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[Buddie]

What does your anxiety feel like?
« on: August 11, 2019, 12:25:34 am »
I find it difficult to describe my anxiety other than to say, I feel really bad.  What words do you use to explain the inner stress/anxiety/panic you feel?
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[Buddie]

Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2019, 11:10:18 am »
My anxiety starts every day from around 4am with sinking dread  whether asleep and it wakes me , or I am awake and I feel it starting,
It grows and grows into fear and terror, like a bubble inside me,  a sense of Oh no, Oh no, panic but not a panic attack, Just that something dreadful has happened, I cannot do anything to control it. It keeps me tied to the bedroom and my bed, cannot do anything to distract, it is so strong, I cannot watch tv , I can read but only later in the day after 8 or 9 pm when things calm down a little,
I have extreme agoraphobia which I never had in my life before, Just frozen in fear that is in my body and in my head, making me feel sick and terrified all day every day.
Determined to remove this drug and mend, somehow, but the fear convinces me it's permanent,  especially as I started with anxiety.


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[Buddie]

Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2019, 08:55:27 pm »
[...]:  Thank you for your response.  You put into words almost everything I am feeling, but just couldn't describe.  My wish is that we both come out of this terrible place soon.  Joe
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[Buddie]

Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2019, 02:01:21 pm »
Totally the same feeling, not likes the panic attack, the heart rate is normal, but feeling that panic attack is coming but itís not, just stays in the beginning stage of panic attack and grows slowly. Yup feeling like a bubble grows near by my heart.
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[Buddie]

Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2019, 01:36:25 am »
I am 16 months I still have anxiety some mornings wake up early 3 am to 4.am shortness of breath  a long me I am pearlized
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[Buddie]

Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2019, 11:14:00 am »
My anxiety consists of constant sweating, boaty feeling, real dissociation, headaches and sometimes spasms. It always hits when my next dose is due, but even when I taper, my brain wants more. My mind cries out for more Valium. But my subconscious soul just tells my mind to get stuffed and relax naturally. It really is a big mind game.
Dave.
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Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2019, 03:57:02 am »
My anxiety starts every morning around 10 AM.  It is that lightheaded, dizzy feeling, sweating, trembling hands that we get before a full blown Panic Attack. If I take at least 5 mg Valium it goes away for about 2.5 hours. Then I need another 5 mg. Valium around noon. Then again at 3:00 pm.

The funny thing is that after the 3 pm dose, Iím usually fine for the rest of that day and night! Iím always very tired tough.

I was on 2 mg Clonazapam for 12 years and while on Clonazapam I felt fine but tired and drugged. Probably because that much Benzo everyday kept my blood so full of benzos.

Triggers I have noticed:
1.) Taking a shower in the morning sets me off spinning. Nighttime, no problem.
2.) Brushing my teeth in the morning with minty toothpaste. Nighttime, no problem.
3.) Eating anything sweet like cereal, cola, etc Nighttime no problem
4.) Eating carbohydrates without lots of protein sets me off. Nighttime no problem

What seems to help:
1.) A protein shake for breakfast helps me. About 30 grams of protein.
2.) Eating several small meals like lunchables every couple of hours during the day.
3.) Staying away from carbs and sugar unti after 3:00 pm

I would be very interested to know if anyone else has found that during the day is dizzy but evenings are fine. My doctors can not even give me a direct answer. Doctors never seem to give me a direct answer though. Please let me know!,

I hope my story helps someone out there,
Mark






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[Buddie]

Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2019, 11:31:49 am »
I spent my first weeks after withdrawal with huge agoraphobia.

Now it's going better, I can go out in my surroundings with no problem but still having a hard time to go in the city. I'm overwhelmed with people walking there and noise, but I managed to go there 3 times last week with no panic.

My last panic attack was 3 weeks ago. Now I'm overwhelmed with intrusive thoughts nearly each evening but it's becoming easier to manage now.

When I'm really low, I fear a lot a stupid things you all know here. Fear of being depressed, of being stuck in this state forever, of being not able to enjoy life. It's like I'm a prisoner of my own brain and it drives me crazy sometimes. When it strikes, I feel a fog surrounding me and preventing me to think, see and hear clearly.

Luckily most of the day I'm ok, especially when I wake up.

It's exhausting :(

5 weeks out now. Heading to achieve month 2 with hopefully a lot of progress. Anxiety is clearly the worst symtom I have, leading to diziness and headache. Everything else disappeared. For now 😂
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Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2019, 07:39:04 pm »
My anxiety feels like pain, or pain feels like anxiety. Under my breastbone, a squeezing sensation. Sometimes the pain/anxiety feels unbearable.

I have terrible agoraphobia. I had no idea at 8 months I would feel worse than when I jumped  :'(

Still wondering if I have an underlying health condition or this is just withdrawal/anxiety.
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Re: What does your anxiety feel like?
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2019, 04:27:48 pm »
My anxiety feels like pain, or pain feels like anxiety. Under my breastbone, a squeezing sensation. Sometimes the pain/anxiety feels unbearable.

I have terrible agoraphobia. I had no idea at 8 months I would feel worse than when I jumped  :'(

Still wondering if I have an underlying health condition or this is just withdrawal/anxiety.
I'm in the same boat as you are!
I jumped back in December and I am feeling worse than ever since about 6 months out
I also have the physical anxiety that you described. It is like a sort of squeezing weird feeling that's hard to describe. It's not something that I had ever experienced prior to benzo withdrawal.
I'm sending good vibes your way because I know exactly what you're going through and it's hell.
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