I can't seem to get the health anxiety roller coaster to stop. Both good news and then strange symptoms have been coming fast and furious all week, and my head is spinning from trying to sort it all out.
After a good visit with the allergist on Thursday, I had a small round of chest tightness that Benadryl cleared up. But then the following day, 50% of the times that I stepped outdoors, I got the chest tightness, and Benadryl did nothing for it. I finally went to the ER and asked them for the kinds of meds asthmatics use to maintain their health, hoping that if we're overlooking some problem with my lungs, such meds would at least give me enough peace of mind to function this weekend. No such luck - even though I had no significant physical symptoms today, I'm worried about my health, and I got very spooked to go outdoors this evening. I forced myself to anyway, and I was physically fine, but not comfortable.
I'm so at a loss right now. My husband wants me to just take it easy and solidify the gains I've made from good health news, rather than trying to challenge things that are trying to become phobias for me now. I agree with him, but I can't afford to let some things become uncomfortable for me.
Meds are looking like a smart option, but which one? I already take Paxil. Ativan works quickly for me, but leaves me with bad rebound anxiety even when I've tried to take it regularly. Any insights into a nice, stable anxiolytic?
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DX: Anxiety, Depression, LPR (acid reflux)
Meds: Paxil, Nexium, Zantac