I am just starting down the path of dealing with an anxiety problem. I am 27 years old, and I work in TV news, so my job is stressful. I have never had a problem dealing with stress until June of this year. I started developing chest tightness, severe anxious feelings, and light headedness. My doctor initially treated me for a respiratory infection, because at the time I was presenting with a slight sinus infection, and my husband and I were doing remodling work in our house, which has horsehair plaster for walls. After a ZPak my chest problems did not go away. One weekend at work, I was 10 minutes from going on the air, and I had a meltdown. Racing heart, cold sweats, nauseated, and light headed to the point where I had to put my head between my knees. The next day I went back to the doctor. I had bloodwork done, 2 chest xrays and an EKG, all of which returned normal, except for a vitamin D deficiency. The PA felt that I was dealing with anxiety, and put me on Zoloft 6 weeks ago. I have a follow-up next week.
I was fine for the first 3 weeks on zoloft, and relished the "normalcy" I got back. But then the tightness in the chest came back, and the jittery feeling, and the overwhelming sense of dread.....I'm still taking the medication, but it's all I can do to get off of my couch right now to function without feeling like I am going to just collapse where I am. My chest is still tight, but when I actually go do do something, I get actual sharp pains, on both sides, under my breasts. Then the mind starts reeling that maybe it is a heart problem. I have noticed that it gets worse when I am at work dealing with the stress there. The last two days I have been off, and it hasn't been as bad, but still noticeable. I can't escape the stress at work. It has never bothered me before - I chose this career path, and I know what is expected of me, and for 5 years I never had an issue. All of the sudden I feel helpless, and somewhat silly when I tell my manager I can't do something because I know it will send me to my knees.
I'm hoping that I can find suggestions and tips on how to combat and/or prevent the attacks.