Wow, great thread! Glad it lives on after so long and that I was able to find it.
I too have many of the same symptoms described previously. I've drank heavily 6-7 nights a week for a 2-3 years now. I recently turned 26 and being young, I kinda thought this much drinking is normal and that my body will be able to handle it... nope.
Several weeks ago I had my first attack. It became very difficult to breathe, my arms went numb, then my face and at it's worse point, I couldn't force my mouth to form words. I thought I was having a frekin' stroke! Since then I have done a lot of research and managed to get my anxiety to a manageable level, but still have been unable to be rid of it completely. Here's a few things I've learned (most throught personal experience):
-Attacks/anxiety can be brought on by pain
(i.e. a sprained foot that you continue to walk on)
-Eating healthy helps anxiety
. I stopped drinking soda and eating out. My diet mainly consists tuna, salmon, chicken, lots of veggies, fruit, potato bread, corn tortillas, etc. Mostly just eat foods that are as natural and untouched my man as possible. I prepare every meal at home. Remember that the worse meal you can possibly think up to make at home is 10x better for you than the "healthy" menu at your local restaurant. Grab some subway if you have to eat out.
. I use to constantly worry about my breathing and for good reason. Not until after my first attack was I motivated enough to quit. Just a few days after quitting I felt like my health was much improved, whether it was true or just in my head, it doesn't really matter.
-Quit drinking, obviously.
If that was an option, none of us would be reading this thread. In my case, it'd probably completely cure my anxiety if I just drank significantly less... Unfortunately, I have not been able to wean myself off the booze yet. My anxiety is really bad when trying to go to sleep completely sober.
Best possible causes of anxiety that I've found (besides the booze)
Low Blood Sugar
Hopefully some of you find my personal experiences helpful... Does anyone know of an over-the-counter medication that helps anxiety? Preferably one that works quickly.