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.

@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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@parus

@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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@parus Do you have a kit to monitor your BP at home? If there is a condition that is behind the high values, taking it at home at specific times may assist the professionals with a diagnosis. I take mine here at home as needed, and it is always lower, because I am in familiar surroundings. Just the stress of sitting in a waiting room can send it skyrocketing.
Ginger

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@happyat76

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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@happyat76 – I’m 73 and also have suffered for years from anxiety. I’m on meds for it. So I was just looking back on a great day when out of the blue a wave of nervousness, nausea and a sense of doom washed over me. It was so scary that I actually reached for the phone to dial 911. But instead I hopped on Mayo Connect while deep breathing. Talking to all of you has my mind turned in a better direction so I’m calming down. But frightening how quickly I go from good to bad!

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@gingerw

@parus Do you have a kit to monitor your BP at home? If there is a condition that is behind the high values, taking it at home at specific times may assist the professionals with a diagnosis. I take mine here at home as needed, and it is always lower, because I am in familiar surroundings. Just the stress of sitting in a waiting room can send it skyrocketing.
Ginger

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@gingerw No I do not have a BP kit. I have thought of doing so. It was up yesterday. While I was waiting in the exam room I sat and worked on a drawing. At the end of the exam she took my BP again and it was down by 10 points. Also having thyroid level issues so that was also discussed and we are tweaking the dose again. No BP med at this time. Yippee!

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