Let me start by saying thank you for the replys. It really calms my nerves to read your replys. This forum is great!
Funny you mentioned the clenching the jaw. I do it quite often. Mostly when I am concentrating or just dozing off, i'm sure I do it more but just don't notice. It's not that I clench them hard, I kind of just flex my jaw muscles... Maybe a habit? Also, in the recent past I had some trouble breathing for about 3 days but it went away. I had been involved in a structural fire previously and inhaled some smoke though. But, of course in was making me a bit panicky. No phlegm or coughing though. As far as the chest pains. It is my left side mostly, it feels like it is my rib cage directly underneath my armpit. But I do have acid reflux... Also, My chest pops if I sneeze, stretch, or simply lean back sometimes. I am assuming that is exoskeletal, but I could be wrong. The weird thing is that these things don't happen every day. It's here and there. And yes, they make me tell myself I am dying of lung cancer or I am going to have a heart attack. It really puts a damper on my day but yet my doctor tells me i'm healthy as a horse.
I am not on any medications for ADD but I have been asking some friends who have anxiety and they say meds work. I have never taken meds of any kind unless I was sick. I'm not too comfortable with relying on it. But some people have told me Xanex works. My sister takes it also. I'm to the point now where i'm wondering if my bad days could be better without all the worry. I'm thinking of telling my doctor but I don't want to be put on any kind of anti depressant. I recently had a friend who suffered from severe anxiety and his doctor put him on anti depressants. Soon after he became suicidal...
As far as the drinking, NO PROBLEM giving it a rest. Whatever will work, I'll do whatever it takes.
Also, I wouldnt mind maybe trying a prescription, and maybe just taking it when I feel anxious, and other days just leave it alone... If that will even be effective?
The work related trauma does add to the stress, I am also in medic school now too; and trying to work. So the work load is there. But overall i'm happy to be headed in this direction. We do have critical incident stress debriefings which really help with the stress.
Boo, Allestaria, Hibee, Nanners, stkitt,
Thank you all so much for your thoughtful replys. It is much appreciated.