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It's kinda long, but gimmie a chance here..


Background...
I am 17, and I had my first anxiety attack about a year and a half ago, but they havent been bad up until about 2 months ago. I went to the emergency room: my heart was racing and I was having heart palpitations and hyperventilating, the entire left side of my body went numb, and I was completely convinced I was going to die of a heart attack. I was given an EKG and heart x-ray, nothing showed up. I was put on .25mg of Xanax, which I took about 3-4 times a week, but the past two weeks have been almost unbearable for me. I am having anxiety attacks at the very least once a day, up to three. Last week, my doctor rose my dose to .50mg and on put me on Zoloft, and today he switched it to 1mg Ativan. I've also begun to see a therepist/counselor, and have an appt. to see a psychiatrist in Feb. (soonest date possible)

Day to day stuff...
I have headaches every day, trouble sleeping and wake up in the middle of the night often, sometimes immediately thinking about my anxiety or having an attack. Sometimes while almost alseep, I'll jerk awake, often a few times in a row. On occasion, my jaw locks up while sleeping, which is incredibly painful, but it does not wake me up. I have an intense fear of death. Even if death is mentioned in conversation, gets me nervous. My chest has been tight almost non-stop for a week now. I also have constant aches in my upper back, left arm/shoulder (which worries me of my heart) and left leg (worries me of strokes/neurological problems, since both are on left side) and am usually lightheaded. Because of my fear of heart problems, I avoid too much physical activities, and try to stay within an hour of home. My appetite ranges from barely eating for days on end, to eating normally. My mouth gets very dry sometimes as well. I find myself clenching my hands and clenching/grinding teeth during the day. Sometimes, the tinyest, irrational things will get me very irritated and cry and feel hopeless about my condition. It interferes with my life: Some days, I cant go to school or have to leave.

Before attacks...
I get almost obsessive about talking my pulse, because I have a constant fear of heart attack or stroke, and afraid of death. I also get numbness in my hands, feet, and sometimes face. In general, I am really worried of having an anxiety attack, and usually unsuccessfully try to talk myself out of them.

Having an anxiety attack...
I have intense fear of dying, and think I am having a heart attack. I feel as though I am going to pass out, my hands and feet get very numb, and everything feels completely out of control. My chest has pain and is tight, my heart beats hard and fast, and I have trouble breathing correctly. My throat also gets very tight. I know the heart attack/stroke thing completely irrational, but when I am freaking out, I just can't shake the thoughts.

Any thoughts/advice?





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