Hi All. I am 39 years old. I had my first child in June 2011 at age 38. Since then, I have been experiencing many weird health symptoms. The weirdest symptom I experience is this weird rush/surge sensation in my chest which occurs at random times for no apparent reason and only lasts a second or two. Very scary! I am extremely fatigued and irritable. I sometimes feel like my body is going to shut off. I occasionally have heart palpitations and random chest pain. My muscles also hurt frequently. I am so irritable and full of anger that I actually feel sorry for my family. I have seen a cardiologist, a hematologist, 2 gynocologists, a neurologist, and a gastroenterologist. I still have no answers. I have tried many medications for anxiety which seem not to work, although klonopine provides a little relief. I take metoprolol for high blood pressure. It was suggested by my OB/GYN that i try birth control, which kind of scares me. Could this be hormonal? Does this sound like anxiety? Any suggestions?
Yes, since you claim Doc and meds don't help, try reaching out to a local support group. There are many in every community, I would go so far as a recovery meeting, as many welcome folks with any issue that is having a negative effect on their life ) over or under eating, anxiety, anger, etc.). There is indeed help, just gotta reach for it. Anyway, best to you, hope this helps.
Hi Marley and welcome. First off, having a baby is bound to cause at least some anxiety not to mention the extreme fatigue and corresponding irritability. When you go from being responsible for one person to two people, well that's a huge life change. I understand that it takes your body a good 18 months to return to normal after having a baby. I'd also let to ask if your tests have included a thyroid test? A malfunctioning thyroid could cause all of your listed symptoms, including the mental symptoms. And like has already been suggested, a little talk therapy can always be a good thing, whether it comes from a recovery group or a private doctor. Sometimes no one understands you better than someone you don't deal with on a daily basis. I'm certain you'll get some more good suggestions here and I truly hope you find some relief soon!
Hello Marley. I understand some of what you are experiencing. My first child was born a few months before my 40th birthday. It takes a huge amount of energy to care for one that young. You also have a better chance for hormonal imbalance simply because you are older. I raised a beautiful child and I know you will too. I did have post partum depression for a couple weeks.
A series of questions for you that will help with the general picture. Are you in peri menopause, was this tested? Thyroid results, TSH reading? Depression part of your past? past miscarriages? Money or family problems? And so forth. All, any, or some of these can put you in your current situation. And don't forget you have a one year old who hasn't given you a whole lot of sleep. Stress makes total sense.
When we start having panic attacks then it is time for a psychiatrist to get us exactly what we need. They are the managers of medication. Therapy will also help you prioritize and start fixing out sources of stress and those are the psychologists and MSW therapists. Their goal is making plans and finding new ways to do things. Coping skills and relaxation techniques are given by them.
The muscle pain may be part of your hormonal imbalance. It may also be something separate. At this point you will be helped by eliminating one problem at a time. If they say birth control they are concerned about hormonal imbalance. If they say Klonopin they are saying stop panic attacks. It may sound like a lot of meds but by calming down one symptom after another the doctors can find out if something is an underlying problem. Taking these meds does not mean a lifetime of pills. As things sort out certain meds will be discontinued and your doctors will figure out if anything more is needed. Your body is out of whack. It will help to support your hormones artificially for a while through meds so it can level out.
Ask if you have more questions. we are listening. Blessings to you and your wonderful child. Karen
Hi Marley. You have some good advice here already.I can tell you that I experienced menopause at 44.All of my anxiety and panic attacks started 6 years before that when I was in peri menopause(did you know that you can still conceive during this period?),only none of the Dr's thought to check for hormone imbalances.I did experience the same things you describe. The heart palpitations... that was like my heart would either beat really fast,or it sometimes,just for a few moments felt like a stone falling in my chest, or it would skip beats.I was irritable,severly depressed,crying all the time, anxiety and panic attacks,not sleeping,not eating.If you have not had the thyroid tests then ask your Dr. to test that,have them test hormonal balance too if that has not been done yet.If those tests are normal and symptoms remain, then you should consider therapy with a qualified Pschiatrist,who will at least give you a sounding board. Keep in touch with the group here too.Hoping for an easy resolution, tejas129
Along with EP and Pattishan, I'd like to add my five cents worth. As an older mom for the first time, all I could do was cry. The baby cried, I cried, we cried together.
Metoprolol should help your heart with the feelings of heaviness and like it's trying to leap out of your chest. For me, depending on which year you ask me, Klonopin was a life saver. But at one time, while younger to be starting peri
menopause, I was. I needed both HRT and Klonopin to keep me in my skin. Could it be anxiety, yes. Could it be hormones, yes. Could it be both, yes.
You need to take care of you for yourself and your delicious baby. I would seek out a therapist, and vent. Therapists are pretty well versed on the human condition and hopefully will listen and find out the whys and wherefores of your anxieties and crabby moods. Who knows what's going on .. not me. But as I said before, EP and Pattishan are very good friends and I do listen to them both in my various crises.
Peace and I hope you find what you are looking for.
A big "Thank You" to all of the advice. I forgot to add another symptom. Since the birth of my baby, I have had oral thrush close to 10 times. I am HIV negative and do not have diabetes. Any thoughts? Does anxiety or hormonal imbalance cause this?
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