New user - not so new to anxiety

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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 1/23/2010 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'll give you all a brief run down on my experience with anxiety, then hopefully some of you may have some useful advice.
I began having noticeable issues with anxiety around 2 years ago, beginning gradually with depression and accumulating into panic disorder with associated agoraphobia.  At worst, I was only able to leave the house to go to work (ironically, the place which triggered everything), and was unable to tolerate even the slightest suggestion of sound.  I wore earplugs constantly, couldn't be in a room where a conversation was occurring, and had to get rid of my TV as even being in the same room as it suggested sound.  I couldn't stand people walking near me and especially past me and would simply panic!
My main coping method was avoidance, but I have been on Citalopram for more than 18 months now.  I had CBT which helped me to understand the cycle I was in.  I felt that everything was beginning to get back on track and that I was making good progress.  I found a new job, and in August, I relocated closer to family and began my new job.
I live in constant fear of my life returning to the pityful shambles it had become, and my anxiety levels seem to be gradually increasing.  Most recently, I feel that I am going crazy.  In the last few weeks I have had a viral infection followed by, what the GP thinks, is an episode of Bronchitis.  I have completed the course of medication but am still finding that I have chest tightness, shortness of breath, increased pulse and light headedness - all of which are also my classic panic symptoms.
Part of me thinks I should go back to the GP for reassurance, but the other part of me is hyper-paranoid that the GP thinks I'm a lunatic time waster.  I have seen two different GP's within the last fortnight.  The first was while I was ill with a viral infection (his diagnosis).  I felt as though he thought I was wasting his time, especially when I said that I was so frustrated by constantly seeming to catch every bug that was going around.  He arranged blood tests (which came back normal), but again, I felt it was to humour me.
The second GP had to be seen on an emergency basis as I was struggling to breathe, and had been all day.  It was he who diagnosed bronchitis and prescribed the medication.
I really am doubting myself at the moment and cannot seem to differentiate between symptoms of genuine illness and those of anxiety.  I feel like a nutcase, and am worried that by going back to the GP or mentioning this to anyone I know will have them thinking I'm nuts / hypercondriac.  My biggest fear is that I will panic or make a fool of myself at work - I've only been there 6 months!  Part of me just wants to quit my job, hide away and shut the world out.
Sorry about the long post - I just had to get it out of my head somehow.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 1/24/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it would be best if you go back and see doctor #2 and let him know that you are still feeling shortness of breath. It could really be just anxiety, but to give yourself peace of mind, I think you should just get checked out to be sure. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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   Posted 1/25/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Many of us suffer from health anxiety and it is definitely can turn your world upside down if you let it..go back to doc as Nanners posted get checked and you know i am the type of person that does not hesitate to let a doctor know if i think they are just humoring me or pushing my concerns aside does not make you bad nor rude imho to make sure your health care provider is there for you.....i have the best relationship with my doc and i know many others do to i am so sorry you dont have this with yours..perhaps you need to find a dr that is truly there for you ..just a thought..keep us posted...lyn
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