Morning anxiety and nausea

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Hi all,

I have developed morning anxiety attacks over the last couple of weeks. This is new to my anxiety which I have had for 3 months all caused by ptsd from operations.

Spot on 4am every morning I'll awake with heart pulpitations, sweaty palms, tingling in arms, nausea and will start to pacing the house for 3 hrs until I go to work.

This sets the day up with anxiety until the sun goes down and all symptons disappear and have no problems falling asleep.

I have tried breathing techniques but hasn't helped.

What has helped others with this same problem? Need to break the cycle somehow?

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    Hi Linda, 

    I can relate to that, in the evening I have convinced myself that I am better....then bang early morning I wake up and it's back with a vengeance. I have been taking Citalopram for just over 5 weeks, so I'm hoping for the breakthrough to being less anxious sn. R u on any medication?

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      How amazing is it that so many of us experience the same thing. I really thought I was on my own. Im on medication but my doc and partner wont tell me what Im taking. Its a good thing because I start to google side effects which makes me worse.

      Its only been 2 weeks since taking them so not much of a change and I know it can take a while to get onto the right one or for it to settle in our sustems. Seeing a psychologist which is helping. I think the mix of the two will help and just continue to be strong and not let it bet me.

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    It's not quite as early as you, but this is what is really affecting me right now. I'll wake up at 7am for work, have 5 seconds of clarity before I get an overwhelming feeling of dread, start getting panicky and get palpitations.

    It doesn't subside until I'm off the bus and in work, for me I think it has something to do with being alone in public and worrying about what the day will bring.

    Throughout the day it gets better, I still live through most days with a knot in my stomach. I had a big panic attack on the bus a few months ago and that's what's really made it worse. Now when I'm on the bus I'll either ring my Mum or boyfriend just to chat and keep my mind away from the negative thoughts, or if they aren't available I'll listen to some mindfullness exercises on the Headspace app. This isn't a cure but it does bring my attention away enough so I don't go into a full blown panic. I think why morning anxiety happens is because our minds haven't quite woken up yet, everything is flooding back into our consciousness all at once and it's overwhelming. I don't have too much trouble getting to sleep, and I've noticed it rarely happens on weekends or days I don't have work.

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    I've been having this too and I'm not sure if the anxiety is causing waking up or waking up is causing anxiety or both. The second is a little easier to deal with so I'm going to try melatonin tonight and see if I can get a good night sleep. If melatonin doesn't work my doc prescribed trazodone to help me sleep. I wake up at 3am and see its still dark and my heart starts racing then I have to spend the first half of the day trying to calm myself down. By bed time I usually feel normal again and can go to sleep almost normal but then it starts all over at 3 again. If I can manage to get a good night sleep and the anxiety doesn't let up then I know it's not the case.
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    Also my anxiety is over complications from a surgery about 5 weeks ago
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      Oh wow, you're exactly like me! Complications from an operation 3 months ago. Never had issues with anxiety prior to that.

      They thought I had gastritis but after having every test under the sun, they realised it was anxiety. Unfortunately by the time we figured it out, my mind had already created a negative loop which causes alot of bad physical symptons.

      Keep me updated on how you go. Im hoping medication and psychologists can help break the loop and bad morning anxiety habit.

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      Hi hun. Im currently 36 weeks pregnant so I'm almost there!

      Its interesting reading back on this post, and I smiled a little as I've come so far with anxiety. It really came down to a number of things, mindful techniques, determination and support.

      I have had a few anxiety episodes during this pregnancy but I got myself out of them with no medication and simply putting what I learnt into practice. I'll never be rid of anxiety but I learnt how to manage it or get ontop of it before it comes full force, I know I'm winning the battle!

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    I go through stages of waking up in the middle of the night with panic attacks/anxiety but have learnt to control them now as it was exhausting and I'm been having them for 14 years. I use to sit at the front door and breathe in the cold air, that use to help me loads but then I wasn't still getting enough sleep and felt awful the next day. I've learnt to tell my mind now that its only a panic attack and nothing bad will happen, I also don't get out of bed. I have a book, magazine and ny tablet next to me. I use these to calm myself down, even in the middle of an attack I will grab one of these, breathe slowly and read, but read for meaning, not just skim over the words, I make sure I take everything in and know what the story is about, or I go on my tablet, go on a chatroom and just chat but not about my anxiety, about everything else but not that! I usually calm down in about 20 mins now and go back to sleep. I don't get them as often now either. Also have a glass or bottle of water by your bed and drink slowly. The main thing is trying not to let it overwhelm you, remember it will do no harm, distract your mind but don't leave your bed! It will get easier if you do this as your not giving the panic the power, you're taking it away. Hope this helps.
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    hi ĺinda ive been ĺike this for 8 mnths do u feel sorta spaced out for the rest of the day? ive jus woken now panicky nauseous and no appetite im scared to eat but toward evening around 8 i feel alot better and do most things at night i dread waking up in the morning
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    Be sure you are eating properly. This can get confusing with low blood sugar. Yes you can wake the same time early for a panic attack. It is common but when in a cycle of this hell mess acting up it  is so hard and we all walk around starving iur bodies. Not in on purpose its just how it seems for me to work. Its hard to eat or care about eating, i drink an electrolyte drink and a water nd use ensure drinks sometimes to get thriugh the day. And banaas and avacdoes. Got a bit sick of the avacadoes but still eat banas. Anyway try eating before bed so that can be ruled out. Thats my signal im in a ctpycle if anxiety when i pop uo very early in the morning too. Cant stand it. And lately as i have some unresolved symptoms and dr appts going  on i have been having weird frightening dreams. Which is annoying and doesnt help in all this.

    the self calming is before it triggers. Once the adrenaline triggers you have to wait out the cycle. Ten minutes or so. Its all so annoying and frustrating sometimes.you can try going and solashing really cold water on your face for a bit, nit really whatbyou want to do at four am but it will.sidetracks the adrenaline with the temp change. Or get some ebooks on anxiety or specific meditation to focus on that.

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