Anyone else suffer from Anxiety?-Long

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by Smoky73, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    I have been studying and learnng a lot about what the doctors think my problems is.
    Since i was a kid, I suffered from fear of people I do not know and speaking in public. Very shy, and I ate Tums daily in High School for nerveous stomach.
    I came a long way after graduation, but still would occasionally fear going to places like the laudromat, where I just knew people were watching me, and feared men or rather, groups of men/boys.

    But, things have really come to a head int he last few years, since my gall bladder removal and cyst removal in I think it was 2003. I have always had OCD issues as well. Anyway, I wake up a lot, choking, and I attribute that to the fact that I had that tube down my throat when aI was under in surgery. The last few years I like to go to chicken shows, and usually feel a bit sick for the first half of the mornings of the show. But, the sickness has gotten really bad, enough that I have had someone drive me to one of the last shows cause I was afraid I would vomit the whole way there. I was like that for all three days. Cannot eat food etc. I have started to not be able to even go to my bird swaps as I usually have nausea and diarrhea then so bad I am sick all morning. I also suffer from IBS, which they seem to go hand in hand. I lost my job in January and my husband has been on the verge of being laid off now for months...they have new lay offs every few weeks. Plus, we had to drain out our entire savings to replace our septic system and I worried for weeks that they would not be about to replace it.
    I started a new job in March, and I LOVE it, however, the stress of working in a new place with people I do not know made me sick daily. I finally went to the doctor in tears after being sick/nausea/diarrhea daily for weeks. I am not supposed to miss work for the first six months and that stress has added to the already full load as I had to leave one morning.
    The doctor is thinking that the problem is I have a very sensitive stomach to stress and anxiety and that aggrevates my IBS, which is aggrevated by the Anxiety and Stress. He said I am stuck in a vicious cycle really. I have started on some anxiety meds which do seem to help and a pill I can take (samples) to fight the nausea. Also a acid reducer and one for intestinal/stomach ulcers. Was working good for 5 days until I came down with a severe stomach flu and had to miss work for 2 dyas (again, did not help my stress about potentially losing my job). Have not hardly taken any pills since getting over the stomach flue and I am being paranoid I will recatch it as everyone at work is getting it now. I work at Walmart so in cantact with a lot of people daily. I had a chicken show in which i was the show secretary and I took my anxiety pills the whole time and one pill each morning for nausea as I still felt a bit sick but could pretty well handle it.

    Had anyone any stories about their anxiety,symptoms, any like mine? I see a lot of discussion forums, but, they are all old and not much traffic for people to talk to about things or how I feel.

  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Smoky, you are very strong to be able to conduct your life and hold a job with all the things going on in your head. You are stronger than you think.

    Hoping things settle down for you soon.
  3. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    I am on 2 meds right now, Citalopram in the morning and Trazodone at night. I also have anxiety issues and depression. I can't drive most of the time as it causes an anxiety attack, I can't call people I don't know even doctors. I avoid large crowds and it really puts the brakes on alot of things I would like to do, but can't seem to make myself do. I just started the meds last week and am feeling abit better. I had been on wellbutrin and zoloft but they didn't seem to help me. I hope you start seeing some progress, if not have them change you meds. Both of mine are on the walmart $4.00 drug list so if they have to change your meds see if they can pick so off of the list. Good luck and if you ever need to chat just PM me. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009
  4. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    I have had panic/anxiety attach since I was 24, I am 36 right now..I take Klonopin 1mg 2x a day controls it good but sometimes I have to take a Valium but that only has happen a couple of time in all these years.....
  5. Are you in counseling?

    I've read that issues like yours can be very successfully addressed in therapy, but that medication alone will only treat the symptoms.

    Good luck to you.
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    My stepmom had some awful anxiety issues, and took Xanax, I think it was, for years. But one thing here Doctor recommended, and worked very well in the long run, was counseling, with a psychologist specializing in anxiety. Talking about issues really helped her learn to cope with stress, and a counselor will listen when family can't or won't.

    Her insurance covered the cost. Good luck to you all, it's a hard row to hoe. [​IMG]
  7. minifarmgurl1

    minifarmgurl1 Songster

    Apr 24, 2009
    I am alot like you! In the past 2 years for some reason i have been having panic/anxitiy attacks too! its very hard to calm myself down..i try but once my stomach gets sick im done for!! Im sick for days in a row sometimes..In my profile i put how i do alot more for others than i do i feel i bring it on myself..(not that you do)..but i know i do. Im in school i have 3 teenage boys a hubby, 3 dogs..2 of them hunting dogs..a horse, a goat and now the chicks. i do not work but if i did i dont know what id do..i have soo much crap to do now..BUT when i am with these animals i feel very calm and relaxed..i forget about my worries for just a while. its great! Also its hard for me to cope that my boys are growing up and dont wanna be with me i get worked up for some reason when im home alone for a long period..well at least to me a dayand night seems like a long time..makes me feel unwanted, alone or something. i get to where i cant breath and very sick to my stomach cant eat..gezzz to me i start thinking im crazy..ya know..but im really not i just deal with alot..i stay soo busy cuz usually i want to and need to..i feel like i should be doing something all the time..then 2:00 rolls by and im soo exsulted that i have to lay down. I have Terets sysdrome(not bad) and i believe i am OCD also..i am also ADHD..I have pasted off the Terets to my oldest son. Thankfully we donot have it very bad in fact you wouldnt know it if you didnt know son is on meds for it. i am not.. I feel for you having such a bad time..i do not have a fear of people i dont know. What a strong person you are Still coping and pushing your way thru every day life. Good for you!

  8. xfilesnumber1fan

    xfilesnumber1fan Songster

    Nov 24, 2008
    My panic/anxiety attacks happen for no reason...Just out of the blue it hits me...I feel like I am having a heart attack..I know Im not but I try to tell myself Im not dieing but it doesnt work..Its crazy to feel like that!
  9. mybelle5

    mybelle5 In the Brooder

    Dec 19, 2008
    Memphis TN
    I too have Anxiety and IBS. I used to take a lot of Zoloft-200mg a day. I finally weaned off the Zoloft. Which took 3 years to do..

    I try to deal with it as best as I can without drugs. I started a journal and wrote my events everyday kinda recapping the day surrounding my heart palputations, upset stomach, sweating, the feeling of wanting to run away, and the emotional swings. Slowly with time I found out what caused my panic attacks. Now, I try to steer away from crowds,stress and foods that may trigger my flare ups.. I'm not cured but a heck of a lot better..

    Counseling would of been my next option..
  10. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    I did just get this off Craiglist yesterday, if it works after I finish the coarse I could try sending it to you and see if it helps. I also have the IBS but it only acts up when I am really upset.

    Check out the URL to see the titles of each session. This is a home based therapy for attacking stress and anxiety. I bought it, hoping it would help me as I thought I had depression but found out that I had Narcolepsy, which was what caused me to sleep all the time. I thought I was depressed. None the less, I got this program and went on and paid for it. I paid on it for 6 months and have over $400. invested in the complete kit. I will let it go for $50.00. Other than reading the newsletter that came with it, I have not used any of the contents of the box and they are in new mint condition.

    Check out the link below and you will see a photo of what is included.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2009

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