Progressive muscle relaxation

What is Progressive muscle relaxation?

Progressive muscle relaxation is a technique that involves tensing specific muscle groups and then relaxing them to create awareness of tension and relaxation. It is termed progressive because it proceeds through all major muscle groups, relaxing them one at a time, and eventually leads to total muscle relaxation.

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What can i do for panic attacks and insominia

doctor1 MD

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Hello Welcome to HCM

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Thanks for asking from Health Care Magic

Panic attacks are severe paroxysmal anxiety which is associated with impending sense of doom. The symptoms of severe anxiety usually last for 15-30 minutes, but most of individuals with panic disorder...

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It seems we have a lot of stressed related vomiting. Had 3 bouts of pancreatitus resulting in 2 days in the hospital each time. Cause unknown because he is very healthy, football games twice a week, an active teacher, doesn't smoke and only drinks a little. Anyway this last time he was sick for a month, vomiting everything he ate or drank. Los 25kgs even after the inflammation went down. Doctor's tested for everything under the sun and everything showed he should be ok but still continued to vomit daily.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercises can help

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Hello, Welcome to Health Care Magic

I can understand your concern. To relieve so much stress yes, meditation will surely help. Apart from this you can go for Progressive Muscle Relaxation Exercise. This will distract...

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Hi,
I'm 26 years old. I've been using corex cough syrup from 3 years. I take 3 bottles per day. i used to be a extrovert earlier, but now turned into a complete loner i don't feel like mingling with people.
I've finally took the decision to quick and i am not taking corex from 10 days (today is 11th). Suffered a lot during first like chills, cold sweat, unable to sleep, frequent yawning etc. The withdrawl symptoms are slowly reducing but i feel like getting it out of my body completely and immediately. Is there any thing i can do which will help me detox faster. I'm thinking of doing yoga from tomorrow. Please help me.

doctor1 MD

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Yoga, Progressive Muscle Relaxation exercises help to keep motivation alive

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Hello thanks for asking from HEALTH CARE MAGIC

You are a 26 years old and were using COREX (Chlorpheniramine and Codeine phosphate) since last 3 years. Now you have stopped to take Corex...

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I have been suffering from uncontrollable high anxiety from the age 14. I developed this disorder after seeing my father in ICU for heart attack. My father survived but I developed this disorder and was getting tensed for no reason. I get sweat, difficulty breathing, unwanted thoughts which leads to anxiety and I have burning sensation in stomach which increases with anxiety. Its very difficult to socialise and appear in public. Biggest blow was I was not able to attend my exams because of this problem. It used to become highest at exam times. I somehow managed to pass the 10th level exam even with this condition and then began to see a clinical psychologist. I trained relaxation techniques and things got better but after a year anxiety came back in full swing and I couldnt handle. I was afraid to take medication and saw a different psychologist and he trained me advances relaxation with deep breathing, biofeedback etc. It worked for one exam time but after that it never worked but I tried to do that everyday 2 hours without much success.
I thought it is the only thing I can do but it wasnt helping me and I was failing to attend my exams in engineering. Things went like this from 2002 to 2012 with out much success. After a break up in 2012 I was broke completely and I developed depression too. Then I decided to consult a psychiatrist and I was put on 10mg escitalopram (nexito) and it worked wonders for me. It was increased to 20mg and I became normal and managed to complete my engineering. After 1.5 years on 20mg of escitalopram I tried to came off it and the dosage was reduced to 10mg. I was good on 10 mg of lexapro. Then once again I tried to wean it off but my condition relapsed after 1 month. I restarted the med but it didnt work. Then my doc switched me to sertraline 50 with clonazepam 0.25 but I felt weird in sertraline and tried escitalopram again and it started to work again and I became fine on 10 mg escitalopram again. But the escitalopram was making me gain weight and sleepy also I knew that it wont cure the condition and I will have to be on med forever.so I wanted to try therapy which claims long term benefits for a last time before joing my masters in engineering. So I weaned off from the med doing therapy for a month, but the condition relapsed again after stopping the med. I had to restart the med again but it didnt work like the last time. I sarted to use clonazepam 0.25 untill escitalopram kicks in again. After 4 weeks the dosage was increased to 20mg but still its not working. Now I am on 4th week in 20mg and total 8th week after restarting. Still I am not feeling better and I am managing my work and daily life with clonazepam 0.25 2 times. Why is it taking too much time to kick in even in 20 mg? I was alright in 10mg before. Will it work again if I stay on it for more time? Even if I become alright like I was on 10 mg, will I have to be on med for life? Now I feel the weight gain is not a problem anymore and I want to become alright again. Is there any long term problem if I stay on medication forever? Like brain damage/ neuron death liver or kidney failure etc. I used to be smart and intelligent when everything is alright. Will the long term medication affect my intelligence or memory? Now I am not feeling good and managing with clonazepam 0.25 2 times a day with 20 mg escitalopram when will this start to work again? I want to become alright again like I when I was on 10mg. I want to do masters in engineering and I am also concerned about the long term effects of medication. Hope I get suitable replies for all my worries.

doctor1 MD

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no severe complicated side effects of long term use of escitalopram

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us.

I read your whole query with diligence and understand your concern.

You have been suffering from depression and anxiety. Your problem is chronic since almost 15...

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Hi, i'm male 53, 6 ft 1", 215 lbs. History of RA, left hip replacement, right wrist fusion, 10 years ago 2 lamenectomies in lower spine, removal of parts of facets. many epedurals and RFI nerve treatments, but none effective for chronic pain in lower back - mainly in left bottock. feels like knife stabing.
Most recently pain in my middle back, neck, lower skull and left shoulder. I just received MRI results. Overall impression is multilevel degenerative changes as enumerated above. Findings are most prominent at C3-4 and C5-6 where there is definite evidence for cord impingement.
I have broad disc and osteophyte complex at C3,4,5,6,7 and narrowing of neural canal from 8mm to 10mm in the midline. Also mild foraminal stenosis secondarry to hypertrophy at the uncovertebral joints. Mild posterior disc and osteophyte complex equivocally minimally effacing the ventral cord C4-5.
C3-4: also mild loss of height from the disc.
Some days I can barely turn my head or bend my head down, but always painful. Any idea what's going on? Is it just getting old? Thank you for your observation and reply.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
intractable pain from RA and Neuropathy

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Thanks for contacting HCM with your medical concerns.

From you history it sounds like you have experienced numerous operations and procedures to help reduce your pain. At this time you sound like you are at the end of your...

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Hello,

I am a 36 year old female with a history of hysterectomy due to endo, 2 (supposedly false ANA tests 3 years ago), in which they did check for other auto-immune disease and I had none, 2 years ago had a severe case of Lyme's disease. Ever since the Lyme's disease I had occasional numbness in left side of face. Doctor's always said that it was "residual" from Lyme's. I also have always had MANY fasciculations (twitches) in my legs after working out for as long as I can remember. I also have a history of skin lesions that they diagnosed as segmental neuromas. I seem to have these rubbery nodules all over various areas of my body that have been diagnosed as lipomas or possible neuromas, but the doctors do not seem too concerned about it. I do have a history of anxiety, but lately (as I will describe in a second), it has been very bad. In July, I had a twitch in my knee that started and stayed for about 2 days straight. I hadn't thought much about it. As days went on, I had more twitches that had arisen in my legs, arms, shoulders, eye, lip, feet, back, and butt. I have been to the doctor three times and he said all my blood tests are normal. He said my reflexes and strength are also normal. (No babinski sign and my knee reflexes are strong, but he said it is within normal range, (my family's are the same as mine) and they are equal on both sides. My strength is actually better now than it was 2 months ago because I have been (crazily) testing it...walking on my toes/heels, no problems typing opening things, and I regularly hike up into our bluffs. I am in excellent physical shape I am 5'6" / 135 lbs. and have never had these twitches at rest before. It is like popcorn, one pop here, one pop there. I do not drink alcohol or caffeine and my electrolytes tested normal. I am also experiencing hemifacial spasms on my lower right lip and sometimes now on the left side. Nothing in the mouth or tongue. No atrophy. I was prescribed .5 ml of Lorazepam 3x per day and it helps TREMENDOUSLY with the twitching, but I do not want to be on this drug as I know it is highly addictive. I do not do well with SSRI's as I had been diagnosed as slightly ADHD in adulthood and I think SSRI medication just reacts with me badly...feels like speed, same reason I have difficulty with caffeine. Up until now, I barely took an asprin, much less this stuff. I startle extremely easily and my husband says when he wakes me up, I startle terribly as well. The doc has me scheduled for an EMG (I think mostly to ease my mind) in October. I am scared as heck. I have been researching my brain off. I know I am generally an anxious person, however, I have been anxious all my life and have never experienced this type of muscle twitching, (kind of like how your eye does), in all my 36 years. Sometimes I get little feelings of "bubbles" under my skin on my torso, but have always had those. I also seem to be achey at times, but no weakness at all. I tested positive on my ELISA again for Lymes, but negative on the follow up tests, so my doc says Lyme isn't the problem...A few nights ago I had what felt like really bad heartburn, it radiated to jaw, back and chest-but it was gone by next morning...this occurred after all these other symptoms started. I do have a family history of stroke (mom at 47 with blood clot in her brain and two subsequent since), and my 19 year old daughter has tremors. In your professional opinion, does this sound like it could be the start of ALS, or does this point to something a little less sinister?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Symptoms not indicative of ALS.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I understand that you are very worried about your recent symptoms and are worried whether you could be having ALS. Now, I have gone through your clinical history in detail...

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I was having anxiety and depression for many years. During the last year I was prescribed with Epitril 0.5 and Serlift 25mg. Now I am doing mostly alright with depression and anxiety. But there is a persistent tension concentrated in one the area or another like around the back portion of the neck, or the forehead or the eyes or dizziness or palpitation (pounding heart). In the sleep many times I get bad dreams that wakes me up with palpitation. These symptoms just don't go away.

Other than bad dream issue and pounding chest I don' t have any other sleep issues with or without medication. I sleep for 8 hours even without any medicine.

Also, now I have many good things in life to look forward to, unlike previously. And I have many positive engagements. I have eliminated all the stressful conditions. So if this nagging issue of persisting tension is gone then I can have my life back.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Relaxation exercises.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Welcome to HCM.
I can understand your concerns.

It's good to know that your symptoms are resolved with such low dose of serlift.

In my opinion, the persisting tension which you are worried about should go by relaxation exercises....

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Dear Dr.
Below is a question I was trying to post last night but was not able to complete.

This is from 11:00 pm last night...
At this moment I am in the middle of a full blown Panic Attack and cannot calm myself in any of the ways I have researched over the past few years. I know I need help badly but I don't know where to turn. Unfortunately, many of my Primary Care Physicians over the years have prescribed everything from Valium, Tranzene, and most recently Ativan (Lorazapam) to help me at least cope with the severe side effects of this serious problem, and they, of course, were helping me in the short term - but the attacks would never leave my side permanently. Please tell me what type of treatment is necessary to deal with these issues, if at all possible. At this moment, it is only 11:00 PM and I have been trying everything I know to calm down and get some sleep. All my life I had worked warehouse jobs on the second and mostly third shifts in order to make a living. My Mom had many phobias throughout her life and even my Father DIED from circumstances related to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. All the years that I sat up with my Mom trying to help were somewhat disappointing to everyone involved. Who would have thought at the time I would fall into this situation myself many years later. Have you any help to offer me in the way of information, reliable Mental Health Professionals that deal with these types of issues, or at least start the things I have to do in order to receive any treatments I may obtain in the near future. My sleep habits are horrendous, my appetite almost non- existent and my patience at an end if some type of starting point for these issues cannot be found soon. I am a 63 year old male who has dealt with these issues for far too long. Please Dr., is there help out there for a lost soul such as myself?? I don't know where to turn to begin the things I would need to do in the future. My wife is a wreck from all the trouble I seem to give her for years now. I am desperate for help for myself and my loved ones.

I had asked questions earlier but felt I did not provide enough detail and background for the Dr. to understand my situation.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Panic disorder can be treated with medicines and behaviour therapy.

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking from Healthcaremagic.com

I can understand your concern. The recurrent panic attacks or paroxysmal severe anxiety should not be ignored. As we've discussed in another thread...

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first sexual encounter was with a much more experience woman she did not know i was a Virgin and i was/ not ab out to tell her she was 3yrs younger.after weeks of making out one day she just took off all her cloths jumped in bed for sex.well i had anxiety attack,about 2 weeks later after 3rd try we did it and it lasted for 15 years.now every time i try to have sex with a new person just before the sex i get this same panic.sometimes i can work through it sometime i cant. depending on the woman the level of anxiety differs,if i get pass the first encounter every thing is fine that was 36 years ago i thought i would just grow out of it YYYY@YYYY

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Behaviour therapy can be utilised for anxiety.

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking

I can understand your concern. During your initial encounters since you were virgin and due to performance anxiety (most probably) you developed severe anxiety symptoms. Later your mind got...

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Hello doctor

Lately I have been waking up with shortness of breath in the morning and chest pain. I think I have GERD because I went to ER a few weeks ago and they told me I had symptoms of it. Ever since I had a lump in my throat and stomach pain but now the shortness of breath is a new thing. I also had a history of anxiety and I think it's back I never had any heart problems either. What can it be? Thank you for your help

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Such symptoms can occur due to anxiety.

Detailed Answer:
Hello thanks for asking from HCM

You have symptoms of GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) and just recently developed symptoms like shortness of breath and chest pain. You have history of anxiety.

GERD itself can present...

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