I was clinically diagnosed anxiety, OCD, panic disorder several years ago and something I've had since I was 15 years old. (now 45) Episodes would come and go through the years and I just learned to battle through them.
All has been good as for 6 years been on effexor xr 37.5mg but was weaning myself off for a year now almost down to 8% of that dose. Until...
Been battling some unknown numbness and burning sensations in either hands or feet for the past two months and doctors would say it's carpal or maybe from my back. So I trek on doing rehab, chiropractor etc. Still nada.. As I am convinced something else more chronic is happening to me I am looking up symptoms on line and emersing myself into what others might be feeling so to come to some resolution but nonetheless my fear is feeding my fear and of course still no diagnosis from doctors. I had to quit my job recently because of this.
In the meantime, the past week has been horrible. Aside from what's going on unknown medically it's been taking a huge toll on my mental and psychological state. I try to drift off to sleep or relax and my arms and legs will go into this weird paresthesia buzzing state which then keeps me up. This has left me with barely any sleep and the insomnia is killing me since all I want to do is rest my mind but my stupid limbs start buzzing again.
Trying to mediate but that brings on irregular breathing and mild panics. Decided this might be anxiety so I'm slowly increasing my effexor again to see if it makes a difference in the next few days or week.
Has anyone else experienced paresthesia in their arms and legs when finally relaxing and drifting off and was it attributed to anxiety.