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Offline Bertz1985

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What has helped your HA?
« on: December 29, 2013, 12:30:00 PM »
I'm really sick of having HA and I'm ready to do something about it.  I know that it's something that I will probably have for the rest of my life, but I'm wondering if there's someway to make it manageable.  Have you found anything that has helped?
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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 12:37:41 PM »
My HA comes in cycles, it's almost always winter time, and will disappear once iv been tested and proven wrong. My problem is I always jump to the worst conclusion. Once iv reached that point I'm a state. The last big thing was a blood clot, once I had all the tests and saw a specialist who told me I deff did not have it  it took a couple of days of being busy for it to slip my mind. Once it's out of my mind my symptoms go.

Also knowing your condition helps. I m fully aware of what I am like. My new thyroid scare will hopefully be over tomorrow once iv seen my doc. - another thing is finding a good doctor or gp you trust in. My GP is brilliant with me and I also have a private doctor I have come across in my ha struggles and he's really good. If it's not either of those then I probably won't listen :-p

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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2013, 12:44:30 PM »
What helped me was a good therapist, and the realization that repeated trips the doctor/ER would not help my problem.
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In case anyone is still confused:  googling your symptoms will cause you to remain in a state of extreme anxiety. Stepping away from the internet is the first step toward lasting peace.

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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2013, 01:15:27 PM »
This is much easier said than done but accepting that this is anxiety and not a major medical issue is the first step. That being said, quit practicing "reassuring behaviors" such as constantly checking pulse, lymph nodes, blood pressure etc. This really helped me. Sure they may give you temporary relief, but long term your mind remains focused on these body parts and cause symptoms to exacerbate. Stay positive and find a hobby to DISTRACT yourself. These are all much easier said that done but if you train your mind to stop thinking like something is wrong, you will be surprised how much better you will feel. Finally, if these feelings become unbearable, get some medication to take the edge off. There is NOTHING wrong with taking medication. Good luck, you can beat this!
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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2013, 02:36:16 PM »
I'm no expert when it comes to overcoming HA, I've been suffering with it on and off for 20 years and still keep succumbing to it before realising thats what it is. However, I find that exercising, yoga and meditation help me to keep it under control the majority of the time. Yoga and meditation for the obvious relaxation it gives and regulating breathing etc but the exercise helps because it helps me to convince myself that I must be healthy (as well as eventually making me actually healthier). I reason that if I am physically capable of doing 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a few times a week without passing out or having a heart attack, then I can't be at deaths door after all ;)  So as I am just coming out the otherside of a HA right now, that is what I plan to do, get exercising again because I have let it lapse over the past year. I will also be keeping an eye on this post because any other things that I can do would be most helpful :)
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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2013, 06:27:22 PM »
My HA comes in cycles, it's almost always winter time, and will disappear once iv been tested and proven wrong.

My HA does the same thing! It's gotten to the point where I fear winter time! By the time spring rolls around I feel great! Even if I have some sort of symptom any other season it doesn't bother me. But winter is complete hell for me!
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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2013, 07:09:30 PM »
First of all, you have to decide that you don't want to have HA anymore. Always saying stuff like "it's because of my HA", "I have HA so it's like that", "my HA is acting up" is like saying "I am used to having HA and that's ok". It is a state of mind, and the mind is a powerful thing. You know this because all of our stressing is simply anxiety and has nothing to do with reality. When you feel a twitch, you should say to yourself that it's nothing. We all get twitches once in a while. I read today a question about a shaking thumb. The one who asked was like "OMG it's the beginning of MS" and some online doctor confirmed that it can be a symtpom of MS. However, he then revealed that he is constantly on typing on his mobile. It was an iritated nerve because of the thumb position on the mobile phone. But right away there was panic! Don't let your mind even start with that! Because you know, your brain is "plastic". It constantnly creates new neural connections and destroys some old ones. When you create a pattern of behaviour (such as panicking at the smallest symptom), a connection is made and is strenghtened if these thoughts are repeated. This process is reversible. Decide you don't want to panic over smallest symptoms and with time, these neural connections will dissapear. You change your way of thinking by deciding that you want to think differently.

Here's a video of someone's mind changing => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NA_o1jOjsQ

Being aware of yourself is the key. Since my discovery of the concept of neuroplasticity, my life has improved significantly. But I can imagine a bunch of you giving up when anxiety doesn't go away after a day, a week a month. Be patient and tenacious! Persistance! Also, it makes me really sad when I read that some of you just take medication as a temporary measure instead in the way it is supposed to be used - as a therapy. Taking happy pills whenever you feel anxious is not the way to go. They should be used for a period of time and after that, you have to continue without them. And the worst part is that they can sometimes cause physical symptoms which make you think you have a disease and again the HA flares up.

Read my signature and repeat it whenever necessary. I have taken it from the movie Dune. It's a great quote! So there you have it - the key is in your mind! I have another quote for you - He who wants finds a way. He who doesn't want finds an excuse.
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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2013, 10:07:47 PM »
He who wants finds a way. He who doesn't want finds an excuse.

I totally agree with this.
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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013, 03:46:11 AM »
And can I say Vardnas, that I totally agree with your signature

"In case anyone is still confused:  googling your symptoms will cause you to remain in a state of extreme anxiety. Stepping away from the internet is the first step toward lasting peace."

It is in an attempt to help my HA that I have become a member of this forum because every time I get what I think is a severe symptom, I google. The first result I get from googling is further panic as I see the list of really serious things it could be, so I google some more, just to really scare the crap out of myself and eventually after some pretty obsessive googling of my symptoms I always end up here on this forum, as it turns out that another anxiety suffer has had the same problem. At which point a light bulb comes on in my head and I realise its more than likely just my anxiety playing up. So I decided this time its time for a change. That if I become a member of this forum, then any time I'm worried, if I just come straight here instead of googling, I should be able to cut all that unnecessary panic out. Fingers crossed it works out that way :)
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Re: What has helped your HA?
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2013, 08:26:06 AM »
A client of mine is a psychologist and he said that HA can at time be difficult to completely get rid of.
He said the key is to try to live with the feelings and call them sensations instead of symptoms.
He said that therapy and/or medication may help. He said be sure to exercise, get plenty of rest/sleep,
keep stress and alcohol to a minimum, stay away from caffeine, smoking and recreational drugs,
eat healthy, etc. I have read and been told by an alternative medicine physician that magnesium,
Omega 3's and L-Theanine in an emergency may help.
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