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Old 10-17-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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Is anyone elses panic/anxiety soley based on medical fears?

This seems to be my problem, The ole heart attack thing. I'm only 31.

See for me it is almost like hypocondria. My fears revolve around having a heart attack even though I am not. I can even induce symptoms through anxiety.
This fear of dying makes me hypersensitive to my body. Any slight little hiccup and it starts worry and what if thinking.


I am going through an at home Cognitive Bevhavior threarapy system that will help in time. Also currently on Xanax XR and have tried lots of other meds but I couldn't handle them.

Of course I have been checked out before with x rays, Echo and MRIs with everything looking good.

I guess the reason I ask this is that it seems different then what a lot of people with anxiety and panic worry about.

Just venting alittle a guess. Been a long day for me.

Heck I even took the advice I had read in here before about jumping on my bike and going out and pedaling as hard as I could for an hour just to put my ticker through it's paces. I felt great. lol

still doesn't matter as I seem to not be able to escape these thoughts.

Sorry for the lenght and any typos.

 
Old 10-18-2004, 03:54 PM   #2
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Re: Is anyone elses panic/anxiety soley based on medical fears?

many docs wont take hypochondria seriously, try to find a doc, psych or therapist who does as you can be helped a lot

 
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Old 10-18-2004, 04:46 PM   #3
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Re: Is anyone elses panic/anxiety soley based on medical fears?

Hi there. I know mine is! I am always aware of every little tingle, itch, sniffle, etc. I think it's a common "product" of anxiety disorder. The thing that's funny is that when I HAVE a medical emergency (I recently became pretty much immobile from a torn back muscle), I DON'T have panic issues and work through the event pretty nicely (well, relatively so). That is pretty common, too. We'd make great medical professionals, or so I have been told.

Anyone who knows anything about anxiety and panic disorders will work with you on this. A GP or Internist may not be the answer, but they can refer you; I know I ended up seeing my OBGYN who also specializes in panic disorder and the meds used to treat it so I was lucky. My doctor was also aware of anxiety and its byproducts so there ARE more professionals out there who are aware of what makes us "tick" and are there to help us.

Good luck!

 
Old 10-21-2004, 10:34 AM   #4
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Hi. Health related issues are very common to people with anxiety/panic disorder. You can't stop the symptoms because you can't stop the anxiety. A lot of people relate to the "heart thing" or the "about to die off" thing. Try to remember to tell yourself that it is just a feeling and a feeling can't really kill you. It can make your heart race, your head spin and your body short of breath but it can't really kill you.

 
Old 10-22-2004, 09:27 PM   #5
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Re: Is anyone elses panic/anxiety soley based on medical fears?

468, I have the exact same fears but im 20. I have known people who have died of heart attacks and in accidents and im so convinced that the same thing is about to happen to me at any moment. These thoughts literally drive me crazy and make me sick. From the time I wake up in the morning till I go to bed at night it's all I think about. It really is hard to escape.

 
Old 10-23-2004, 04:44 PM   #6
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This is part of what set it off for me. About 7 months ago I got light headed out of no where when working on a helicopter at work. No reason for it what so ever. I blew it off untill I saw my ankylosing spondylitis doctor. They werent overly concerned about it but wanted an ekg done. I didn't get the EKG done for quite sometime. When I did get the EKG done it came up abnormal. This scared the crap out of me even though I was told I as fine.

I then lost somebody to an accident about 4 months ago and then I lost my grandfather inlaw to heart complicated surgery about a month after loosing my friend.

I have ankylosing spondylitis and have had it for years. I have always been somewhat of an anxious person, but never had I lost it. One day I was in the waiting room to see my AS doctor and for some reason I was quite uncomfortable with those around me. I was there to discuss the ekg results and I started having horrible panic attacks in the waiting room, thought I was having a heart attack and passing out.

I was there for three hours freaking out. We did 4 more ekgs on the spot and they were all fine.


Long story even longer, I have never been the same since. I ended up in the ER a few days later after some panic attacks thinking I was having a heart attack. Did another EKG and it was fine. Also did chest X rays and blood work and it was fine.

I have since had countless tests done saying I am fine(MRI, 24hr halter, echo).

It don't matter though I still get occasional chest pains and anxiety and sometime panic attacks.

Been on Xanax XR for a while now which helps a ton. I still go through bad bouts of anxiety and have not been back to my AS doctor since the flip out lol. I need to go back.

I also do believe that some of my chest pain is from some kind of gastro problem as it can be bad depending on what I eat or maybe even a side effect of the xanax.

anywasy I know I can beat this and I hope to soon.

I love this place as it helps to vent.

Sorry for the long jumbled up post.

Also still using the at home CBT.

 
Old 10-23-2004, 04:46 PM   #7
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Hi. Health related issues are very common to people with anxiety/panic disorder. You can't stop the symptoms because you can't stop the anxiety. A lot of people relate to the "heart thing" or the "about to die off" thing. Try to remember to tell yourself that it is just a feeling and a feeling can't really kill you. It can make your heart race, your head spin and your body short of breath but it can't really kill you.

It's amazing to me how all to real the feelings are though.

 
Old 10-27-2004, 08:48 PM   #8
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Re: Is anyone elses panic/anxiety soley based on medical fears?

Anyone else develope a breakthrough type of anxiety from med related problems?

 
Old 10-28-2004, 03:17 AM   #9
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486LC

I cannot beleive also how real the feelings are..thus no way of really saying "well next time i will know not to worry"...as that is very easy to say but when it comes back it all goes out the window because of the too REAL feelings!

Yeah i'd say my anxiety is purely medical...stops me doin EVERYTHING.

Hopefully going onto xanax will give me a life.

 
Old 10-29-2004, 06:43 PM   #10
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Xanax helps me get through a day no doubt but it certainly won't cure me.

 
Old 11-01-2004, 07:47 PM   #11
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I have the same problem i have had countless ekgs, x-rays, blood test and even wore some kind of heart monitor/recorder overnight once. everything always comes back normal but i still cant get it out of my head that something is seriously wrong with me. when i first started having panic attacks my doctor gave me xanax which had no effect on me whatsoever this only made me more convinced they were missing something. i generally dont have major attacks but have chest pain, clammy hands weak arms and legs all day long. paxcil finally whas the thing that worked for me. even after all of this the smallest thing can set of the anxiety that something major is wrong.

 
Old 11-04-2004, 01:42 PM   #12
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Hi Guys,
I can really relate to everything you're saying. I don't worry about heart attacks but I worry about basically every other medical condition one could have. I had my heart tested because of all the shortness of breath and it came back fine so that's the ONE thing that I don't actually worry about. My problem is that ever since I was a small child I have been afraid of vomitting. This is like a terrible, paralyzing phobia. This April I started feeling very weak all of the time, I felt very lightheaded. Later that week I started getting this tight feeling in my throat and even though my stomach was not upset, I felt like I would gag. So that night I ended up gagging at the toilet all night meanwhile panicking because I'm so afriad of throwing up and haven't done it since I was 11 years old (I'm now 21). So, ever since that fateful day I have been having that tightness in my throat almost constantly. I also started with bad headaches, an achy feeling in my body, a low grade temp, shortness of breath, etc, etc, etc. And also of course that same lightheaded feeling from the day this all began. Even though I haven't thrown up from this I still constantly think that I'm going to, and I believe that my physical symptoms are all a viscious cycle because of my phobia and the horrible anxiety that it causes. Lately I've been having horrible panic attacks that all revolve around my symptoms, and I'm even starting to be afraid of leaving the house for fear of having a panic attack while I'm out.

As a temporary fix I've been taking Ativan as needed but I don't want to take too much so I've been taking 0.5mg per day and very rarely twice per day. There has been maybe 4 days out of the last two months where I haven't taken any and actually yesterday I didn't take any and today I am feeling even more "weird" which I think is some mild withdrawal symptom. That's all I can come up with unless it is actually MORE anxiety revolving around NOT taking the meds.

On Wednesday of next week I am seeing a specialist who can supposedly help people get rid of phobic thoughts and decrease anxiety thru some special healing therapy. It involves facial tapping and maybe some hypnotism. HEY I'm willing to try anything at this point because I haven't felt like myself for 8 months now and it is making me increasingly depressed.

I always wonder if it was anxiety that started my symptoms in the first place or if it was something physical that just turned into anxiety. I still have one more doctor to see, the GI doctor about the throat tightness and fluttery feeling in my chest after eating. I really want to know if this is all anxiety related, or if it is a physical problem but I"m guessing it is a combination of both. A cycle.

This is killing me inside. I can't take much more. I really feel for you all and hope that something helps you soon. I'll let you know if the specialist helps me because she does phone therapy too. I'm here in MA but she travels all around the country to help people and hold conferences.

Good luck too all and God bless you.
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