Author Topic: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?  (Read 4629 times)

[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2009, 12:25:25 am »
I have decided that it is in my best interest to abstain from any support sites related to benzodiazepines, anti-depressants, or tinnitus for 2 months.  This commitment also extends to talking about these subjects via emails as well.  If I have been corresponding with you through email please remember that my sudden disappearance has nothing to do with you!  And furthermore I apologize that we must stop communication abruptly.  Please know though that this lapse of communication will not be forever.

I have made this commitment to myself because I have come to realize that I am using sites of this nature to neutralize obsessions that I am having regarding the above subjects. I have also come to believe that this behavior is hindering me instead of helping me.

Please know that my decision to abstain from using this site for 2 months is not the result of anything that a member here did or did not do or that a member has said. In fact, I have found the support of members at this site to be wonderful and am very thankful for the contact I have had with all individuals here.

You can assist me in this commitment by reminding me of it should I falter and post something. You may also assist me by not encouraging me with any replies if I should falter and post something.

I hope that everyone here will support me in my desire. Don't forget about me though! I don't plan on never posting again, but for now I am going to abstain for 2 months.

Maybe I will return with good news.  :)

Sincerely,
- michelle <3
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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2009, 10:22:57 pm »
I have been having the following problem. I am 6 months benzo free. Been having this problem a long time now....

I have this awful feeling so often that I can only guess is anxiety. This state that I get in is not characterized by the "stereotypical" things like heart palpitations or hyperventilation.  What happens to me is that I feel inwardly very uncomfortable.  I get the strong urge to go and run away to a dark place where I can curl up in a ball and hide from everything. Most distressing is that I get this strange sensation in my head, where it feels like my brain is floating in water or that my head is full of water. It is really hard to think or do anything requiring my mental attention. It is hard to read a magazine, and typing a letter or going out in public is out of the question.  It is such an uncomfortable and scary feeling.  I feel blank, like a bumbling moron. Can't do anything. It is so awful.  I get this feeling when I am sitting at the table eating breakfast, when I am watching t.v... in other words I am not doing anything to provoke feeling anxious. I even got this feeling when walking around the lake with a friend... an activity that should be relaxing.


    Does anyone else have this feeling/sensation?

I get it all the time!!!
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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2009, 05:04:00 pm »
Hey, CC...It's been two months!  ;)

I hope you're doing well. Thinking about you, and still praying for you, too!  :smitten:

Love,
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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2009, 11:55:20 pm »
I get this too. I hope the leaving of the computer has helped you CC and am very very curious to know how you are doing now. I sure hope it's better. I find that although I'm getting so much support here, I also get fearful from those who have done the c/t and seem to be in this for such a long period of time, hence wondering if you are better :smitten:
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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2009, 01:40:57 am »
CC -

Bingo. Reading people's worst experiences from these kinds of sites can cause you to imagine and worry more. 

If your symtoms are persisting, have a full neurological work-up but really there is little benefit that can come from continually seeing, "OMG! It's been 2 1/2 years now with no let up. OMG!!" :)

You're smart to spot that osmotic effect, and to STAY AWAY from what you know is deliterious to you.

Best,
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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2009, 11:49:14 am »
I could not agree with you more.  Since anxiety and its symptoms no doubt are real and take some many forms physically and mentally the power of suggestion has been inordinately difficult for me.  I had no ringing in my ears during my taper or for the almost 4 months being xanax free just a lot of head congestion, sinus symptoms, and ear popping.  Suddenly out of the blue after reading so much about tinnitus I  had ringing in my ears. Granted this could be all caused by withdrawal, it is well documented that it happens, yet I can't help but think that I focused so much on this that I got it.  Have I become a hypochondriac because the symptoms are so widespread and variable during this period of GABA readjustment.  Anyone else have similar thoughts or am I out there by myself?
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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2009, 07:52:34 pm »
I was extremely grateful for this site.  No power of suggestion for me.  I read the Ashton Manual and knew what to expect so when a new symptom cropped up I just went with the flow.

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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2009, 09:07:04 pm »
I know that if I hadn't had the list I would have beelined to the ER a dozen times by now!  But you're right, the power of suggestion is very strong.

I got tinnitus after taking 4mg of Ativan and I didn't know it was a symptom until I looked it up afterwards.  A doctor stressed to me that it's important not to rely too heavily on all the sites because they really can exacerbate your condition.  (One tinnitus site I went on actually said something like "don't read this site, it makes tinnitus worse")!!

I've just gotten to the point where if something comes up I just attribute it to w/d syndrome. I don't bother looking at the list. When I realized that half my s/x were actually anxiety the intensity of those symptoms, as well as my emotional anxiety, reduced considerably.

Unfortunately, tinnitus is not a symptom of anxiety.

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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2009, 10:05:15 pm »
I have not found I have developed any more s/x's from reading others stories as I had them all before I read the Ashtons Manual (which was where I realised it wasn't just me) and then the panic was relieved. And then finding BB's and hearing other's stories I became more relaxed with all I've been going thru. I do however find with reading other's threads that I start to worry now about the "how long" factor being in w/d for so long. This is the one fear I'm not able to shake off and for that reason I'm considering taking a break from internet.
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[Buddie]

Re: Is this anxiety? What is this sensation?
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2009, 06:25:41 pm »
 :sick:Hi critter cuddler,i know exactly what you mean,i have it all the time,it's horrible i kn ow,but eventually it will get better,i can't even go for a walk it gets so bad,hang in there it will get better.      Kristine
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