Posted by jujube on November 26, 2004, at 22:49:30
In reply to Re: meditation, posted by ravenstorm on November 26, 2004, at 22:14:45
I am sure you have already thought about this, but have you had your blood sugar checked? Anxiety with physical symptoms (e.g., shaking, dizziness, nausea, etc.) can be a sign of hypoglycemia. A person does not have to be a full-blown hypoglycemic, however, to experience the adverse effects of drops in blood sugar. This may sound stupid, but prior to your appointment with your pdoc, next time you have an anxiety attack, try eating some almonds or a small piece of cheese with a cracker. If the anxiety goes away, you will know that blood sugar could be the culprit. My family doctor explained that to me. She is an anxiety/panic sufferer, and she explained that when she starts having what she considers an "attack", she thinks about when she last ate, what she ate, and then has a little bite to eat if the "attack" could have possibly been caused by a drop in blood sugar. This practice has helped me out at times too.
> I don't have panic attacks anymore (well, I am living a pretty limited life right now, maybe if I was trying to do more I would freak out) so I know it has helped with that. But I still have some very intense physical anxiety on a daily basis. Hard to describe, but I can actually shake from it, stomach is in knotts, feels like I'm bursting out of my skin. I can keep it from going into an attack through breathing etc but that is it. Most times, there is no outside event causing this feeling. I am feeling it for no reason at all. I can't just continue to live like this. I need pharmacological help.