Well my panic attacks probably started in grade school but really came around when I was 19 or 20 (I'm 38) and it began with highway driving...really bad....then all driving, especially at night, and then just general anxiety. Have been on and off meds then, some worked and I just went off, some didn't, some did but had effects such as anger or weight gain...so I just weaned off Zoloft not too long ago after a 40 lb weight gain with the hope of getting through this on my own, and with acupuncture and such..
Well the past 2 weeks have been a living hell, my husband's had to drive me to work and pick me up (I have a 40 mile commute) and the past few days he's had work so I've managed to do back roads but now even those are making me crazy....I feel like I'm floating, only half there....like I'm dizzy almost...it's so hard to explain. I used to feel like I couldn't swallow, but this is like I'm made of jello.
I was trying so hard not to go on another med...my pdoc gave me samples and a script of Pristiq but naturally I read posts and people who report negative side effects (like nausea, a fear of mine) stick with me so I'm so afraid, and afraid to gain more weight as I'm having a hard time losing what I gained thanks to Zoloft (hard enough to fit into my wedding dress after exercising like a maniac and eating nothing but chicken and veggies).
I would rather fight the weight and feel ok, just afraid of the nausea..but I'm getting off subject.
Why driving? Why highway driving? Anyone else have this?
I feel like I'm losing it, I feel horrible all the time, not just driving, I feel like I'm constantly in this weird...state....
Thanks for listening.