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What symptoms do you have when?

Hi all! Just wanted to know what are some of the symptoms that you have when you are having anxiety? How do you feel it coming? What do you do to control it? Do you have physical pain along with it?

I know I’ve talked to some about my anxiety but just wanted some insight on others! I always wonder if it’s similar to others!

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I myself, having just had an anxiety attack.. I feel pain in my chest, like a sharp pain. And my breathing shortens. And then I just start sweating. Eventually it lead to a panic attack and I started crying.

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You will get through this bout. You are strong enough, and smart enough to have come here for support. I know how shitty it feels and I hope you’re already over the worst bit of it for the moment. <3

Ps. It’s okay to cry.

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Yesssss! I’ve found that crying sometimes relieves some of my symptoms!! Thank you!!!

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Same. I hate the crying spells but then I feel better. Just wish they weren't so often!

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I have this too! Lately the pain is by my collarbone- I can never really pinpoint it. I cried the other day because I was so worried about the pain! Have you been prescribed anything? I’ve been given Ativan but have to go back to get a different prescription as soon as I’ve done my stress test to rule out my heart.

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My heart feels fluttery- alternately weak and sporadic then crazy fast and hard beats, I can’t get control of my breathing, my chest, back, shoulders, and neck get increasingly tight until I give myself a headache, and a lot of the time it comes with a sudden strong need to go to the bathroom. Like, EMERGENCY need to go poop. My stomach stays crazy sensitive and I tend to have no appetite and diarrhea until I feel calmer. All these effects vary at different levels of intensity from the constant background flutter of minor anxiety to the full-on runaway train of horror that’s a panic attack. I’m lucky in that I’ve only had one major panic attack in the past several years, but that one was only a few weeks ago and I’m feeling pretty unstable still.

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Same here!!!! I get so caught up in thinking that it my heart most days. But I’ve noticed that it’s my back, shoots up to my neck and maybe my arm. That makes my heart race. And I start spiraling after that. I had my first attack a couple of months ago but ever since that I get worried I will have another ☹️ are you prescribed anything? I’m currently taking Ativan as needed. However, I have to go back to talk about different prescriptions after a heart stress test to rule out my heart.

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I tried to send a reply that honestly got pretty long-winded, and for whatever reason it won’t go through. I will try again soon when I have the wherewithal to go through it all again. For now- short answer- no drugs, just trying to practice healthy coping mechanisms.

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I’ve struggled with undiagnosed anxiety for a couple decades, my 5 siblings all have the same symptoms and have sought medication for PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Only one of us has made it to a doctor for treatment and she has an as needed script for Xanax to treat panic attacks. She supplements this with self-prescribed weed to control her daily state. 3 of my other sibs use weed daily as well. I am sober.

About 15 years ago I was in a place where I had constant high-level anxiety and frequent panic attacks, 3 weeks out of a month I had headaches of varying severity, and struggles with suicidal ideation. Because I haven’t consistently had health insurance and I’ve always had a stubborn belief that I’m the only one who can solve my problems, I’ve studied my triggers and learned how to avoid people and situations that set me off. I’ve spent a long time trying to understand the causes, and build healthy coping mechanisms. This has helped me to go almost 11 years without a major attack- this streak was ruined by the most recent attack a couple weeks ago. I know I’m having a disproportionate reaction to normal stress, but I’m still struggling to get it under control. I work 3rd shift full time and have become increasingly isolated and I know that isolation is making it worse. I feel emotionally disconnected from my husband and I (irrationally?) worry he will cheat on me. I’m about to enter a 2 year program of study and I have no idea how I’m going to manage working and school full time, and I have a mortgage and bills to help pay. I have found a discounted therapy option, (betterhelp.com - their scholarship for my economic situation would put my cost at $40 a month) but I’m barely managing to keep enough gas in my car to get to school and I’m racking up credit card debt to pay for things like the oil bill so I can’t justify that extra expense. I’m afraid to even tell my PCP at my regular insurance covered checkups, because she is obligated to report my status to the school if she believes it will affect my ability to perform in my program of study.

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My heart races, hands sweat, well actually all over & I become very shaky. I try my best to take my mind to happy places or time. Focus on the positive, it helps me. I sure wish for you peace of mind! Love & Hugs!

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My symptoms never go away they are always there. Tightness in my chest. The more stress I have the worse my chest feels. It changes to sharp pains. Brain fog. Using wrong words when I speak. Palpitations, racing heart. Depression, feeling hopeless, All my symptoms intensify the more stressed I am.

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Usually, my mind starts racing. I get a stomach ache and issues along with that. Sometimes my heart will start racing, I feel light-headed, and I'll start sweating.

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I get shortness of breath, spiraling negative thoughts about what I am anxious about (worst case stuff), pressure in my ears/rapid heart rate, sometimes sweating, and hand, foot and lip tingles.

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When I have anxiety, I am usually overthinking at the time and physically I feel shaky and get an awful pit in my stomach. I also notice my breathing is heavier. I know people practice breathing techniques and do yoga. My sister says meditation and yoga really help her. And eating healthy.

I actually take klonopin and it helps big time. I talk to you guys or my mom. I also did hypnosis a few years ago and would go every week. He taught me a lot about healing crystals and essential oils. I love them! He passed away recently. It was very sad. I would give anything for a session with him. I got certified as a hypnotist and I do self hypnosis when I feel a panic attack coming or bad anxiety.

There’s a lot you can do. You might have to try a few things before you find what helps. But we’re here for you 🤗

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