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Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby Caro1272 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:59 pm

Hi everyone, I've been diagnosed with fibro for about two months, although I reckon I've had it for about 3 years, and I was wondering if it was just me but for the past few months my anxiety has got a lot worse. I'm 25 and since I was 17/18 I've always been a little bit anxious, but now it's so bad that the smallest things panic me, my heart beats very fast and I get either very nervous or very angry, very quickly. It's something that I know it's wrong to feel like this such as getting very anxious when my husband is on his way home from work...and is an anxious in a bad way like I almost don't want him to come. And I can't help it, I don't know how to stop it and it's making me very unhappy.....could this have something to do with my fibro? X
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby xchocx » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:24 pm

im 26 and had pains and other symptoms for over ten years never had anxiety b4 but since iv been diagnosed with fibro about a year ago it has become really bad. i am now on medication for it. hope u get it sorted :)
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby Caro1272 » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:27 pm

Are you on medication for fibro as well as for anxiety? Does it help?
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby hannahlouise » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:29 pm

Hi I was recently diagnosed and tried behaviour therapy for my sleep issue, it turned out that I had problems with stress and anxiety as well but the therapy has really helped me to identify and control it. I now sleep better, feel calmer and have less angry outbursts
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby UnderSiege » Wed Jun 03, 2015 9:53 pm

Hi.

It seems to be a common thing, this fibro connection to anxiety and stress increased above the norm.
I recall back when all I had to worry about was arthritis and epilepsy, I was a really chilled soul and nothing fazed me but about 2 years after what I reckon to be when the fibro reared it's ugly head the stress and anxiety took a hold... to the point that I'm not really 'me' anymore.
I'm irritable, snappy and just downright foul to my family (though it's usually deserved as they're a********) and the highly variable heart rate, itching and worst of all, the gagging! OMG the gagging... I'm often tempted to stick my fingers down my throat to make myself sick to see if it helps any... and I know my family and environment are most likely tipping the balance as when I lived alone it was 90% better.
Though I am prescribed proton pump inhibitors (esomeprazole) from my doctor, it's not because I have anything actually wrong with my stomach... it's because of the excess acid caused by the gagging.
Do my family care? Not really. My discomfiture appears to be their pleasure.

Anyway, stay frosty, stay in control and take care.

Btw, am I the only person who gets an itch, absent mindedly scratches it and then gasps in pain because scratching an itch now burns? That's a new thing.
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby cdcrossy » Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:52 am

i reckon it does I'm now seeing a specialist for anxiety and panic attacks there trying to retrain my thougt process
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby migrembe » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:26 am

I have anxiety and panic attacks and depression and i think they are due to the fibro.

If you haven't spoken to your doctor about it, you probably should.
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby hannahlouise » Thu Jun 04, 2015 7:29 am

Undersiege I know how you feel about the irritability and snapping I get the same but nothing has normally happened to cause it! I get itchy burning legs if I walk certain distances and the more I scratch the more it burns, I've ended up with dermatitis on my face and scalp so I get permanently greasy hair that falls out when I wash it. I'm also on omeprazole they thought I had a hernia for 12 years but found out a few months ago it was a problem with a valve but now it's gone to far to fix. I also have hypermobility so I'm never sure what's causing what or if they are related at all
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby Caro1272 » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:21 am

I get itchy too around my arms and legs, and when I scratch which isn't very hard my skin gets really sore and the marks on my skin from the scratches look really bad, like as if I've done it very hard!
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby Gracious » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:47 pm

The thing I have always liked about anxiety is that it proves your alive and human. We are all unique and will all experience anxiety in different ways and levels. But one thing is for sure everyone, regardless of health, will all have some level of anxiety. Why, because human brains can't help ruminating in the past, with memories and linked associations and they also worry about the future, the what if's. This mindset is what has kept us safe and allowed our speices to thrive all these millions of years. It make us fantastic problems solvers and survivers.

What human minds aren't practiced in is being in the moment and living with ambiguity/uncertainty. Its reassuring to know that anxiety is a human trait, but it can when we try to get rid or avoid anxiety actually lead to more anxiety. Something makes us anxious, then we get anxious about getting anxious, then more anxious because were more anxious.

Therapy is a good recommendation, especially if anxiety is leading to aviodant behaviour and restrictive living.

There are some excellent therapy books out there. My two recommendations would be "Overcoming Anxiety" CBT based therapy. One thats really helping with anxiety is "Things might go terribly horribly wrong", this is ACT based therapy, which means it follows a mindful philosophy.

I don't think personally that fibro creates more anxiety than any other health conditions. I do believe Fibro presents some life challenges and we have to work a little more creatively in how to deal with the uncertainties this syndrome throws at us. Based on the multiple symptoms we can have and how they come and go without explanation, its understandable we ruminate and worry. You can not stop the mind doing this, but you can learn other ways to work with it through CBT, ACT and Exposure Therapy.

Hope this is of some help.

With loving kindness
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby dotty lotty » Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:22 am

I am trying to pack for holiday just now and OMG what a tizzy I am in. What if I forget something, what purse should I use, what if I get things wrong etc etc.

I used to be so organised ( a bit OCD) but now well I am more like a headless :chicken: :teddy-bear:
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Re: Does fibro increases anxiety??

Postby TheHud » Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:51 am

dotty lotty wrote:I am trying to pack for holiday just now and OMG what a tizzy I am in. What if I forget something, what purse should I use, what if I get things wrong etc etc.

I used to be so organised ( a bit OCD) but now well I am more like a headless :chicken: :teddy-bear:


Lol I have to pack a 3 inch memory foam mattress pad or no chance of sleep, been that way for 26 years now. So along with my, 'better take everything just incase mentality' I look at available space and start to covet any space that hubby dares to use. I stare at the space potential. Terrible, but hey ho, I can't help it, but I do try not to let him know what I am thinking, just work on ways to make him 'minimise' :crazy: 8-) :roll:
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