Anxiety is taking over my life

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I think I'm having a mental break down. I am so scared somethings going to happen to me. I can't obsessing about my health. I'm scared to death to try any medication because I've had so many reactions. I keep searching on Google looking for stuff I don't even know what I'm looking for anymore.

When someone I know get sick and I hear about it, I can't handle it, I just keep waiting for it to happen me, I'm afraid to live because I'm afraid I'll die. I know that sounds crazy. I'm 54 I feel like I'm 90. I'm hypothyroid, post menopausal, and now have migraine associated vertigo that causes daily dizziness, anxiety with it and headaches or silent headaches. I have disorders but I'm waiting for a disease. The dizziness is a constant bother to me cause I think it's something more and they have missed it. My latest obsession is my vitamins. I am worried about my nagnisium level since someone on one of these forms told me it can mess things up. So I started to question myself. I know it can cause loose bowels if you take to much or your body isn't absorbing the type your taking, but when I saw this post about it, I was having vowel issues with a new brand and immediately thought I'm messing up my system now and could be doing something long term. Then I google and there is so much on how much of this that and the other to take and all the medical stuff you hear about in daily life I just can't figure it out. It all scares me to death. One day it's eat eggs the next it's not coz it will kill you. I can't watch the news and haven't for years. Let's face it I'm afraid of everything.

I can't afford to go back to my psychologist so I'm stuck. Everyday I wake up afraid. My first thoughts are I wonder if today I'll get sick or have a heart attack from all this anxiety and worry

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    Have you been to your GP? You should start there. I know exactly how you feel and I think you have GAD. (Same as me).
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      Hi Alan

      Thank you for responding.  I do have GAD, I take xanax when needed, but since this dizzy headache stuff started a year I've been a mess.  Its been checked out and diagnosed.  I have tried meds for anxiety, anit depressants and I have reactions to them. 

      Thank you for listening

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      Have they given you anything to take for the migraines and vertigo ?? The silent migraines are the worst!! The symptoms cause me high anxiety , worse than the headaches. I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. And can't take anything for anxiety??

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      Hi Ginger

      Thanks for your reply.  I tried amitriptyline for the MAV but I had a bad reaction and it effected my vision so I had to stop and then they gave me nortriptyline to try, but its from the same family of meds as the ami and i'm afraid to take it.  The only thing I can take is xanax.

      Do you have silent migraines with dizziness?  

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      I e been told what I was experiencing were silent migraines. I've had migraines throughout my life but they seemed to change when I got older and my hormones started acting up. I was having visual symptoms and dizziness, sometimes followed by a headache, sometimes not. However, they never gave me anything for migraines... Just the usual rest, destress, exercise, ibuprofen or Tylenol sad

      These symptoms would send my anxiety sky high thinking it was something else serious ... That the docs were missing something. Once I started paying attention to when they happen, I started noting things going on at the time that were either stressful or I was worrying about and tried to calm myself before it got worse.

      I've dealt with anxiety and panic disorder since my early twenties off and on , now 42... But the health anxiety seems to stick with me most of the time. I have never tried the meds you listed but I know many who can not take that class. I was antimeds for a long time and then tried several for some relief .... I'm now taking Effexor 37.5mg every day and hydroxyzine prn when I feel my anxiety is getting bad . I fo as much relaxation as I can and try to remember to take time for me...but that is hard as I have two girls , ages 8 & 6 lol wink

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      I get headaches and dizziness sometimes throughout the day I was told it's just anxiety, I'm going back to my doctor here soon.

      What did the doctor tell you about your dizziness and headaches??

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      Hi,

      My GP was the first to dignse vertigo, then he sent me to an ENT who specialized in dizziness and he diagnosed migraine associated vertigo. I have had it now for 13 months.  It pretty much daily in some form or another, wether it be very low or on bad days extreme and on the bad days it can last for up to 3-4 days at a time.  I can have the headache with it and without the headache.  Also causes neck pain, nausea, anxiety.  Its an awful disorder.  I hope you don't have this.

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      Hi! Hope you get answers soon at your doctor visit smile

      At first, doc thought I was over stressed and my anxiety was flaring with headaches and dizziness... Then treated for ear infection , when that cleared and I still had episodes of dizziness they said it was most likely to. Hormone fluctuations . At the time, I didn't relate dizziness to headaches until I started tracking them. I didn't always get a headache after the dizziness but many times I would within 24/48 hours so then came the possibility of silent migraines ... Stating my previous migraines had changed due to hormonal changes, mine seem to definitely be cycle related. I can usually tell when my anxiety is acting up and somewhat prepare to calm myself before migraines surface but the hormonal link just continues to stress me out sad

      I'm not sure the doctor really knows what's causing them as Ive never been referred to a specialist per se , continuing to manage best I can. Fortunately I don't get the dizziness as much as I did following that ear infection so I'm not so sure it was a remnant from that ???

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      Headaches and dizziness are also cardinal symptoms of anxiety. This is confirmed by additional symptoms of shakiness and feelings of panic.

      These symptoms are biological overreaction of the limbic system in the brain, and can happen even when not thinking about anxiety-provoking things.

      That's what a doctor online told me. Yes I know it's sad reaching out to a doctor online but haven't seen my doc yet and prolly won't this week.

      So it sounds like it's just anxiety but why are they happening??

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      Yes, this is undoubtedly caused by anxiety. A feeling of tightness in the throat is a classic anxiety symptom. You are too young to be having a heart problems, which has been confirmed by negative tests. I would speak to a psychiatrist about options for treating anxiety, including therapy and/or an SSRI antidepressant.

      That what I was told about the weird feeling in my throat.

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    patty

    I think it is more useful at this stage for you to see your family GP as you seem stressed. There are several medications that can calm your mood although you need to try and understand why you are feeling the way you are.

    With regard feeling fear to live and scared to die it does not leave many choices so all I can recommend is have words with your Doctor and hopefully He will manage to give you some form of relief.

    One thing you can try however is Relaxation Techniques, the favoured on at this time is MINDFULNESS. you will most probably be able to look on AMAZON and find a book on the full course of treatments

    With me I use a mixture of two different Relaxation Techniques, Maxwell and Alexander I can actually slow down my pulse heartbeat and control Chronic Pain.

    Look into a book on these techniques it may help you.

    Let me know how you get on

    BOB

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    Have you tried gabapentin..works on migraines and anxiety and dizziness..could be the perfect fit for you 
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    Your anxiety is probably coming from your diagnosed hypothyroid. I'm hyper and have terrible anxiety. I take sertraline and it does help. Anxiety is a very big symptom with thyroid diseases.

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      Hi Vanessa

      Thanks for the reply, I just talked to my Endo's office about the thyroid meds and i think i'm getting to much, so I'm going to blood test in just a little bit.  You are hyper, do these sound hyper to you, anxieity, panic, sweating out of nowhere, muscles ache in my legs, arms, ribs, chest, very irritable, occational internal shaking, dizziness is different than my MAV dizziness, neck pain, feet sweating even in sandals?  Does this sound like to much med to you?

      Thanks for you imput.

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      They all sound like hyper, the anxiety and irritable are my worst symptoms with my hyper. I'm waiting to get my thyroid out and hoping to minimize my symptoms drastically. I have a lot of physical symptoms that scare me to death like dizzy, palpitations, just a body weak feeling in general, etc. I feel so bad for people with anxiety because I understand what they are going through, it's terrible. I'm on sertraline to help with the anxiety but after a couple of very stressful situations a few months ago, I had a relapse and had to increase my dose. I have been on my increase for 6 weeks now and feel a little difference, but not the big difference that I want to see. Im told that it takes 8-10 weeks to see the big difference. The anti depressant I take saved my life before and I'm hoping it's going to again.

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