• Anxiety

    Asked by c25862 on Thursday, June 6, 2013


    I'm having really bad anxiety and I don't know what to do. Any suggestions

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • Tracy's Avatar

      Please talk with your doctor ASAP. Cancer patients can have a form of PTSD because of the the cancer diagnosis and treatment that needs to be treated. Medications will help so much and for me knowing that this was not unusual was a big help. I suspect that this is causing you to lose sleep which will affect your treatment. Anxiety is normal, I have learned to breath deeply and picture some of my favorite places to get my heart back down to normal.
      If you need to talk, greg has my email - feel free to contact me, Tracy

      over 7 years ago
    • derbygirl's Avatar

      Anxiety is definitely something I know about. For me, my anxiety has led to severe panic attacks. First I would speak with your doctor about this because there are ways to deal with the anxiety that range from breathing exercises to medication depending on the severity. The other thing is to not let people tell you that what you're feeling isn't real because it is. I know it's really tough to try to relax but that's exactly what you have to do because stress isn't good for you. You can try to listen to some music or watch a movie or just do something that you enjoy. I know that, for me, whenever my stress gets to a point where I can't deal with it I go to the beach. Somehow when I'm sitting on the beach looking out at the ocean, I can put everything out of my mind. If you have a favorite place you can go to that you feel a sense of peace then I would say to go. Remember that anxiety is perfectly normal but you can do something about it. Take care.

      over 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I occasionally take Atavin for anxiety. It helps. Oncologists know that their patients can go through issues like this. Your doc may also have recommendations for therapists who specialize in helping cancer patients. As others have said PTSD is a real thing -- my nurse case manager believes that I suffer from it. I hope you find a means to feel better soon.

      over 7 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      I too suffered from extreme anxiety when first diagnosed and then after treatment ended. My GP was a huge help. Please talk to your docs. There are treatment options. Best of luck to you.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Speak to you oncology team about this ASAP. Anxiety is part of being a patient. You may want to ask for a referral to a therapist who specializes in treating cancer patients I saw one for 12 weeks and she was so helpful in helping me deal with day to day issues. I see her for booster sessions every 4-8 weeks.

      You may also want to ask about what meds you can take to help keep you on an even keel, or a Pharma consult. I went the consult route and am now taking xanax and lexapro which are really helping me a lot. They calm me down and don't let the anxiety overwhelm me which was a very big issue last summer when I started infusion treatment and taking steroids. My Phama doc told Roid rage and anxiety was an issue for all of his clients.

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      The upside is that you can take anti anxiety meds while on chemo. I was having really bad anxiety when I first started chemo. I spoke with my Oncologist and he immediately put me on ativan. When I told him I was having panic attacks his response was "you're going through a lot and are entitled to have a breakdown or two". No reason for you to suffer through this with anxiety. I would speak with your dr ASAP!!

      over 7 years ago
    • c25862's Avatar

      thank you for all good suggetions :)

      over 7 years ago

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