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  1. 13 points
    Hi everyone. I just came across one of those fear articles that we see too often that can trigger those of us with HA. I found this author's email address and sent this email to her today. If she responds I'll share it, but I'm sure none of us will be holding our breath: Hello Alyssa; You might not be aware of this, but you are amongst a growing number of what I call “health scaremongers” online today. One of your photo slide articles was just featured on MSN about cancer symptoms that men often ignore. I could pick it apart one by one but let me just give you one example; brain tumors. Persistent headaches, watch out, could be a brain tumor! The reality of the situation is that, according to renown neurologists from the most prestigious of universities, it is highly, highly unlikely that a headache will be the first symptom one gets when suffering from a BT. Briefly, here is the reason. The brain feels no pain. When a tumor grows large enough to impact the skull/nerves adjacent to the skull, that is when pain will be felt. However, by the time a tumor has grown to the point where it can cause such pain it has undoubtedly caused havoc during its growth, resulting in other symptoms first, such as seizures, vision loss, and a host of other presenting symptoms. Your article equates persistent non-migraine headaches as potentially being a BT. In fact, between migraine and daily tension headache, you account for the vast majority of causes. Then, there are numerous other headache types, such as ice pick, cluster and many others that occur. Articles like yours scare people. They cause vulnerable people to march to their doctors demanding scans, some with damaging radiation involved. I guess that’s your aim; it generates more “clicks” and hence more advertising revenue. But at what human cost? If you’re going to write about health issues, write intelligent well thought out articles that show you researched and were serious about your work and not just out to grab the last buck for your employer. Bob - Canada
  2. 11 points
    In 2014 my father passed away, a couple months shy of his 98th birthday. Other than the final few years, he was alert, happy, always joking and sharing his so called wisdoms. Even in the last years, most of the time he just suffered from normal memory issues. So, what helped him make it well into his 90's? It sure wasn't his genes. His father died at age 46 and his mother at 60. For a good part of his life he was slightly overweight; not obese but say 10-20 pounds above his norm for height. He had an awful 1st marriage; his wife actually lied to the War Department in 1944 saying he was not supporting his kids. It worked and they drafted him. He served in Okinawa just before the end of the war in the Pacific. He did have, for a while, strained relations with his kids from that marriage. Lots of stress. Oh, and he worked in a chemical plant knee deep in God knows what concoction of crap, until he was drafted. So, why was he a happy guy who lived a long healthy life? One word more than anything summed it up: positivity in life and in himself. After returning from overseas, he seemed to adopt a new outlook. Shortly afterwards he got a low level position with the Veterans Administration. 30 years later he retired as a GS 15, the highest grade in government not appointed by the President. He met and married my mom. Theirs was a true love story. His attitude towards health was simple. He went to the doctor for his regular checkups, but otherwise you had to drag him to go to a doctor. He had 2 health events in his life; an enlarged prostate that got to where he couldn't urinate. He had surgery and that was that (his next room over neighbor was Ted Knight of Mary Tyler Moore fame). Then at age 82 he had a heart attack. The doctor told me it was a bad one and he'd likely live another 5-7 years. I have no idea what he told my dad, but he wasnt phased by his heart attack. He thrived in rehab, and in months was back to doing everything as before. He lasted another 15+ years. He was told in his late 80's to have his carotid Artery cleaned out. He refused. It never mattered. So what does this all add up to? Well, for him it seems being positive, being a jokester, being content with his life did the trick for him. It's true he didn't smoke cigarettes or abuse booze, but he did love his cigars. Me? I'm 180 degrees opposite of him when it comes to being content, being positive and happy. That makes me really sad. He had personality quirks, and we didn't always have the best relationship, but his attitude towards life was one thing he did right. That's one way I'm still trying to emulate him, and I'll keep trying to the end. Maybe I'll succeed one day. Thanks for reading this long post. We all want to live a long healthy life. He had the recipe and played it out to perfection. Are any of us willing to try to change our outlook on life like he did?
  3. 7 points
    Why is it in anxiety that so many have it over and over and never seem to resolve why. They try all sorts of remedies and take all sorts of actions and get some respite but back it comes. This is not always the case obviously. Some do recover completely and seem to have few setbacks, but so many don't. In fact the vast majority don't. Anxiety, or a neurosis, because that is the technical term for it, is always the result of inner conflict. It has to be. The outer manifestations, GAD, OCD, PTSD are all the result of an unresolved inner conflict. This may not be conscious, in fact it's usually unconscious, but either way it needs resolution for inner peace. Inner peace is the lack of conflict. When you are at peace with yourself, (what a wonderful thought!), then you are at peace with the world. The inner manifestation is reflected in the outer. You care more; are no longer self centred. This is why talking things out through counselling or therapy is so important. There may be hidden reasons for the anxiety that can be easily resolved by seeing them in a different light, from someone who can be objective; who is not caught up in the emotional turmoil. Prescribed drugs suppress the feelings, but perhaps in doing so we lose the lesson that the pain may be teaching us. 'Hey there, there's something wrong in your life, let's put it right'. The surface pain is what it is. A warning that something is wrong; unresolved. Unless this is dealt with we become in danger of 'getting used to' how we feel. Of accepting that we may always be like this and that medication is the only way to obtain relief. If your anxiety keeps recurring ask yourself if there is a deeper underlying problem that you may have overlooked or felt was not important. Anxiety never stands alone. It has to have support from fear and the source of that fear needs to be investigated. I appreciate the difficulties in getting the sort of help I suggest. But if you are ready for it it is often surprising how it appears. Jon.
  4. 6 points
    Hi all. I went to my second therapy session today. Wow love my therapist. I wish I could take her home with me lol.. how nice would that be. But anyway she had me fill out a few questions/tests today.. one was rating where I'm at with anxiety and an entire page was anxiety symptoms.. ex: do you have chest pains, chest tightness, lump in throat, jelly legs, muscle fatigue/weakness, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, dizziness, light headed I wish that I had seen that sheet back in Feb when I had jelly legs, weak and fatigue muscles.. Bec I thought ALS not anxiety!!!!! Wow y'all.. I know we see it here there is a list on the forum but actually seeing it today as part of a test by a Dr it made me realize anxiety symptoms are really real!!! I hope this post brings some comfort to people that have some of these symptoms and have a hard time seeing it for what they really are.... anxiety ❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️❤️♥️
  5. 6 points
    I ran across this on Pinterest and it hit me like a ton of bricks. It sums up HA so well We drink the poison Our minds pour For us And wonder Why we feel sick -Atticus. So so so true. Can't believe everything our minds tell us.
  6. 5 points
    What about: Mongolian Swamp Fever. Mississippi lurgy. New York Acne. Trumpitis! Brexit phobia. (Found in the UK only. Very nasty.(Can drive you mad if not treated!). Inflammation of the wallet. (I get this badly!). Not making enough money. (moneyitis). Inflammation of the workplace. Miserable sods disorder.( MSD. People that make you miserable) Weatherphobia. Asking too many questions disorder. (ATMQD. Nasty complaint!). Temperitis. (Losing your temper unnecessarily). And so on. I'm sure you could find some more fictitious ones. That's what most of our problems are, fictitious!!!!!!
  7. 5 points
    I Just wanted to give everyone an update on how things are going. Sorry this is long, but if you give this a chance and read it through, I think this will help a lot of people with some things I learned along the way. So after almost 3 months of random symptoms, I'm finally on the mending path from this wicked bout of health anxiety. I had my MRI last Thursday of full Brain and Spine and the results came back exceptionally normal. Here is the list of things I've learned through this process that may help some other people out. 1. Symptoms feel real and it's normal to be afraid, but don't get too invested and pay attention to the likeliness of what your fearing actually happening. Sometimes just by thinking about something we assume that it's more likely to happen because we're thinking about it. This is called Thought-Action-Fusion. It's the same reason why when we imagine what we could do with millions of dollars we go out and buy a lottery ticket, but our chances of winning are no greater than if we never had that thought at all. It takes an incredible amount of stress and mental power to create and amplify symptoms, and an even greater power to stop them. Through the last month, I've had: pins/needles/numbness in my hands and feet, sore lower legs, dizziness, vertigo, trouble concentrating, night sweats, extremely dry mouth, palpitations, hyperventilating and not even realizing it. Sore muscles, feeling like I have pinched nerves, cold feet and hands, sucky memory, twitches, jerks before falling asleep, random tingles, burning skin, insomnia and weight loss. Now I'm just left with a bit of numbness in my hands (worse on the right) and my legs are sore but significantly better. (Tongue gets a little sore when my mouth is dry at night too, but that's pretty normal in winter dryness). I went from a lot of symptoms to very few in a short time by simply not thinking about them anymore. It is actually shocking how powerful the mind can be. 2. Listen to your doctors. They've perfected their crafts through rigorous studies and practical application. They know what to look for, and they wouldn't let anyone go through something terrible if they truly thought anything was wrong. When I was in my spiral, I wouldn't believe a word that anyone told me. I was so convinced that I was dying, I was the most bull-headed human being on the planet, and my anxiety monster wasn't letting anyone tell me any different. Now that I'm on the other side of this Tornado, I just feel like an ass. I let myself get to a place where rational thoughts and actions were simply broken, and going forward through therapy and CBT I'm not letting myself get back to that place. I actually have a follow up appointment with my doctor tomorrow and I plan on apologizing because he was right 2 and half months ago. 3. Seek reassurance, but know when to quit. When you are asking questions about what you're going through, remember that typically people who have been through similar experiences are quite honest. If someone is telling you that your fine, and 20 more people also tell you that you are fine, you are probably fine. There's no bets taking place around who can keep you from seeking proper medical care the longest. People have just been there and don't want you to spiral down as hard as they did when they might not have had the same reassurance resources. 4. Seek professional mental health resources. When your doctors, friends (or group of people in a forum) tell you that your anxiety is getting the best of you, don't wait while your having physical tests to start the help seeking process. Do it in parallel, it's never too early to start seeing someone who can help you with what you're going through on an emotional and mindful level, regardless of the situation. It's a big factor in feeling better. 5. When it comes to health anxiety just pretend that Google doesn't exist. Feeling better? Want to get sucked in to a black hole and repeat the same process you just fought tooth and nail to get out of? Just type in your newest symptom into that oh so familiar search bar and watch as your mental health is thrusted into a blender and set to purify. Unless you're having a heart attack, try out the three week rule. If something is bugging you, give it three weeks, and then go to the doctors. Don't ever Google a symptom ever. PERIOD. Like I said, sorry for the length of this post. But I learned quite a bit in this particular battle with HA (worst it's ever been since I was diagnosed with anxiety over 10 years ago). Hopefully you will use some of the advice above and remember that you are never alone. -Matt
  8. 5 points
    You have dropped into the old anxiety cycle. As soon as one symptom is explained, another crops up. This happens to so many anxiety sufferers. It's because of the mindset you're in. It's introspective, it's analytical and it's source is planted in fearful anticipation. As soon as you feel a new symptom, anxiety launches and jumps on it, the first thought is a catastrophised statement, the worst case scenario which a negative mindset instantly creates a belief of. The searching for answers then starts. It runs like clockwork. The thinking errors occur around the reaction to the symptom and the self diagnostics you give yourself. You then need this belief to be disproved by someone but if you look back to the beginning, nothing has been diagnosed, you create your own traction based on a normal everyday sensation. The pain in your inner thigh will certainly be a tweaked muscle but your mind has diagnosed cancer (that's the usual conclusion) You need to work on the initial reaction to the symptom as thats where this all stems from.
  9. 5 points
    I'm sorry but there is no need to be condescending. This is a place to help ease one another's fears not to make someone who is obviously dealing with something feel like they're crazy or acting in a stupid way. Not to put words in anyone's mouth but by saying "of course I've been reading stories" I don't think she's actively trying to make herself upset. Anyone with health anxiety knows how it can affect your mind/body/actions. Sometimes by googling symptoms we're hoping against all hope that we find something on there that will in fact ease our minds. In fact, it was because I was googling my symptoms that I found this website and I couldn't be happier that I did. If you don't suffer with HA than I know you couldn't possibly know how our minds work but please when leaving comments to people take into consideration what they might already be going through. They don't need to read negative comments towards them when they're only feeling scared.
  10. 5 points
    Most of the time when we post, we are struggling with anxiety. Today I wanted to post when I am not in the midst of it, to describe it and more importantly describe what led up to feeling better. Like sleep, it just happens,. Anxiety just ends on its own. This sounds silly right. How can it just end on its own? Well, the fact is when anxiety ends it always happens just that way, on its own, with no involvement from me. In fact the lack of involvement is the key to it. When we just step back and allow it to end, it just does. The opposite of trying to make something happen is to be stoic, to just let things happen and ignore it for a period of time. It begins with reducing worry. Worry is so bad, when we worry about something, we are engaged in an activity that hurts rather than helps. To stop worrying about how I feel, to stop reacting to it, is what we call acceptance. This involves actions in the present. We engage in the hear and now. Our mind is not lost in the past with regret or obsessed with the future with worry. It is dealing with what is happening right now. It is not regretting or worrying, focusing on the very instant of time we are living pushes out regrets and worry and is calming. For example, let's say I am stuck in my car in a traffic jam. What am I thinking about. Am I just listening to music, focusing on the moment, chilling out, or am I lost in worry. Worried I am trapped. What if something happens, worried about being late. Worried about getting sick in a public space. Worried about losing control,. It's all worry worry worry. This example pertains to many other things, if I feel dizzy, I worry do I have a disease , is going to get worse. what's next, what's next, worry worry worry. If am unconcerned with what is next, I am calmer. When I am calmer I sleep better, and live better. I enjoy the day, the sunshine,the air I breathe, the work I do. Calmness is the absence of worry, it is acceptance of my circumstances, it is not fighting it, not trying to change it. Change is always a proactive exercise . It is not reactive to my circumstances, reactive actions are anxious actions and are the result of worrying. Anxiety ends when I cease to worry. But I do not try to not worry. It has to just happen. Negative thoughts are simply replaced but positive ones. The fear that is worry is a reaction. The lack of this second fear eliminates the first trigger entirely. It simply goes away on its own. Acceptance is the absence of reacting . It is the elimination of worry. The way it works is that the sensization goes away. The nerves calm down, the internal mind impulsive that trigger physical sensations calm down,. The cycle breaks, and life calms down and all is good. This is how anxiety ends. I wanted to write during a good period to describe how this happened to remember it and share it, to show the way. The way is the absence of trying to step off the thread mill and let the calmness happen on its own, because trying and trying is the same as worrying and worrying, it is feeding the very thing that triggered it, it is keeping it alive. when it ends. And yes it does end. It is because I have ceased to try to make it end, and thus allowed,it to end.
  11. 5 points
    I've been here before but I thought I would come back and see how much mayhem I have caused and what attempts you are making to get rid of me. You have a fight on your hands and I don't give up easily. I know I have problems too. I am a liar, a trickster and a fraud but I can't help it. In fact I rather enjoy making people suffer; it gives me a boost. I notice there are some silly articles on here about control, acceptance and such nonsense. Now this worries me a bit because if sufferers stop trying to control me I suffer. It is the fact that as they attempt to get rid of me by fighting and struggling that gives me more power. If they accept me it derives me of my drug, adrenaline, which keeps me going. I get severe withdrawal symptoms if I don't get enough. Another thing that worries me is that a lot of you seem to be doing well and diminishing my power over you. By getting together and swapping tales about me, (which are not true of course), you increase the knowledge of what I am and that is not good for me. I like to work in the dark and the less you know about me the better. Ignorance is my best friend and we work well together. Our arch enemy, Understanding, keeps popping up now and the and we do our best to counter his nonsenses but some of you still listen to him which is a pity from my point of view. My advice to you is to give up trying to get rid of me; go on fighting and struggling and trying to control me. Boy, you should feel the power I get from such action. I have another good friend, Ignorance. He has a son, Lackofunderstanding and we are training him along so that he can cause some real problems in the future. We have a club. The founder members are myself as Chairman, Panic, Fear, Dread, Ignorance and despair. We get along fine together and have regular meetings to see what further chaos we can cause. So my advice is this. Go on struggling and fighting. Don't get any medication and for goodness sake never seek medical help. In fact never seek help at all. It hurts us deeply when that rogue CBT appears on the scene. Nasty piece of work. Does so many people so much good he is a real menace. I am sure you would not want any of my committee members to suffer so keep up the good work and keep fighting. All the best. Anxiety.
  12. 4 points
    Thanks @Iugrad91 Als worries are hard to break. The ALS forum is toxic. I promise. You think it will help but it hurts. You really have to stop going there. If the people on the ALS forum says no and to go away.. listen!!!!!!!!!!! They know what they are talking about. You have zero symptoms. I had a sweet yet firm man on the ALS forum tell me he wished Google wouldn't put twitching as a listed symptom he said it should be paralysis only. You have to get your mind on something else. It's hard but that's how I recovered. My husband actually took WiFi off my phone so I couldn't Google and boy did that help! I read books I enjoyed to keep my mind busy and I walked twice a day and rode bikes to keep my mind clear. Try a week cleanse from Google. Hugs. This worry will ease. But you have to work at it.
  13. 4 points
    Hello everyone, just came back from my pcp appointment and let me tell y’all. Note: IVE BEEN FEELING ALOT BETTER ON MY OWN THINKING RATIONALLY, TRUST ME IVE BEEN THERE WHERE I FELT LIKE I COULDNT USE MY HANDS, LEGS. FELT LIKE I COULDNT WALK OR DRIVE, EVEN TEXT. LOST ALMOST 20 POUNDS DUE TO THIS HA. IVE ONLY GOTTEN 30 HOURS OF SLEEP IN A MONTH, SEEN MULTIPLE DOCTORS. I WAS 140, NOW IM 160 I FEEL LIKE I OVER SLEEP NOW HAHA AND ITS GETTING BETTER EVERYDAY. She was getting mad at me because I wasn’t focusing on the things I need to focus on haha. (I go to a university hospital and If you read my past post I’ve seen a lot of pcp just wasn’t mine cause she was on medical leave but she knows about my information since it was noted” Well to sum it up, she knows that I’ve been going through many ALS fear for some months now and she knows about my fasciculation's in my left calve (my hotspot) and all over. she said, “you don’t have ALS, we don’t look for twitching in ALS, we look for real clinical weakness.” She also said “you’re 25 years old, your muscles are probably telling you... hey I need to move.” I told her I haven’t been exercising or anything at all just labor work. She also explained, if you’re working out and you can barely curl a 5 pound weight come see me. She then asked me if I wanted to see a neurologist and I was kinda caught off guard, I told her “I do but I feel like I’ll be feeding into my anxiety. You don’t think i have ALS right?” She looked at me like I was crazy cause she just explained everything about ALS to me haha she said “NO.” she said “well I’m going to put the referral in and it takes months to see one anyways so if you feel like you don’t need to then don’t.” its funny because the doctor was telling me I should be worried more about diabetes and heart diseases because of my family. My parents also see my pcp so she’s very familiar with my family and she knows that diabetes runs in my family. So now she wants me to eat more healthier and work out more. i actually have an appointment with a neurologist on Monday cause someone canceled, I was kinda happy. so next Monday I have an appointment with a neurologist and I’ll keep y’all updated but just wanted to share my follow up.
  14. 4 points
    Stop liking online period. Let the doctors, who know what to look for, handle that. It will only make you stay in the anxiety spiral which will make your symptoms worse.
  15. 4 points
    You Google, saying "what's the other alternative"? How about seeing your doctor? Let her/him hear all of your ailments and let them decide if any tests are necessary. Then, put your trust in your doctor's acumen, medical experience and knowledge and choose to accept what you are toid, not what a money-driven advertising based computer scheme spurts out as your problems. Dr. Google never met you as he/it doesn't exist. It's a computer program. Your doctor knows you as a person and you need to build a relationship with that doctor and trust them.
  16. 4 points
    So to sum it up, this week I’ve survived...breast cancer, oral cancer, 2 blood clots, and currently am in the middle of a brain aneurysm. I’m one tough cookie.
  17. 4 points
    I wonder if we realise how much we value the body and pay little attention to the Mind? When we are sick it's the Mind that's sick which is projected onto the body. Oh YEAH!! I hear you say! OK, so it's very controversial, but if you have the patience to listen on, well, who knows! All the world and all the institutions in regard to health are related to bodies. In the UK we have the NHS which is all about bodies. In the USA you have people making millions of dollars out of sick bodies. Right? Let me ask you a question. How much time effort and money is poured into the Mind? In the UK we have to fight to get the barest minimum of money from the government for mental health, when so much physical sickness could be avoided should more was put in. On this site you find that the majority of people complain of bodily symptoms. OK, so it happens and that fine, because that's what we are here for; to help each other, compare notes and, where at all possible, to give comfort and reassurance. You guys all do that and bless you for it. But maybe a different approach is needed. The realisation that what we think and believe in becomes our reality. We create 'idols' to worship. Yes, our bodies we do indeed worship or why would we pay them so much attention? If you idolise something you place great reliance on it. Religion in the orthodox sense is such a reliance. People kill in the name of their religion. They believe in it as much as we believe in ill health. Now OK, you may say, so what do I do about that? You begin by realising the problem does not lie in the body but the Mind. So you need to retrain the mind. Therefore, the physical ailments that are associated with the body begin in the Mind. The very realisation of that fact can help. SOME self help books and SOME therapies can help here, but caution is needed because many of the authors have no idea what anxiety is and talk from theory alone. Meditation can help but many find it difficult. An untrained mind will go off in all directions. The Buddhists say it's like a 'mad monkey, swinging from branch to branch, sampling the fruits but abiding nowhere'. The 'monkey' has to be calmed down and taught how to behave. Now what is it that is going to do all this? You? But you are in an anxiety state so how can you? 'The blind leading the blind' comes to mind. But fortunately we all have a Higher Mind, a force way beyond any understanding, but which can be harnessed to bring us good because that is its purpose. When you say, OK, I will sort out my mind, it's what is doing it. Something beyond your normal thought levels. We have all surely felt that something is there to give relief if only we could find it. That 'something is your real self, buried beneath layers of wrong and negative thinking. It's like a blazing light in an attic covered by all the rubbish thrown up there over the years. We need to remove the rubbish and let the light shine because it never went out. The Higher Self; the real YOU is hardly ever given a chance to express itself because we block the way with negativity and our total attachment to our body. The next time you panic or have symptoms sit down take deep breaths and think about it. Give it some thought and try and allow reason to enter, because reason is a message from your Higher Mind. Your primitive mind is telling you that you are ill. Your Higher mind refutes that suggestion and tells you you are not. It's your choice who you believe.
  18. 4 points
    I've got you all beat. About 15 years ago, I got my first cell phone. I was driving home one night and started hearing this brief, odd beeping sound. I'd never heard such an odd sound. It sounded like it was coming from inside my car but I wasn't certain. A search of my car found nothing. i started to panic. After all, I read on Google that people with brain tumors (acoustic neuromas) have reported hearing sounds that aren't really there. I drove the rest of the way home in a panic. I seriously thought of going to the ER asking for a scan. Got home, told my wife. After she stopped laughing, we went to my car. She found my cell phone in between the crease of the seat. The battery was low and the sound was telling me that. she still mentions tat just to needle me every so often
  19. 4 points
    To give you another example, I have grabbed my mug of tea/coffee before in a hurry. Because I did not grab it properly/at a weird angle, I felt compelled to put it down, feeling like it was going to drop. You can be sure that, at the time, it caused me great clammy, light-headed panic However, had no subsequent problems picking up the mug, and if I look at it logically, it had happened many times in the past when I did not grip it properly. When you are in ALS anxiety, everything, all the minute things, are analyzed and interpreted as a possible ALS symptom. The only way to break the cycle is to let it go gently and focus your attention elsewhere. My neurologist told me to stop strength testing and being on the lookout for ALS symptoms. She said ALS patients don't need to go looking for them; they are wacked over the head when they cannot do a basic daily activity that they could do before. Translated to your hypothetical: I would only be worried if you could not pick up the stack of papers , and find yourself repeatedly unable to do so (and that is ASSUMING that it is really a reasonable amount of papers to pick up, and not some type of ridiculous strength exercise devised by an anxiety sufferer ).
  20. 4 points
    Cowboy, cut out the coffee if you can, there is a direct link between caffeine and heart rate as it's a stimulant. You have a belief that your heart will not be able to cope with exercise, anxiety has placed this belief on you. I had the same belief last year, i wouldn't do much for fear of it causing heart issues. During my therapy, i learnt how misconceptions turn into beliefs. You think that exercise is bad for the heart. This is a misconception, the heart NEEDS exercise yet that belief you now have is your safeplace.. "if i don't do anything, it won't beat harder and i will be ok". This is a belief trap and is entirely erroneous. When i came to this conclusion via the help of a therapist, i was told to get up, get outside and go for a walk and test this belief.. lets see how much truth is really in it. I walked and i walked and my heart rate raised......but i'm still here, the belief was nonsense, just a fearful response to possibility. I would suggest getting up one morning Cowboy and go to the gym! Why let a false belief dictate what you do?
  21. 4 points
    Just wanted to hop in and say what an incredible thread this is. Lots of beautiful, honest emotion, communicated in such an intelligent and caring manner. Hugs to all.
  22. 4 points
    Every intrusive thought it ' the worst'. We think this is 'stronger than before' so that makes us think something really IS going on this time, even though it never did before. I also think the more time we get away from intrusive thoughts the more they seem stronger when they come up becuase we haven't had them in so long. Imagine being somewhere it never rains and when it does , it seems like a LOT of rain because it has not rained in a year. That doesn't mean it's more rain than anywhere else on earth but it only ' FEELS" that way to the person who hasn't seen rain in a long while.
  23. 4 points
    Hi Camilla Your therapist was dead wrong in saying stop seeking reassurance or relying on others. I really questions his or her qualifications but that is besides the point. Your hubby is the one you should be able to seek reassurance and support from. I have had my health anxieties in the past and thankfully the hubby would be able to comfort me . When I was younger I suffered greatly with health anxiety. I was not married at the time but I relied a lot on my friends and my family doctor. Never once did she come hard on me. She always took my concerns seriously. Yes you are going through a setback but you will get through this. Have you tried to relax yourself on a regular basis. Maybe once you are calmer you can start to challenge your thoughts by writing them and asking yourself what is the evidence I have c****r? Keep writing them out if you have too and counter them till it gets ingrained in your brain. Go back to your doctor and if he is a good doctor than he will hear you out otherwise find a more sympathetic one. You have kids just like I do all the more reason to say I will get through this. I will be happy and anxiety free for them one day ...BELIEVE in yourself. Lastly you are not a failure !!! I have had many setbacks lost track... I am still in one piece for the most part Take it one day at a time ... You can do this and you can see so many here care. So keep coming back if you have too whatever you feel will help you get through this. I read your post and felt I had to respond. Take care and ((hugs)) amber
  24. 4 points
    Not at all Amber. I know Mark feels as I do, that the suffering has to have some purpose painful as it is. If that purpose is to help someone over a problem then OK. This is a fantastic site. I have experience of many others and this is the tops. So many are badly managed and allow all sorts of nonsense to be posted. It's good to see the Mods on here keep an eye on things. It struck me when going to the other anxiety sites that more harm was being done than good. So many got upset by what others had said. I don't remember one incident like that here. Well, not on the Forum anyway. So folks, give yourselves a pat on the back, and a personal thanks to you all for helping me at times too. Jon.
  25. 4 points
    hi there i agree with JJ and Mark, last year my specialist said i should go on a cholestrol pill since my mother died at the young age of 47 from a massive heart attack, but there were underlying issues that trigged that... " the dumb specialist" said don't you want to see your kids grow up".... that one thought set me off into a tailspin... and i kept obessessing about it. he has been after me to take it for the last 2 years and i refuse to take it because i have been checked out my GP and she said my cholestrol is fine... sometimes I feel these doctors just want to make more money by writing a prescription and than feeding your body with unecessary drugs. maybe more doctors need to be also trained how to be show more compassion to their patients and this doctor knew i was taking anxiety meds !!! just my 2 cents
  26. 4 points
    Hi. Siobhin. One doctor gives you a pill and the other tells you it will make it worse. No wonder you are confused and frustrated! There is no doubt that anxiety can make a migraine worse. I suggest you tackle the anxiety. If you do the migraines will rectify themselves. You know the procedure. Acceptance. Now not only migraine can make you dizzy and sick, so can anxiety. The combination of the two could make you feel bad and that's what's happening. Calm down as much as you can. Getting in a tiz won't help. If you have to rely on others then do so. It won't always be this way. Accept help willingly. Don't feel you are putting people out. A lot of good genuine folk like to help out so let them. Try not to stay in bed too much. It gives you too much time to think and that is a real problem in anxiety. We overthink. We go round in circles. Distraction is helpful but I know you may not feel like 'doing something'. Give it time. You came out before and can do it again. This is a setback so treat it as such. It WILL pass. Jon.
  27. 4 points
    I've had the very same fear before. How I got over it was with a bit of logic. Everyone is afraid of having a heart attack. Everyone. No one wants one and everyone would be scared if they thought they were having one. I balanced the liklihood of me actually having one vs me just having anxiety. Its more likely, like 99.9% likely that it's anxiety. Next I decided it could happen one day or it might not. I don't know and neither does the next guy. Worrying will not stop it happening. I can worry until my teeth fall out but if I'm going to have a heart attack, I just will, whether I worry or not. It's up to fate. I gave myself permission to worry when it is actually happening. When I'm in the back of an ambulance strapped to the machines. When I feel the pain. When it is actually happening and not before. Sometimes anxiety would give me heart palpitations and chest pain. So I'd wonder 'is it time to worry?' I'd then way up the liklihood that it is anxiety related palpitations and pain or an actually heart attack. It's very much more likely it's anxiety. I'd then promise myself if it got worse or didn't end in a set amount of time, I'd get it checked out, but until things got worse, there's still no point worrying or even paying it attention. Try to live in the moment. Accept it is up to fate as it is with every single human alive. Worry when it is actually happening, not before. I hope this helps. It takes practice but it can be done.
  28. 4 points
    Many stress & anxiety sufferers report this symtom. Indeed I myself found this to be one of the most unsettling of tools used by stress to undermine its victims. One cause is that hunched shoulders confuse your brain into thinking its a few millimetres away from the position in space that it thought it was. The Brain and its balance centres are accutely aware of movement and spatial positoning. It relies on muscle tension, sight and the inner ear to compute its whereabouts like a GPS sytem. If muscles in your neck conflict with information from your eyes and ears then you will feel dizzy and weak at the knees. Another cause is the tendency for anxiety sufferers to hyper-ventialate and screw up oxygen levels in their blood. Yet another reason is a sensitivity of the brain to cell-phone and associated HUBS and antenna towers. Hospitals do not like these transmission and nor do airlines like customers using phones on planes as sensitive electronic devices can be effected by them . Your brain is a sensitive electronic device and it can be effected in the same way. Fear of becoming dizzy itself causes tension in the neck which in turn does make feeel you dizzy. I used to dread attending stand-up functions at work and would have to find a wall to prop myself up against to avoid falling over. Relax your shoulders and let them fall. Take a deep breath using your diaphragm to inhale. Hold it for 7 seconds and breath out slowly whilst thinking the word R-E-L-A-X. Do this 3 times and then continue breathing in a shallow manor again from the diaphragm. As for avoiding electro-smog..........none of us can I'm afraid but you could buy a professional signal strength monitor and try to avoid hot spots.
  29. 3 points
    I'm working here on the plane with my in flight wifi. I'm proud of myself for getting on the plane and managing take off and landing with moderate anxiety. I cried but levelled out eventually. 4 hour flight to go!
  30. 3 points
    You may want to find another PCP if they treated you like this. Get a second opinion - always good to ask.
  31. 3 points
    As I'm sure you know, color is based largely on what we eat. I suggest you eat a ton of blueberries and follow that up with a dose of pepto-bismal. See how dark it becomes.
  32. 3 points
    Your husband is probably wrong about counseling not helping. People who don't have these issues tend to not really "get" them. (And these disorders are hard on our loved ones, too!) I would at least meet with someone and see what they have to say - what's the worst that could happen? (Uh...wait...don't answer that...that's not a question you should ask an anxious person ) This place is great for support when you're trying to get your legs back under you.
  33. 3 points
    Hello All! I've been missing in action for some months now, but I have returned with wonderfully magical news to share with each and every person here! I'll start off by telling you my diagnoses: Major Depressive Disorder, Treatment Resistant, Moderate Degree, Recurring Episodes; Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia; Anxiety Disorder, and Trichotillomania. I have tried about 85% of the SSRIs on the market, various Antipsychotics, Benzos, Mood Stabilizers, and Homeopathic remedies; EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Meditation, Breathing Techniques, Visualization, Self Talk, Self Hypnosis, Soul Retrieval Ceremony (a Shamanic Ceremony), Massage Therapy, Exercise, Heliotherapy, Adjusting my Diet, and Reiki Therapy...I think that covers it. Last month, I was preparing to elect Electroconvulsive Therapy as a treatment resort to help with my disorders. In the nick of time, my Psychiatrist mentioned Ketamine. I'd never heard of it, and so I did research on the method of this treatment. Ketamine is FDA approved for Anesthesia in surgical procedures. There are also studies on Ketamine being a successful treatment for Chronic Pain. In addition, Ketamine is a street drug, Special K, that has a hallucinogenic quality. Finally, as of recent years, there are studies for using low doses of Ketamine to treat Major Depression (although it is not FDA approved to treat MDD). It wasn't long before I felt the strongest sense of hope and desire to undergo this treatment; just thinking to myself, "This sounds too good to be true!" To make my hope grow even brighter, there just happened to be a Psychiatrist about 60 miles away that offered the treatment! The following week, I told my Psychiatrist about my findings, and he gave me the thumbs up to contact the Psychiatrist that offered Ketamine Infusion Treatments. My first consultation was set, I ended up being a suitable candidate, and had my appointment for my first Infusion scheduled!! BAM! I don't have the words to share with you to express adequately how I've responded to this treatment that is available. My very first Infusion..I was freed from the weight, that heavy, dark, lonely, cloud that followed me for so long. I could breath!! And it only continued to get better as the days passed. Thus far, I have had 4 Infusions, and I have one remaining. I found myself again, because of Ketamine; I feel again, because of Ketamine; I laugh now, because of Ketamine; I have more understanding of what I've been struggling with, because of Ketamine; I see things I've never seen before, because of Ketamine; I hear things that I've never heard in my life, because of Ketamine; I'm as goofy as ever (and not afraid to show it), because of Ketamine; I want to LIVE, because of Ketamine Infusion Treatments!! In closing, I must stress that I am NOT recommending anyone to make any attempt, whatsoever, to treat themselves with Ketamine in an uncontrolled, unmonitored environment!!! You want to live, not die!!! Also, there is not such thing as a "Silver Bullet" in treating everyone. I just wanted to share my success story, because if this story help even a single person, then I would be so, so happy!
  34. 3 points
    Yes there is no betrayal going on. Your body is reacting to signals it receives, it's doing its job. The feeling of betreyal is a negative emotion so has its roots in fear and anxiety loves fear as we know. If you could accept that your body is ok, it's having a tough time but it's doing its best, then your emotion from it does not come from fear and hinders anxieties process.
  35. 3 points
    It's strange isn't it. You KNOW yet it still happens. The issue arises when the thought is interacted with and consistently validated as being an actual threat by your limbic system. So that KNOWING turns into "I KNOW BUT..WHAT IF". Relief for you will arise when you learn to let these thoughts be, let them fly about but just observe, DONT' react. To lose the fear that these thoughts are there and take away their validation. You habituate to the thoughts which disarms them and turns them into just thoughts, harmless thoughts.
  36. 3 points
    It's not what this site is about. This is not a medical forum in that sense to push medical jargon.
  37. 3 points
    Perspective is important, too. Try to keep in mind that it could always be worse, and it is for so many others. That's not to say that what you're feeling is insignificant or unimportant; that's not true. But to hold on, I feel like it's important to keep some positive perspective and tell yourself, even if you must do so repeatedly, that it could be and is much worse for so many people. I won't tell you to "get over it" - it doesn't work that way. I know. I tried many times to "get over it", but it didn't work whatsoever. The key is not to just "let it go", but to accept it, embrace it, learn from it, and allow it not to break you down, but instead to build you up. Looking back, I don't feel like I'd be as appreciative of life itself had I not gone through many years of severe anxiety, and probably some degree of depression.
  38. 3 points
    Hi Missy! Yes, the veil will lift one day! 100 %! I think the big hurdle in anxiety is we are so uncomfortable in the moment and so stressed out from the physical discomforts, it's hard to trust that the future will hold happiness- but it will! The good news is, life will move you through it all. Bearing the discomfort of the moment and accepting it will give us the strength that we can overcome...the sense of accomplishment and a certain liberty. That will bring us the peace we need within and moves us through life and to happiness (again). You will be happy again:)
  39. 3 points
    It is self help therapy. If you are feeling better after talking it out on here, imagine how much better you'd feel by seeing a Psychotherapist on a weekly basis. You'd be amazed. Our minds are so powerful, it can make us truly believe that something is wrong, but therapists can help rewire our minds to think rationally and reasonably!!!
  40. 3 points
    Holls gives good advice. The state of anxiety that you are in right now is SOOOOO hightened that your body is going to be responding in ways that it would not normally do, and you are going to be scanning an interpreting every little thing your body does. When I was in the throes of ALS fears, I spend several hellish weeks monitoring every sensation as I was engaged while in my yoga, step aerobics and weightlifting classes. I was positive my balance was off in tree pose; my quads were definitely weaker in warrior pose; I was certain that I was stumbling during my highly choreographed step classes. As I look back on that period, maybe I was really experiencing those things as a somatic response, or maybe I was imagining them. I am not sure, and really, it doesn't matter bc once the anxiety started to calm down, I quit focusing so much on my body and am aware that, in fact, my balance is good, my legs are strong and my coordination is just fine. Just like yours is! This past week in yoga, we were doing some weird pose and my inner thighs were shaking like crazy. The instructor assured me that was not abnormal given the stress I was placing on those muscles. All this to say that just because we experience or perceive something being "off" with our bodies does not mean it is indicative of a dread disease. Create a mantra in your mind to say to yourself when the irrational thoughts are looping in your mind; maybe something assuring that the neuro told you . . . and disable google if necessary. It is poison. If you are unable to sleep, and mindfulness does not help, take a sleep aid. You will get through this. Remind yourself that the state you are in as not fixed. You will move past it. It is temporary. Sending you good thoughts.
  41. 3 points
    Honestly I wish I knew how. I try my best to keep rational thoughts in my head etc but even as I type this I'm sitting at work freaking out that I have a feeling of shortness of breath/choking etc. I have a cold most likely since I have some mucus/congestion but in my head I'm thinking Asthma or Pneumonia. It's pretty crazy. The only way I have ever been told to look at things that helped is to imagine the likelihood of different situations as slices of pie. One massive slice signifying the likelihood it is nothing serious and a small sliver signifying the likelihood it's as bad as I've made it out to be in my head.
  42. 3 points
    A disorder happens when the anxiety is out of proportion to reality and interferes with you living your best life. Thanks sailor. Every now and then someone says something that needs reading twice or more often because, in a few words it encapsulates what this thing called anxiety is about. when the anxiety is out of proportion to reality . Now that just about sums it up. Out of all proportion!! Things happen. Good things, bad things, but it's how we react to them that makes the difference. Only if you react inappropriately does it interfere with your life. OK, I hear you say, 'but I can't help the way I react, it just happens; takes me unawares'. Yes, it does; it does to us all and that's where something like CBT training comes in. But it has to be learned until it's firmly fixed in the mind. Just reading it once does very little. Acceptance is the same. There is a new kid on the block called 'Metacognitive Therapy'. Similar but NOT the same as CBT. I have only read a bit about it but, to me, it has promise. It suggests that two things perpetuate anxiety. Worry and Rumination. Worry is obvious, but rumination? We do don't we? We go over and over the same ground again and again and, like the dog chasing its tail, get nowhere. Cows ruminate! They sit looking into space while they chew the cud. How many of us sit looking into space waiting for answers. Invariably we never find them because there are none. It's a hard fact and one not many of us want to face, but it's all down to us. We can get help, advice, drugs and all sorts of help but none of that will do anything unless there is a WILLINGNESS to want to recover. We have to ask as painful as it is, 'Are we attention seeking'? Is it the only way we can find the love and attention we so badly need? Recovery can be daunting. It means responsibility for our actions. When we are well there are no excuses for bad behaviour. No 'oh I can't help it'. I would suggest that most of us with anxiety suffer because we have not been leading the life we should have. OK, so physical illness can cause anxiety. Of course it can, but how many with HA are actually physically ill? When I was in the middle of GAD I did some soul searching and realised that all was not well with my life and the way I was treating other people. That was only one 'wrong' aspect, there were many more. My anxiety was brought about by me being at odds with myself. Not living up to the standards I was so ready to impose on others. It goes deep, this anxiety. It's not a superficial thing that can be overcome by drugs or talks or books. There is a prayer that begins, 'Lord, save me from myself' !! We would do well to heed that plea.
  43. 3 points
    Doctor has called me 3 times today and his surgical tech has called twice and emailed 3 times. Whew! He's going to reschedule the cystocopy for after I get an MRU. He was very upset that my test was cancelled because the tech where I was to go said I couldn't have the test except in the hospital after 3 days of steroids and a massive dose of Benadryl (which would call for me to be driven to the hospital an hour away). I don't need pre treatment so he's re ordered the MRU and has told me to demand to speak with the tech and tell them he authorized no pre treatment and they can call him if necessary. While I was on the phone, I'd gotten another notice from Lab Corp about a test being released tomorrow at 10:35. It was the cytology and so I told him I'd be Googling and could he tell me if it was okay. He said it was normal so not to worry and stay off Google! URINENEGATIVE FOR MALIGNANT CELLS. Now I have to find a place (3 within 100 miles) that will do my MRU. I left a message at the place where I always get my MRI/ CT scans and asked for Floyd the tech to call me tomorrow. I'm hoping HE can do it. He's super cool! This doctor is AWESOME!
  44. 3 points
    yes i love your idea Gilly ...... we are a cool gang i must admit..... we could play beach volleyball... some of us could just laze around on the beach... some of us could be daring enough to go in the OCEAN... i am afraid of water LOL ... I could finally bring Cubmanben his cookies that he has been waiting for....LOL but you have to share. You all are awesome.. and who knows maybe one day some of us might really meet each other in real life... NOW THAT WOULD BE TOTALLY AWESOME !!! Lots of love out today, kinda having an emotional day but i will be okay because there are good people on this site to pour my heart too. Love Amber
  45. 3 points
    Thanks guys for all your great advice and tips, really appreciate all your kindness. Everything you have all said makes great sense and I know you're all right. It's just so scary when you're going through it. My head got so bad in a shop today and all I wanted to do was run out but I stopped myself and just kept shopping, told myself well if I'm going to pass out walking away won't stop it happening. That actually seemed to ease my head slightly, so going to kept reassuring myself as much as I need to. Thanks again.
  46. 3 points
    You see, you must stop Googling. The doctors know what they are talking about. They would have seen these results knowing what they mean and have concluded that you are fit and healthy. These results can be twisted and manipulated by your anxiety to fit it's negative agenda. Those results will be in the within the normal ranges. The issue with HA is that you will read what Dr Google says without any knowledge of what it means and believe it MORE than what a qualified, professional heart Dr says. Says a lot about HA doesn't it. Try not to read between the lines and analyse, you will always spin it negatively.
  47. 3 points
    Hi, peace. No, it doesn't. It's anxiety. Now that's easy for me to say. I am not suffering. You are over analysing. You are entrenched in thinking about thinking. All your questions can be lumped together in one word FEAR. I don't like talking about symptoms because if you eliminate fear then the anxiety is gone and the symptoms. Fear breeds anxiety and your post is full of fear. Fearful! What are you afraid of. The feelings and emotions that are fear generated. For anxiety occur there must be an inner conflict. It may be that you're torn between some desire and it unavailability. Some feeling of inadequacy. Some lack of self worth. We all need to look at ourselves. Try and stand back and not over think but look at the facts rather than the emotions. Feeling you may harm someone is so common. It's another aspect of the same problem. Just (!!) another symptom of anxiety. There is not anxiety and us, WE are anxiety. So trying to get rid of anxiety is like trying to push a cork under water with one finger. It keeps popping up elsewhere. The real answer lies in a quiet approach. A calm acceptance that yes, ok, it will be with me for a while and it does pass BUT, I need to look at myself, my old self, and see what triggered it all off. There is always a reason. Even if it seems to 'come out of the blue' there is still a reason. The word 'depression' obviously frightens you. So, back again to fear. Use the word 'depletion' because that's what it is. You have flogged your batteries so that much the energy is 'depleted'. It will take time to recharge. It's really a question of you attitude to the problem. Don't go looking for trouble. Anything that comes along has to be treated in the same way. Quiet acceptance without 'second fear. You know the fear I mean. The OMG's and the 'what ifs'. Give it a try. Jon.
  48. 3 points
    hi there, my 11 year old created this last year, today i came across it and it lifted me up, as i have had a rough couple of days .i wanted to share it all to you especially for those who, feel hopeless and feel like things will never get better. i hope you enjoy it.. i know i did Life How I live it.docx
  49. 3 points
    Aloha from Maui! There have been some ups and downs but we are having a wonderful time and I haven't let anxiety stop me. It is harder to accept and fake it when away from home so admittedly there have been some moments when I have counted the days until we get to go home to where I feel most safe. But I don't want to wish away my vacation either and I am really trying to live in the moment and also remind myself that security comes from within and not from a place, situation or person. We have enjoyed some afternoon cocktails poolside. Coconut vodka with pineapple and guava juices. Very yummy! And I made a mental toast to my friends here. Sending you all sunny, warm thoughts and ocean breezes. See you all back here In a few days.
  50. 3 points
    Lol Gilley! These are some great accomplishments and observations Lonesailor ! I need to find some time to spend here to write out some of my thoughts this week. Monday was tough, Tuesday got better, Wednesday was really good and now today (Thursday) is a little hard again though not as bad as Monday. What gives?! The ups and downs are brutal. Like Jon says it is habit. Of course it is. And it takes more than one or two good days to break years old habits I suppose. On Monday Jon also pointed out that a setback is hard when it is experienced in contrast to some recent good days. Then our imaginations set in and we are off on that rollercoaster again. Trying to fight that today. Yesterday was a really good day, no reason tomorrow won't be too. Today is off for some reason - who cares?! (well I do but I'm trying not to, haha) I love the way you explain the bridge, Lonesailor. I have to drive over a bridge to go to work every single day. There is no alternate route. I experience so much of what you outlined. There are sections where you can't really pull over and I get very anxious as I get closer to those portions of my route. Kind of ridiculous really. Nothing bad has ever happened to me while driving and in a true emergency I suppose one would slow down, pull as far off as possible and put their hazard lights on. So it is not even true that I can't pull over if I really, really need to for some reason.