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Has anyone taken these over the counter anxiety medicine?
@sandytoes14 The first panic attack I had was when I was going on my first vacation ever at 40 yrs of age. We were on the highway and I had to tell my husband to pull over. I was about to open the door. I had no idea what it was. Since then I noticed any new happening in my life I would get them. Most the time I can handle them but this last few times have been from trying to quit smoking. I am on the nicotine patch and after about two weeks I had my first one from that. My chest gets tight and its hard to breathe. I have been on depression and anxiety medication most my adult life because of a bad childhood. Being in a car causes panic attacks all the time. Short trips if I am driving is ok. Short trips like a mile or two. No highways. Its hard because I have to keep all my appointments as close to home as I can. Raising my grandbaby has caused some panic attacks, mostly anxiety from nervousness.
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@littleonefmohio Please forgive me for not replying sooner. I have been dealing with extreme fibromyalgia pain and side effects from taking prednisone.
I too have a hard time riding in the car and keep my appointments as close to home as possible. What has been working for me is sitting in the back seat listening to a book on tape or music using earbuds. I also dab my wrists and collar bone with lavender essential oil.
There have been great responses by other members that I'm going to try also. The B vitamin sounds promising.
I truly hope your panic eases so that you may enjoy the time with your grandbaby.
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I see I’m in the right place! I suffered panic attacks in my 30s but now it’s bouts nervousness and waves of nausea virtually every day. I find that a sublingual vitamin B-12 under my tongue can help. I’ve had so many tests – all deemed “normal” — and I try my best to control this anxiety. But it is a miserable way to live. Let’s continue to share experiences and support each other. Thank you all!
@parus It is so challenging to have health issues that others cannot see. I'm sorry you have become a bit of a recluse. I wish for those in your life to see in you what I see. You are a wise person who has so much to offer others. The posts you make here on Connect are valued. Thank you for being part of our community!
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@sandytoes14 Yes, it is a challenge. I try to be encouraging to others here at connect. Currently I am discouraged and this is all the input I have for now.
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I plan to buy some B-12 and give it a try. Most of the time I do not have anxiety to any great extent, but when I do, it really does a number on me. Was recently taken to ER because BP was over 200 and head felt as if it would explode, plus being nauseated. I feel as if I cannot function at all. They kept me overnight and actually did a CT scan. Feel so foolish when it is over. I do take something for mild anxiety. My mom used to actually have her tongue swell and could barely speak when she had a panic attack. I hate it.
Liz223, I also got Magnesium, which I hear is good for nerves. Just started taking it today. Will report back on that! Feel like a vitamin junkie these days, but I’ll try just about anything to ease the curse of anxiety.
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I’m so sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly, parus. Your posts are so helpful, so please be well soon!
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Hi, @annedodrill44 — that is interesting about the magnesium. Please do report back on how that goes.
You mentioned feeling like a vitamin junkie these days. I know you've also mentioned sublingual Vitamin B-12. Are you taking other vitamins, as well?
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Outside of sleep aids and some supplements that are marketed for depression, I'm really not familiar with OTC products that are used for anxiety. Is there any supplement or product in particular that you are considering?
As I have been reducing and removing some of my depression/anxiety meds, I have been researching this subject a little. I don't know anything from personal experience, but the ones that have actually had a bit of scientific study attached to them are, St. John's Wort (any of these should be discussed with at least your PCP, but this one especially – interacts with a lot of things and can raise BP significantly). Valerian Root, Passion Flower, Magnesium, and one other I can not remember. I don't know why, but I think I would avoid any product that has been "formulated" for anxiety relief. If you have a pharmacist that you have a good relationship with, I would expect that to be a great resource. If anyone knows of, or has experience, with any natural remedy, please tell us about it.
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Good Morning everyone. I have not tried anything else yet as money was an issue. I did start taking a senior multi vitamin. Prayers for all of you. The weather has been up and down here and rainy so my pain has taken over. I quit taking the patch and back smoking again which I hate to admit. I will start the patch again on May 1st. I WILL beat this smoking crap! I get upset at these tobacco companies now that I know what they did to us smokers. Making it more addicting and harder to quit. Of course they never told me to start so not all their fault. My panic attacks have slowed down quite a bit. I think it is because some of the stress I deal with is gone and the other stress I deal with has been calmer than normal but I know that one is always around and will rear its ugly head again. I cannot deal with people yelling or talking in loud voices. I know it has to do with my parents constantly yelling and fighting with each other and the abuse that happened because of it. I have never been a person to yell because I told myself when I was quite young I would never act like that and I don't. That might be one of my triggers is that and I hold it all in. I know that is why I smoke. No stress would be wonderful! God Bless.
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@littleonefmohio — you know, breaking the chain of being a yelling household is a great thing — kudos to you for all your efforts toward that. My parents were both yellers, and my husband did not grow up in a family like that. When we were first married, he would tell me he'd be happy to talk about X when I would stop raising my voice. It kind of stunned me, but I quickly realized that we'd have much less drama and more calm in our house if we did not communicate through yelling. In our 14 years of marriage, yelling has been a real rarity, and that's been a huge blessing.
How do you deal with it now if others yell or talk loudly? Does that come up with relatives, friends, watching sports events?
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I just read your post above (from Apr 19) and I want you to know that your efforts to be encouraging on Connect have been very successful. You have helped many and that is appreciated by all of us because we realize that you struggle yourself. You really go beyond yourself many times and we thank you for that effort.
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I agree with what you and Lisa have written. Growing up with yelling is a stressful start to life. It is hard to feel relaxed as an adult when your early years were spent never knowing when the next verbal explosion would happen or where it would come from (sort of like living near an active volcano, I suppose). There are many popular comedy TV shows that I don't watch because of the yelling and/or sarcasm (which lots of people think are funny) but not so for many of us.
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@lisalucier I don't deal with it at all. My neighbor has that constantly going on and when I walk outside to do whatever my anxiety kicks in and I have to go back in. My ex will do the same thing and I have to just walk away. (I live with him now because he helps me with the grandaughter). He is very good with her but he is just a grumpy ole man most times and its very hard. That is why he is an ex but I trust him with my granddaughter and there is hardly anyone I would trust with her. (past issue.)
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@hopeful33250 I don't watch abusive shows either. I stay focused on the funny ones with no yelling or some of the police shows. I am an ex police fire rescue dispatcher so I do like watching the ones that are not too graphic to look at.
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Good for you for realizing that you need to stop raising your voice.
Yes, I understand what you are saying. Some the police shows are good, especially where they always get the "bad guys."
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