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Hello everyone,
I'm not so new to anxiety, well I would say 9 months ago it started with heart pulpitations then one day had vertigo. After the vertigo I went feeling off balance for a few months. Then came the tight ban around my head followed by heaviness in my head.
I started feeling dizzy, light headed and faint spells.
Iv then went and got all types of test done from mri,mra,ct scans both chest and brain, full panel blood work , endoscopy, ultrasound of bladder, liver and kidneys, angiogram, stress test and echo gram.
All test were at normal standings. Speed up to today I'm feeling chest pains more of pinching, some back aches , arms ..the air hunger dyspnea feeling, brain frog and faint spells.....iv been feeling anxious 24/7 months and some insomnia...I dont know why I'll be feeling so anxious everyday when I'm not even thinking of anything...honestly it's the physical symptoms that I'm concerned about..
I do see a local therapist, more of a professional counselor not a physcoligist...I did go through a seperation with my wife in 2015 when she left me and the kids, but were back together again since 2017 , my old physcoligist thinks I have trauma ptsd but I dont worry about the past no more, I dont even think of it, and also had very stressful time at work in 2018 and my counselor thinks that stress mightv triggered my anxiety to come out ...
Anyways I take xanax for anxiety,.
Well if anyone can relate would be apreciated very much...also doctor gave me zoloft but still havent taken it...idk why just skeptical....
My brain fog and weird faint spells and lite vibrations in my head are now my concern ...
Please let me know what you think I have and what I should do...i know i have a therapist but you guys are the ones who actually go through it and would like to also hear from you...thank you all and god bless you
 
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Hi Andy and welcome to the forum
a lot of the symptoms you describe can be down to anxiety although not harmful they can still be very real. The brain fog is a common side effect of Xanax .
Because of my anxiety ive had multiple tests as my heart beat is as high as 164 when i get an attack. It’s done no damage to my heart even though I’m sure its gonna pop out of my chest. I was put on betablockers to help slow it down.
I think you should discuss the Xanax problems with you p/doctor and see if there’s anything else he could recommend
 
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Hi Andy and welcome to the forum
a lot of the symptoms you describe can be down to anxiety although not harmful they can still be very real. The brain fog is a common side effect of Xanax .
Because of my anxiety ive had multiple tests as my heart beat is as high as 164 when i get an attack. It’s done no damage to my heart even though I’m sure its gonna pop out of my chest. I was put on betablockers to help slow it down.
I think you should discuss the Xanax problems with you p/doctor and see if there’s anything else he could recommend
Wow thank you, yes iv been popping more xanax lately because my body gets so tense from feeling anxious everyday and night. You make a great point .iv already spoke to my doctor he thinks I should get on zoloft sertraline ssri, but I feel like I dont know if I'll ever be the same when I'm on it...or if I get off it ..other then that options are so limited...but thank you for this knowledge and maybe I'll try another benzo if there is any...god bless you
 
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Hey Andy:welcome:

Yep! I too went from the ER to GP to specialist to x-ray to scan to bloods and on and on...
All normal! So I do get where you're coming from.

The progression happened slowly in the beginning, but then when I was bullied at work it escalated into full blown chronic anxiety/panic. I thought I was going to die as I knew absolutely nothing until I found a great psychologist.

The bullying triggered Complex PTSD; traumatic experiences over a long period of time, (e.g. systemic physical, sexual, mental and/or spiritual abuse) unlike PTSD which is from a one-off occurrence.

The brain and adrenal glands are physically damaged due to the long term emotional effects of coping, or trying to. This causes many weird sensations and symptoms.

I'm on 100mg Sertraline and PRN 1mg Alprazolam which is highly addictive, so I sometimes use 1mg Lorazepam which is often prescribed instead. At the start I was on 1mg Alprazolam 3 x daily! But it saved my life; literally.

The reason for these medications is to give your brain a break to heal properly. While this happens you can work on identifying the reasons why things went off kilter. Triggers causing your adrenaline to spike would be a good place to start.

Both Sertraline and Alprazolam work together on different parts of the brain, so I do hope you consider the benefits. If you take the Zoloft each morning and use the Alprazolam to cope with severe anxiety until the AD kicks in, things will settle. If not, ask your GP to maybe up the dose of anti-depressant.

Hope this helps..
Liz
 
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Hey Andy:welcome:

Yep! I too went from the ER to GP to specialist to x-ray to scan to bloods and on and on...
All normal! So I do get where you're coming from.

The progression happened slowly in the beginning, but then when I was bullied at work it escalated into full blown chronic anxiety/panic. I thought I was going to die as I knew absolutely nothing until I found a great psychologist.

The bullying triggered Complex PTSD; traumatic experiences over a long period of time, (e.g. systemic physical, sexual, mental and/or spiritual abuse) unlike PTSD which is from a one-off occurrence.

The brain and adrenal glands are physically damaged due to the long term emotional effects of coping, or trying to. This causes many weird sensations and symptoms.

I'm on 100mg Sertraline and PRN 1mg Alprazolam which is highly addictive, so I sometimes use 1mg Lorazepam which is often prescribed instead. At the start I was on 1mg Alprazolam 3 x daily! But it saved my life; literally.

The reason for these medications is to give your brain a break to heal properly. While this happens you can work on identifying the reasons why things went off kilter. Triggers causing your adrenaline to spike would be a good place to start.

Both Sertraline and Alprazolam work together on different parts of the brain, so I do hope you consider the benefits. If you take the Zoloft each morning and use the Alprazolam to cope with severe anxiety until the AD kicks in, things will settle. If not, ask your GP to maybe up the dose of anti-depressant.

Hope this helps..
Liz
Wow I'm sorry u were bullied at work, luckily we dont work together because I love to get back at bullies lmao...anyways so please feel me in more on zoloft I know there are sites and forums about it but I prefer to get your insight on it...so with all my symptoms and stuff iv went through you read on my post , would you think I will benefit greatly from zoloft...I know it works for some not for all but through your experience has it made you feel better ..in regards to brain fog, physical symptoms like tension and anxiousness...I would realy apreciate your advice..
 
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Thank you both for the welcoming , hospitality is very apreciated and hope we can all live a happy life...things will never be perfect , but perfect for each of us is just to enjoy life without this anxiety over running our lives..god bless you
 
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Wow I'm sorry u were bullied at work, luckily we dont work together because I love to get back at bullies lmao...anyways so please feel me in more on zoloft I know there are sites and forums about it but I prefer to get your insight on it...so with all my symptoms and stuff iv went through you read on my post , would you think I will benefit greatly from zoloft...I know it works for some not for all but through your experience has it made you feel better ..in regards to brain fog, physical symptoms like tension and anxiousness...I would realy apreciate your advice..
Well Andy, the brain fog, weird feelings in your head and other stuff are symptoms of anxiety and especially a physically stressed brain. Not many people talk about our brains, but it's the control centre for everything.

We can actually trick our brain into primal responses (in our favor) as it's like a computer; what you program it to do will be followed through with. The problem lays with subconscious thoughts and beliefs that prompt fearful responses which override our will to heal/succeed etc. So as well as medication, working through old wounds and changing behaviour's a good idea once things settle a bit.

Sertraline's a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor which works on the brain's transmitters/receptors to increase levels of Serotonin. Serotonin's a hormone that promotes sleep and helps with depression. It didn't work for me with anxiety due to the severity, but does now since I've worked through recovery issues.

People do suffer side effects but they're usually minimal. In men it 'may' cause inability to ejaculate which unfortunately is common for some AD's. If you're worried about anything, see your GP as reducing/increasing the dose or trying another one could be a better fit. The thing is to give it a chance to do its job; this may take a few weeks. Many years ago I tried Zoloft for the first time, I cried a lot the first few days, but it settled to give me a nice calming effect.

It isn't a cure either, but it sure beats the blues. Using a combination of benzo's and Zoloft is a great way to treat anxiety. (Depression's different)

I once asked my psychiatrist about side effects and he said; "Would you rather live a quality life with a couple of uncomfortable symptoms, or continue trying to cope with a confused and anxious mind?" It made sense to me.

You can't know how your mind and body will react, so taking it is the only way to go. Keep a journal daily to keep track of your thoughts, feelings and symptoms, and make sure you take it every single day as missing one can cause very low feelings due to a detox response. I take mine with my morning coffee religiously.

Hope this helps. If you want to know more, just ask ok. 😊🖐

BTW, thanks for your concern re my work; it would've been nice to have a mate who could serve up a bit of 'therapy' to managers if you know what I mean. x
 
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Well Andy, the brain fog, weird feelings in your head and other stuff are symptoms of anxiety and especially a physically stressed brain. Not many people talk about our brains, but it's the control centre for everything.

We can actually trick our brain into primal responses (in our favor) as it's like a computer; what you program it to do will be followed through with. The problem lays with subconscious thoughts and beliefs that prompt fearful responses which override our will to heal/succeed etc. So as well as medication, working through old wounds and changing behaviour's a good idea once things settle a bit.

Sertraline's a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor which works on the brain's transmitters/receptors to increase levels of Serotonin. Serotonin's a hormone that promotes sleep and helps with depression. It didn't work for me with anxiety due to the severity, but does now since I've worked through recovery issues.

People do suffer side effects but they're usually minimal. In men it 'may' cause inability to ejaculate which unfortunately is common for some AD's. If you're worried about anything, see your GP as reducing/increasing the dose or trying another one could be a better fit. The thing is to give it a chance to do its job; this may take a few weeks. Many years ago I tried Zoloft for the first time, I cried a lot the first few days, but it settled to give me a nice calming effect.

It isn't a cure either, but it sure beats the blues. Using a combination of benzo's and Zoloft is a great way to treat anxiety. (Depression's different)

I once asked my psychiatrist about side effects and he said; "Would you rather live a quality life with a couple of uncomfortable symptoms, or continue trying to cope with a confused and anxious mind?" It made sense to me.

You can't know how your mind and body will react, so taking it is the only way to go. Keep a journal daily to keep track of your thoughts, feelings and symptoms, and make sure you take it every single day as missing one can cause very low feelings due to a detox response. I take mine with my morning coffee religiously.

Hope this helps. If you want to know more, just ask ok. 😊🖐

BTW, thanks for your concern re my work; it would've been nice to have a mate who could serve up a bit of 'therapy' to managers if you know what I mean. x
Thank you very much for your response. I agree 100% that it's all in the mind. I have watched this video on youtube call beyond stress and anxiety by Stanford hospital, and I honestly understand more of what's going on and how this all came along.
Zoloft was prescribed by my doctor after doing all test and ruling out so much. But my counselor thinks different. She says zoloft is for depression and why did he give this to me when I didnt sound depress . Now I'm like okaaay!!! So that's what made me think twice about taking them because i was confused to the situation. Meaning my doctor says take them but my therapist says not to?? Lol
Bless your heart

Well anyway xanax works great at calming me down when I get realy anxious wich is everyday but I would like a more extended treatment then just xanax ...but thank you for your reply and information it was very resourceful and I will take this into consideration..now I sound like were in a interview for a job, but yea I will keep this notes and hope things work out fine...I'm realy suffering from all sorts of physical pains and aches and sensations and I think if I can get rid of these symptoms I can manage my anxiety. But at the end of the day reality is the anxiety is the one causing these symptoms so with that being said I think the right answer would be to control my anxiety to get rid of the symptoms, and many meds might help me level out to kind of cope to where I can actually feel alot better to control things...I'm assuming I'm making sense ...by the way I'm the joker at work so if someone gets bullied or talked down on , believe me I come at them so hard they'll even laugh at theirselves...we should all live in joy and nobody deserves to be pushed or treated with disrespect in no such matter...god bless you
 
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