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Has anyone taken these over the counter anxiety medicine?
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!
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Thank you for your reply, parus! And for the intermittent nausea anxiety can bring, peppermint tea seems helpful. I find that the most frustrating thing about persistent anxiety is that it doesn’t have the same status as other health issues. People think it’s “all in your head”. But it really is a condition you have to live with and control just like any other disease, ie diabetes.
@annedodrill44 Sadly those not living with an anxiety issue (or disorder which is a term I abhor) can be cruel. Yes, it is a condition that we learn to live with even though it is unpleasant. Having health issues that others cannot see is challenging. I know I have become very much of a recluse. I am thankful for some interaction here at connect. There are nice and caring members as well as insight from others. We are all different and what works for one may not work for another.
Loneliness is also a disease and it is painful too.
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.
@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.
@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.
@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!
@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.
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.
I’m so sorry to hear you are feeling so poorly, parus. Your posts are so helpful, so please be well soon!
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?
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.
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.
@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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