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Old 10-01-2006, 04:10 PM   #1
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Can anxiety make you feel like you are in a dream?

I have also been feeling like I am in a dream or in a fog today and I don't know if anxiety can cause those feelings. I just feel really weird sort of like my body is really still I don't feel my heart beating or anything and everything around me feels like I am in a dream. Is all of this in my head also? I have been so worried about my aches and pains that I don't know if these feelings are normal?

 
Old 10-01-2006, 04:20 PM   #2
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Re: Can anxiety make you feel like you are in a dream?

Oh this is very common with anxiety. I feel disconnected a lot like I'm watching myself outside of myself if that makes sense. Hang in there though, it's normal although annoying and weird!

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Old 10-01-2006, 04:51 PM   #3
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Re: Can anxiety make you feel like you are in a dream?

Hi thanks so much for writing me back! I also posted another thread about blood clots I don't know if you read it or not but I keep having pain also in my shoulder and now in my right leg and it looks like on the side of my upper thigh on the outside that it is swollen or big but when I measure both sides there isn't much difference but it sortof looks like a saddlebag or something. It's weird. But I keep thinking all the pain is blood clots do you know if all this could just be anxiety? And do you also get dizzy? I am so dizzy right now and I all of the sudden feel light headed. That is why I think it's a pulmonary embolism or something. I have had the pain for a few days now. I am just scared.

 
Old 10-01-2006, 07:14 PM   #4
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Re: Can anxiety make you feel like you are in a dream?

I always feel like that. i can sit in a daze for hours and not even know it. sometimes when i'm driving, i get scared because i feel like i'll pass the same place over and over again. as for your blood clot problem, i dont think you have one. i have been getting bad leg cramps and chest pains. i am constantly dizzy and i'm currently going to a specialist for it. i was checked for blood clots and they didnt find any. i am so afraid of getting blood clots, i'm the biggest hypocondriac in the world. i've been tested for everything. if u had a blood clot, they usually start on the lower part of the back of your legs. it will be like a redish purple color. it will be hot to the touch too and extremely painful. if u start getting really bad chest pains and coughing up blood, that is a good sign u have a clot and u should get to a doc right away.

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Old 10-01-2006, 07:21 PM   #5
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What you are describing is called Depersonalization which is a SYMPTOM of an anxiety disorder. Depersonalization can not exist without anxiety, but anxiety can exist without depersonalization.
Depersonalization is caused by a shift in the part of the brain that provides us with a 'real' awareness of our environment, which are caused by changes which occur in the way nerve signals are processed by the brain during anxiety disorders.
I DID tons of research on this myself, in fear of thinking I was going crazy!!
Depersonalization can include feelings of, unreal unattached, spaciness like a dream state, spaced~out, feeling like your head is in a fog, withdrawn, and dreamlike state.. Derealization is completely harmless but can be very disturbing. I know I myself often have depersonalization/derealization feelings. It's just all part of this wonderful disorder!!!

I also suffer from lightheadness/dizziness on a daliy basis.
You mentioned blood clot, just wanted to mention if you had a blood clot in your leg it would be swollen, red, and you wouldn't be able to apply any pressure to your leg at all without pain.. Meaning standing, touching etc.. I think if you are that concerned about it go see your Doctor just to be sure and ease your worry.. It couldn't hurt to know for sure!! Hope this helps you..

 
Old 10-01-2006, 07:28 PM   #6
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Re: Can anxiety make you feel like you are in a dream?

Hi everyone, thank you both for writing me back. I had my an ultrasound done the other day on my right leg and they didn't find anything. They only did the top part of my leg from my groin to my knee. They said they don't do the lower leg. But now I am having pains in the left leg on the side and in my buttcheek I know that sounds weird. I have been laying around alot though. But I get up and walk to the bathroom or upstairs every hour. I just keep feeling like it is hard to breathe like there is an elephant on my chest. It is scaring me so bad. And I am feeling really dizzy. Can indegestion cause my chest to feel that way? I am also having that alot. But along with all of this comes pain on the left side of my chest by my collarbone. I keep thinking it's a pulmonary embolism and my heart is going to stop. Am I going crazy?

 
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Anxiety will indeed make you feel or should I say make you believe you are going crazy!!! The mind is a powerful weapon. I myself suffer from chest pains, rapid heart rates, can't catch my breath~ Hyperventilation, body aches, headaches, DIZZINESS, along with the 1000 illness I have made up in my head over the years.. I am over due for a physical and I am scared to go thinking the Dr. is going to tell me I have some horriable illness when in fact she will most likely say I only have anxiety with panic disorder!!! Have you had a physical to rule out the heart disease? maybe this is something you need to do... This way you can put your mind at ease knowing it's all anxiety.. As for the blood clot, I really doubt that is an issue, You would have had some major problems by now. So I think it's more muscular that you are feeling.
Try some moist heat or ice packs on that area, see if that helps.. I am sure if the Dr. thought it was a blood clot you woudn't be home you'd be in the hospital.. Just my thoughts on this... But as for the chest pains, tell your Dr. get reassured and then you might see that these pains simply disappear after knowing that they are not heart realated.

Feel better, hope this helps!

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Old 10-01-2006, 08:07 PM   #8
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I had an ultrasound and an ekg done on my heart within the past 4 months and everything was normal. I just feel like my heart is really slow. The blood clot thing I am going to try to calm down on, thank you for reassuring me about that. The deppersonalization that I get it happens alot and it brings on the panic attack because my body feels so weird. I just get this overall feeling out of the blue especially at night and it feels like my heart stopped and my whole body feels very still. It's weird. I don't know if that makes any sense or not but I seem to feel worse at night. I just feel achy all over. Sorry not trying to complain. Have you ever had these weird feelings? This ativan is not working. I wonder if I should take more?

 
Old 10-01-2006, 08:09 PM   #9
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Sorry I for some reason forgot that you had said you have experienced depersonalizaton. I just hate feeling this way. All of this came out the blue for me about 3 months ago. It is like a constant battle every night to calm down and not think I am dying. Tonight is especially rough. I feel like I am going crazy. I am really scared.

 
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I have been where you are and sometimes still. I deal with panic disorder on a daily basis. It's horrible to say the least. For me I almost become Frozen with fear. If that makes sense. I was taking ativan but did much better on xanax. The ativan made me feel very drugged and out of it. The xanax just calmed me down, stopped the hyperventilating and made me think more rational.
At times I feel the dream like state throughout most of the day. It's as if I am watching myself from the outside~if that makes sense?? I also get the heavy feeling in my chest, and this usually spins me into a panic attack, I suffer from rapid heart rates, not so much slow like you mentioned. I also have daily dizziness/vertigo. This is the most troubling problem because the off balance causes GREAT anxiety for me. I know things are at it's worse now, or so they seem. But you will start to learn that the chest pains haven't killed you after months, years, suffering from them.. Or the dizziness hasn't made you pass out... So you will start to learn a new thought process and find ways to control the anxiety and panic as best as you can.. I know you feel crazy and think your crazy BUT the good news is your not. What you are feeling is REAL. Anxiety is a disease just like anything else.. Read my other post. One is called my Disease Called Anxiety, you will find it on this board, I think you can benefit allot from that post!! And most of all see that you are in~ fact NOT ALONE!! feel better any thoughts, or questions I'm here.. Boxerlover

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Old 10-02-2006, 06:59 AM   #11
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Hi thanks again for helping me thru all of this. I am going thru marriage problems and we have only been married about a year. I don't have any family here they are all down south and I miss them so much. I am dealing with alot of verbal abuse from my husband becasue I don't like to cook or clean that much. But he knew all of this before we got married. I do try to do those things sometimes but I get called alot of bad names. I started having all of these panic attacks and anxiety stuff in June. Do you think this is all related? It seems to be getting worse. Well, the doctor said I could see a pain specialist if I wanted so I made an appointment but I don't know what he will say since this seems like anxiety. I did notice last night when I went to bed that my breathing got easier but this morning I got out of bed and felt fine but I ran downstairs and then back up and I felt really short of breath. That's why I always think it's a blood clot. I never think maybe it's because I don't excersice or because I have been laying around for 2 weeks. I really should have married a doctor because then I could have driven him crazy with all of my medical questions. I am debating on antidepressents but am so scared of the side effects. With my mind the way it is I know as soon as I take the pill I will think something is wrong. Do you what the best antidepressent is out there? I take ativan every night now. I just want to go back to being my old self. I hope you get better too and it sounds like you are getting your anxiety under control a little bit by telling yourself it's okay.

 
Old 10-02-2006, 11:00 AM   #12
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Re: Can anxiety make you feel like you are in a dream?

It's a scary feeling especially when you know what it is. However it was the thing that finally made me find out what was truly wrong. After I had about 3 of these episodes I looked it up on the net, and walla anxiety came up. So it really answered a ton of my questions.

Best thing to do it don't give yourself these ???'s about what might be wrong with you. Those are the biggest anxiety catalysts.

 
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