Looking for hope

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Looking for hope
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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 9:12am

I have suffered from panic attacks for as long as I can remember.  I have been on Pexeva now for a few years and it seemed to be working so well that I downed my doses from 40 to 10mg.  Recently, I have been suffering from panic attacks, almost every day.  I went from working 80 hours a week down to about 50.  It seems that my mind doesn't know how to relax any more.  I woke up in the middle of the night tonight, suffering from a tight chest, racing heart, and stomach ache.  I am looking for some kind of hope to get me through this, without medication.  Has anyone been able to calm their mind without changing medicines or possibly completely going off?

 

--Kati

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Registered: 09-20-2011
Mon, 09-10-2012 - 10:16am
I am 44 and have suffered from anxiety since I was a teenager. I didn't use any meds until a few years ago. After not tolerating zoloft, I decided to "kick my self in the butt" and get things under control. CBT, yoga, meditation, eating right. It worked for about a year or even a little longer. The anxiety returned about 2 years ago and I tried to manage with out meds but I just started taking effexor because I just wasn't enjoying things and the ups and downs of panic were too hard on me and my family.

But anything is worth a try. I was just journaling before I went on and checked the board and I was just writing that "I am the strongest person I know" and you are probably the strongest person you know. You do do much while dealing with anxiety. Most people have it much easier. You are a trooper and you will get through this.
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Registered: 12-27-1999
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 8:25pm

Hi Kati,

I didn't get panic attacks until about 9 months ago.  I am no longer on anxiety meds but I am still on my antidepressant.  I take Prozac.  For a month I was not anything.  For me the difference between then and now is support.  I moved to Dallas and lost my support system.  I moved back and got my support system back.  They anxiety simply faded away.  I no longer feel anxious or have panic attacks.  Once I was diagnosed with asthma, my fear of going to sleep disappeared too.  I knew something was wrong but I wasn't listening to my body.  

Are you agains't upping your dosage again?  There are techniques you could try.  Yoga was helpful to me, meditation was helpful to me but I'm very experienced at it and I had a hard time settling my mind down to do meditation.  I've been meditating for over 20 years now.  It's a part of my faith as well.  Routine was quite helpful and being around my family was helpful to me.  

I have been told by other sufferers that diet is important.  Since I am often malnourished, do to a genetic condition, my diet is not something I could really change without affecting my overall health, so I don't know but I pass it on because it has helped others I have talked to.  

My son suffers from anxiety and he is not on meds.  He copes by having self-conversations.  He asks himself questions and answers them.  What are you worried about?  What is the worst that can happen?  What if that happens, what will you I do?

This seems to help him.  He needs a plan.  He always needs a plan.  He needs to know when I am going to go shopping and he needs to know any plans that will affect his plans for himself.  He is 19 and lives at home.  He doesn't drive so he has to depend on me or walk.

I also kept a diary of my life.  What I ate, when I took I my meds how I felt before and after taking them.  This helped me find the patterns that increased my anxiety and that in turn was something that I could take to my therapist and work on.  Therapy was a big help for me.  When I missed something, my therapist could point it out to me and I could work on that as well.  

I hope something here helps you.  Please let us know what you decide and how it is working for you.  It's okay if it doesn't work for you.  Not everything will work for every person.  

If you want to try meditation, I use to teach others how to do it and I would be more than happy to give you advice and pointers.

 

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Registered: 08-06-2007
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 10:43pm

I've been researching and reading a lot of self-help books and how to "Focus."  I recently started Yoga, but would very much appreciate any tips for meditation!  Thanky ou!

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Registered: 12-27-1999
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 8:09pm

I personally think the best place to start is to learn to quiet your mind.  Yoga accomplishes this by having you repeat a word or mantra.  I'm not a fan of that.  If it works for you though, go for it.  I like to sit in a quiet room and think of nothing.  When thoughts come in I shoo them away.  I refuse to think about bills, schedules, or any other daily things.  If this is too difficult at first you can start with background noise or music.  Some of the people I have taught like water sounds.  They find them relaxing and it helps them to only focus on the sound of the water thus clearing their minds of all other stuff. 

Start with five minute sessions.  Once you can do a five minute sessions easily and quickly get into it, then increase the time by five more minutes.  Keep doing this until you can sit and think of nothing for at least 30 minutes.  Once you get that down you can move on to actually meditating. 

You can also find relaxation by going through a routine where you start at your feet and work your way up your body, relaxing each section as you go.  You can imagine the tension and stress rising up and leaving through your fingers and the top of your head.  (I still use this method when I am tied up in knots.  I find it very helpful.  Works great in a bubble bath with candle light.)

I think we can start there for now.  It's quite a challenge when having panic attacks and anxiety is holding on to you so tight. 

As crazy as it sounds, I have been known to tell the anxiety to go away or not right now, I'm busy.  Sometimes it worked.

We will get you through this one tiny baby step at a time. 

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Registered: 10-22-2001
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 10:20pm

Hey Karen!

~hugs~

Lorie

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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 9:30am

kziggle ,i read your whole post,Yoda could do wonders for you,belive me!!