Hi everyone, Glad to have found such a resource and to know I am not alone in this mystery.
I was one of those people in denial about "anxiety" or panic. My earliest recollection was all of the sudden having this feeling
of complete dread. I paced back and forth and couldnt catch my breath. I felt lightheaded and my hands and fingers tingled and felt numb (hyperventilation) I always felt my heart pounding and race and occassionally skip beats. Of course my first thought was oh
I am only 26 with a heart condition or heart attack, stoke or something sinister.
After years of worry and dozens of EKG's, a treadmill stress test (wooo I am out of shape and overweight) and a 24hr holter, The Dr's are convincing me that yes it is anxiety. I have been on Paxil 2 years
(best for my panic) no so good for weaning off (Celexa)- bad for me and small bouts with Anti -Anxiety meds - Valium and Klonopin for
panic attacks. Right now I am weaining off Klonopin after 6mths of daily dosage ranging from .5-1.5 mgs this in itsellf is extremely hard and panic inducing. Oh and just started 10mg of Lexapro (anti depress)
Also to top this off this year has been extraordinarily stressful for my family and myself. We moved 3,000 miles away from the best city we ever lived in (Seattle WA) My husband is AD military and may be deployed any day now. 2 of our best childhood friends died unexpectly this year. My brother in law was an innocent bystander and was shot and survived but struggled for 6 mths until he recently passed away. My dad in law was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and was just recently in a car accident. I almost feel like since we moved here 1 year ago all these problems started. My 9 yr old son had emotional problems and chronic stomach pain that required a GI endoscopy to look inside his little tummy. Am I superstitious to think this- I suppose
Financial issues, family issues and of cource my anxiety/depression and panic-
Sorry to sound like the victim here but I just feel like I have this cloud of negativity over me and my family.
lately. I feel at times it is ok to rely on pills to make me feel better. What do u think??