So, every bloody morning around 5:00, I jolt awake from my sleep with yucky severe anxiety. It is constant (doesn't blow over), heart pounding, shaking, intense fear and doom. I can't lay there, so I have to get up and pace around! It is so exhausting.
This goes on each day, but gradually diminishes throughout the day. Typically by 3:00 it passes and the remainder of my day is anxiety free. I feel very relaxed before bed, although not tired (my insomnia has returned as well. Only to awaken the next morning with the severe anxiety all over again.
This was my first and worst symptom 6 yrs ago. Last year, I was put on the antidepressant, doxepin, and it did wonders! My insomnia and anxiety literally melted away in days!! I remained symptom free for a year! .......Until I started Lyme treatment with doxy/flagy. Now it's back! Even though I quit the doxy/flagyl 2 weeks ago, it remains! I just can't stand waking every morning this way!
I have to medicate with 1 mg Xanax each morning. I hate using that stuff, but it does take the edge off. Sometimes I need another Xanax late morning as well.
What causes these early morning attacks? Anyone else have these? Is it lyme? Bart? Ehrlichia? Am I going crazy? I've never had anxiety or insomnia issues before! Something is wrong with my brain!
Any ideas for me? It really is torture. I'm sorry I even started Lyme treatment. My suffering is so much worse now.
43 yrs old, symptoms for 5 yrs.
(Anxiety/panic, weakness, fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, insomnia, hair loss)
Recent IGenex test: 8/14
IGM: 18+, 23-25 IND, 31+, 39 IND, 41+, 83-93 IND
IGG: 31 IND, 39 IND, 41++
Treatment: 10/1/14: 200 mgs minocycline, 2 tablets malarone
10/24: 200 doxy, 1000 flagyl
Post Edited (Utahgal) : 12/8/2014 4:40:12 AM (GMT-7)