Hi...You might have your doctor check you out for Fibromyalgia. Many of us with anxiety and panic have this disorder. It's trademark is chronic pain that varies from day to day, and fatigue. Fibro is painful but not life threatening and can be managed. Your symtpoms sound like mine and I have it, but I'm no doctor so it would be good to just ask if this is a possibility.
That's the problem with Fibro...all of our blood work, scans etc come back normal. I cannot tell you how many tests I had before dx'd. If you can find a Rhuemy that 'believes' fibro is real, you might want to make an appointment and see what he/she has to say. At least you would have an answer which is half the battle. I heard 'it was all in my head' for five years.
Good luck to you and hugs...
I am so sorry you are feeling so dang lousy and I do understand the fleeing from the store in panic as you just want to go back home. I went through this very same thing and I sat home holed up in my safe place for a long time. I would not even attend family functions such as a wedding as I had so much anxiety. I was sure I was doomed and nothing would ever get better.
It was my lowest moment of Anxiety and Depression and I will always remember how bad it felt so I understand how you feel. Please do not give up and do continue to advocate for yourself.
I too have heard of people with Fibro that were dx by sx only as the testings were all within normal range.
I know many people that have had great success with Lyrica for the pain of Fibro but remember I am not a professional and I am just tossing out ideas.
Please know you are cared for here and that you have our support and prayers.
Gentle Hugs to you my friend,
Dixi,I am proud of you for tapping into the EAP as this type of program is underused IMHO. You have this as a benefit and so you are entitiled to use it so do get a couple of sessions out of it. This will help you by giving you the opportunity to talk one on one with someone and you usually can get an appointment quickly using this benefit.
Hang in there sweetie and know we are right here. (((((((((Dixi)))))))))))))
i am 29 also and have felt trapped in the body of an unhealthy senior citizen for years. The combo of Fibro, CFS, Anemia, Arthritis, TMJ, Polycystic Ovaries & chronic ear/nose/throat/chest infections are enough to make me want to scream! i feel ive been dealt a short hand as i have missed so much fun stuff due to being constantly unwell since the age of 14. Ive recently had 2 hospital stays for pneumonia and am not improving.
I know this isnt helpful, im not giving you tips cos honestly i dont know the answer (if you find out, let me know!) but i wanted you to know that you are NOT alone in how you feel. I totally sympathise.
Here is to us getting better and loving our lives- not just living them.
Hey Dixie...I'm not trying to foist the fibro-thing on you but any one of us with this disorder will tell you about the sensory overload we are plagued with. Smells, especially. I can smell a burning tire from a truck on the expressway for an hour after we pass it. Walking into a grocery store where they are frying chicken right up front etc makes me gag. I am forever asking The Hubby if he smells gas..NO, he can't. The smell is coming from the lawn mower through two walls in the garage.
Just a thought...when you mentioned the smell issue it reminded me of ME!