my anxiety

Posted by happyat76 @happyat76, Feb 25, 2018

Does anyone panic over everything? I have been suffering from anxiety for 50 years or more, but lately, I freak out over every little thing and can’t seem to stop myself. My hearing is getting worse and when I can’t hear something, I get so upset and start panicking. If I have to go out and meet new people, I start panicking. I am not sleeping very well lately and am still taking 60 mg. of Prozac every day. I am going to see my Psychiatrist this coming Wednesday and I hope that he can help me out. I have told him before how I get the shakes so badly sometimes. My whole body trembles for no apparent reason. He hasn’t helped me with a lot of my problems. My mind is always racing, thinking about all kinds of stuff, day and night. Sometimes I go to bed at 9 p.m. and am still awake at 4 a.m. I get up at 9 a.m. so I feel tired all of the time. I feel like I am going crazy sometimes. Any advice or thoughts on this would be very much appreciated. I love to stay in my home and away from people. I have a wonderful husband who doesn’t understand me at all. I love animals much more than people. I am Vegan because of how I feel about the killing of animals. Thanks everyone.

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I suffer from dreadful, intermittent bouts of nausea and nervousness. I’ve been tested for everything at Mayo and all came back normal. I was so hoping for a diagnosis of something other than anxiety disorder, which is likely. Anxiety seems so vague and unpredictable— not exactly like treating strep throat with a beginning and an end, for example. I empathize with you and want to say you are not alone. I’m an otherwise healthy individual, but without emotional peace, quality of life is lacking. I’m only taking herbal remedies right now but may have to ratchet that up a notch. I would like to hear from anyone else who experiences my symptoms, especially if you’ve found a solution.

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I had what I thought was a stomach disorder, but an Endoscopy revealed Barrett's Esophagus which is treatable and a subsequent Endoscopy Thank God showed the condition improved greatly a year later. I take daily Prilosec (omeprazole) currently.

For nausea, my mother : ) used to say to "lie on your left side and rub in circles your stomach.")

As for nervousness, I've had a generalized anxiety disorder for years, am tapering off the benzo clonazepam over 5 months! and then will look for a natural supplement that I know works like omegabite (omegabrite.com), Lithium Orotate (on Amazon) and Vit. B100 (I use the quality "Solgar" brand). I just started the organic natural supplement Ashwagandha, and, I'm not a doctor, but I tell, you, taken about 800 mg am and 800 mg pm is already in short time relaxing me! So pleased with it! May we all be well!

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@hopeful33250

Hello @happyat76

I was thinking more about your excessive anxiety and was wondering how long ago this started? Also wondering for how long you have been taking the 60 mg of Prozac? Has the dose recently been increased? What time of the day do you take the Prozac? Sometimes Prozac can include symptoms similar to yours – however it is very important to NOT go off it (or any anti-depressant medication) or reduce the dosage without instructions from your doctor.

Teresa

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Thank you so much for your reply. I still had some Remeron, so I started taking 1/2 of one and I am sleeping again. I go see the Dr. again in 5 weeks, so I will talk to him then about renewing the Remeron. I didn't really know much about this drug until I read your post. I didn't know that it was an old med. I have in the past taken Xanax for my panic attacks and it works really fast. I understand though, that it is very habit forming, so I quit using it. I am sorry to hear about your medical issues. I am very fortunate in that I don't really have any major health problems thus far, just the anxiety and depression. I am 76 and so blessed at the moment.

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Hi, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and I probably have a bit of ADHD and PTSD (Seeing my mother waste away from the dreaded disease ALS). I take 60 mg of Cymbalta (duloxetine) and recently read there was/is a lawsuit by consumers of Cymbalta against its manufacturer, Eli Lilly, who makes Prozac as well, due to alleged undisclosed severe withdrawal effects when you go off it. I've been researching alternative antidepressants, therefore, and Remeron looks good, except that it is associated with weight gain and I want to lose weight. Anyone take Remeron or know about it and can offer please pros and cons with Remeron? Thank you very much!

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I am an otherwise healthy 73-year-old, except for the fact that my stomach is in knots all day every day. I’m blessed in so many ways but I just can’t seem to relax and enjoy it all. I suffered panic attacks in my 30s, which I think was hormonal. They ended after menopause thank goodness. But the nervousness continues to this day. I also have trouble sleeping through the night. I have chosen not to take prescription meds. What has been immensely helpful is sublingual vitamin B-12. Thirty minutes after letting a tablet melt under my tongue, things calm down. And a glass of wine before dinner is indispensable! Maybe those of us who suffer chronic anxiety are doomed by our genetic makeup and are destined to control it as best we can. It certainly helps to talk about it with everyone, and I’m grateful for this blog site.

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Hi, @annedodrill44 — I am so sorry to hear your stomach is in knots all day every day and that it's hard to relax and enjoy. That sounds hard. I am glad to hear the panic attacks have subsided.

Thanks for the tips about taking the sublingual Vitamin B-12 and the glass of wine before dinner to help with the anxiety and nervousness.

I'm thinking that @happyat76 @lindmissi @lilmac44 @shoregal45 @jimhd @danybegood1 @pureinheart @sadiesmom @kamm may have some thoughts on these over-the-counter methods of helping control anxiety and that they may have more tips like this of their own.

Glad this site has been helpful for you, @annedodrill44. Have these same strategies helped you with sleeping at night, or is that still a struggle?

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Anxiety I have been told is merely a state of mind. I do not believe this and I understand how uncomfortable and painful anxiety is for so many.

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The worst mistake I have made recently was to see a therapist…not all of my physical pain is in my head so talk to a therapist. Very, very confused.

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Hi all, boy it seems we are all special for the wrong reasons. My thing is worrying. About everything. We live not too far from a volcano, Mt. Rainer. You may remember Mt. St. Helen? I also worry about my kids, the planet, my dog, just everything. I worry about the people I read about that includes everyone on Mayo connect. I recently found out that the man I was married to for 30 years died 3 months ago and no one called me. Anxious is my middle name. I finally called the Behavior Mental Health department of my clinic to relay how I was feeling yesterday, you know, heart palpitations, heaviness in the chest, like an elephant was sitting on it. This has happened 2-3 times in the last week and it's pretty alarming when it happens. But, being Friday no one has called back. What really pisses me off is that I've been suffering anxiety attacks for months, if not longer, and my stupid Dr. will not prescribe anything for me for anxiety. I felt like I was going to die. The feeling of imminent death has receded, but I still have a foreboding sense of death hanging over me. Not something I can explain to my kids. I have really been reaching out to my doctors with this, to no avail. Now, I'm reaching out to therapist. Have to wait and see what happens. The first therapist I saw said I have psychomotor retardation, which I guess means it would take a bolt of lightening to make me do anything, which is exactly how I feel. This has all been slowly progressing since my divorce. I loved my husband, but our situation was hopeless. However, I'm a Christian, so I wait on the Lord, believing that all good things will come to pass. But, it would be great to have a way to deescalate things when they get really bad. I have my kids for which I'm truly grateful, and I have Harley, my little Shi Tzu, to cuddle with when he allows it. Sometimes, I beg for his attention, to no avail, then other times he is all over me, stubborn and fickle little boy. I love him to death. We all are a mess to one degree or another. There is no one answer for us all. We need to persevere in the face of this black cloud that has us in it's grip. When all is said and done, I guess after all these years of feeling this way, that's what I've been doing, biding my time, waiting on the Lord. But, for all of us it needs to come to an end, because, for me it is a huge detriment to my health. I am in a physical decline far too soon for my age. I'm only 66, but I feel like I might be 90. I've lost so much muscle tone, and I'm losing other things. But, I will continue to wait, and do my part to the best of my ability. Whatever will be, will be. I pray for everyone on here that you will find your solutions, and outlets for inner peace and health. Stay strong, and keep fighting. We're worth it. Dany

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This is my Wookie. That's his very first baby name. I hope it shows up because he has helped me so much. He deserves to have a picture here. Dany

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@danybegood1 How I do understand!!

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@danybegood1 Still throwing punches

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Have you tried vitamin B-12 sublingual? I’m wired just like you are. Stomach always in knots. This usually helps me. I’m also going to try Benadryl on the recommendation of others on this site. Thank you for sharing. It makes me feel less alone in all this.

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@annedodrill44

Have you tried vitamin B-12 sublingual? I’m wired just like you are. Stomach always in knots. This usually helps me. I’m also going to try Benadryl on the recommendation of others on this site. Thank you for sharing. It makes me feel less alone in all this.

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I feel alone, too. Very few people understand any of this. I'm going to look into vitamin B-12 sublingual.Thanks for the recommendation.

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@callalily74 I am sad you feel alone as it is an comfortable way to be. I do understand from what I know of my own loneliness. I hope the B-12 helps you some. Do you have any hobbies or something you enjoy doing to try and take your mind a way from being lonely?

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