Health Anxiety ruining every day life!

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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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    Hi,

    Counting your breathes can help. I totally understand what your going through. Try taking L theanine 100-400 MGS everyday which is a natural supplement for anxiety and Magnesium as well is Vitamin D I take 2000 IUS. These can help lesson anxiety. Also take(drink) Chamomile Tea 3 times a day which can help lesson anxious thoughts and anxiety symptoms in general and the severity. I have also been feeling like anxiety is been a part of my days, But Remember we will get through this!!

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      Thanks for your advice. I'll have to have a look at those supplements and see what they can do. Something that calms me down as alcohol does would be good. Without the side effects obviously. I found that writing the above helped as well. Slept pretty quickly after doing so and felt better today than I have in a while. And yes, we will get past this. I did it when I was younger and am determined to do so again. Good luck

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    I shut my brain down I don't let any thoughts in if one starts I take my mind blank I fall asleep with out knowing I did

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      I lay there I don't think about anything my eyes are closed if my mind starts I stop the thought or start over before I know it it's morning it wakes me up I have trouble doing this in the morning but I keep at it I might fall asleep not for long though but I don't give up I never woke up at 5 in the morning but it sleep 2 hours before bed so I'm getting 7 hours not together if I don't go to sleep for 2 hours I only get 5

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      Hi Billie, I've trying this every night now and it's helping a lot so would like to thank you. I've had trouble sleeping once since I started so I'm very grateful for your advice. I've been feeling poorly as well and this is usually when I have most trouble sleeping. All I need to do now is go to beb sooner as I'm still averaging about 5 hours a night and it isn't enough.

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      Your welcome so glad I could help I get only get 5 -7 hours not all together I get tired early so I fall asleep then get up take my heart med then go back to sleep it tried acting up but I didn't let it usually when o feel calm my breathing is OK a little and it was last night could not keep my eyes open plus I slept am hour before that I went to lay down and it started even though I was breathing OK it felt like I wasent finally went to sleep and up at 5 I layes here must of fell back to sleep for a min when I got restless I looked at time it was an hour later it was so bad during the day yesterday everything tightened up for hours then I started to feel better around 5 in the evening I do try to stay awake to take my med first before I sleep so I don't have to get back up cause I know it will try to act up but it don't always work sorry u had to leave ur job it's hard for me to go anywhere but I do I have to keep going

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      How are u feeling today mine not as bad as yesterday but still bad a little tightness weird feeling in head chest throat makes breathing worse
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      Been away on holiday so I apologise about the time it took to get back to you. I seem to be better at getting to sleep but don't really sleep through the night. Still see myself going to bed later than I should so my yawning and deep breathing is still there. However, being away from every day life felt quite good and I was with friends nearly 24 hours a day and my mind was off things mostly. How have you been now?

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      I have my days I've been a little better doing a little more feeling still there a little bit some days more than others trying to keep my mind off of it but it does Wonder back to it glad you're doing better

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