Panic/Anxiety Sufferers Advice Needed on Other Symptoms

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Elisa, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Elisa

    Elisa Member

    Hi All,

    I'm really bearing my soul here - so here I go...

    The fatigue for all of us is aweful - but I have also developed severe weakness. I find myself crying and worried about basic survival now.

    Could this now be escalated anxiety? Can anxiety cause severe weakness?

    I have had a low grade fever for almost a year and elevated heart rate for over 6 wks. No help in sight from anywhere...

    I seem to be in a constant state of worry or fret now - that things will get worse and that I can't do what I need to do. I haven't been able to do much anymore - am feeling trapped in my body and home.

    With the elevated heart rate I shy away from most activties - as it is hard to handle. I have had very bad panic in the past...and now I can't afford having anxiety or a panic attack on top of the high heart rate - meaning my heart rate will go to 150 bpm - argh...

    When I am at a normal heart rate - going up to 100 beats per minute is okay -not fun, but manageable - not true with higher bpm like 130-150 bpm - it feels threatening.

    Am I thinking this through wrong? What in the world should I do. Do I just carry on or try to protect myself?

    For those that know anxiety and panic they say just push through it - BUT I am so weak and have such a high heart rate is it smart to just push through. I just have no idea?

    Any imput will help so much,

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  2. morningsonshine

    morningsonshine New Member

    If you're a CFS suffer, you need to rest as much as possible, until you get this under control.

    If you haven't gone to the Dr., go, but, if like me, they can't find anything wrong, they won't offer you much for help.

    If your not taking magnesuim, you need to be taking that.

    Yes the constant anxiety and panic attacks can make you feel very weak and very vulnerable and weepy.
    Only do the bare basics to take care of yourself.

    Try to eliminate any stimulants in your diet, coffee, sugar, white flour.
    I ate alot of oatmeal when i was having this problem, and do as clean as a diet as possible, if you can eat.
    I had a hard time eating.
    Try, brown rice, steamed veggatbles, and good source of chicken.
    Your not going crazy, make sure you take several times daily to lay down flat, and do some deep breathing exercises.
    This may bring you some improvement, it helped me gradually. And i felt better mentally doing my best to manage these symptoms.
    They are not in your head!! Part of CFS for me.

    When your feeling better and stronger, do more research on vitamins and supplements that others are doing on here.

    I really feel for you, this is torcher

  3. Elisa

    Elisa Member

    Hi Morningsonshine,

    I want you to know that your words really made a difference for me - I think you hit it right on the head - this DD is making me feel truly crazy for the first time in 12 yrs.

    I am so grateful for your voice and wisdom. I am so impatient and you are right this is a "torcher" - it is so very hard an illness to deal with in all ways....and for so long.

    God Bless You,

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  4. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    Have you seen a doctor? Your heart rate is to fast, that could be causing your anxiety/panic etc.

    I also have horrible anxiety often panic with this dd , the anxiety does elevate your heart rate but 130-150 it to high. How long does your heart rate say high, is it only during the anxiety/panic or is it a constant rate? If so see a doctor.

    Don't want to scare you and it all may be anxiety related.
    Anxiety can cause weakness, fatigue and a lot of physical symptoms.

    Just my input, get checked out if you haven't .

    God Bless,
  5. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    You've gotten good advice. I just wanted to say that I'm someone else for whom panic attacks was a feature of this illness.

    Like many others here I have found Xanax to be a very useful medication. When you next see your doctor you might want to discuss this med. You can also search it here as there have been many threads discussing how helpful it has been for people with ME/CFS.

    I also meditate which is tremendously helpful but I have always felt that my anxiety had a biological basis - meditation can give me the skills to reduce stress and withstand anxiety but I still have a biological inclination to anxiety.

    Mindfulness meditation allows me to experience what anxiety I now feel with detachment and I take little Xanax. However, Xanax got the chemistry under control enough for me to be able to learn to meditate. Together, they have been a fantastic combination.

    I really hope you feel better soon! It sounds like you are having a truly wretched time of it. Please be kind to yourself. Healing and calming both happen in a peaceful atmosphere. It's ok to take care of yourself. You don't always have to push. I think that's hard for some of us to understand. Be kind to you.

    Smile, breathe and go slowly.
    Thic Nhat Hanh

  6. Cinderbug

    Cinderbug New Member

    Have you had your thyroid checked?

    I see someone else mentioned this also, but I have to second that.

    All of your symptoms point to that.

    I also suffer from panic and severe fatigue but my thyroid is normal but the high heart rate with the anxiety sounds like hyperthyroidism.

    Just a thought, but worth checking. Just needs to be ruled out.

    Good Luck,

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  7. Elisa

    Elisa Member

    You guys are so wonderful - I am so grateful for your help!

    I am seeing another endocrinologist - so far I still have the racing heart (100-150 bpm) ALL day long. And of course the fever - it is still around.

    I really should try Xanax - I am on ativan now and I don't feel a thing from it really...

    I guess I scare myself most of the time - my thoughts about WHAT IS THIS FROM and WHEN WILL IT STOP and I CAN'T TAKE IT ONE MORE MINUTE. You know all that negative self talk - its BAAAAAD.

    But I am so so grateful for all of you.

    God Bless,

  8. hi all,

    elisa,im currently going through what you have mentioned in your post.

    i have very low blood pressure,which is better than high,,so the paramedic told me.

    i have very low blood sugar,and im drinking water alot throughout the day,and eating a boiled sweet.

    this seems to ease the symptoms.

    ive started wearing some stockings,that i purchased to wear when i flew from the uk to the usa.

    the hospital advised me to wear them because of deep vein thrombosis.

    i do know that i have bleeds in my nose during these hot weather spells,and im seeing a specialist on monday about this.

    i am a bit scared as regards any form of body bleeds,and thats not my fault,but is something from my past,in hospital,that caused this fear in me.

    but we have a real illness,dont let anyone tell you any different.

    if anyone would listen to me,id say we are having a bleed somewhere in the body,and it needs fixing....mine is in my nasal passages .

    my mums was her osophagus.

    im not saying everyone has this,but i do feel that people with M.E. possibly have this and it needs looking at.

    im sorry if ive frightened anyone,that wasnt my just sick of being told by some,that its all in my head.

    i mean people who see me daily,not people here on the board.

    it is real,now help us please.

    try to avoid any kind of family stress too.its not good for our heart.

    love fran
  9. cookie1960

    cookie1960 New Member


    I went through the same thing a few years ago. My panic attacks were so intense - I could not drive or even leave my house for a few months. I also felt the "racing" heart and weakness that you describe. Plus many tears.

    What has worked for me is a combination of Effexor and Klonopin. Taken daily, my anxiety has subsided and my panic attacks are very seldom.

    Anxiety and depression can have some very strange effects on your body and mind. My drs have told me that panic attacks are very similar to heart attacks - and who "pushes" through a heart attack?

    Meds don't work for everyone - but they have let me return to a somewhat normal life.

    Good luck.


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