am I the only one who feels like this .. im either going mad or i feel like im dying !!

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My doctor tells me I have anxiety , I have suffered in silence for about 9 years now .. well up until going to my doctors about it a few months ago because something has got to give .. I got referred for cbt and had 3 sessions so far , he ain'ttold me nothing I ddon't already know has anyone elsehad this treatment and has it worked for them ? I feel like im fighting a loosing battle. I've tried many self help techniques and nothing seems to help .. I have anxiety every day and it is a living hell. I have that many symptoms here are a few to see if they sound familiar to others ... I get dizzy, lightheaded , pressure headaches - feel like my head is about to explode , racing thoughts , feel like im going to pass out or have some sort of fit , I sway from side to side , pull my hair , fidget all the time , I tense my muscles all the time , check my pulse constantly , breathing feels difficult , feel tingling in my arms and legs ,, when I sit still sometimes I feel like im going to fall over a bit like when your falling asleep and feel like your falling off a cliff ... The list is endless !!! I just feel like I'm goino mad and I'm feeling really low about it .. i hate leaving the house I've stopped socialising avoid eating out or going to supermarket i just feel like what is the point in life when you don't enjoy being yourself .. my children are the only reason I'm still here they are my world  

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    Your sysmptoms are exactly the same as my daughters. She is currently havig CBT and it has helped. The worst thing you can do is isolate yourself. Force yourself to go out and socialise, shopping etc.  The longer you stop doing this, the worse it will get.  You want to get better for your children, think of them, do all you can to help yourself. Take medication if you need to.  My daughter was horrendouse, words I cant even describe but she is now in her fourth week and is getting there. Anxietty no more website has a book called Atl last a life, buy it. My daughter calls it her bible. You are feeding your anxiety checking pulses etc and worrying about your health. If you are really concerned go tou your doctor and ask for a full medical but I amabolutely positive it is your anxiety that is causing these. Please, please please force yourself to do things, socialise with other people, join a class, distract yourself fromhow you feel. I know it is not easy but if my daughter can do it so can you. Good luck and let me know how you get on please.
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      first of all i want to thank you replying and offering your support thats lovely smile secondly what good news about your daughter im really happy for you both smile i will look into buying the book .. my therapist has suggesting going doing something i dont have to do this week like going to a cafe for a brew ... start making some baby steps as i do my normal routine of taking the kids to school and supermarkets etc every day and its just horiffic the feelings i get .. even though i have had these feelings for several years my body and mind plays all sorts of tricks on me to make me think and feel like im going to die or pass out at any given moment .. so this week i will start making my baby steps because i want to get better for my kids and start enjoying life with them instead of being full of dread and fear everytime i take them somewhere ... thanks again for your support it means a lot xx
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    Hi, just to maybe put you more at ease. I have hand health Anxiety for 7 years now. I am male 27 play sports and work. All started with ectopic beats (palpitations). Since then iv had chest pain / dizzy spells/ heavy headaches/ abdominal pain/ nausea, all on and off . Usually an episode will last a month or so and I might if lucky have a week symptoms free. I have had ECG / blood tests / heart echo scan/ numerous trips to a+ /chest xray and all tests were ok. It's horrible, am getting first session of CBT in a couple of weeks so hope that helps.  anxiety is awful but is with me and many other sufferers,  I too dwell on the physical pains . When I an symptoms free I can't believe it so wonder why and boom, there back. Stick with it you will pull through.p.s I also believe exercise I a big help. Burn off all that nasty anxiety...... 
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      Sorry to hear you have to go through this too sad hopefully CBT works for you and starts helping you to get rid of your anxiety and stop you going round in circles with it .. its crazy ain't it when your fine you think oh where's my anxiety gone and it then rears it's ugly head again .. I find walking helps me a lot and I have a Bedlington whippet so lucky dog gets lots of huge walks haha thanks for your comment smile 
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      Ha, yes I totally agree. I have 2 terrier dogs which I also take long walks as it kind of makes you feel free from everything when out walking, especially when your over the fields with no traffic or other people.  Ibet when ever your down your dog cheers you up, mine do 🐶🐶 
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      Yeah thats it I feel free like no one is there judging me it's a nice feeling ain't it ? They say dog is a man's best friend .. well my dog certainly is even if that sounds pathetic he is such a comfort .. thank god for our dogs hey smile
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    I can relate to everything you're  saying Christine I've had these exact feelings for about 3 years now. I don't really have any solutions to offer except knowing there's people  who can  relate to how you feel I find it reassuring  to be able to talk. I've stopped  taking med because the side effects make me feel 100 times worse I start relaxation therapy next week so fingers crossed it will help.x
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    Hello

    Yes I feel like you, although I do manage to go out and socialise, but my health anxiety is at a ridiculous level.  I'm getting all my Christmas things done as I'm sure this is my last one and don't want my husband to have to worry about it all if I'm not here!  Even writing that sounds strange, but I can't stop thinking about it. Mine's a long story, but had a breast lump in the summer and a very small cancer was found, (so small they can't be certain that it wasn't due to cross contamination), but had biopsies, mammograms, scans, MRI & finally the lump & an area surrounding it removed.  Nothing else was found, but as my hospital wasn't sure what to do re: follow up treatment, they've refered my notes to a larger cancer specialist hospital, so I'm just waiting to see what will happen. However, since all this has happened I'm sure it's spread, spreading, etc...my head seems to hurt all the time & my eyes, (so immediately think brain tumour), my muscles ache, I get an ache/pain under my right rib that radiates around to my back, the list is endless & I can associate all of them with some kind of cancer!  I've also got hyperventilation syndrome, (I'm doing breathing exercises for this after seeing a physio) & am having CBT.  I've always been anxious and worry about everything, but now this is all about my health and I feel like I'm going crazy.  It's horrible isn't it and then I feel guilty for feeling this way as there's people out there whi are A LOT worse off than me sad

    Jayne x

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      No need to feel guilty you have had a massive scare .. Yeah people may be going through worse than you but this is your own personal battle .. fab news they caught the cancer early and removed it such a shame that you developed anxiety as a result sad  as for the Xmas thing I can totally understand as I did this when my youngest was born I totally thought tjat I would not be around to see the next one ... that was 9 years ago ... anxiety makes you feel so crap and low sometimes but I've learnt it can't kill you so take each day as it comes and if it's a good day enjoy every minute of it if it is a bad one be positive that the next one will be good xx
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