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11 hours ago · Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Hi everyone! I want to share with you that I’ve been employing johnhans’ suggestion. I’m keeping a journal of thoughts, foods, etc., in an effort to identify possible triggers that may bring on my anxiety attacks. Sure enough, there’s a pattern. If I have ANY negative thoughts, drink a cup of “real” coffee rather than decaf, or indulge in too much chocolate, I have anxiety attacks in very short order. I will explore with my doctors at Mayo how I might boost my nervous system so I can better tolerate every day life. It seems the older I get, the more sensitive I get to everything! I’ll pass on what I learn. Hope this finds all of you doing better

Dec 29, 2018 · Depression and Anxiety at an older age in Depression & Anxiety

@csimpson55, I so empathize with you! I’m older also, and it’s tough feeling so miserable. My anxiety came out of the blue about 3 years ago. I’ve come to believe it’s been a cumulative lifetime of Type A personality, a few traumatic life experiences, and a dose of heredity. After trying to go “natural” in the treatment process, but with no success, I opted for quality of life and started on Escitalapram (Lexapro) – 10 mg. It’s reduced my feelings of nausea, nervousness and doom somewhat, but it’s certainly not a cure. My doctors are now looking into vagus nerve damage as the culprit, but who knows! I’m grateful to be going back to Mayo in March. If they shed any further light on this anxiety, I’ll pass it on in this forum. In the meantime, if you just want to “talk”, I’ve got a lousy vagus nerve but 2 healthy and sympathetic ears!

Dec 12, 2018 · Depression and Anxiety at an older age in Depression & Anxiety

Paris, I am sorry you are suffering and wish I could offer successful suggestions. I’ll be at Mayo in early March to specifically address anxiety. I’ll pass on any helpful advice I receive. Hang in there in the meantime!

Dec 12, 2018 · Depression and Anxiety at an older age in Depression & Anxiety

Gail, what dose of Escitalopram is working for you?

Dec 2, 2018 · Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

That appointment is coming up soon and I will report back.

Dec 2, 2018 · Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Johnhans, thank you so much for putting things in perspective and for the sensible suggestions. I will try each and every one. The most reassuring approach for me is just reminding myself I’m not alone in this journey. All I need do is hop on Mayo Connect! Thanks everyone!!

Dec 1, 2018 · Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

I’m out and about just picking up cupcakes for a party tonight. Out of the blue my stomach contracted, I felt a wave of nervousness roll over me, nausea, an urgent need to go to the bathroom. I felt like I may drop dead on the spot. I’m on Lexapro, but the 10 mcg May need a bump up. This is ruining life quality! Just reaching out here!

Nov 30, 2018 · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Ok everyone — here’s one for you! Does anyone with anxiety experience bleeding gums – usually while flossing? It’s my latest symptom?!?