One night after play practice I totally lost it and thought I was going to die. The hospital told me I had a panic attack and sent my home with Xanax and told me I also had GERD. After multiple ER and doctor visits over six months I had finally given up and was ready to die. For six months my body had been going "downhill." I had lost ten pounds in a month, had terrible chest pain, was tired all the time, and lost interest in things that were important to me. Finally, my doctor ran an EKG and found that I actually had a heart condition. I was relieved to find out that I wasn't making my symptoms up and wasn't going crazy. I have recently undergone heart surgery and my recovery is going well. I am still taking xanax for my anxiety, but I am getting impatient and just want to get my life back to what it was. I have tried massage, relaxation music, yoga, etc. but feel like I am not getting the results I want quick enough. People keep telling me to be relax and don't rush things, but that makes me even more frustrated. Can anyone help me get through this?
No wonder you have anxiety and stress, and believe me, I know how "just don't worry" and "Just don't rush things" only seem to make the problem worse by adding to your frustration. You have some serious medical issues and you are young. Are you able to see a Mental Health Professional? I know most people don't want to see a "shrink" but with the proper therapy and some medications that work for you, you'll feel much better and have a great chance of getting things back to the way they were. Good luck and I hope you find a treatment that works and helps you as quickly as possible. Let me know how things work out for you :)
Xanax is best used short term because of the tendency to become over dependent on it. A counselor will really help sort things out and help you figure out what can be triggering the anxiety and how to differently react to it. Anxiety tends to run in families and you may figure out who else in your family has it and see if they improved and what worked for them. Group therapy always works better for me and I have panic anxiety disorder. I am off all meds now but still go to group. Let your heart doctor know you are still having some anxiety also.
It is not an easy thing to get through. Is the xanax helping. If it is then maybe you should talk to your doctor or (I don't know how old you are) but try to seek therapy of some kind. sometimes talking to someone can help bring out things that are causing panick attacks that you don't even realize exist. Our brain is very tricky. People can tell you to relax but if you don't even know what is bothering you or why how can you relax. These things take time so maybe just knowing that your recovery from panick attacks is not going as fast as you would like it to will help you feel a little better. Good Luck with this.
Wow! Maybe they thought your young age precluded you from heart conditions, but that is not good! I know that some doctors try to atribute the symptoms you had to anxiety and things tend to get overlooked, similar situation in my brain cancer, got put on more drugs for anxiety and got all these other tests done and an MRI of my neck only, well I too thought I was going crazy as in feeling like I was the conductor of the crazy train!!! If the doctors and insurance had done my head along with my neck, the tumor would have been seen earlier and I might have avoided the siezure disorder! I hope that more doctors read or see this type of thing and err on the cautious side instead of lets treat this crazy person and move on!!!
Hi Im also 28 and have a anxiety disorder, I cant think of a reason why I have it but I have lived with it for 4 years now. I know everyone reacts different to medication but I have tried them all and found aropax to be the best, so please give that a chance, I take the 20mg dose every night, its generic name is paraxotein. Good luck.
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