my husband and I got married in August, and on our honeymoon he ended up having a severe panic attack, which he has never had before.
After we got out of the hospital with a clean bill of health, he felt weak and had shaky legs and couldn't do much walking for the remainder of the trip. His appetite also suffered.
When we got back home, I brought him to a doctor, who diagnosed him with an anxiety disorder and put him on medication. The meds ended up making him feel pretty sick, so we stopped them and brought him to another internal medicine doctor who ran a barrage of tests on him- xrays of the chest, blood tests, even a take home heart monitor-and she found nothing.
He has always been in impeccable physical shape-always exercising, eating right, never smoked, etc..and he can only describe the feeling as he's feeling weak, doesn't feel like himself, his legs get shaky and his heart races a bit and his head feels funny. He always worries he's going to fall down, which he hasn't. The second doctor referred him to a therapist who he hasn't gone to see yet, but i'm working on it.
He and I have discussed his feelings a lot over the last few months, he's been in school and working full time, so he has now taken a leave of absence from work and has more time to concentrate on school, which we were hoping would alleviate some of the stress, but he still feels "funny" from time to time and it freaks him out because he's never felt these feelings of sickness before and I think it's actually making the anxiety worse.
I was hoping someone had some advice for us as I really want him to be able to feel better. I know he doesn't want to be medicated, and perhaps is why he hasn't seen the therapist- he always says it helps when he talks to me but I keep telling him i'm not a doctor, I can only help so much. I will continue to support him any way I can, but i'm becoming concerned that maybe this isn't anxiety? I have an anxiety disorder and i've learned to manage it on my own, and I know different people have different symptoms... I'm just feeling helpless and I hope someone has some advice for us- it would be greatly appreciated.