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Is this really Anxiety?

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  • Posted By: TooYoung4This
  • January 31, 2007
  • 09:49 PM

About 3 months ago I woke up in the middle of the night. I couldn’t go back to sleep. So I go downstairs and started playing online pool of course after having a cigarette. (Note: I have been smoking since 15 and I am 35). So after that and playing online pool (yahoo) my left arm really started hurting. Next I felt like I had a tooth ache. I endured the pain for about 15 minutes, next it hurt so bad and felt numb at the same time. The worst pain ever. I broke out in a cold sweat and had to have my wife rub my arm for almost a half hour before it stopped.

I have a stressful job (home loan officer and I close nearly 15 loans a month). My wife and I were already seriously considering divorce and she already hired an attorney. I am 35 years old, 6 feet tall, 230lbs and eat very unhealthy (junk food and a ton of meat, never a day without a steak) and consumed enough caffeine daily to keep 50 kids up all night long but in the evenings, I would have alcoholic drinks 75% of the time.

I did go see a doctor who indicated I have low good cholesterol (23) and high bad cholesterol (225). In addition to that I have minor high blood pressure. He told me basically I am not going to continue in this world for very long unless I make drastic changes. I did an EKG after another episode of my arm hurting and going numb. Results came back Negative. No evidence of a heart attaché. He indicated I am having anxiety attacks. I started taking Centrex and quit smoking for almost 2 months. I ran out of the drug and did not refill my subscription. Soon after again I went back to smoking which I am currently still doing and I just restarted my meds again this week. In the meantime I went down to 1 cup of coffee a day and a soda every other day. I started eating better and for over a month I never had another episode until yesterday. I am back to my bad ways again and I know I learn the hard way. I’ve been to school of hard knocks many of times. My wife and I were working out our relationship which hopefully it will work out. I guess I am just worried that my doc says this is anxiety and it is nothing else related. Has anyone been down this road? Any great advice?

Thank you – TooYoung4This!

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  • I am trying to figure a similar thing out. I am irritable and just don't feel normal. I have a very stressful job I am working as a freelance tv production person. So I have to hunt down my work, when i dont work i don't get paid. I am going to the doctors tomorrow I lost a lot of weight, head feels like it is in a fog, and my heart races when i am stressed any more. I am on a anxiety pill which i took twice and calmed some things down but I think it might be a thyroid thing. I am getting tested for that tomorrow I would keep on going to the doctor and get a second opinion and then a third opinion. Finally i stopped everything and it is now I get better or never. I am puting a lot of faith in the doctors and if they can't figure it out I will find one that does.
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  • when it comes to anxiety attacks or pan attack , im a girl that has suffered bad with them . if ican help in anyway please talk it out .im here if you need me.
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  • No offense, but I'm really not understanding how your problem is unclear to you. You want advice? Try a drug to help you quit smoking again, but for good this time. Stop eating so much junk food, maybe try to substitute some of your least-healthy snacks with a bowl of cheerios. I heard that's supposed to help with getting good cholesterol. Try not to drink as much alcohol or caffeine all the time. Test out things like green tea and maybe some flavored water, but stay away from things like jolt, rofl. If you don't have one now, try to take a daily vitamin or something. It's good that you're trying to change, and everyone has their little instances of falling back into their old behavior. It's possible that it is anxiety, but if you never want to feel like this again, it really would be a good idea to stick to a healthier lifestyle. To reduce stress with your job, I'm not really sure what you could do, but if you and your wife are still on a bit of a rocky road, maybe a counselor could help you sort things out?Maybe what you had was a bit of carpal tunnel from the computer and a cavity from so much caffeine and junk food? :P
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