Morning anxiety

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Hello I have not been on this forum for some time.  I have a few medical problems and have posted on other forums.  I wanted to ask how anxiety sufferers deal with early waking and anxiety.  I had started to sleep better but not once again I am waking a lot and if I wake early which is often.  I soon start getting anxious.  It used to be about just getting through the day housework doctor/hospital app etc.  I should add that I have arthritis and am often in pain and don't feel like doing much.  Now I have an IBS flare up after coming off PPI's, antibiotics and nystan to treat oral thrush caused by antibiotics.  All these medicines cause flare ups.  So each morning when I wake I immediately think about whether I will be able go to the toilet etc.  Then I start getting back and low stomach pain.  I am better through out the day and if I am with grandchildren friends etc although I am usually very tired and in some pain the next day.  I have been on a cbt workshop and seen a one to one councillor which has a helped a lot a lot in different ways.  I just can't seem to sort this early morning thing out.  Anyone recognise this and what did you do.  My husband is not very supportive. He just gets on with things and does not understand how I feel just thinks I am complaining all the time and should get on with it. Thanks for reading this.

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    Hi. You could try several different supplements over long term to counter some of the negative reactions you get from your medication. If you are interested in that, I can post a list
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      Hello Thanks for your reply.  Not sure if I follow you.  When I said that certain medications cause IBS problems I was referring to things like antibiotics and pain killers.  Obviously I don't take antibiotics all the time, so have to deal with side effects if I need them although I do try to avoid taking them if possible which of course applies to everyone.  On painkillers I cannot take nsaids and just take paracetamol and a cream call pernaton for arthritis pain etc.  The pernanton is a natural cream from green lipped mussel.  I take medication for thyroid,blood pressure,

      IBS,and asthma plus eye drops for blepharitis and dry eye.  I also take vitamin D3 as I have ostepenia and was found to have low vitamin D levels.  I am 67.

       

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      Below are some supplements that you ca find in health/vitamin shops that could help alleviate some issues you describe. These are not cures but aids that could counter problems that you list. You should try them one at a time to see their effects and then settle on what works for you, so there will be a period of experimentation. Also feel free to research what each supplement I list does.

      You list 3 problems in particular. They are:

      1) early waking and anxiety: inositol, glycine, GABA, theanine and tryptophan. Try these one at a time to evaluate their effects then stick to one that works for you. Several studies show that inositol is great for anxiety/depression sufferers. All these aid sleeping

      2) arthritis: no cure but Collagen 1,2,3 helps as does glycine and proline. Gelatin supplement also falls in this category. Some like Bromalain supplement because it is a very effective anti inflammatory that aids digestion as well

      3) oral thrush: Probiotics are a must to balance out the yeast growth that antibiotics cause. Take caprylic acid, monolaurin, and Olive Leaf Extract to kill/reduce the yeast fungus. Drink yogurt, and avoid sugar.

      Best

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    It sounds like an anxiety disorder. See a doc and try to get some benzodiazapines for the short term. Other meds you could try are the older tricyclics which work faster and have great efficacy
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      Thank you for your kind advice.  I see my GP on a regular basis.  We did sometime ago speak about medication for anxiety but neither my gp or myself especially myself was keen to go down that route, although I appreciate they do help lots of people.  A lot of my anxiety is to do with health and accepting health problems which I have and learning to live them plus the usual thinking you have something awful.  I have 3 hospital appointments coming up, 2 next month one at eye hospital as I have mid glaucoma and in the same week orthopaedics.  I am also waiting for a date for a ENT appoinment as I believe I have LPR and need to have my throat examined as I sing in a choir and am worried about vocal chord damage from reluxing.  I know that as each one approaches my anxiety will increase.  The other half of my anxiety is general to do with daily life and family changes.  You don't mention your current circumstances but I wish you all the best and thank you for your reply to my post.
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    What do you class as early ?

    Take probiotic tablets to settle your gut and bio yoghurt preferably un pasturised the bugs will regulate the gut .

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      Hello   I try not to look at the clock if I can help it.  Now we are retired we tend to go to bed late sometimes after 1pm.  I was always a morning person liked to go to bed by 11.30 pm and up at 7am ready for work.

      I am assuming it is somewhere between 4 and 5 sometimes later.  I tend to get up around 8 to 8.30 am.  I don't think I get enough sleep

      and tend to only sleep 2 or 3 hours at a time.  With regard to probiotics I don't take any tablets but do drink either yakult or bio yogurts and have done for some time with a break now and then.

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    Totally understand this. I have the same issues and it seemed to help when I asked the dr for a sleep aid and I sleep better. Waking with anxiety is sometimes just knowing..(.especially if you have chronic pain.) what you are going to have to deal with for the day and how you will manage getting everything done. My husband is also not very supportive although he knows the pain is real. One suggestion and the best one is to start your morning with prayer. When you awaken (whatever time that is) if you can pray for peace and know that God will be with you when you ask. Ask for help with the pain and give you strength to accomplish your tasks and grace for yourself to know your limitations and be ok with not doing everything. Im sorry you are having to go throught this.  Your story could be mine. I just did the thtush thing...now am having laryngopharyngeal reflux. Burns like crazy on the trachea. I will pray for you and hope you feel better soon and resolution to your problems. Until then...give yourself a break. You are doing the best you can with what you have to work with.  God bless you in Jesus name. L 
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    I would suggest eatung maybe a banana or an avacadoe before bed. Theres a chance some of what you are experience is simoly low blood sugar  upon awakening. A sign of this usually is yiu awaken around five ish and feel shaky
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