• imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 days, 4 hours ago

    yes im sure i can set something like that up. i wonder what a neurologist would do?

    • A lot of similar things to a Psychiatrist. They are both very familiar with that medication and it’s effects. Either one would refer to the other if needed. ( in an ideal world!). Either would be a good place to start.

  • in search of help! im trying to figure out whats wrong with me the past year. ive taken venlafaxine for years now and think it could be part of the problem. i have a dull pain in my forhead area, my head feels heavy, shortness of breath with anxiety, throat feels tight and i get this need to jerk my head like a spasm sometimes which could be brain zaps? im not sure. if i eat junk food or sugary food or drink soda these symptoms are multiplied y 10! I am NOT an alcoholic i drank on average 2-3 times a week and ive had to stop drinking because it would make my sypmtoms much worse to the point where i had to go the ER many times! if i drink a beer or 2 i get mild symptoms of the above^ than around 3 beers the anxiety and shortness of breath and lightheadedness and the spasms to shake my head really start to take of and get bad BUT if i continue to drink and down another beer or 2 after that than im symptom free and i dont have anything really wrong until the next morning when im hungover and the alochol is out of my system BOOM crazy anxiety and hyperventilating, weird unbearable pain in my forhead and its bad. so i clearly have stopped drinking regularly to help myself. this all started a year and a half ago. and in the past 5 months i probably drank once every week on average. i remember one day in june-ish of 2018 waking up in my apartment from a night of drinking and i thought i was dieing i was so confused as to why am i getting panic attacks, breathing problems, dizzyness and lightheaded and head spasms etc. ive cut back on drinking ALOT and i cant say its helped my symptoms at all…. as i said whenever i eat food or drink soda i get these exact same symptoms. i got blood work done im not diabetic they say but maybe im having a problem with the sugar thats entering my body? ive also heard that a bad galbladder can cause similar issues. i havent got a clear answer from the doctor because all ive had the chance to do was go to the ER i do not have a…[Read more]

    • Sounds like Neurologist or Psychiatrist territory to me. Could you get to see one?

      • yes im sure i can set something like that up. i wonder what a neurologist would do?

        • A lot of similar things to a Psychiatrist. They are both very familiar with that medication and it’s effects. Either one would refer to the other if needed. ( in an ideal world!). Either would be a good place to start.

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 1 week, 1 day ago

    thanks for the responses im in the middle of the most annoying sleeping pattern where im waking up at 7pm. and i literally cant control my sleep so i cant make it to the doctor until i start waking up at a normal time again. its going to be one of those annoying diagnoses ive gone for blood work which came back fine so there going to i imagine get ur gal bladder checked, try GERD medication, ive gone for a scope down my throat witch was horrible but nothing stood out… the whole process is so annoying

    • DaveH replied 1 week ago

      Hi @imetvegeta At days 4-5 you are in the peak of withdrawal; this will start to ease off soon. One of the big things that we notice (and already know) is that we can’t sleep if we don’t drink. But this is only temporary… in a few days time you will experience sleep like you don’t remember ever having before… refreshing, invigorating sleep. Hang in there, it is coming. You are doing the right things and it is sooo worth the struggle.

  • imetvegeta posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    This is terrible! I’ve had hyperventilating, and panicky attacks going on 24 hours it’s 10:30am here and I haven’t slept yet! I was ok for the past 4 or 5 days and I would not say I’m an alcoholic but I haven’t drank in 4 or 5 days felt fine in that time but now I’m flipped right upside down I can barely write this! Dull pain in my head horrible anxiety and hyperventilating and figity spasms. I would say I drink twice a week on average so I don’t know if this is some sort of withdrawal ? I haven’t drank in 5 days why would I get these symptoms starting now? I’ve been splashing cold water in my face and body and that helps very little. Trying very hard to control my breathing I am not normal right now. I just don’t know this is literally hell itself and what a truck ur mind can play on you! Can’t think right can’t even look at my phone without squinting it’s reallllyyyyy crazy and dread ! What does this sound like to you ?? I figured I try to post on here atleast

    • I think you should get some medical help to figure out what is going on. That doesn’t mean it’s anything scary, but you will feel better knowing you are getting it figured out. My adult son has panic attacks that have led to trips to the doctor. He feels much better when the doctors have reassured him after they have examined him and done some tests. Take care of yourself.

    • The only thing I can think of to say is that this is the sort of thing that I get when I take my eye off the one day at a time approach and think that this is forever.

      I think that limiting ones view to let’s get through today and worry about to tomorrow, well, tomorrow seems to work for me.

    • You might need some medical help to figure out what’s happening there. It could possibly be a panic attack but I’m not a doctor. Alcohol does mess with our body and brain chemistry something chronic, so it may be that your system is out of kilter trying to right itself. Tried breathing into a paper bag? It’s not good for your health that you haven’t slept all night – would it be possible to get to a Dr today?

      • Another trick to help slow/deepen breathing is to try blowing breath out slowly and steadily, as if you are blowing into a straw.

    • Sounds like a panic attack but I think you should see your doctor and talk about this. I hope you feel better soon….

    • thanks for the responses im in the middle of the most annoying sleeping pattern where im waking up at 7pm. and i literally cant control my sleep so i cant make it to the doctor until i start waking up at a normal time again. its going to be one of those annoying diagnoses ive gone for blood work which came back fine so there going to i imagine get ur gal bladder checked, try GERD medication, ive gone for a scope down my throat witch was horrible but nothing stood out… the whole process is so annoying

      • DaveH replied 1 week ago

        Hi @imetvegeta At days 4-5 you are in the peak of withdrawal; this will start to ease off soon. One of the big things that we notice (and already know) is that we can’t sleep if we don’t drink. But this is only temporary… in a few days time you will experience sleep like you don’t remember ever having before… refreshing, invigorating sleep. Hang in there, it is coming. You are doing the right things and it is sooo worth the struggle.

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    I am glad your husband found his way out of his personally depression! sometimes i find it HARD to come back here and reply quickly because i try to keep my mind off the depressing thoughts by playing video games or some type of escape that BARLEY is even a bandade if you could even call it that! trying to post pone depression only keeps it lingering on and on. whenever i get my sleep back on track i plan to make an appointment and see what options are available. i think its very interesting researching depression and why some people get it. people are slipping into depression more than ever and it can be a very hard hurdle to get over. i will be the first to admit lifestylewise i do not live a healthy one! i feel sick after eating nothing but junk food and ive been exercising and and trying to change up my diet. the processed fast foods i swear will cause depression long term at first it might make you feel lethargic but after a while it feels like your brain is literally running on fumes! fast food joints should probably be shut down when you stop and think about it. so many sick american and canadians its scary to think about mental health and physical health these days

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    That’s true there will a moment of relief but when depression is this constant something isn’t working right. I can’t mind over matter the depression it’s a disease. I take a antidepressant but it clearly doesn’t work I think I have to make a docapplintment and try another medication! It’s scary thinking about the rise in mental health worsening. Ironic that fastfoodshave been increasing in people’s diet

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    i can relate alot i remember when i was 17 i was hanging out with friends and they would talk about how they got drunk before and they want to do it again and i never have drank but we went to a friends house and had a few drinks nothing major and than i went to my friends new years party the following few months and thats when i first got drunk with those same friends. we had fireball and i had a beer and a few shots and i wasnt sure i wanted to drink i was skeptical but for whatever reason i went along with it and after a few shots i just remember the room spinning and i sure was drunk. than it turned into every friday or saturday night us drinking and we were underage 17 or 18 and here the drinking age is 19 so we would somehow get booze or an older friend to get it for us and i found myself drinking every weekend. than it was multiple times a week so i can relate to you. i dont know why we do it either maybe alochol slowly but surley slows down are brain and depresses us to the point where were so bored we just want something to make things more fun and seeing how alochol is legal thats are go to? it really is weird thinking how i started drinking and 15 years later im STILL doing it and its not even fun anymore…. i really hope that people keep on looking to find there happyness!

  • Nothing is fun and nothing is the same anymore. cant bring myself to get a job i just surf the web and play video games each day they seem to be the only thing i can tolerate. i find myself VERY often just think of sad thoughts worrying of my moms health, about my dogs health, thinking how things use to be fun as a teenager and having a sense of normaless in my life but than things change. i know its inevitable but i remember trying to keep in touch with friends but they were so busy with there own life and college or whatever it is and they went there own way it seemed like i was the only one who tried to keep things together. you look at yourself and you start getting grey hairs your back hurts or body feels worn out. now i understand why some people do meth or drugs because of the energy it gives you to get through 8 or 12 hour workdays atleast i would have some money to show for it and feel ambitious? ( not promoting drugs but at the same time im doing nothing with my life as of now ) ive felt this way for YEARS just empty, lost, no satisfation. i honestly couldnt even pass an interview right now i would be the most monotone type of person and fail it. to many sad things to worry about on this planet and depression seems like its only increasing in this country every year! tired of it all and just want to have a good working brain again like i was when i was 16!

    • dear @imetvegeta this too shall pass!!! It’s the only guaranteed thing in life… EVERYTHING passes… so I say to you – hang on!!! for dear life… the “shit” will pass … I also say to you, when next something beautiful is present… “that too shall pass”!! so cherish every minute of it. Nothing is permanent, that is the only sure thing!!! You will be ok, but only if you want to be – x hang in there for THIS heavy moment, just rest with it and let it pass . ( I promise it will pass… )

    • Yep @imetvegeta it will pass. I know that seems hard to believe, but it will pass. A moment will come, a glimpse of something that interests you, or… be gentle on your self… be kind to yourself and hang on in.

    • That’s true there will a moment of relief but when depression is this constant something isn’t working right. I can’t mind over matter the depression it’s a disease. I take a antidepressant but it clearly doesn’t work I think I have to make a docapplintment and try another medication! It’s scary thinking about the rise in mental health worsening. Ironic that fastfoodshave been increasing in people’s diet

    • Yes, there is a lot of bad in the world. Also, there is SO much good and so much beauty and so much light. Actively seek it. Read a lot. Listen to uplifting podcasts. Get inspired by the number of beautiful and brilliant people in the world. Do not dwell on how much is bad. There have always been terrible things in the world and there always will be. To balance that there have always been incredible and amazing things in the world and there always will be. The supportive I have received in this community right here, for instance, has changed my life and I have never even met these people! That alone is a big reminder to me that there are more people who care about people out there than we often think there are. I understand that with depression, you may not be able to control the negative feelings you are constantly experiencing, and I’m glad you are heading to the doctor to try something that may work. But keep at it – every tool you practice to improve your mental health is another one in your toolbox you can fall back on when things are at their worst. We’re here for you.

    • Please, please try to see your doctor. My husband suffers from depression and it took a while to find the right medication that worked for him. But once he did, it was a complete turn-around. It was like a wet, heavy blanket that had been smothering him had been lifted off and he could finally breathe and see the light. Thinking of you dear and sending you strength.

    • Oh luv I totally hear you, and take some comfort in the fact you are totally not alone. Two months ago I honestly didn’t care if I woke up in the mornings. After totally bonging every night I don’t know how I did. It honestly just felt easier if I wasn’t here. It’s no secret drug addiction, and alcohol is a potent sneaky bastard of a drug, compounds depression and your black thoughts become everything. You feel like the living dead and there’s nothing to look forward to. Reach out to anyone you trust, even just on here, communicating your thoughts no matter how bleak will make you feel valued, and somewhere deep down offer a glimpse of hope of survival. At such a low ebb you loose all self value and worth, you need help to build it back up again. The fact you’re here is a huge start, and THE most important thing right now. Talk to people and find others that have been where you are now, that is what pulled me back from the brink. It was surprising to discover the burdens our close ones carry that you have no idea about until you open up. One friend even thanked me saying in helping me it had also helped her to heal. Keep going xx

    • @imetvegeta after my disasterous July I made some changes. I closed my Facebook and Twitter accounts, I removed the game apps from my phone and tablet, and I only watch local news. I realized I need to focus on me and my sobriety.

      I’m not saying you should necessarily do what I did, but that you might want to try shaking things up and try some changes. Because, as I learned in AA, if nothing changes, then nothing changes.

      Keep at it, don’t give up!

      • I am glad your husband found his way out of his personally depression! sometimes i find it HARD to come back here and reply quickly because i try to keep my mind off the depressing thoughts by playing video games or some type of escape that BARLEY is even a bandade if you could even call it that! trying to post pone depression only keeps it lingering on and on. whenever i get my sleep back on track i plan to make an appointment and see what options are available. i think its very interesting researching depression and why some people get it. people are slipping into depression more than ever and it can be a very hard hurdle to get over. i will be the first to admit lifestylewise i do not live a healthy one! i feel sick after eating nothing but junk food and ive been exercising and and trying to change up my diet. the processed fast foods i swear will cause depression long term at first it might make you feel lethargic but after a while it feels like your brain is literally running on fumes! fast food joints should probably be shut down when you stop and think about it. so many sick american and canadians its scary to think about mental health and physical health these days

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    thank you for the replies. i was thinking it would be a sugar related issue to. i went for blood work they say im not diabetic. ive read into things to do with your insulin and sugar and “reactive hypoglycemia” or something along those lines seems like something i may have. the doctors said i was fine and they dont see anything but i sure dont feel that way.i agree with you beer is a sugar just like junk food so it does seem like a health issue. ive been okay today didnt eat much junk so when i watch my diet i dont get any hyperventilating and anxiety issues. but i will say that on the 3rd or 4th day of not drinking i am BORED to no end and feel like i really need something to pass the time. really wanted to slam back some beer today but guess what? zero money to do so and drinking is not even fun anymore seeing how it gives me the above symptoms^ so my life is…… empty and dull and i dont feel like watching tv, working, lights are on but it feels like no ones home! i have no idea how say ” i feel much better now that ive been sober for 2 months or 2 weeks etc because ive been sober before for months and i didnt feel any better at all i was still was depressed and lifeless… i guess people go on antidepressants or some kind of crutch during sobriety to kill the boredom? its so hard to think of a fun life without drugs or beer i remember as a teenager i was happy and had fun without anything but a natural high but hell have things changed. i just cant imagine any adult finding happyness without something like an antidepressant atleast….

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    something in my body just changed 1 day last year….. id drink regularly 2 or 3 times a week wake up with a hangover and thats it. its a hangover your just sick for a few hours than i shake it off in the afternoon. than something inside of me changed the hangover turned into straight panick attacks, hyperventilating rediulously fast breathing and my mind was racing alllll over the place. when i turned 31 this started. and i actually noticed that i feel a bit less strong and maybe lost about 10 pounds? maybe the old T levels are started to go down damn aging is depressing lol….whats also weird is that if i drink pop, eat fastfood or sugary junk, chocolatebars i get the sammmmmme bad anxiety and hyperventilating and the same sysmptoms with not a drop of beer being touched! soooooo im trying to figure out whats going on with me…uhggg

    • Have you been tested? Sugar seems to be the common denominator because they use a tonne of it in alcohol and junk food. Nothing like diabetes is it? I’m the worst doctor in the world though.

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    i think talking about an antidepressant would be a really good idea with your doctor! booze is not the go to, to help you get through a hard time in life. it might work for abit but we all know its not the answer. to deal with your depression or anxiety antidepressants can work and did for me. my anxiety was just to bad without them! ive gone through similar life events and its heartbreaking! i think talking to your doc about medication is an option for sure. some people say eating right and exercise if that works than good but i needed more

  • WOW just woke up a few hours ago and the anxiety from drinking last night is very very bad im going through “panick attacks” right now. Slowly im realizing that i think i have an issue with alochol. im not a daily drinker so thats what throws be off but i deffinitley drink every 3 or 4 days! and i drink them back pretty fast. on average ill have 6-10 beers when i do drink and i would say im a binge drinker. its a pretty short lived night ill drink within about 6 hours and thats enough. i deffinitley cant drink everyday or for the entire day but i cant seem to go more than 4 or 5 days without drinking!…. more info on my conidtion would be helpful as i dont know much about binge drinking. within the past year or so i stopped getting regular hangovers where u just feel sick for a few hours. now when i drink i wake up with extreme anxiety like a withdraw… but i dont drink everyday either^. so i tried to take an ativan and hoping these panick attacks start going away because i feel out of my skin uhg

    • There are surely different types of drinkers but it’s all the same – if you can’t leave it, you have a problem. If you think about drinking or not drinking, you have a problem. If it makes you sick or panic, you have a problem. Could go on like this. Perhaps it is interesting to get a definition for what kind of drinker I am or why I drink at all or whatever. But I’m convinced that above all this there is this one truth: If we stop drinking and start to live a sober life we will get a great reward: A life without all this inner discussions, without headaches, panic, shame and why, why, why… I hope you will be better soon and you will get rid of this bloody stuff. It’s not that easy but you will feel pretty good in your skin again 🙂

    • Your story is similar to mine. The occasional night off. Panic attacks followed by terrible skin reactions that the world could see. I came out in dermatitis and hives. I was sweating and I stunk despite perfume. How the hell anyone didn’t say anything I’m buggered to know because I couldn’t have got much worse. You know your drinking is out of hand. Read your piece again from your family’s perspective. Sorry but …

      • something in my body just changed 1 day last year….. id drink regularly 2 or 3 times a week wake up with a hangover and thats it. its a hangover your just sick for a few hours than i shake it off in the afternoon. than something inside of me changed the hangover turned into straight panick attacks, hyperventilating rediulously fast breathing and my mind was racing alllll over the place. when i turned 31 this started. and i actually noticed that i feel a bit less strong and maybe lost about 10 pounds? maybe the old T levels are started to go down damn aging is depressing lol….whats also weird is that if i drink pop, eat fastfood or sugary junk, chocolatebars i get the sammmmmme bad anxiety and hyperventilating and the same sysmptoms with not a drop of beer being touched! soooooo im trying to figure out whats going on with me…uhggg

        • Have you been tested? Sugar seems to be the common denominator because they use a tonne of it in alcohol and junk food. Nothing like diabetes is it? I’m the worst doctor in the world though.

    • Read the stories here, you can look at anyone’s individual feed from this section. We come with all our own alcohol problems, no two alike but yet, everyone’s alike. The tool box gives you ideas on how to get through waiting out your urges to drink, the sober stories section are interviews that Mrs-D does with people that are, i think two years or three years sober and their advice and most of them talk about their drinking issues. Welcome.

    • It will pass but it’s horrible going through it. That was one of the biggest reasons I had to quit, I couldn’t take that feeling every single time I drank and I also was a binger and drank 6-12 beers. I’m glad you are here evaluating things! 🙂

    • It’s that panic guilt morning repetitive thought wheel that I am so thrilled to be off. I want you to know that in a short time you can find yourself feeling more calm and the panic release. There are subtle changes that change everything. I’m glad you’re here, too.

      • thank you for the replies. i was thinking it would be a sugar related issue to. i went for blood work they say im not diabetic. ive read into things to do with your insulin and sugar and “reactive hypoglycemia” or something along those lines seems like something i may have. the doctors said i was fine and they dont see anything but i sure dont feel that way.i agree with you beer is a sugar just like junk food so it does seem like a health issue. ive been okay today didnt eat much junk so when i watch my diet i dont get any hyperventilating and anxiety issues. but i will say that on the 3rd or 4th day of not drinking i am BORED to no end and feel like i really need something to pass the time. really wanted to slam back some beer today but guess what? zero money to do so and drinking is not even fun anymore seeing how it gives me the above symptoms^ so my life is…… empty and dull and i dont feel like watching tv, working, lights are on but it feels like no ones home! i have no idea how say ” i feel much better now that ive been sober for 2 months or 2 weeks etc because ive been sober before for months and i didnt feel any better at all i was still was depressed and lifeless… i guess people go on antidepressants or some kind of crutch during sobriety to kill the boredom? its so hard to think of a fun life without drugs or beer i remember as a teenager i was happy and had fun without anything but a natural high but hell have things changed. i just cant imagine any adult finding happyness without something like an antidepressant atleast….

  • Looking back at my younger years i miss those times and in a way wish i was still in the frame of mind. its almost theraputic to think back to those times because it gives you hope that you can get out of depression because back than i was the entire opposite of depressed. i miss those times going to a friends house and playing nintendo 64 or old NES. its amazing how things can be bright and than turn depressing over the years. when you dont have depression you actually enjoy things and make new interests

    • So true, when everything was care free. I bought a N64 for my grandkids and to be honest it was for me. Thinking of getting original Nintendo and get a mario game and donkey Kong. All the crap we are going through just crept up on us and it’s like a cloak of doom that’s so hard to remove. Let’s do this and go through all those hard levels like mario and rescue us at the end from the evil alcohol. Lol. Have a drink free happy day

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    so in the beginning it worked good for you and it only helped you? you could talk and want to be around people? and than after a while of drinking you still liked it because it made you feel good but you would regret the way it made you act to others? when you would go out and drink alone did you feel depressed or okay? im just curious because alcohol was kinda fun for me for years on end no silver bullet but fun but than all of a sudden last fall everytime i would drink the next day i would wake up with huge anxiety and breathing issues when before that never happened i now also get those issues after eating crappy food. im trying to figure out whats going on with me and im in the middle of that right now. my doctor thinks that it could be GERD or a hiatal hernia which can be aggravated by bad diet and alcohol. still figuring it out though and in the mean time i cant drink alochol. i never drank daily but i would drink every 2 days or every other day so i was a frequent drinker but really no side effects coming off it.

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    @chaves thats good news nice post. im curious though because for me alcohol did not make me feel super great it was not my go to. i drank it very often because its legal and meh but ive never really understood how it effects others. you said you wanted to be all alone in the wild and drink away why is that? does alcohol make you feel good when your alone and you can not have stress or was it more of i want to be away from family and drink away and it was more of a suicidal feeling?

    • @imetvegeta happy to try to answer… I think drinking for me – at least initially…helped me to feel ‘in touch’ with life. It switched me on and gave me a means to be with people and feel connection. Or if I was on my own, it allowed me to feel immersed in the sensuality of living. Alcohol was my ‘stargate’ of sorts, but that’s not what it’s like for me anymore. Now it makes me feel emotionally deranged and isolated. I’m impossible to be with after a bottle of wine. I never feel like I can get enough and I practically never remember the awful things I say or do after hitting that 2nd bottle. From stargate to hell portal. In regards to the other part of your question, I think I do like to be with others even though I do have a somewhat reserved nature. But I used to find that without a drink I was unable to relax. However, the drink would bring out aspects that were anti-social and so being with others then became painful. As for suicide…only when I was about 14yrs old and really feeling the angst of the world, did I ever consider ‘leaving the planet’. Looking back at that though, it would be interesting if, instead of finding alcohol as my saviour (when I was 15), whether I would have found the kindness and awareness I needed to go on in the world. But that’s the past and now I have found that kindness and awareness so Hooorah!! x Your question was really good 🙂 So what did it ‘do’ for you?

      • so in the beginning it worked good for you and it only helped you? you could talk and want to be around people? and than after a while of drinking you still liked it because it made you feel good but you would regret the way it made you act to others? when you would go out and drink alone did you feel depressed or okay? im just curious because alcohol was kinda fun for me for years on end no silver bullet but fun but than all of a sudden last fall everytime i would drink the next day i would wake up with huge anxiety and breathing issues when before that never happened i now also get those issues after eating crappy food. im trying to figure out whats going on with me and im in the middle of that right now. my doctor thinks that it could be GERD or a hiatal hernia which can be aggravated by bad diet and alcohol. still figuring it out though and in the mean time i cant drink alochol. i never drank daily but i would drink every 2 days or every other day so i was a frequent drinker but really no side effects coming off it.

  • why is it that people get into drugs?? can you share your experiences. i worked with a few guys who said they wanted to experiment with them but myself im thinking thats probably not a good idea. even tho i have depression i dont understand how people can do them without caution

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    that is a habbit i really need to get into making anything at home is going to help out and be 10 times better than fastfood

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    i saw that movie too its worth while. i eat fast food everyday. i was out today only had some fruits and vegtables nothing unhealthy. than after my walk i ate fastfood and that was a mistake, depression, anxiety, acid reflux. most people take it for granted because they havent ate enough of it for it to effect them. ive ate it years on end and its finally catching up with me. tomorrow gets better

    • How about you try and make a homemade version of the fast food you like? Say a homemade burger and some oven baked fries? You’ll still have your fast food fix but it will be so much healthier. You could even have some roasted kumera chips instead of potato. An easy bag of baby spinach leaves on the side?

      • that is a habbit i really need to get into making anything at home is going to help out and be 10 times better than fastfood

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    its beyond fatigue that i get. i think its affecting my memory now. ive been reading up on fastfood and bad diets and i wish more attention was brought to it. studies show that that it effects your brain cells to respond to insulin properly along with muscle cells and more. its really been affecting me latley i swear im hooked on the food like an addiction im trying to eat better. but i and other people get the idea that ahhh its just food fastfood cant be that bad because we dont physically see the bad things its doing to are mind and body. i think people need to watch out consuming it long term.

    • I would start with yourself and then once you see how good you feel you can be an advocate for healthy eating. 🙂

    • There was a documentary a few years ago called “Super Size Me” where the guy documented the terrible changes to his health and the addictiveness of the food due to eating McDonalds every meal for a month – worth watching.

    • @marie2 yes that was great and shed serious light on fast food industries and the resulting health issues if you eat fast food daily.

    • Good you are reading up on it. There is a film about a guy who lived off it for …X weeks, months? and was medically examined along the way. Perhaps watch that for inspiration, + The Magic Pill, on Netflix and probably You Tube. You will feel great once you get onto lovely, fresh whole foods – heaps of veg and fruit 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • discussion about depression and fast food? i know to some this may sound funny because we all know fast food: mcdonalds etc is bad for us but i eat the stuff everyday and its been giving me issues the past while. before after eating it i would just feel kinda tired and fatigued after eating it. now i get even more depressed, i hyperventilate and literally i feel a pain in behind my forhead its not just a headache either like my head feels heavy and throbbing and it honestly feels like i can feel my brain being inflamed and swelling. ive been hooked on the food latley im not that big of a guy either but my diet is horrible. i honestly think fastfood causes brain damage if eating long term what do you guys think? the only thing i can think of that ive been doing different was eating more fastfood. i know alot of people make money working at those places but they should probably be out of business for health reasons.

    • Start cooking at home. I cook very simply….make hard boiled eggs to take with you, eat raw almonds, apples, bananas, broccoli, bake some chicken and sweet potatoes. Make a salad. Eating fast food every day is really hard on people and it sounds like your body is trying to tell you that it’s not liking it. You will feel so much better. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to eat decent at home. 🙂 You will start feeling 100% better.

      • Completely agree with you. I do exactly the same thing. Cut a bunch of veggies up and store them in separate containers and you can mix/match salads and sides all week. You can’t go wrong with sweet potato’s or hard boiled eggs. Even through in some low sodium deli ham, turkey, or roast beef. All better than fast food any day.

    • Well, if you think about it, fast food is fast cuz it’s not good food. It’s processed junk filled with chemicals and the cheapest crap they can cob together to look like food and still make money. And, oh year, keep you coming back for more. (Sound familiar?) IMHO, it makes perfect sense that you could feel tired and fatigued if you eat that much of it. The sodium count alone is enough to induce a headache. MSG anyone? Maybe try a different tact to eating out … a good deli? Maybe an egg sandwich for lunch instead of burger/fries? Worth a try. I hope you feel better.

      • its beyond fatigue that i get. i think its affecting my memory now. ive been reading up on fastfood and bad diets and i wish more attention was brought to it. studies show that that it effects your brain cells to respond to insulin properly along with muscle cells and more. its really been affecting me latley i swear im hooked on the food like an addiction im trying to eat better. but i and other people get the idea that ahhh its just food fastfood cant be that bad because we dont physically see the bad things its doing to are mind and body. i think people need to watch out consuming it long term.

        • I would start with yourself and then once you see how good you feel you can be an advocate for healthy eating. 🙂

        • There was a documentary a few years ago called “Super Size Me” where the guy documented the terrible changes to his health and the addictiveness of the food due to eating McDonalds every meal for a month – worth watching.

        • @marie2 yes that was great and shed serious light on fast food industries and the resulting health issues if you eat fast food daily.

        • Good you are reading up on it. There is a film about a guy who lived off it for …X weeks, months? and was medically examined along the way. Perhaps watch that for inspiration, + The Magic Pill, on Netflix and probably You Tube. You will feel great once you get onto lovely, fresh whole foods – heaps of veg and fruit 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • i saw that movie too its worth while. i eat fast food everyday. i was out today only had some fruits and vegtables nothing unhealthy. than after my walk i ate fastfood and that was a mistake, depression, anxiety, acid reflux. most people take it for granted because they havent ate enough of it for it to effect them. ive ate it years on end and its finally catching up with me. tomorrow gets better

      • How about you try and make a homemade version of the fast food you like? Say a homemade burger and some oven baked fries? You’ll still have your fast food fix but it will be so much healthier. You could even have some roasted kumera chips instead of potato. An easy bag of baby spinach leaves on the side?

        • that is a habbit i really need to get into making anything at home is going to help out and be 10 times better than fastfood

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    i missed quite a few doses of my antidepressant over the course of 2 weeks so i think thats what triggered alot more depression and anxiety than usual. ive tried to come off my antidepressant to but like you guys i slipped right back into a bad bad hole of depression i hope you guys dont have to go through that again boy i have been there. its so weird that some people dont get sever anxiety and depression and can go through life unphased. i wish there was more research done into depression. its peoples mind and chemistry that can change over the years. if you look at some people in prison or gang members or a certain type of people they seem like there fearless and dont have that type of remorse or sadness to them. maybe thats because alot of them are doing drugs? interesting to think about

  • I dont know what it is today but im in a deep depression. how is it that when we were kids and teenagers for the most part we didnt have deep depression or anxiety. im not talking a little anxiety, nervousness before a date im talking bad anxiety. its hard to find why people are so depressed and sick today i beleive antidepressants are helpful to some but than you read posts or other forums and you see other people saying some antidepressants cause brain damage and a bunch of other problems. so much uncertainty in this world its crazy

    • @imetvegeta I am sorry that you are feeling depressed. Rest assured that you are supported here, as many of us have experienced or are experiencing this illness. Remember that heavy drinking causes depression and anxiety to worsen, especially over time. I hope that you have supportive people around you, and a doctor who can put you in touch with a great counsellor as talk therapy can work wonders without the side effects of medication if that is a concern. ❤️

    • Hi @imetvegeta. All I can say is antidepressents saved my life many many years ago,and I still take them. the newer ones have very little side effects. Have tried to come off them many times and just fell into another black hole of anxiety and depression. I do know how you must be feeling. I was severly anxious and depressed as a little girl,and have battled this all my life. hang in there—tomorrow very likely may be a whole lot better.

    • Oh that’s no good at all. I had dreadful depression as teenager, as per Annie antidepressants saved my life literally. No side effects 20 years later. Plus counselling as well and lots of self care and lifestyle measures. We all seem to go on an emotional roller coaster in the first few months after drinking, and it ends as soon as it starts. Not pleasant while its happening though I know. Perhaps your GP would be a god place to start, just talking to some one with knowledge of the options can really help. And in the meantime try not to buy into the horrible feelings too much. A Buddhist nun Pema Chodron said “you are the sky and your feelings just the weather.”

      • i missed quite a few doses of my antidepressant over the course of 2 weeks so i think thats what triggered alot more depression and anxiety than usual. ive tried to come off my antidepressant to but like you guys i slipped right back into a bad bad hole of depression i hope you guys dont have to go through that again boy i have been there. its so weird that some people dont get sever anxiety and depression and can go through life unphased. i wish there was more research done into depression. its peoples mind and chemistry that can change over the years. if you look at some people in prison or gang members or a certain type of people they seem like there fearless and dont have that type of remorse or sadness to them. maybe thats because alot of them are doing drugs? interesting to think about

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    i agree i have been seeing my doctor ecg is good im still young, one doctor thought it might be gerd i stilll havent got a diagnosis im working on it. i have bad nasal congestion too i can BARLEY breathe out of my nose. mouth is ok tho

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    ive been here before really nothing helps this condition i have to ride it out which takes about 5 hours or all day. its brutal and as weird as this sounds the only thing that makes me feel a decent amount better is leaning forward and bending over hands on my knees. its really abnormal….

  • imetvegeta posted an update 5 months ago

    Hi everyone. for people not sure i wouldnt say i was or am an alcoholic but a frequent drinker. i drank last night i havent drank in about a month and the anxiety and symptoms im having are abnormal right now. every 10 minutes or so i have tendency to shake my head like a spasm… i know alcohol gives you anxiety but the symptoms i have seem more abnormal….

    • I’m sorry to hear of your anxiety @imetvegeta – alcohol definitely makes my anxiety worse as well. Is there something soothing and comforting you can do for yourself today to try to lessen your anxiety? A warm bath, soothing music, a gentle walk? Drink lots of hydrating juice and water and take care of yourself. xo

      • ive been here before really nothing helps this condition i have to ride it out which takes about 5 hours or all day. its brutal and as weird as this sounds the only thing that makes me feel a decent amount better is leaning forward and bending over hands on my knees. its really abnormal….

    • I don’t mean to scare you but wonder if you should ask your Dr and ask for a scan and/or to refer you to a neurologist @imetvegeta
      You might be anxious alongside this, but these symptoms sound like something to get checked out.

      • i agree i have been seeing my doctor ecg is good im still young, one doctor thought it might be gerd i stilll havent got a diagnosis im working on it. i have bad nasal congestion too i can BARLEY breathe out of my nose. mouth is ok tho

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    i figured i would update. on my 3rd day since i last drank and i still feel very antsy, alot of anxiety and i cant relax. i notice that whenever i eat a big meal it only makes my anxiety and withdrawal symptoms TWICE as bad. i think i read that could be caused from GERD. the longer i choose not to eat the symptoms seem to lesson. anyone have experience with what there eating adding to there hangover anxiety or withdrawal symptoms??

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    @frog i think you are right. it sounds like withdrawel. the funny part is i stopped drinking for a month and in the last week i drank twice. both times about 7 beer. with that little amount of alcohol its hard to beleive i would be withdrawling but i deffinitley was feeling crazy symptoms and it did actually feel like i was going to have a seizure or passout even tho i have never had a seizure before. very weird how this is happening all of a sudden…..

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    the only thing i dont understand is i never had this happen with my hangovers before. since last summer the hangovers now include the symptoms i was describing, extreme anxiety, pacing around, feeling on edge, twitchyness etc. why would my body start producing these symptoms when for the last decade it was just a regular hangover where you just feel crappy thats it that all.

    • It just started happening to me as well @imetvegeta ….about a year ago. It’s one of the many serious reasons why I quit. It’s what happens as Dave H said when our tolerance to alcohol is so high and when we can drink so much then it starts to affect the brain as well. Lots of good advice here. I would definitely follow @janus2‘s advice.

    • It sounds like withdrawal, which is different than a hangover. It has to do with the gaba – glutamate system. When you remove alcohol from tolerant receptors, glutamate is activated. You can have a seizure with withdrawal, which is why it is dangerous and why you should seek the advice of a doctor.

  • well i did it again. i drank today at 11 am i had about 7 beer and passed out around the following evening at 8pm i woke up about 4 hours ago and feeling VERY jittery and figity. im find it hard to look at a computer screen so im getting up and literally i am pacing around my house. sitting down, moving my arms, standing back up i thought this would be a perfect time to actually explain whats wrong with me to see if others can help. i really would like to know why im all of a sudden effected this way. who knows maybe im on my way to developing parkinsons disease….

    • You know what? I think you no your answer to your question! Its not parkinsons, its purely ans simply booze infuelled response…. you have said it yourself in prior posts. All you need to do is have a hot drink.. have a shower or bath.. dont try to read cus you wont. Next step is to see you G.P and askfor a low dose med, but you must be honest. You can lower heartrate and B.P by simply deep breathing or going for a walk. Use what is within you to calm yourself. Ask for disulfirim which you take daily, this will give you time to get a true heart/ BP baseline at G.P. you do know what to do, its doable, your here, keep posting. Take care

    • HI @imetvegeta Relax, this has nothing at all to do with Parkinson’s; it’s to do with becoming tolerant to alcohol.

      One of the many things alcohol does is it slows down our brain. What happens when we drink regularly and heavily is that our brain realises that it’s getting slowed down a lot, and steps up the speed the brain and body is working to compensate. That’s OK while we’re still drinking but if we stop suddenly then the anticipated alcohol-induced slowing down doesn’t happen so we suddenly find ourselves in an over-stimulated state. Your brain will be running a million miles an hour, you will be “on-edge” as though something is about to happen, and you are pumped full of adrenaline… so you’re all primed for action, but with nothing happening. You will be jittery, a bit trembly, hot, eyes darting around, and as I said, mind racing.

      This is completely normal and what happens when we stop drinking abruptly. We all get it. It will fade away over a week or so, but it will stop you sleeping properly until then.

      • the only thing i dont understand is i never had this happen with my hangovers before. since last summer the hangovers now include the symptoms i was describing, extreme anxiety, pacing around, feeling on edge, twitchyness etc. why would my body start producing these symptoms when for the last decade it was just a regular hangover where you just feel crappy thats it that all.

        • It just started happening to me as well @imetvegeta ….about a year ago. It’s one of the many serious reasons why I quit. It’s what happens as Dave H said when our tolerance to alcohol is so high and when we can drink so much then it starts to affect the brain as well. Lots of good advice here. I would definitely follow @janus2‘s advice.

        • It sounds like withdrawal, which is different than a hangover. It has to do with the gaba – glutamate system. When you remove alcohol from tolerant receptors, glutamate is activated. You can have a seizure with withdrawal, which is why it is dangerous and why you should seek the advice of a doctor.

    • @frog i think you are right. it sounds like withdrawel. the funny part is i stopped drinking for a month and in the last week i drank twice. both times about 7 beer. with that little amount of alcohol its hard to beleive i would be withdrawling but i deffinitley was feeling crazy symptoms and it did actually feel like i was going to have a seizure or passout even tho i have never had a seizure before. very weird how this is happening all of a sudden…..

    • Same thing started happening with me. I started joking that ‘hangovers make me paranoid’ because the antsy, restless, anxiety filled twitchiness felt to me kind of like I was expecting something massive and bad to happen only I was the only one who could feel it coming. It was my body’s changing relationship with alcohol and none of it was good. I think you’re experiencing your body’s changing chemistry during withdrawal and it’s giving you a pretty strong message. Definitely see a GP and tell them what you’re feeling so they can help you to do this in the best way possible.

    • i figured i would update. on my 3rd day since i last drank and i still feel very antsy, alot of anxiety and i cant relax. i notice that whenever i eat a big meal it only makes my anxiety and withdrawal symptoms TWICE as bad. i think i read that could be caused from GERD. the longer i choose not to eat the symptoms seem to lesson. anyone have experience with what there eating adding to there hangover anxiety or withdrawal symptoms??

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    what is Afib? right now im doing quite alot better it usually takes about 1-2 days for the anxiety and laboured breathing to subside. deffinitley feeling alot better. i had blood work done today and im going to follow up with the doc and see what comes back.

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    i drink 6- 8 beer. last night i drank about 7 or 8 and this morning full on anxiety and laboured breathing. im av average weight about 200 pounds but i do have an unhealthy diet i dont eat right and i will eat fastfood everyday. i got an ecg done which they say is good but the other doctors have told me it could be withdraw, it could be GERD, anxiety Etc. none have really gave a clear answer…

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    past 2 month i barley been drinking maybe once every 2 weeks ill drink and i did drink last night. but 2 months ago i would drink about 2 or 3 times a week. so about every other day or 2. so i dont know if it would withdraw symptoms because i wasnt an everyday drinker.

  • imetvegeta posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    do you have the link or title of the video? that must have been rough for you were you always like that? i was a regular drinker and use to get normal hangovers but for some reason they are now accompanied with brutal anxiety ever since last summer this has happened…

  • need help ever since last summer my body has been acting weird after a night of drinking. in the morning now i get VERY BAD anxiety attacks and breathing issues ive been trying to figure out why this is happening before when i would be hungover it was just a hangover now its turned into laboured breathing and bad anxiety. it lasts about 2 days its miserable. anyone know why this happens?

    • Hi there! I got insane anxiety freak-outs when I drank. I think Annie Grace has a great video on that, one of many in her series on youtube, and she has a 30 day challenge on her website. I hope you feel better soon… keep posting. : )

      • do you have the link or title of the video? that must have been rough for you were you always like that? i was a regular drinker and use to get normal hangovers but for some reason they are now accompanied with brutal anxiety ever since last summer this has happened…

    • Yep day-after drinking brutal anxiety – I got to that point a few years ago and then everytime I drank I got it. Heart pounding, panic attacks, waking up in the night. The anxiety alone was scary enough to make me want to think about stopping. ‘Alcohol explained’ is a great book for understanding the effects of alcohol on our bodies and emotions. I highly recommend it.

    • I think without knowing how much you drink, how often you drink, etc, it would be safe to say that you may need to see a doctor about that. Because, it sounds like physical withdrawal. And, physical withdrawal from alcohol can be dangerous since it can cause seizures.

    • i drink 6- 8 beer. last night i drank about 7 or 8 and this morning full on anxiety and laboured breathing. im av average weight about 200 pounds but i do have an unhealthy diet i dont eat right and i will eat fastfood everyday. i got an ecg done which they say is good but the other doctors have told me it could be withdraw, it could be GERD, anxiety Etc. none have really gave a clear answer…

    • My “spells” were finally diagnosed as Afib. And alcohol is known to aggravate that. Typically lasted 8 to 12 hours. The best way to diagnose is to go int a redi-care or emergency room while the attack is ongoing. It does seem very clear that alcohol is magnifying whatever physical problem you have, so I would say welcome to our club. I’m hoping that by giving up alcohol, I have not only enhanced my life, I have lengthened it.

      • what is Afib? right now im doing quite alot better it usually takes about 1-2 days for the anxiety and laboured breathing to subside. deffinitley feeling alot better. i had blood work done today and im going to follow up with the doc and see what comes back.

    • @imetvegeta. Please do yourself a big favor and read the book by William Porter entitled “Alcohol Explained”. Someone else mentioned it. He does a great job of explaining the effects of alcohol on our body. You can read the first 5 chapters for free by clicking on this link:
      http://www.alcoholexplained.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1st-5.pdf
      I think once you read it, you will understand that alcohol has no place in your life. There’s lots of support here to help you give up booze for good.

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