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I have always been an anxious person but recently have been having, what my doctors call, anxiety attacks. I'm not sure if i believe that is what they are. I know i probably do have anxiety problems, but my symptoms are really scarey and it doesnt seem rational to me that such physical symptoms could be caused by something in my head. I sometimes feel faint and dizzey..i worry that i may faint, i get the chest pains and feel like i cant get a deep breath...like i cant get enough oxygen into my body, i shake and sometimes sweat excessively and feel like something horrible is going to happen.

The strangest symptom is that my face and neck sometimes feel numb...even before i start to panic, does this sound like a symptom of anxiety? Also, sometimes without even having an attack i see spots or little bubbles floating. I suppose this could be caused by lack of sleep, or maybe it is a coincidence.

I went to my doctor with these concerns and she immediately told me it was caused by stress and anxiety and that i should get therapy. She didnt even give me any tests, i mean i want to believe that is what is causing my symptoms, but i also dont want to have a heart problem or something and pass it off as anxiety. Maybe worrying about it being something serious is part of the anxiety...but i trust my body. Sometimes i feel like i'm going crazy! Am i the only one with theses symptoms?? I am very concerned and looking for any advice i can get. The numbness in my face worries me a lot, does this happen to anyone else?
[QUOTE=mandalin]I have always been an anxious person but recently have been having, what my doctors call, anxiety attacks. I'm not sure if i believe that is what they are. I know i probably do have anxiety problems, but my symptoms are really scarey and it doesnt seem rational to me that such physical symptoms could be caused by something in my head. I sometimes feel faint and dizzey..i worry that i may faint, i get the chest pains and feel like i cant get a deep breath...like i cant get enough oxygen into my body, i shake and sometimes sweat excessively and feel like something horrible is going to happen.

The strangest symptom is that my face and neck sometimes feel numb...even before i start to panic, does this sound like a symptom of anxiety? Also, sometimes without even having an attack i see spots or little bubbles floating. I suppose this could be caused by lack of sleep, or maybe it is a coincidence.

I went to my doctor with these concerns and she immediately told me it was caused by stress and anxiety and that i should get therapy. She didnt even give me any tests, i mean i want to believe that is what is causing my symptoms, but i also dont want to have a heart problem or something and pass it off as anxiety. Maybe worrying about it being something serious is part of the anxiety...but i trust my body. Sometimes i feel like i'm going crazy! Am i the only one with theses symptoms?? I am very concerned and looking for any advice i can get. The numbness in my face worries me a lot, does this happen to anyone else?[/QUOTE]
If you've been checked out and had tests ran on you then it probably is just anxiety/panic attacks. I had every single symptom you mentioned for over 2 years and told myself the doctors HAD to be wrong because it was physical symptoms but it ended up getting worse after a lot of time passed and my symptoms like the ones you mentioned above got even worse! I gave in at last and tried an SSRI (zoloft) and within 2 weeks all of my symptoms were gone COMPLETELY so, the doctors were right all along. I went to the ER 3 times, a neurologist, ear nose & throat specialst, GP's, you name it, I had everything checked and all tests were normal. If you haven't tried an anti depressant yet then give it a try for about 4 weeks and see how you feel. Just remember every SSRI works different for each person so what works for me might not work for you. Paxil didn't work at all for me but it works great on a friend of mine so, you just have to try them out till you find the right one for you. When you do, you'll be kicking yourself for not trying it sooner. I can't believe I let that many years of my life slip away from me feeling that way. I'm just glad I gave in and accepted it was anxiety/panic.
Good luck & take care,
T.





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