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Re: Anxiety

Postby LuvCats » Wed Nov 11, 2009 5:16 pm

I get panic attacks when travelling in the car.
I've had to stop driving because of it and I get awful panic attacks as a passenger.
I refuse point blank to travel on the motorway because I'm so terified.
There doesn't seem to be any particular trigger, ie the pain but I've only been experiencing this since I got fibro'. :oops:
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Re: Anxiety

Postby LinzWorld » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:32 pm

Mine is completely related to Fibro. Before Fibro, I was a tough cookie, usually very chilled, sometimes passionate, but never really anxious (terrified sometimes with the sports I did, but I think that's just my brain trying to make me be sensible, lol!). I had vertigo, but learnt to climb. I had claustrophobia but dealt with commuting on the Tube. Not a lot fazed me.

As my Fibro got worse, I got increasingly anxious about anything.

When my Fibro was brought under control, so was the anxiety.

Anxiety is linked to poorer outcomes with Fibro - the more severely affected seem to get anxiety as a symptom because of the huge changes in the brain that take place.
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Re: Anxiety

Postby princess » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:15 pm

I have had full blown agrophobia 3 times in my life.
Once the first time when a child over a bad accident - it wasnt dealt with properly, so when i lost my parents one after theother with each one i had agrophobia!!!!
this is pure unadultarated Anxiety, you are not scared of the outdoors you are just plain scared!!! I got scared to go under the shower - anyway i had a course of Lustral both times and the PhyNurse from Clinic and each time i got better.
But i went from ll stone - under 7 stone and was near death the last time.
Thankfully i collapsed and was rushed to A&E were a great DR suggested it was all pain related and grief, my Dr had said just nerves and put me on Valium for l year and then stopped it - i went cold turkey for 8 months and was very very ill.
It was a very hard time, i have never spoken about this before, but if it helps someone out there then thats good.
But depression, anxiety, it a dreadful situation.
I am just so glad i go through it myself but sorry for those who are still suffering.
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Re: Anxiety

Postby matthew » Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:03 am

Anxiety is a huge problem for me, especially at the moment. I just can't settle at all.

I take a pretty powerful anti-psychotic called sulpiride (800mg a day at the moment, but it has varied between 600mg and 800mg over the years) but even that doesn't completely relieve the symptoms: butterflies in my stomach and sweating palms etc.

I had anxiety long before I came down with fibro, but it's definitely got worse since I was diagnosed. But maybe learning that it's now my messed-up brain chemistry and not my messed-up childhood that it is the root cause should be a positive thing for me to focus on, as I have made big progress in overcoming the anxiety associated with my past.

Just putting my CBT into action there! :D
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Re: Anxiety

Postby Harley » Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:12 am

My anxiety is pre FM, but the FM has made it worse.I used to be really laid back and unfazed, would do anything that I felt like doing and went where I liked.

When I injured my back I started having episodes where one minuit I was walking along the next I was collapsed in a heap on the floor,I get pressure on my spinal cord and my legs will just go numb and go from under me. At first I wouldn't go out the house but then I started going out but as long as someone was with me but it still took a lot of effort.

Got my head around all that then the FM kicked in fully and I was back to square one, stuck in the house.My GP is a brilliant woman and very understanding so she started to come around here and took me through exercises to overcome the anxiety herself and it has worked to some degree. I do go out alone now but it does have to be somewhere familiar like college or the local shop but if it's somewhere strange or busy my daughter will always come with me.

I think anxiety is taken too lightly by some people as it can really ruin your life if you let it and to me it's one of the worst symptoms I have, as a 38 year old usually independent person it just makes me mad that I have to rely on other people for help.I have seen a shrink and tried all sorts of tablets but neither helped, for me it's a mind over matter problems and the two are in a constant battle.
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Re: Anxiety

Postby gillshutt » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:38 am

Serious anxiety can be very debilitating and can end up getting worse and worse to the point that you shut yourself away from the things that cause it. If that's social anxiety then it can end with not going out so you don't have to meet people and you end up a recluse scared to open your front door.

It certainly isn't something to take lightly and gp's shoud take it seriously straight away. The sooner you can get it under control the better it will be and the less life changing.

Anyone with anxiety should see a sensible, understanding gp ASAP. If yu don't have one then ditch the one you have and try and find one :hugs:
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Re: Anxiety

Postby bookworm » Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:54 am

I have suffered agrophobia, anxiety, depression and social phobia. The agrophobia was way before whatever I actually have became obvious, and took a lot of strength and patience to get through it, although I still am not great about being out of my 4 walls.
The others I have suffered on and off over the years, the last 18 months being the most difficult. I rarely answer a telephone unkess I know exactly who is calling, very rarely answer the door and if anyone I don't know speaks to me outside I feel the panic rise in the pit of my stomach - silly I know, but there we go - it's just one of those things. However no one else seems to realise that Iam feeling that way as I keep a smile plastered to my face - sort of look like I've been too up close and personal with the botox needle :lol:
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Re: Anxiety

Postby Hedgewitch » Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:30 am

Gawd, i thought it was just me!!!!!!!!! I thought I was nuts! Seriously, I can't believe you all feel it too. I never suffered any anxiety until the Fibro struck and even then it took about two years before it really got hold of me. Even in the beginning I was a youth worker helping troubled teenagers, I played hockey, I was at University, I had two small kids but I went to belly-dancing and was on the school board and chair of the residents association (that I set up). I was so sociable! I loved people! My life was full and exciting and I lapped it up -I felt invincible. Then i got ill and everything crumbled.

Now, huh, now I don't even recognize that person; I don't answer my house phone; my mobile is on silent and I only text but if someone ever does leave a voicemail I can't listen to it, I feel sick at the thought. I don't answer my door. And this week is typical, I haven't been out of the house for 7 days, I can't even bring myself to go into my beautiful secluded garden. What is wrong with me? Why can't i make myself? WHy can't I just do it? I used to hate being in my house and as soon as breakfast was tidies up I'd have been out with the kids no matter what the weather was like. I thought I was mad before I read all of your posts. Thanks for sharing everyone.

I just want my life back. People who sort-of-know-me think I choose to be anti-social, pah!

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Re: Anxiety

Postby gillshutt » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:28 am

They have found that people with FM have too many and not enough of certain chemicals. One of these is substance p which controls our fight or flight mechanism. We are on constant alert (hence the sleeping with one eye open and not getting the right sort of sleep) If we are on constant alert for danger then it would seem logical to me that going out, answering the phone to strangers etc would heighten anxiety as we would be worried it was a threat or a danger in some way. Since we don't get angry (fight) we resort to flight (run away, don't answer, stay away from people)
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Re: Anxiety

Postby Hedgewitch » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:39 pm

That's really interesting and makes perfect sense, thanks gill. I am feeling quite impressed with myself today because I went out! I live in a very small village which has a lovely little tearoom and a post office. So, i posted a letter and went for tea. It's tight across the road from my house but at least it was outside!

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Re: Anxiety

Postby princess » Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:51 pm

My agrophobia was caused with trauma when i was 5 - its gone now and the anxiety etc., has gone, but it has left me with a adult phobia, it dosent show its self very often, but i cant walk under anything large, like skyscraper or such unless it has a door right infront of me.
I dont even remember the accident at 5, but i have heard about it and my cousin in australis who lived with us then has a recurring dream that associates with it - strange eh!
I never took pt because i couldnt go into the gym hall unless i walked around the sides of it - that has never left me, tried to go into Glasgow huge museum, ended up on my fours as i was so scared.
its been with me 52 years now and there is no way to get me unafraid of that situation - but in my day you had trauma and that was it, you just got on with life.
My hubby wont go to Dr or Dentist because he was left in hospital at 8 to get legs, feet and toes broken and reset.
Life was much worse then, thankfully we have professionals who can help us more now, or at least try and help.
I wish my mum had taken me to see soemone after the accident then id be able to go places like New York etc., i darent go anywhere they have high towers etc.,
Sad but so very true!
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Re: Anxiety

Postby gillshutt » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:36 pm

Well done Hedgewitch :D One small step for a witch one giant leap for an FMer :hugs:
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Re: Anxiety

Postby bookworm » Sat Nov 28, 2009 12:19 pm

Hedgewitch hun,

I am so proud of you :) :clap: :clap: :clap:

One of these days when I'm feeling brave I'ii come to that tea shop with you - we can hold each others hand and be brave for one another :) Hope the sell chocolate cake - or in fact any cake that's filled with cream and is pretty gooey :wink: :lol:
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Re: Anxiety

Postby princess » Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:14 pm

Well done Hedgewitch one little step thats wonderful.
The worst about Anxiety apart from the feeling you are about to die, is the electric feeling - i felt someone had an el;ectric current perm running all about my body - it was horrible.
To be scared with anxiety is a dreadful state - but if people were honest aobut it we would know a lot more people who have had it, or who suffere from it - after all like FB there is nothing to see its all internal.
But you can come through it - look at me - 3 times now - and im ok again - im not brave, im not special, i am just a normal woman , living a normal life, but with ME/Fibro and occasionally anxiety/depression when times get tough!
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Re: Anxiety

Postby Hedgewitch » Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:08 pm

Hey Bookworm and Princess, thanks for the support and yes -you can come with me for cake any time you like! I have a big day ahead on Wed and it involves taking a bus and a train then a taxi to get to a small social gathering then after that I have a PhD supervision meeting. I'm dreading it already but i HAVE to go, there's no way out of it. I can feel my heart racing even as I type this. I know I'll have to start getting organized tonight for going on Wed. I'll need to work out what I'm taking, make sure I have a gift for the host, get some festive cards written, work out what to wear -that's not to mention the work I'll have to have written up and evidence of future chapter plans. Funnily enough, the academic meeting doesn't faze me its the bus, train, taxi journey that gets me and then there's the getting back home.

Also, we have an electrical fault in the house and my OH needs me to phone his friend who's an electrician -I just can't do it. I can't use the phone. I'd do anything not to phone him. What's wrong with me? He's a lovely guy I'll only have to talk to him for a minute of two -I just can't do it. And I know I have to because OH is offshore and he'll get annoyed that I haven't phoned and he won't understand and he'll think I'm being stupid. i mean, how can i be afraid to talk on the phone? But I do, I actually feel sick.

On a positive note. I went out into the garden today. I raked up leaves and took tidied things up a bit and it was re-energizing. I plan to start trying to go into the garden every day.

Thanks again you guys, its so lovely to know people understand and care -and you're all going through the mill too; thanks guys xxxxxx
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