I have had a stressful couple of years, looking after 2 terminally ill members of my family, moving to a new country and going through the menopause.
I was fine whilst I was kept busy but when both members of my family died I slowly went downhill, mentally and physically and put it down to just being run down and symptoms of the menopause.
I finally plucked up the courage to go to my Doctor who did blood tests and a chest x-ray due to feeling breathless and everything came back ok except that my thyroid was showing as slightly high, so was put on meds for hypothyroid. Was ok for a while but then suffered with heartburn/gerd and was also put on Omeprazole.
Again, ok for a while but just didn't feel "normal" so went back to Doctors, more bloods done and came back thyroid was normal so taken off all meds.
I felt pretty good for a few weeks then was hit with a panic attack, I thought I was going to die, how you people cope with panic attacks on a regular basis is horrendous just to think about
Anyway to cut a long story short I was put on HRT for menopausal symptoms and then a month later was put on Venlafaxine 37mg but couldn't cope with the side effects so 7 days ago I was put on Escitalopram 5mg.
I am finding these ok regarding side effects, but do have raised anxiety when I wake, which I have read is quite normal and a few other side effects but nowhere near as bad as the Venlafaxine.
I was wondering if anyone is at a similar stage and dosage as myself and maybe we could keep in contact and compare our "journey".
I have not had a great day today, have felt panicky most of the day, just starting to calm down a bit now.
I will post regularly to let you know how I get on and hopefully this may help other people.
I am a newbie to this awful illness so any encouragement would be appreciated.
Thank You xxx
Post Edited (Alantra) : 7/9/2016 8:01:36 AM (GMT-6)