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 hello i am new here just wanted to say Hello... I am a young senior pastors wife from a small town and have been suffering from anxiety which i just discovered for the last 10-11 years. This place may just be an answer to my prayers- thank you. reina

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PostSubject: hello i am new here just wanted to say Hello... I am a young senior pastors wife from a small town and have been suffering from anxiety which i just discovered for the last 10-11 years. This place may just be an answer to my prayers- thank you. reina   Mon Oct 18, 2010 12:44 pm

I am excited about finding out that i am not alone in this sruggle and am already relieved to say the least that other christians suffer with this as well. Not that i want anyone to feel this way- but the reassurance that others have felt like this aswell makes me feel that with support, sharing in honesty and Christ that i can do this. because i am a senior pastors wife and living in a small community-everything is seen. which is alright because i have nothing to hide but in the same breathe my options for sharing with others in openess is restricted because of my position. I have been in this church with my husband for 11years and i'm 34 years old... pretty young for the job. Looking back and in the last couple of months having my mind openend up to the possibility that i have GAD with health concerns mostly- starts to make sense... ever since coming to this town i have had health problems that have been looked over and over- in and out and with no real diagnosis.... so that led me to believe that they couldnt' find it or maybe i wansnt' clear enough or maybe i was in remisssion. when maybe all along i was having anxiety??? Is that uncommon for people?? to go that long with many specialists, tests, and awful experiences before we get lumped into anxiety? I just went to see a pyscho therapist and he told me i could possibly have (why do they do that?) GAD... so. OK here i am wanting to grow, help myself and allow Christ to led me in this walk where HE wants me to be.I would appreciate any advice, encouragment and fellowship.
blessings in Him Reina
ps. my symptoms are very sore hands, numbness, bone pain in legs, dizziness, what seems to be lack of fine motor skills, fatigue, vision issues, often bowel and stomache stuff too.
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PostSubject: Re: hello i am new here just wanted to say Hello... I am a young senior pastors wife from a small town and have been suffering from anxiety which i just discovered for the last 10-11 years. This place may just be an answer to my prayers- thank you. reina   Mon Oct 18, 2010 3:51 pm

ps. my symptoms are very sore hands, numbness, bone pain in legs, dizziness, what seems to be lack of fine motor skills, fatigue, vision issues, often bowel and stomache stuff too.

Hello Reina and welcome to the site. It is great to have you! I'm no medical doctor, but I have lots of experience in the medical field. GAD is what most doctors will tell you as a last resort when all other things have failed to diagnose your problem. It is difficult to say for sure if you have GAD just looking at your symptoms, except to ask do you have racing thoughts throughtout the day?

My anxiety does affect my fine motor skills, gives me dizziness at times, makes my legs, arms and hands numb at times, and give me dizziness and stomach and bowel problems too. Wow, was that everything? And I know it is my anxiety that is the culprit of those things. But there are also thousands of other possible causes to those same symptoms, so the best way that you can know for sure, IMO is answering if you are having racing thoughts that go along with those symptoms and if you do, what exactly are those racing thoughts about?
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PostSubject: Re: hello i am new here just wanted to say Hello... I am a young senior pastors wife from a small town and have been suffering from anxiety which i just discovered for the last 10-11 years. This place may just be an answer to my prayers- thank you. reina   Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:16 pm

Hi again and thanks for the reply.. I do have racing thoughts, but only when my symptoms happen and then i start to worry and it seems that once my head starts going there isn't much i can do to stop it. I guess my biggest question would be are my symptoms causing my GAD or is my GAD causing my symptoms???
A bit of background on me is that i have been thoughly checked over the last 10 years.. there has been cancer scares, mri's ct scans, endless blood work, colonoscopy, barium, ultrasound... I mean you name it it has been done.. when i first moved here they thought it was colitis because of my birth mothers issues, but when i went off dairy it seemed to subside, i had lost so much weight and with not being able to keep any food down it got scary,,, after that i had 2 children and multiple infections and 11months of straight antibiotic for secondary infection and infection that my doctor couldn't actually believe it if she hadn't seen it herself.. so feeling generally weak and fatigued, i carry on with nothing bad ( which is good) coming of the tests, my anxiety was just diagnosed about 3 months ago when i could not stop thinking that i had MS or something nuerological... i don't quite know why i obsesses or race over that- maybe because anxiety symptoms mirror closely with that... but my docotor has reassured me that it isn't that. She said that my hands probablly hurt because of carpal tunnel and the ulnar nerve... ok. So now i have accepted that and i need to get help and support for anxiety and trust God and do the best i can.. blessings
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PostSubject: Re: hello i am new here just wanted to say Hello... I am a young senior pastors wife from a small town and have been suffering from anxiety which i just discovered for the last 10-11 years. This place may just be an answer to my prayers- thank you. reina   Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:14 am

Hello. I am new. I hope this site does well. I am going back to bible study. This is my second week. My anxiety is way down now. I get more nervous a few hours before I go to the bible meeting.

All of us with anxiety who can help should try to help other people with social anxiety etc. This is my goal too. When I get stronger in church I want to help at least one person with anxiety.

If that goes well I pray that the Lord will let me help many more people, amen.

God bless
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PostSubject: Re: hello i am new here just wanted to say Hello... I am a young senior pastors wife from a small town and have been suffering from anxiety which i just discovered for the last 10-11 years. This place may just be an answer to my prayers- thank you. reina   Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:01 pm

I hope and pray that all will go well for you on your journey Reina, God is with us!!
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PostSubject: Re: hello i am new here just wanted to say Hello... I am a young senior pastors wife from a small town and have been suffering from anxiety which i just discovered for the last 10-11 years. This place may just be an answer to my prayers- thank you. reina   Sun Oct 24, 2010 4:09 pm

I suffer with Health Anxiety as well. You name the test it has been done. My anxiety gets worse because I know as a follower of Jesus I'm not suppose to let this fear control me. However, it does and my strength I cannot get over it. So, I get concerened that I am going to anger God because I can't seem to get over it. It stunts my growth in Christ because my fear is my focus.
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