Hi again, I have posted before on here and on the GERD and Crohn's forum but I think it's been a while.
A bit of background. I've suffered from anxiety on and off for a while but it has worsened since December. I've had a tough year, my Mum had a stroke last January and as she lives across the street I've been her primary carer since September. I was kinda dreading Christmas and just wanted it over, I was worried my Stomach would play up, we go to my in laws and it's a long day! I get acid and take Lansasprazole for it.
Since the day after Christmas I've been getting a burning sensation across the whole of my back which sometimes comes round to the front and around my breasts, I feel really hot but I don't sweat, and my skin is not hot either, just sensitive and tingly and I feel flushed. I've also had a numb tightness across the top of my head. I've found it eases after I take a bath and try and relax but I'm finding it really hard to relax and not freak out. I think I have health related anxiety, I'm petrified I'm going to just drop dead or have a stroke like my Mum, I feel so stupid and sad that I'm letting this ruin my life.
I went to see my GP yesterday and came out feeling a lot better, he took my blood pressure which was fine and he said the burning was probably anxiety and guess what - I didn't get it yesterday. I did get a burning stomach last night though and it set me off again, the acid was quite bad and then today I'm all panicky again and I developed the burning in the supermarket, this time I did sweat though. I feel like I'm overheating without being hot, it's very weird and scary. I can't shake this feeling of impending doom
My GP has ordered blood tests to check my thyroid and other things and I have an appointment with him on the 19th Jan. He has also prescribed 20mg Citalopram/Celexa which I'm not sure I want to take. I said I would try anything but I'm a little scared to take an anti depressant. I wanted something like xanax to take when I was overwhelmed but he said that we don't take that approach in the UK.
I have a bit of the burning again now on the underside of my arms/ armpit and my cheeks are really flushed, what is this?? If it's anxiety why won't it go away!! And will Citalopram help me? Does anybody take it for similar anxiety? I read it might make my anxiety worse before it gets better, I can't take it any worse.... Oh and I'm 38, could any of this be hormone related, I know wrong place but i thought I'd ask.
Any words of advice and wisdom would be greatly appreciated!!
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