• How do you get rid of this

    Asked by clowner123 on Sunday, August 2, 2015

    How do you get rid of this

    Ive had anxiety off and on for 13 yrs, been on benzos all that time, now I have it and dont now why, im really scared. One doctor said my serotonin was high so I went to another psychiatrist who said the test isnt reputable and put me on fentazmine which helps a little but I'm on Klonipin and want to get back on Ativan but afraid I cant. I feel Klonipin would be a harder anxiety med. to get off because I was hoping to get off of benzos. anyone else out there with anxiety or have gotten rid of it??

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    • Mika's Avatar
      Mika

      I just posted I have the same problem, always had anxiety ..I am on klonopin which helps..even though all visible sigh of cancer was removed..I guess we are afraid of the unknown ..but that is everyone cancer or not..I guess it is something we have to deal with, for lack of a better answer. Klonopin works great for me...it is also good for panic attacks with no side affect, virtual hug

      about 5 years ago
    • TXHills' Avatar
      TXHills

      I have recently started to have anxiety in certain situations. It's very uncomfortable when it hits. I try to do deep breathing at that moment...slow, deep breaths three or four times. It brings things down to a more manageable level and short-circuits the body's reaction, so I can talk myself down the rest of the way. Regular meditation has also been shown to reduce the brain's reactivity and help with anxiety. Best to you.

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I highly recommend 5-HTP a vitamin you can find at Walmart..Ask the Onc if you can take it..I take it at night to help me sleep but it helps with the anxiety during the day..Give it a while to kick in a month or more. I also take Valerian root at night also.

      Exercise is also the key to anxiety. Walking every day as much as possible.

      I have suffered from Anxiety my whole life. I hope this helps you.

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Also for both of you..YOGA is great..you can go to resale shops or libraries and look for DC's on doing yoga at home or try and look into Cancer support services both for therapists and free yoga massage services.

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      Also low Magensium and Calcium can cause anxiety also.

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      CAS1 has (IMHO) fabulous ideas!!

      Caveat is that I do not think it wise to do yoga, at first, without a good instructor. What we think we are doing with our bodies isnt always exactly what we are actually doing. A good instructor will correct your body movements and posture so you have a "muscle memory" of your yoga position. Yoga is more about breath and intention than it is about struggling to get into a pretzel position.

      5-HTP is very mild and will only work for sleep if it is the very last thing you do/take before laying down. I've not ever used it throughout the day for anxiety so I'm up for a new experiment this week. Thanx for the suggestion, CAS1!!

      Valarian is a root which can be brewed at tea (tastes like rat excrement so use honey and temper it with a pleasanter tasting herb in the brew) is what they make vallium from (or did) and a cup of tea will knock you back so a deep and restful sleep.

      Deep a regular breaths bring more oxygen into your system and we are nothing if not oxygen machines. Awesome suggestion, TXHills!!. Magnesium is plentiful in seeds, in greens, in beans, in lentils, in avocado, in figs, even on anama so feeding yourself well reduces anxiety.

      A lot of folks are also short on silica, a very common element. Oatstraw, when dried and cut for tea, brews up a lot of silica when you drink it; enough to actually brighten your mood.

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Oops. I wasn't quite done yet.

      Passion flower tea, which I discovered when I was unknowingly living with toxic mold, not only kills mold spores inside your body but relaxes you too. ;)

      And then there is also marijuana if you live in a legal state.

      Getting out and about in movement also soothes and comforts.

      Best wishes. @Mika too.

      about 5 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Argh ...banana.. 'on anama' is a typo for banana! Potassium & magnesium

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I find taking the 5 HTP for sleep calms me the next day too. The valerian root I take is in capsules and I take btw 2 to 4 depending upon my anxiety. Helps for sleep but I also feel calm the next day..

      If you need it a small amount of ativan by prescription helps immediately with anxiety. I take it on and off for short periods of time just .5 mg..

      Go to the Deepak Chopra library on his site or youtube...and find some of the meditation material..you can chant to any God for any religion.

      Try to find 30 minutes per day spent on gratitude and relaxation it makes a big difference.

      about 5 years ago
    • GranEM's Avatar
      GranEM

      I have all of Deepak Chopra books/CD's - excellent - however my onc recommended "Mindfulness" which I was doing anyway. She recommended my doing it after she noticed my bracelets on my right arm that represent "mindfulness".....If you goggle mindfulness you find it everywhere on the internet. Easy to do - the key is getting there. Another key is "close your mouth" that's what my ENT said - we tend do breath through our noses or our mouth - I happen to do both - depending on whether I am sitting for if I am walking. I recognize the difference and say to myself "close your mouth" breath through your nose! does make a difference. Especially if I get anxious driving or having to go into the mall - I drop shoulders (first sign I'm anxious) tell myself "shut your mouth" start gently breathing through my nose and within minutes I am calmed down. I cannot bend the way Yoga wants me do so I had to find another avenue. Mindfulness works for me and walking. I am hoping I can get to my power walks again but do not think that is going to happen w/the radiation pnenomitis, The scarring that has developed almost instantly - etc. I do what I can do then find other ways to adapt. Look up mindfulness - simple to do - longer to get used to doing it. I spend a deliberate 30 minutes a day and then lots of small spurts in-between telling myself "shut your mouth". when I can hear myself breathing differently.

      Wishing everyone well - Angels Keep You Safe

      about 5 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar
      CAS1

      I have found so many wonderful CD's at resale shops..for 1-2 bucks.. I think people buys them and then download onto I pod's and give them to resale shops.

      I just picked up the new wild movie still in stores for 25 bucks for 2 dollars. My daughter suffers from anxiety too and we do meditate together.

      I like the shut the mouth suggestion too.

      about 5 years ago
    • GranEM's Avatar
      GranEM

      It's true CAS1 - my son is a long distance runner - and he tells me mom - I don't know how you breath - you should "close your mouth" and breath through your nose. I tend to breath through mouth - but it dries my throat out and makes my breathing worse - my son said "mom you breath like you are - dang what's word - ..................hyperventilating - stop, and close your mouth. Even when he is at my house and I am moving about he tells me the same thing. "so the phrase ""Shut your mouth"" is a valid point - especially in my case! He even put signs up on my bathroom door, my door my out, and one on the fridge -" MOM - close your mouth!" I love you - Really try it - it does work :-)) I try to get around it by using the surgical spread my ribs and I have nerve damage but it is no go! So I listen and shut my mouth.

      about 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      A physical therapist told me on Saturday to close my mouth and breathe through my nose. I had no idea i wasn't breathing right!! She said that when i am breathing through my mouth, i am not filling my lungs with air. She said i needed to breathe in through my nose and exhale through my mouth..

      about 5 years ago
    • Clairej's Avatar
      Clairej

      The best therapy for me is to pray.

      over 1 year ago
    • Morwen's Avatar
      Morwen

      I was taught to breathe through my diaphragm as a child. My chest doesn't move, my stomach does. Look into yoga breathing. You get much more oxygen.
      I also find walking lowers my stress levels greatly.

      over 1 year ago

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