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    Old 08-19-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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    Question for those who experience anxiety

    Hi everyone,

    I have been reading many posts here and I have a question for those of you who experience anxiety.

    Is the anxiety something that suddenly started happening out of the blue, as in, when you started having symptoms (dizziness, etc), did the anxiety happen as well?

    Or do you experience anxiety now because you are upset/thinking about your condition?

    Or do you experience anxiety now that you are taking meds? If so, what meds are you taking and are you taking other meds (SSRI, meds for depression) to combat this?

    I am trying to figure out my symptoms/issues and this is something that I have yet to hear a true answer about. I will post my story elsewhere soon on this forum to get imput. Thanks!

     
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    Old 08-19-2008, 12:05 PM   #2
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    BC--

    I experienced extreme anxiety with the onset of the sudden and extreme dizziness. My anxiety has been very much related to if I feel very dizzy, then I will feel anxious. In my case, the dizziness causes the anxiety and is not much of a problem otherwise. I have also noticed that if I drink a lot of caffeine that I will feel both more nervous and more dizzy, so I drink only 1/2 cup a day.

    Since the onset of this condition I do seem to get more anxious when I go somewhere new or do something I haven't done since I got dizzy. I carry klonopin around with me, but I've never used any tranquilizer since the first week of this mess, when I took xanax in an attempt to calm the dizziness. (It didn't work.)

    There is a condition called MARD that others on this board are more familiar with; it involves migraine, dizziness, and anxiety, which appear to be a medical triad. For me, depression has been more of a problem.

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    Old 08-19-2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    I know for me - the anxiety showed up at about the 8 month mark. Surprisingly, my dizziness was starting to get better (or I was getting used to it - or a combinatio of the two). But, I think for me, my nerves were so oversensitized from the constant spinning, off balance, floor moving, etc. feelings that the anxiety took hold at that point. I know small doses of valium helped me .... plus biofeedback, meditation, exercise and anything I could find to help - it was awful. It's much, much better now. I get tiny twinges of it here and there, but it goes away pretty quickly. But, my dizziness is also much better - I'm at about 98% - so that might be part of it too.

     
    Old 08-19-2008, 01:43 PM   #4
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Mine started way back when I was a kid. It's something I've struggled with on and off (mostly on) for almost 30 years. It has only increased since all of this happened.

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    Old 08-19-2008, 02:38 PM   #5
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Hi bc,

    It's well known (but not by many doctors unfortunately) that anxiety can easily be generated physiologically via an inner ear disturbance. It's also called "otogenic" anxiety/panic disorder. The hardest thing for a new person that comes down with this garbage is to separate the otogenic anxiety from the real psychological stuff that we create by fretting over what has happened. This is no easy feat and can take a long time to not react to the otogenic stuff.

    I also believe there is otogenic depression too and I think Violet would agree with me. I can be feeling fine, suddenly have an attack come onto the scene and feel depressed just as fast. When the dizziness finally goes the depression goes with it. I hate this aspect of it the most because I am normally an upbeat person.

    Violet I just can't seem to control this thing unless I have some sort of med or herb in my system that artificially inflates serotonin levels. Drives me crazy that I can never stand on my own two feet without them. It's like this migraine-dizziness thing has really centred around some part of my brain where all the happy chemicals are produced. Just can't belive this thing sometimes.

    Scott

     
    Old 08-19-2008, 07:34 PM   #6
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    For me, it's even more complicated. I suffered from primary anxiety disorder BEFORE all this garbage, PLUS I had an inner ear problem a year ago that kicked things off (and recovered from 100%). Then, an acute period of even more stress/anxiety set off the migraine condition I currently suffer from. The dizziness is debilitating, the light sensitivity and other visual issues are also disabling and just plain annoying, and the anxiety is now increased 10 fold, which was already elevated above normal naturally. This could be why I have such an extreme case, and why I am so debilitated. The anxiety for me is 10x worse because unlike so many here, I already had a previous anxiety problem before all this. Most people here seem to have a "reactive" type anxiety. So when their condition is under control, they feel better. For me, even if the condition is somewhat under control, my mind doesn't allow me to be "better" because of the "what if" senerios my anxiety plays with me. This keeps me in a constant cycle of anxiety-migraine from which there is no escape because I can't tolerate the meds, and I refuse to be a zombie. Hopefully this helps you

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    Old 08-19-2008, 07:39 PM   #7
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Hello,

    My anxiety came on after dealing with pain and dizziness and other neurological symptoms and NO HELP from doctors until I found a good neurologist over two years into this junk. I believe my anxiety was the result of dealing with this condition and not knowing what happened to me and if it will ever go away as well as the anxiety of just trying to live day to day. I also think the klonopin I was prescribed about 9 months into this mess increased my anxiety.

    What has now killed my anxiety after 3 1/2 years was finding a good doctor, time on my side, and I started a very low dose of an SSRI in January 2008 that has helped me greatly.

    I would love to here your story as I'm in the Eastern Suburbs of Pittsburgh. I can also recommend a very good neurologist if you are interested.

    Best,
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    Old 08-19-2008, 07:47 PM   #8
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Scott--

    I totally agree with you! And I have to say that I am not liking the nori effects thus far--I feel dizzier/weirder and more depressed--how is that possible on this antidepressant? I am trying not to freak out, as others like Charlotte have mentioned that symptoms can be stirred up at first, but I'm not sure what to think. I don't want to mess up my system even more. If this doesn't improve in maybe a week or so I might get off it and then try a typical SSRI as well--prozac or zoloft. From there, I guess I could more easily add something like topamax or verapamil if I have to...what do you think?

    I also don't like thinking that I need a med to function, but I'd actually be happy to find something that did allow me to function at this point! I think I've read that the ssris not only help you in the moment, but also they can give your brain some kind of protective postive lasting effect--hopefully that means that it will help us out somewhere down the line and we'll be able to be med-free. On the other hand, it might take some time to get there.

    I hope you're doing well today!

    Violet

     
    Old 08-20-2008, 07:15 AM   #9
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Hi gloria2936,

    Thanks, I may take you up on that (or want to discuss other things related since we live in the same area.) In 2 weeks I am seeing a highly respected neurologist who specializes in balance issues (who is also an ear doc) at the U of Pitt. Following that I am also seeing a regular ear doc there. Please see my other post "PLEASE READ: Is it MAV..." to read my story. Thanks and take care from your "neighbor", BC

     
    Old 08-20-2008, 01:59 PM   #10
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Hi BC,

    It sounds like you are headed in the right direction. I have had more success with UPMC than any of the other healthcare systems here. The neurotologist I saw originally (almost 4 years ago) was at Allegheny/West Penn Health Systems at Allegheny General. He is young doctor and all he mostly did for me was rule out other illnesses. I had much more help with a neurologist at UPMC. He is very knowledgeable and specializes in migraine treatment.

    Good luck and keep us posted on how your visit goes.

    Gloria

     
    Old 08-21-2008, 06:20 AM   #11
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Hi Gloria,

    Thanks. I am going to UPMC too! Not sure if you are allowed to put the name of the doctor here, but if not, can you tell me his initials? The one I am seeing is well-known and specializes in balance (and publishes on related areas such a migraine). He is J.F.

    Also, you mentioned that you were put on an SSRI. Do you also take meds for the dizziness/balance issues? If so, may I ask what? Ever have visual problems too?

    Best, BC

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    Old 08-22-2008, 08:40 PM   #12
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    Re: Question for those who experience anxiety

    Ill tell you. I would do anything to get rid of my excessive anxiety. It really is interfering with my whole life. And you know whats funny, I get most of it from my presistant problem in my ear. Constantly getting a ringing in my ear. These always get me tremendously nervous. Currently, Im very concerned about my ear, cause this morning, while driving, I had a sudden loud ring, and my ear suddenly "turned off". Lasted 30 seconds. You can imagine how much anxiety here!

    My anxiety has been presistant for the last several years. All of my episodes of anxiety cause me to feel lightheadedness, severely depressed, always tired and lazy! I WANT TO GET OUT!

    My doctor had prescibed me with Lexipro. I took for a total of 3 days. After the 3rd, I started developing dangerous side effects. Including a scary panic attact. I almost called 911. So no more Lexipro for me, for now

     
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