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Re: Overstimulation and anxiety Dinah

Posted by kid47 on September 27, 2001, at 12:02:04

In reply to Overstimulation and anxiety, posted by Dinah on September 27, 2001, at 8:45:37

Hi. My panic/anxiety is a circus of physical symptoms. Sometomes I itch all over. Other times I can't swallow. My arms & legs get numb. Lump in the throat, Chest pain, dizzines, yada, yada, yada. I never have figured out if the physical symptoms cause the panic/anxiety or the anxiety causes the physical symptoms. My pdoc says you can't seperate them as they are all a part of the total illness. You're right though. Docs don't understand how scary & debilitating & REAL psych related physical symptoms can be!! I try & avoid things that exacerbate the problem. I avoid caffeine & alcohol, try & exercise & eat right. Of course sometimes I can't even get out of bed so the phrase "Do what I can when I can" is my mantra. I'm no doctor, but I did play "doctor" quite a bit when I was younger (sorry) but even being med sensitive it doesn't sound like you are on adequate medication. The Depakote dose seems REALLY low. There are some newer mood stabilizers like Neurontin, Topomax, Lamictal that seem to be effective with a fairly benign side fx profile. (the rash thingy with Lamictal is easily remedied) You might benefit from an AD also. If your doc just nods & patronizes you I'd think about finding a new doc who will take care of you (I think that's what they're supposed to do). Sorry about the length of this (I'm a little manic today) Hope you can gleen something that might help. Take care.

kid

> Has anyone else reached the point of anxiety where it seems that all your nerve endings are unbelievably stimulated? My bangs are hurting my forehead where they touch. My dress is irritating my legs where it touches. A light breeze feels like my skin is being scraped. I feel like I need to wrap myself up tightly like a mummy so that no stimulus can reach me. It often comes in the days after a panic attack, but sometimes on its own. It can last for days and what seems like weeks. My pdoc just looks at me and nods (like he does for everything). I'm sometimes not sure how much doctors know about the physical symptoms of being anxious or depressed or withdrawing from meds. So I'm not sure if what if this is just my imagination or if I am really feeling it.
> Thanks,
> Dinah


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