but I feel better for going than if I hadn't gone. I am going again tomorrow on a flight too. Each time, I noticed that I feel much much better than I thought I would. We all will perish from this earth some day, why should we let life pass us by avoiding things because we THINK something bad will happen? Chances are they won't. Please take that flight to see her. Just think that you are not alone on the flight. All those other passengers will be with you. Small kids, older people, couples, etc. Also, what makes you think out of ALL the flights in the world, yours will be the one to crash? That same flight has been leaving every single day and will continue at the same time every day, so what makes you think that the one day you choose to go will be the time it crashes? These are just some thoughts that have comforted me and I hope they help you. Flying really is the safest way to travel. I used to be afraid of flying until recently but now I do love it. Now I also am wondering how I was ever afraid? It seems silly now that I was once afraid. Strange, huh? What's worse-something bad happening or regreting it for the rest of your life? I am only trying to help because I don't want anyone else to suffer this way.

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