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It started maybe 2 years ago....everytime i would go out in public especially out to a restaurant to eat i would get this feeling that it was hard to breathe and i would get lightheaded and feel like i was going to pass out. constantly i would be reassuring myself i was ok and would take several trips to the bathroom just to get away and calm myself down. this went on for a couple years and i never noticed it get any better or worse. last month when i was at work i felt fine and 2 seconds later i felt like i was going to pass out. i sat down and it became hard to breathe. my vision went completely white. my heart rate was through the roof. my hands/arms and face especially around my mouth went numb and i couldnt control my hands. i was pouring out sweat and was gasping for air. well, i never totally passed out because the paramedics got to me in time. I still do not understand why this happened to me...it was a normal day, it wasnt busy, i didnt even feel anxious. I was diagnosed with hyperventilation syndrome with anxiety. ever since that very day i literally can not step a foot outside of my house. CONSTANTLY i have it on my mind and through out my whole day i am reassuring myself in my head that i am ok and not to freak out that i freak out and it starts happening again!! hitting a red light while driving is the worst because i feel trapped like i cant go anywhere :mad: i never go out anymore because im scared its going to happen again. If anybody has had a similar experience can you PLLLLLEEEAAASE tell me how you delt with it and if it does get better? i need to see the light at the end of the tunnel...
I understand your pain! Last August I started having panic attacks after a hellish summer spent with kidney stones and being in the hospital. The panic attacks I was able to get somewhat under control but that constant feeling of anxiety was always there. I wouldnt leave the house. Then when I finally DID leave the house, I would be a wreck. The worst like you said was sitting at a red light and the drive thru at the bank...yikes!! I soon learned to just park my car and go in, lol. My doctor gave me a prescription for Xanax and it saved my life. Just knowing I had the pills in my bag helped me get thru alot of my anxiety. Are you taking anything right now? I am also on Buspar right now which has helped. I have tried Lexapro (hated it!), and this week started taking Effexor XR but have been scared off it by thinking of when I have to stop taking it (the withdrawal and weaning is supposed to be brutal).

Did something specifically happen to you 2 years ago that brought the anxiety on?
I was around 14 years old when was raped..that started the entire anxiety cycle. It was such a stressful event . I could not go to school and stay a full day...I ended up going home...because sitting in a class room was torture on me. I would hear what my teacher was saying..but yet I just wasn't absorbing it. I could not hang out with my friends any longer...long story short..I ended up leaving school in the 11th grade...I got married young and I honestly thought if I had a baby ..that would be my reason for staying home....I had no idea what was wrong with me...I just knew I was not normal...I had horrible anxiety...I would tell or explain what was going on to different Drs..but honestly panic attacks were just not an issue back in the early eighties....I was called lazy, a goof off...crazy.......everything but agoraphobic ...that was what I suffer from....
I was but on so many differents meds....nothing worked....then one day a Dr gave me xanax......and honestly that was the day my life changed....I started getting out more and going places...yes the anxiety was still lurking,,,but it has been at bay since I started xanax in and around 1985...still on it and have not abused it in any way......do I think I would still have gotten this anxiety if I had not been raped.....yes I do...that was a trigger...I was simply so young....I feel like my childhood was robbed from me......
xanax has worked wonders for me......
The ER doctor gave me Hydroxyzine and it doesnt do anything but knock me out so i cant really take it when i need it because i will fall asleep lol i have my follow up appointment for my doctor tomorrow well see what he gives me. but as of now im not taking anything i hate taking pills =-X but no nothing specifically 2 years ago happened but i think i have always had anxiety problems and it just went full blown when i got kicke dout of my house and was homeless for a month which then was when i found out i had herpes which then eventually led me to find out i have HPV also. i think all that kinda pushed me a little to far. it was just way to much at once i am only 20 turning 21 this month so it was alot. not to mention the stress of 4 surgeries the past 2 years!!! i dont know where the severity of my full blown anxiety came from, it was just one day it all fell apart.
I am so sorry to hear that =-( i too was raped but i was 8. It didnt effect me like you because i was so young i thought it was normal...and i looked up to the person that did it to me. but i have come to peace with what had happened..i was in therapy for a year but it really didnt do much. the situation kinda fixed itself. the person that did it apologized to me about 2 years ago and me and being a forgiving person i accepted it. i will admit i do have a drinking problem tho...did you do anything to cope with the pain?





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