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   Posted 9/7/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I am new to this board, and found it because I was doing a little research on Klonopin (a med my MD prescribed to me).
about 4 months ago, I found a few "lumps" in my right breast, and had an all-out, absolute panic/anxiety attack like I have never experienced before in my life.  I couldn't breathe, started thinking I was going to die---leave my children/DH, they would forget me, crying for hours.  I tensed up so bad, and for about 12 hours, that the I have caused myself some pains I am not sure is because of the anxiety or other things (those 'things' being-----I started working out in Jan. 07----and may have gone overboard with the # of times I went working out, and how long I would work out).  I have a TON of pain in my chest/sternum area---along with my upper GI and my back---basically haven't been able to wear my bra for 3+ months b/c of the pain! 
So, after many tests (for gall bladder, B12 deficiency, xrays, PT, and an MRI), and, also TRYING to take Lexipro and Celexa-----(which didn't seem to work with me)  I am now being told I gave myself an ulcer, and have been referred to a GI and BACK specialist.  I have been trying for about 1 week to get appts with the two "specialists" my Primary MD has referred tme to-----and they always have machines on---or "will call me back"---- nono
In the meantime, I am thinking that my MD is stuck on the issue of my anxiety---and thinks that everything I feel is b/c of anxiety---not that the pain I experienced (lumps) 4 months ago is causing the anxiety.  (Oh, btw, my lumps are just watery cysts that are OK)---
Anyone have any words of "wisdom" for me, experienced the same things as me---or can talk some sense into me?
I guess you can say, I am a mess!  Thanks for listening!

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   Posted 9/7/2007 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Well to me it sounds like you were just reacting to a very scary thought. I would be pretty freaked out if i thought that i had cancer, even more freaked out then my general state of GAD freakiness. I'm glad that it all worked out and that you don't have cancer. You don't sound like you have "classic" anxiety symptoms so i wouldn't worry about it too much.

You sound like you are under a lot of stress, make sure to set aside time that's just for you, to relax and enjoy yourself.

Peace- Z
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   Posted 9/7/2007 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, this is Kitt and Welcome to Healing Well and the A & P forum.
I agree you freaked but hey your normal, we all freak when we hear the big C mentioned as we of course think of all the bad outcomes.  For you, God was with you and no breast cancer. That is awesome news.
I hope your physician did not literally say "You gave yourself an ulcer". You anxiety and the stress you were under may have precipitated a stomach problem.
Anxiety can cause just about any sx you want to mention and it appears you have had all the tests and scans therefore perhaps it is anxiety.
Make that appointment with the GI physician to see if indeed you have a stomach ulcer.  You may want to talk to a therapist too.  Sometimes just talking and learning ways to deal with your anxiety will be the magic trick.
You are in a great forum here, so please stay with us and know we care.
Hugs to you and again welcome.
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   Posted 9/8/2007 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the welcome. I do have an appt scheduled for talking with a therapist...........so, we'll see how that goes! Hugs and prayers to you too!

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   Posted 9/8/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing and sorry for all that is happening BUT you are taking right steps eh

Please do let us know how things are going

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