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First, [B]I wish all of us the strength and good hope [/B] to get through this horrible time! My problem started the beginning of February when in a split second and for no apparant reason I lost the hearing in my right ear. A few days later I was diagnosed with "Sudden Hearing Loss" and was near totaly deaf in that ear. Along with the constant loud noises in that ear (tinnitus) I felt like I was suffocating! The long and short of it is, I was put on a steroid (Prednisone) and at the end of the ten day prescription I noticed a little bit of hearing. Within a week or so after that it seemed as though a little more came back, but at the same time, I was noticing this distortion that was near the beginning of the hearing loss, becoming more and more prominant. When I talk, or people are talking around me at anything higher then a low volume, it sounds like my voice or the other voices are coming out of a cheap radio or like speaking through a comb covered with wax paper or tin foil! Very frustrating and annoying!! For the past Three weeks or more, I've noticed no additional improvement in the hearing and at times,, seems Worse!
I've been on Xanax (.5mg) to get me to sleep, just about from the beginning of this thing. However, it only puts me to sleep for a couple hours then I wake up and have to take a quarter of a tab to get back to sleep! I'm also afraid of taking other meds so I suffer all day with HORRIBLE ANXIETY attacks and NOW also very bad depression and don't take anything (with the exception of Valerian Root, which does'nt do hardly anything) to get me through a long GRUELING day for two months now!!!
My Horrible Anxiety stems from the fact that even though I've gotten some hearing back,, everything still sounds horribly muted, dull and low and is offset by the distortion (and the tinnitus is still there)! Every problem I've had prior to this or while during this period seems to be AMPLIFIED 50 times over!! Symptoms? Heres a few,,,,

Waking up with a horrible rushing, anxious feeling and jolting out of bed.
Chronic insomnia.
Nausea.
Tenderness in stomach under my chest.
No appetite,, I've lost FIFTEEN POUND in eight weeks!
Constant shortness of breath.
Constant feeling of horseness and the other ear stuffing up.
Cant FOCUS on anything else but this, can't Function!
Not wanting to do anything or go anywhere, yet feeling [B]TRAPPED[/B] at home!
Very claustophobic in my vehicle,, hate driving.
Hate being around crowded or noisey places.
Constant crying spells.
Total feeling of [B]HOPELESSNESS[/B]!
Constantly trying to remember how it was before this all happened.
Non stop complaining about it to my family (taking it's toll on my wife and though my sons don't live at home anymore and are also very sympathetic, they feel helpless and don't know how to help).
Memories of fun times we'd have now put me in a [B]DEEP DEPRESSION [/B] because I don't know [U]when or how [/U] I'll ever get through this!!
People are telling me it's not the hearing loss that's caused this horrible Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression and panic attack and I need to find the underlying cause.
Well, the Hearing problem [U][B]IS[/B][/U] what put me in this state. It's just that everything else I had on my "plate" before this is serving to MULTIPLY my symptoms and Heavily Aggrevate the problem! The only way I can see getting through this is if the hearing corrects itself, although my ENT Dr. seems to think there's a good chance but it'll just take time,, he's not a fortune teller and I don't know if I can last much longer feeling this way! In the mean time,, I can't see any light at the end of the tunnel!!

I WISH ALL OF US THE BEST!
[QUOTE]Memories of fun times we'd have now put me in a DEEP DEPRESSION because I don't know when or how I'll ever get through this!![/QUOTE]

i know that feeling all to well... but it will get better and as odd as it sounds coming from someone like me that has delt with anxiety most of their life.. it is just anxiety.. its nothing to fear.. its a SOB to go through i know but you can overcome it i am sure of it.

when you jolt awake in the morning try just laying in bed for a little bit and relaxing using some deep breathing.. take a deep breath in through your nose hold it for a few sec and then exhale out through you mouth slowly while counting to 10.. focus on the breathing and counting until you feel more calm.. this has helped me alot with the morning jolts. it didnt happen over night but keep at it and it will help.

for me the biggest help with the hopeless feeling/depression from the anxiety is to keep busy even if you dont feel like it, and facing the fears that it causes.. just take it in small steps.. say you dont want to go out to the store because you feel so bad.. give it a try anyway push yourself as far as you can... and if you cant reach the goal that day.. dont worry! try again the next day and try holding out longer then the day before sooner or later you will meet your goal.. it has really helped me on overcoming alot of the fear and hopelessness that comes along with anxiety/depression.. again this will not happen overnight but stick with it and know you can and will beat this.. it will get better! you will have fun again!

another thing i have noticed is anxiety/depression hates to be suprised or caught off guard.. and what i mean by that is if you get an idea in your head to do something that you feel would make you happy or would be fun.. do it asap! it seems (for me anyway) if i jump on the good thoughts right away and dont sit there and think about it the anxiety/depression never gets a chance to take control and ruin it.. it sounds stupid i know but it works for me and helps me look back on that time and say "hey.. i did this before even though i am fighting anxiety/depression and i got through it.. no reason i cant do it again!"
[QUOTE=Punkdizzle]i know that feeling all to well... but it will get better and as odd as it sounds coming from someone like me that has delt with anxiety most of their life.. it is just anxiety.. its nothing to fear.. its a SOB to go through i know but you can overcome it i am sure of it.

when you jolt awake in the morning try just laying in bed for a little bit and relaxing using some deep breathing.. take a deep breath in through your nose hold it for a few sec and then exhale out through you mouth slowly while counting to 10.. focus on the breathing and counting until you feel more calm.. this has helped me alot with the morning jolts. it didnt happen over night but keep at it and it will help.

for me the biggest help with the hopeless feeling/depression from the anxiety is to keep busy even if you dont feel like it, and facing the fears that it causes.. just take it in small steps.. say you dont want to go out to the store because you feel so bad.. give it a try anyway push yourself as far as you can... and if you cant reach the goal that day.. dont worry! try again the next day and try holding out longer then the day before sooner or later you will meet your goal.. it has really helped me on overcoming alot of the fear and hopelessness that comes along with anxiety/depression.. again this will not happen overnight but stick with it and know you can and will beat this.. it will get better! you will have fun again!

another thing i have noticed is anxiety/depression hates to be suprised or caught off guard.. and what i mean by that is if you get an idea in your head to do something that you feel would make you happy or would be fun.. do it asap! it seems (for me anyway) if i jump on the good thoughts right away and dont sit there and think about it the anxiety/depression never gets a chance to take control and ruin it.. it sounds stupid i know but it works for me and helps me look back on that time and say "hey.. i did this before even though i am fighting anxiety/depression and i got through it.. no reason i cant do it again!"[/QUOTE]


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I have taken [COLOR=DarkRed][B]Cardizem LA 240mg [/B][/COLOR] for the last 4 months and have now stopped taking it on 10-27-05; does anyone know what the withdrawals of this drug are?

I took [COLOR=DarkRed][B]Cozaar[/B] [/COLOR] for just about 1 years just stopped taking[COLOR=DarkRed] [B]Cozaar [/B] [/COLOR] at the same time what withdrawal are there and how long will they latest?

Skip :confused: :eek:





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