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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@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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Seems we are not all alone in our own unique types of anxiety, panic and loneliness. Stay strong in the struggle.

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@danybegood1

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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What a cute Wookie! Dany @danybegood1 He definitely deserves his picture here ☺

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@danybegood1

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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Dang, please hang in there. I have suffered with anxiety for most of my life and I am now 76. I have been on so many different meds for anxiety. Right now I am taking 60 mg of Plavix for depression and Trazadone at night to help me sleep. I am always so wound up when I go to bed and can’t sleep. I was taking Romero for sleeping, but I gained about 35 lbs. on it. It did help me sleep though. I was also taking Clonazepam for RLS. I am off it now also as my Psychiatrist told me it causes confusion and memory in older patients. I have been taking Trazadone for only a week, so I do really know if it is going to do anything for me. Dr. says it takes two weeks to get into the system and start working. Dang, believe me, I know too well what you are going through. I think you should see a Psychiatrist. I went through too many therapists who didn’t help me. OBTW, I was also on Xanax for about six months and they helped more than anything. They are however very habit forming so I got off them. Please write back to me if you like. You are not at all alone in this. There are many of us here who suffer with anxiety. I wish you well.

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@danybegood1

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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such a cutie pie. Dogs are such great healers aren’t they?

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@danybegood1

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, he sure is adorable. Makes me smile just to look at him.

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@danybegood1

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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Hello Dany @danybegood1

It has been awhile since you last posted. I hope that you (and your Wookie) are doing well.

Teresa

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@danybegood1

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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Hi, @danybegood1 – thinking of you (and your sweet dog whose photo you posted). How are you doing?

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My bp has been up and down so much in the last few days.can my anxiety cause it to fluctuate so drastically?

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@princesspeach

My bp has been up and down so much in the last few days.can my anxiety cause it to fluctuate so drastically?

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Hi, @princesspeach. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I've merged your post with this discussion called "My Anxiety" so that you can meet others who have also discussed anxiety. Hoping that @hopeful33250 @happyat76 @stressedmesseddepressed @callalily74 @johnbishop and others will share any insights about dealing with anxiety and also about its potential impact on blood pressure. I'd also like to invite @hilly2016 @lalyfa and @jeanmnyc, who have mentioned anxiety, to this discussion.

I thought you might be interested in this Mayo Clinic article on whether anxiety is a cause of high blood pressure: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/expert-answers/anxiety/faq-20058549.

@princesspeach, are you experiencing other symptoms with your anxiety, as well?

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Hi @princesspeach, I would like to add my welcome along with @lisalucier and other members. Anxiety can definitely cause your blood pressure to rise. Mine used to be higher every time I went to my doctors appointment. There are some tips to help you with the anxiety.

Tips for Treating Anxiety and Blood Pressure at the Same Time
https://www.resperate.com/blog/hypertension/treatments/lifestyle/tips-for-treating-anxiety-and-blood-pressure-at-the-same-time

Can you share what you think might be causing your anxiety?

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Hello @princesspeach and welcome to Connect!

I am glad that Lisa, @lisalucier, invited me into this discussion and blood pressure problems. I have taken blood pressure meds for a number of years and I have a different take on the subject. I have actually found that blood pressure meds actually reduce the feeling of anxiety and stress. Let me explain:

One of the blood pressure meds that I take is of medication category called an ACE inhibitor. ACE inhibitors reduce blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels in your heart. Here is a link to an article from Mayo Clinic as to how they work,
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/ace-inhibitors/art-20047480

If I forget to take my med one day I can really feel the difference. I begin to feel notably anxious and I don't understand why. So I feel that in my case the med solves a physical problem that is causing the anxiety. As a result, I have begun to take the ACE inhibitor med at bedtime. I sleep much better at night and feel better during the day.

If you care to share more about yourself, @princesspeach, are you currently taking BP meds as well? Are you noticing any difference in how you feel?
Often people with high BP also use many of the relaxation techniques that are mentioned in John's post above. What sort of relaxation techniques have you tried? Walking is a good one, there is no cost to step outside for a short walk😊 and it really helps!

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@johnbishop

Hi @princesspeach, I would like to add my welcome along with @lisalucier and other members. Anxiety can definitely cause your blood pressure to rise. Mine used to be higher every time I went to my doctors appointment. There are some tips to help you with the anxiety.

Tips for Treating Anxiety and Blood Pressure at the Same Time
https://www.resperate.com/blog/hypertension/treatments/lifestyle/tips-for-treating-anxiety-and-blood-pressure-at-the-same-time

Can you share what you think might be causing your anxiety?

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@princesspeach @johnbishop John, I'm with you too. This is an informative link about anxiety and blood pressure. I went through this myself because of anxiety about spine surgery and I had a long time to worry about that. Yes, I did get through my surgery at Mayo with flying colors, but I learned so much about confronting my fear and anxiety that it changed my life, and I am still amazed by that. I had anxiety about medical procedures all my life, and my blood pressure reacted. We have a built in safety response in that when our blood pressure gets too high, the body dilates the vessels and a person faints. That happened to me a lot in the past. I chose to confront that fear and embrace the surgery and healing in order to make a positive choice for my future and avoid becoming disabled. That's a hard choice to make when fear is holding you back. There were a lot of things I did to work through it and deprogram my fears. My first steps were that I learned to lower my blood pressure using music and deep breathing slow and in time to the music. I was measuring it with a blood pressure cuff and I could drop it 10 to 15 points in 30 minutes. I did this any time I was feeling the anxiety and I still do this as a meditation every now and then. I found music that was relaxing and inspiring to me that I could get lost in when I put on the headphones and it got me to stop thinking about fear of a future event. I took it a step further with singing which also forces you to breathe slow and in time to the music. When we breathe too fast with our upper chest, it increases anxiety which is what people do when they hyperventilate. The breathing that helps is the deep low diaphramatic "belly" breathing. This is something that anyone can try, and actually measure. It's also biofeedback training.

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I have had problems with anxiety and blood pressure for years. Is what it is for me. The assistant reaches for the shuddersome BP instrument of which results those sinister drugs causing even more ghoulish ends to a means-must be the month of October.

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@parus

I have had problems with anxiety and blood pressure for years. Is what it is for me. The assistant reaches for the shuddersome BP instrument of which results those sinister drugs causing even more ghoulish ends to a means-must be the month of October.

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@parus Sometimes my BP is up at the Dr's office, other times, no. I tell them"it must be the excitement of being here", but I know it also has to do with the method they use (automatic cuff or manual), size of cuff (big one for me due to muscle mass), the experience and attitude of the assistant. I have been on BP meds for 14 years due to kidney issues.
Ginger

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@gingerw I no longer feel alone with this. Things are so chaotic I feel guilty for interfering with their chaos. About the only time I go are for the 6 month check-ups. I go for any other reason the guilt is overwhelming for being sick. The thought of going to the doctor causes me so much stress because I know they will want me to take BP medication and seem all in such a panic because it is high. Just writing this comment about BP is stressful.

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