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Hi, I can see that a lot of people here are experiencing the same problem and would really appreciate if someone can help me out. I'm a 27 year old male and suffer from this pretty much daily. It all started about 9 months ago when I had a bad kidney infection. The infection, along with common side effect of the antibiotics, took about three weeks to clear. Since then, I've still experienced pretty much the same symptoms, which has triggered other symptoms common to anxiety sufferers. These include physical symptoms such as chest pain, arm numbness, dry mouth, headache. These have resulted in me visiting the GP on numerous occassions and undergoing numerous tests, all of which came back ok. So really, there shouldn't be anything I'm worrying about.
As well as the physical symptoms, I can be forgetfull, lose concentration, a feeling as if I'm floating, a sudden feeling of being close to fainting, constant need to take a deep breath and the worst, insomnia. Sometimes when I do manage to fall asleep, I'll suddenly wake with a feeling I couldn't breath.
As I have to get up early for work, I don't half get enough sleep and know this doesn't help me one bit.
I recall experiencing something similar when I was younger, but it lasted a few weeks and was then gone. I kept thinking I had cancer and would get really worked up about it. Don't recall how it stopped, just feels like it suddenly went away.
Whilst I do have some techniques to get my mind off things, I don't remember the last full day I went without feeling the effects of the anxiety. It can make it difficult to go through a days work. If anyone reading this is experiencing the same issues, what I do is try and keep busy. Might sound cliche, but if I'm concentrating on one thing, I tend to feel better. For example, at work if I start to feel the anxiety coming on, I try and strike a convo. When at home, I speak with family or entertain the kids. What I struggle with, is when it's just me. In the car, trying to go to sleep or wherever I might be alone without any distractions. Sometimes a walk might help, but the thoughts still run through my mind.
While it might not be the best way, I find that having an alcoholic drink helps as well. While the first pint makes me worry a little more, I soon forget about any symptoms rather quickly after. However, I know this isn't the way to go as when I have hangovers, my symptoms are worse for the next few days. It might be worth looking at cutting alcohol out all together but I know this isn't something I'll be able to do as I do, unfortunately, enjoy it.
Any tips ond what I can do when I'm alone to get my mind off the worries. Exercise hasn't worked yet as I'm unfit and it makes me worry more when doing so. This is something I'll be working on while also improving my diet. Some technique to shut any worry down while trying to sleep would help if anyone has any. Thanks in advance and I hope someone can help.
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