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I’m feeling really hot & sweaty/clammy, and my head feels weird and my eyes and I feel lightheaded and nauseous. It’s making me worried because Idk if it’s my anxiety causing it or not. It’s all freaking me out.
 

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Hey there. Oddly enough, I was experiencing much of the same earlier this evening. Off and on for a few hours, but I think I'm good now. I'm sure you will be, too. :) Have you tried any grounding techniques?
 

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No when I start to freak out like this, the symptoms obviously get worse and then I freak out more, so I never think to try any techniques my therapist or anyone suggest because my mind is so focused on how I’m feeling:( I’m sorry you were going through it earlier! I know how difficult it is!
And I start to look into everything like oh well is my blood pressure low, what’s my temperature, and do I look pale. I start do that all those things and question what’s going on.
 

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No when I start to freak out like this, the symptoms obviously get worse and then I freak out more, so I never think to try any techniques my therapist or anyone suggest because my mind is so focused on how I’m feeling:( I’m sorry you were going through it earlier! I know how difficult it is!
And I start to look into everything like oh well is my blood pressure low, what’s my temperature, and do I look pale. I start do that all those things and question what’s going on.
I absolutely understand that. It took me a really long time to learn how to work around the anxiety and remember / use what I'd been taught. It's very difficult when you're in the moment, huh? It makes sense, seeing as how anxiety clouds judgement and seemingly takes over. I recommend taking a step back and taking some good, deep breaths.

Another favorite of mine, that works for me, is resetting the parasympathetic nervous system through "shock." Basically, you take an ice pack and wrap it in a rag, then stick it to your face - especially the front of your face. Or you can dunk your face in a bowl of cold water. Don't make it so cold that it hurts, but as cold as you can handle. It somehow resets the parasympathetic nervous system by slowing the heart rate and other things.

I hate that others have to go through this crap, but it does help knowing we're not alone. If I had it my way, none of us would deal with this nonsense.
 

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I absolutely understand that. It took me a really long time to learn how to work around the anxiety and remember / use what I'd been taught. It's very difficult when you're in the moment, huh? It makes sense, seeing as how anxiety clouds judgement and seemingly takes over. I recommend taking a step back and taking some good, deep breaths.

Another favorite of mine, that works for me, is resetting the parasympathetic nervous system through "shock." Basically, you take an ice pack and wrap it in a rag, then stick it to your face - especially the front of your face. Or you can dunk your face in a bowl of cold water. Don't make it so cold that it hurts, but as cold as you can handle. It somehow resets the parasympathetic nervous system by slowing the heart rate and other things.

I hate that others have to go through this crap, but it does help knowing we're not alone. If I had it my way, none of us would deal with this nonsense.
whenever I have to go out anywhere I always carry a cold bottle of water to hold and to press against my face when my anxiety starts, so it’s funny that you mention using an ice pack! I never knew that’s why though but my therapist told me it’s scientifically proven to help anxiety! Whenever I start to feel really hot especially in the face wrap and ice pack in a towel and put it in between my shoulder and neck/jaw. I haven’t tried dunking my face in cold water, but I should definitely try that! it’s the worst feeling when you feel super hot and then when you breath it feels like your breathing out hot air as weird as it may sound and your hearts racing. I find it difficult for myself to use all this techniques that are available for me even though I would absolutely love to feel better. I don’t get why I won’t do it even though I want to be better.
 

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whenever I have to go out anywhere I always carry a cold bottle of water to hold and to press against my face when my anxiety starts, so it’s funny that you mention using an ice pack! I never knew that’s why though but my therapist told me it’s scientifically proven to help anxiety! Whenever I start to feel really hot especially in the face wrap and ice pack in a towel and put it in between my shoulder and neck/jaw. I haven’t tried dunking my face in cold water, but I should definitely try that! it’s the worst feeling when you feel super hot and then when you breath it feels like your breathing out hot air as weird as it may sound and your hearts racing. I find it difficult for myself to use all this techniques that are available for me even though I would absolutely love to feel better. I don’t get why I won’t do it even though I want to be better.
Yep, it's because of how the body responds to cold. The heart begins to slow down in order to conserve energy. Other beneficial changes occur, but I think that's the biggest one in terms of anxiety, getting the heart rate down.

You just have to keep trying. It does take time, it's not something we can just do when we're not used to it. I think we get so used to anxiety that part of us may even be a little scared to *not* have anxiety. So we don't do as much as we really could in order to correct it. That's how it feels for me, at least.
 

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Yep, it's because of how the body responds to cold. The heart begins to slow down in order to conserve energy. Other beneficial changes occur, but I think that's the biggest one in terms of anxiety, getting the heart rate down.

You just have to keep trying. It does take time, it's not something we can just do when we're not used to it. I think we get so used to anxiety that part of us may even be a little scared to *not* have anxiety. So we don't do as much as we really could in order to correct it. That's how it feels for me, at least.
Yeah my anxiety started when I got a kidney infection out of no where 2 years ago and it took a while to get rid of it and I was so worried about stressed out the whole time cause it was scaring me so much and I was nervous about going septic or something because of googling and around the same time a family member all of a sudden got sick and went to the hospital and was told he had pneumonia but we thought it wasn’t a big deal but since he was at an old age they ended up putting him in an induced coma and he never came out of it and we had to take him off life support, so that got me super worried about myself and what I was going through and started a fear of dying for me and then on top of all that someone else super close died in a car accident suddenly because of a heart attack and that made me even more scared and then some other passings happened as well. Ever since all of that I’ve had the worse health anxiety, social anxiety, etc. I feel like I’m bedridden, and confined to a room because of it. I’m constantly feeling weird and lightheaded and nauseous from the anxiety it just never goes away and it gets me worried about going out and going places cause I don’t want to feel that way while I’m out or at a get together/party. I’m terrified of something happening while I’m there like fainting, getting sick or something. And that fear doesn’t go away. I get anxiety attacks and panic attacks thinking about going out because of how nervous it makes me feel. I don’t know how to get around it.
 

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Sorry to hear about those losses you experienced, I know how rough that can be. It can certainly drive anxiety pretty hard, too. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but just know that your case isn't really abnormal at all. There are many others who can relate even more than I can.

Have you been talking to your therapist specifically about these things recently? Is there anything in particular that you struggle with in terms of coping techniques, or do you just find it difficult to remember and utilize those techniques? Anxiety is certainly a whole lot of work, and overcoming it doesn't occur overnight, unfortunately.
 

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Yeah my anxiety started when I got a kidney infection out of no where 2 years ago and it took a while to get rid of it and I was so worried about stressed out the whole time cause it was scaring me so much and I was nervous about going septic or something because of googling and around the same time a family member all of a sudden got sick and went to the hospital and was told he had pneumonia but we thought it wasn’t a big deal but since he was at an old age they ended up putting him in an induced coma and he never came out of it and we had to take him off life support, so that got me super worried about myself and what I was going through and started a fear of dying for me and then on top of all that someone else super close died in a car accident suddenly because of a heart attack and that made me even more scared and then some other passings happened as well. Ever since all of that I’ve had the worse health anxiety, social anxiety, etc. I feel like I’m bedridden, and confined to a room because of it. I’m constantly feeling weird and lightheaded and nauseous from the anxiety it just never goes away and it gets me worried about going out and going places cause I don’t want to feel that way while I’m out or at a get together/party. I’m terrified of something happening while I’m there like fainting, getting sick or something. And that fear doesn’t go away. I get anxiety attacks and panic attacks thinking about going out because of how nervous it makes me feel. I don’t know how to get around it.
I was really badly agoraphobic when I was younger like this all started for me around 12 years old. I got to the point of not being able to leave my bedroom and go to another part of the house. Forget school, get togethers, restaurants, nothing at all. I couldn't check the mail even. I had a really good therapist back then who taught me how to make my pulse lower and my parents or I were able to call him any time during the night if we needed to. One day he showed up and my door and insisted I go to the mall and eat lunch in the food court with him. I finally went. Couldn't stomach lunch but i sipped a drink. The whole time I thought i was going to make a scene or die or something and nothing happened. He did this to me a few times and took me a few different places it seemed like that helped me snap out of my major anxiety very quickly. I've been pretty much anxiety free for the past 15 years until i recently (September) had a horible miscarriage that had some bad side effects. And now it's all full blown health related anxiety for me!
I think it's called desensitization therapy that I did. Maybe you should give it a try. Just instead of a therapist use someone you trust.
 
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Trikay, I am really sorry that you went through all of that, its not easy. I lost my father recently and that triggered my anxiety through the roof.

I also feel lightheaded out of nowhere and then it just goes away, very unpleasant feeling that I don't wish to anyone to have. Any time I think that I would faint and never wake up again, sadly, lately I am not afraid of that but I am just like "just die already", something that I though it will never cross my mind.

But then, I remember that I have my mom and sister to take care of and that the life is not that bad, so I carry on.

I got with doctors several times and I always get the same answer "nothing's wrong with you, its just an anxiety", so I try to live by that, and it does helps a lot. The cold water on your face helps as well. I am very active person so this bothers me A LOT.

I am really sorry again that you are going through this, and I really hope we all get better and continue with our lives. Just don't give up.
 
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