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  1. Hi, I hope you are feeling better. But I just wanted to let you know, this happens to me too. Like if I go on a carnival ride or roller coaster, I will feel like I'm on it for several days after -- especially when I'm laying down. I've had this happen even in times when I wasn't experiencing anxiety. Agreed, I think it's more of an ear/equilibrium thing. It will go...
  2. I was wondering if anyone has found any anxiety apps for meditation, hypnosis, relaxing sounds, guided breathing, etc. that you have found particularly helpful?
  3. I get this too. My head feels uncomfortable, but it's pressure, not pain like a headache. I think it's tension too.
  4. Hi, what you describe sounds exactly like migraine. I've had them for 20 years. And in my personal experience, anxiety and migraine are linked. I used to get migraines occasionally, but since my father became ill and passed away, I now get them several times a week. In fact, for chronic migraine sufferers, anti-depressant or anti-anxiety meds are often prescribed as migraine preventatives. My neurologist has encouraged me to to start taking anti-anxiety meds daily as a migraine preventative instead of as needed. I have not tried this yet so I don't know if it will help. But I'm hopeful.
  5. Hi, I just wanted to send you support and tell you I am feeling the same way. I think the worst part of anxiety for me is knowing whether to listen to the physical sensations of my body or my own attempts to tell myself, "no, you are ok." The physical symptoms tell me something must really be wrong. And it seems counterintuitive to me to "ignore" these scary things I feel physically. Sometimes I feel like a ticking time bomb, sure that one of these days I will most definitely have an aneurism or stroke. I have had an mri scan of my brain that came back normal and I still feel that uncertainty and need for reassurance that you described. There are parts of days that I feel better, and I try to be mindful and grateful for those moments.
  6. Unfortunately yes, I get this burning sensation too. I have felt it at my neck and down my back. But most often I get it along one side of my head, which feels awful, and can really send me into a "oh my God what's wrong with me" panic. I find it does pass if I can find a way to distract myself and ignore it. It helps to know that other people have experienced this too.
  7. Jon, thank you for being so generous with your wisdom. The past couple of days have been a little better. I am working toward recovering and am grateful for the resources and support here.
  8. Thank you so much for the comfort and encouragement.
  9. I so agree with you, and I know how personal that choice is. When I first started having panic attacks many years ago I did CBT and group therapy without meds. It helped me tremendously. This time around the symptoms are so severe and I am dealing with daily grief and stress due to my father's illness. I am trying a very low dose of anti anxiety medication and hoping it will help. I think the difference in my decision now is that I have a little boy, husband and parents to take care of. I have to keep my anxiety in check for me and for them.
  10. I too believe in the power of human thoughts and positive energies. And there are lots of people who can help. Best to you.
  11. Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself and thank all of you for being here for me today. I have been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks off and on for 20 years. Today I had the absolute worst panic attack of my life. I was driving, trying to get home after dropping off my brother at the airport. Suddenly, both of my hands felt like they were blowing up like balloons, but they weren't. Then they were tingling, and then shaking uncontrollably. My arms and face felt weird. My feet were cold. The back of my neck hot and tingly. I felt like I was going to crash the car and die before I could get home. I didn't make it home. There was a pharmacy with a clinic on the corner and I ran inside. A nurse practitioner there helped me calm down - my blood pressure and pulse were off the charts but then returned to normal. My husband had to come from work to pick me up. He had to pick up my son from school and take care of him all day. I couldn't go see my father, who is under hospice care, because I still feel shaken. Even after taking buspar and resting all day. I'm having the usual thoughts -- there must be something really really wrong with me. I had a stroke. I'm going to have a stroke. I am a failure for not being in control of my fears and emotions. I am a failure for not being able to take care of my family. Who is going to take care of my family if something happens to me? How am I ever going to get in the car and drive again? What if next time it happens my little boy is in the car with me and he gets scared or hurt? What's wrong with me? I feel like I may never feel normal or do normal things again. Thank you for letting me get this out. And thank you for not letting me be alone.