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    Old 08-09-2013, 09:53 AM   #1
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    new to anxiety

    Hello-

    I was recently "diagnosed" with GAD following a visit to Urgent Care and given a perscription for xanax to "get me over the hump" as the doctor put it. I've always been a bit of an anxious person, I pace when I talk on the phone, watching sports on TV, etc. but it all came to a head about two weeks ago.

    I took my girlfriend out for a "night on the town" of walking a local out door mall and dinner; while walking around the weather started to cool and I began to feel a tickle in my throat and had a slight cough. I found this odd as I had been sick twice already in the past two months so my mind immediately began racing. It took forever for us to get seated for dinner which led to more anxiety and gave my mind more time to ponder "what's wrong with me?" "am I dying?". I was unable to eat my dinner that night as it just didn't look or taste good to me.

    The following week I continued to have panic/anxiety like symptoms; feeling dizzy, occasional fatigue, muscle tension, and constantly checking symptoms online (by the way, ***** might be the worst thing ever). I began convincing myself that I seriously was dying of an illness.. everything from Cancer to AIDs to anything else that matched 1 of my symptoms. I finally decided to go to Urgent care that Friday where the doctor prescribed me a strong dose of amoxycilin to fight what she thought might be a sinus infection.

    Sunday, I felt right back in the same boat... back to urgent care. A different doctor this time, long story short, after some talking he said it definitely seems like you have GAD and prescribed me Xanax. He also grabbed me by my shoulders, shook me and said "You're alright!" which I thought was pretty cool.

    My problem is that since that first panic attack (nearly 2 weeks ago now) I have had trouble eating. I get hungry, I'm ready to eat, I start making food and slowly but surely I begin to lose my appetite. By the time I sit down to eat, it becomes a battle to get the food in me. I start to feel full relatively quickly which makes me anxious and feel even more full. In this time, I've had a few meals where it was relatively easy to eat, but for the most part I have been having this issue.

    Question: Any suggestions on how to combat this?

    On a side note, I am in the process of making an appointment to speak with a mental health specialist (just waiting for them to return my call).

     
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    Old 08-09-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
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    I'm sorry you are going through this. I've battled GAD for the last 2 1/2 years and its horrible. Mine kind of came on out of nowhere and spiraled into an everyday condition. Has your doctor done blood work to rule out thyroid, vitamin deficiencys, etc? As I'm sure it's just anxiety like the urgent care doctor said, but some conditions can cause anxiety. I have all day anxiety and when it's really bad, I just can't eat. It's like my stomach shuts down.
    One thing I always tell myself when experiencing a panic attack, is nobody has ever died from one. Although it feels like your dying and your mind is racing with all these horrible things..you aren't. And it will pass. My doctor ran every test under the sun when I first started having anxiety, and everything was normal. Until recently he decided to check my vitamin b12 levels and they were really low. Which causes anxiety, dizziness, fatigue etc. I hope you start feeling better, as this is no way to live.

     
    Old 08-10-2013, 09:43 PM   #3
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    Re: new to anxiety

    Thank you for your response. I have not had any blood work done, which I'm beginning to think is slightly odd, but given my "changing" symptoms I can understand why. For the most part I've had my anxiety in check the past few days and have made SOME progress on the eating front: I've been able to eat a few full meals which is a big step; before, I would sit down, eat two bites and be done.

    Currently I'm experiencing some discomfort/weakness/pain in my legs. I did go on a walk/partial jog today and pain in my knees is nothing new after exercise, however, this feels a little different. I'm hoping its all in my head but am beginning to get nervous/scared as I don't feel overly anxious at this time.

    I've had difficulty distinguishing between my "symptoms" and anxiety which is concerning to me. My plan is to start keeping a log of what ailment I feel and when/how long. Like I said before, I'm beginning to get concerned that something is wrong, but I don't want to come off as a hypochondriac. I'm knew to this anxiety/panic attack thing and just don't know what to expect.

     
    Old 08-10-2013, 10:29 PM   #4
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    I'm glad to hear you have felt a little better the past few days. Anxiety can cause so many symptoms, it's crazy. Physical and emotional. But blood work needs to be done ASAP. Normally when someone gets anxiety out of nowhere the doctor does blood work to rule out thyroid, vitamin deficiencies, etc. My doctor did a echo cardio gram (scan) of my heart to make sure I didn't have a prolapsed valve, as this isn't life threatening normally but can cause anxiety. So I was told. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Hope you continue to feel better!

     
    Old 08-12-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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    Re: new to anxiety

    I'm 27. I called my doctor this morning and left a message; when he calls back I plan on running through how I have been feeling and am thinking he will have me come in for blood tests. I hate feeling like a hypochondriac, but I've been noticing anything and everything that seems a little bit off (most of which I would normally ignore). After my second urgent care visit in 3 days, i called my PCP to let him know what was going on... I was somewhat surprised that he did not ask to see me himself, but he instead referred me to a mental health provider.. which I expected and wanted, but I was still surprised he didn't ask me to come in. I'm

     
    Old 08-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #6
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    Re: new to anxiety

    I have severe ocd/anxiety and depression. I have to force myself to eat because when I'm anxious I don't eat. Xanax is very short lived in your system, and you can begin feeling withdrawal symptoms which don't feel good either. Right now I am Clonazepam which stays in the system longer and lasts longer. My anxiety makes me feel like I've been hit by a truck, you are not alone! I just started CBT and have a psychiatrist to try and address my issues, hopefully your Psychiatrist or mental health provider can help.Keep us posted!

     
    Old 08-12-2013, 02:05 PM   #7
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    Re: new to anxiety

    Forgot to add that I've been battling this for 7 years...and in the last 2-3 months I have lost over 30 lbs, just because of my anxiety. It affects every aspect of your life.

     
    Old 08-12-2013, 02:21 PM   #8
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    Re: new to anxiety

    Thank you for the response. I'm sorry to hear that you've had to battle this for 7 years; I've only been in the depths of this for 3 weeks and all I can think is "How do I get back to being me!!!??" It's taking a toll on my ability to get things done at work which adds to the stress/anxiety. I feel like I'm stuck in a bad dream with a vicious circle: My anxiety causes symptoms which in-turn give me more anxiety. Although I would never wish this feeling on anyone else, it is surprising how comforting it is to know I'm not the only one.

     
    Old 08-12-2013, 02:59 PM   #9
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    Re: new to anxiety

    i am new to this as well and this is what has brought me to this board - i am older than you, i am 46 - i have for the last 10years been what people would refer to as a "worry wart" however the last 12 months i have have 3 episodes where i feel overwhelmed with anxiety - i was able to deal with the first 2 episodes somewhat on my own - i did go and speak to a professional for the 2nd episode but now i am smack dab in the middle of a 3rd episode and my symptoms seem worse than ever before - numbing in my left hand, nausea, racing heart and feeling dizzy - i have intusive thoughts that i cannot push away and i had to have a colonoscopy last week, where they removed a polyp and now my mind will not stop - i too am waiting for a call back from a therapist, because medication to deal with this is not my first choice but i think i may have to go down that road - hope you get to feeling better soon

     
    Old 08-12-2013, 03:39 PM   #10
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    Anxiety sucks the life out of up for sure. I've been dealing with it for 2 1/2 years and mine came out of nowhere. I had a panic attack one day and it just exploded into everyday all day anxiety. It's gotten so bad that I don't like to leave the house. I have a ton of physical symptoms which finally came to the diagnosis of a b12 deficiency. I'm sure that isn't the cause of all of my anxiety but when I'm dizzy all the time and foggy headed it makes me panic and think I'm dying. I've chosen to stay away from meds. I know they help people tremendously, but I'm too scared of the withdrawal and addiction it adds to the mix. Stay on your doctor about blood work, echo cardio gram, etc.
    hormones, vitamin deficiency, thyroid all could play a part in anxiety. Hope you all feel better soon. I feel like my life was ripped out from underneath me.

     
    Old 08-14-2013, 11:14 AM   #11
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    Re: new to anxiety

    So I have a "doctor day" tomorrow.. I got lucky and got an appointment to see my primary in the morning; I've been really concerned over this weight loss/not eating thing which is making my anxiety worse. I try to tell myself everything is alright but I need confirmation from my doctor. I'm somewhat scared of this one, as much as I want to know everything is alright, I don't want to find out that something isn't... ugh!

    After that, I have my first meeting with a therapist which I am actually rather excited about.. Unfortunately, this will force me to be out of work which will create more of a backlog on top of the one I've created with my lack of productivity in the recent weeks. I do think the day off work will be a good thing because when I am here I constantly feel like I'm pretending everythings ok when in my head I don't feel that way.

     
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