Hi Gail and welcome. I've been where you are at. All my problems started with anxiety and panic attacks. I had a problem driving for quite awhile but over came it xanax and self talk. Anxiety causes our bodies to dump too many chemicals in our systems and that causes physical symptoms that scare us so our bodies dump more chemicals in our bodies which causes even more physical symptoms til we are in an out panic attack. I am not anxiety free and I do take xanax everyday. I have been on the same dose for 10 yrs if that eases your mind about getting addicted. I have over came a lot of the anxiety over the years by sure determination that it's not going to win and keep me from living my life the way I want to live it. I also realize I bring a lot of it on myself by self expectations that I can't live up to. The best medicine for me is to keep busy and accomplish something everyday to feel good about myself.
The pain came on gradual for me and I went through many test cause fatigue was the biggest factor at the time. It did take an all out, been beaten with a baseball bat flare for everything to click into place for my doc. At that point he had already eliminated everything else it could be.
I also had reflux problem for many years and that in itself can be scary since it does cause chest pain. I ended up having surgery mine was so bad but that was before all the other stuff started.
Fear and stress can dump a lot of acid in your stomach also that makes the reflux worse.
Your doc is eliminating everything it could be so put your mind at ease and try to relax and hopefully you will get a dx of something soon.
I know that is easy for me to say but stress and anxiety only makes fibro worse if that is what you have.
luv and hugs
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