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#75502 - 02/17/05 07:56 PM any advice for me

Can High Doses of Coffee, Smoking Periodically, Severe Stress/Anxiety and lack of sleep have a SIGNIFICANT impact on the immune system and central nervous system?

I know the answer to the question, but I know these things affect people in differant ways, thats why I can't really answer my own questions to my specific complications.

My symptoms are too complex in a way and its really hard for me to explain them because the history behind it is even more complex.

Once I stopped smoking, drinking coffee totally and getting sleep, although still have existing stress/anxiety. My symptoms have eased up alot, but not greatly. I have been to the doctor (doctor says I am fine) several times and have come to my senses that there seems to be nothing wrong with me, but reality says that there is. Can this all be in my head or can it be a sign of something. On a note, my appetite is good, my sleep is okay, I am not losing any weight (only from training), I have reasonable energy and strength.

Can anyone give me some type of advice please. Thanks Alot!


#75503 - 02/18/05 01:21 AM Re: any advice for me

[QUOTE]Originally posted by tookien1:
On a note, my appetite is good, my sleep is okay, I am not losing any weight (only from training), I have reasonable energy and strength.

Can anyone give me some type of advice please. Thanks Alot!


Maybe you should focus more on your internal side (your mind) rather than your physical state.

As you mentioned this is a complex situation and I don't know your background. The only advice I can offer you to help relieve tension, anxiety and stress is to try meditating. It doesn't have to relate to any religion, you can do it in your own home and you can spend from just 5 minutes to 1 hour depending on how you feel.

One good technique to begin with is to find an area in your home or garden where there isn' t too much of a distraction. Sit either, kneeling, cross legged or on a chair, which ever you are comfortable with. Close your eyes and ensure your back is straight but at the same time relaxed (sometimes helps if you imagine there's a tiny thread coming from your head and attached to the ceiling.

Take some relaxed deep breaths and breathe out from your centre not your cheeks. Then try to acknowledge different sounds around you but don't focus on them. It may be the sound of wind outside, or someone closing a door. Any other thoughts that pop into your head just acknowledge them and let them go. Don't get frustrated if these thoughts keep arising, it's normal. Do this for around 5 minutes but don't feel you have to time yourself. Once you feel it is right for this meditation to come to an end, take some deep controlled breaths again and open your eyes.

If you keep practising this you may find additional meditation techniques beneficial and will also help you in your martial arts training.

Hope I haven't bored you with this long post and that hopefully it will help you!

Good Luck!


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#75504 - 02/18/05 07:07 AM Re: any advice for me

Hey, thanks for the reply

#75505 - 02/18/05 07:27 AM Re: any advice for me

Anxiety is often reffered to as the "common" cold of emotional health. There can be both phyisiological and psychological componants to it's origins and treatments. It's a healthy choice to see your doctor to rule out physical causes and illness. We all handle stress differently based on our biology and conditioning. What would be upsetting for me might not bother you at all. Prolonged stress can effect our health. It sounds as though you are making decisions to address your concerns and improve the quality of you life. You might also consider visting a counselor, for guidance and encouragement. There is no shame in caring for yourself in that fashion.

Good luck


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#75506 - 02/18/05 07:36 AM Re: any advice for me


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#75507 - 02/18/05 12:38 PM Re: any advice for me

I have been to the doctor plenty of times, they all say I am fine. One problem is neurologic, and the doctor sent me to a specialist, he said I DON'T have anything wrong with me neurologically. And I took THREE physical Examinations even for my Thyroid in the year I was feeling the worst in, and all proved to be completely normal.
I even took an ECG test and neurologic tests and everthing proved fine as well.

I'll try to make my story quick and simple. When I was about 16 years old, I got Bronchittis the first time in my life. Later on I found a job at a convenience store, for the three years I was working there, I found the job to be quite stressful and not only that, I had this anxiety problem, more like a social anxiety problem (got worse), I was always "hyped" up about everything and always being excited, thinking and thinking, and also showing off by lifting alot of weight frequently causes back problems. I tried smoking for the first time, and kept quiting and smoking quiting and smoking non-stop for about 3 years. About every week I would give up smoking, sometimes every month. What I found was that I was feeling even more stressful from that whole process. I was feeling odd at the time, having all sorts of muscle weaknesses and lack of energy and the only time I felt normal was when I had the cigarrete, but right after I quit I kept feeling weird, muscle twitching, dry eyes etc... Meanwhile I was doing that smoking and quiting thing I took up coffee and absorbed about 10-15 cups/day for a long time, I'd say a good 3-5 days a week for 1 and a half years. In that time, I was feeling like I had gone crazy, I could'nt sleep, I was thinking non-stop, my heart rate increased, shortness of breath, and had numbness in my legs and arms all over especially when I consumed a great amount of coffee. But the symptoms seemed to go hand-in-hand with the smoking, I suppose they acted like a stimulant. But, my anxiety level went up dramatically from that point, even today I find it hard to control myself, and I am 20 years old now. I seem to be getting sick more easily these days, additionally, I have a problem with sensitivity with my skin, like its sensitive to pain, heat, touch etc..., also some periodic back pain, but it comes and goes. This is the neurologic problem I have but as I said, I went to the neurologist and everthing is fine. I have muscle weakness as well, but not all the time, I don't know how to explain it though, my muscles are strong, but from the begining they are weak, only when I start doing a warm-up, I get stronger and stronger by the seconds. I asked a chinese accupuncturist and she told me I have lack of circulation in my body. I also have periodic muscle twitching as though one part of my body muscle twitches in an orderly fashion. But sometimes it goes away for a week then suddenly comes back. I always took vitamins and all sort of Natural Remedies and chinese medicine but its not really changing anything. My energy level is good, I am not losing any weight (except for training), my appetite is completely good (even better), and my sleep seems to be good.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what I should do or what could possibly be causing all my complications. Is this just in my head as most doctors put it, is my body imbalanced physically and mentally, any opinions. Thanks alot, and sorry you read that entire story of mine, but its the only way I can address my issue.

Thanks For the replies!


#75508 - 02/25/05 09:11 AM Re: any advice for me

I will not go into my situation thus it would read too long, instead I will reach my conclusion here: Read the book "Psycho-Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz


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