I'm new on here , but have recently joined the smoking cessation group , as I'm trying to quit smoking aswell .
Earlier this year , for the first time ever , I experienced a few panic / anxiety attacks . I've suffered with , what I would refer to , as situational type depression in the past (breakdown of a 20 year marriage , and youngest child living between me and his father , took some adjusting too after Id been his main carer as such ) , still , came through that , then have had a succession of difficult situations , bereavement of both parents , sibling fallout over estate , etc , children grown up , and now potential job loss . first time ever had anxiety issues ,couldn't leave the house without crying and nervousness , happened a few times , even after work one evening , then gradually has subsided . then had sinus type illnesss which hasn't recovered properly , now potential surgery looming , trying to stop smoking , and the underlying shaky feeling back again with a vengeance ?. also sometimes feel like I'm holding my breath ?? , and dizzy / faint / nausea . don't know whether its anxiety / smoking cessation or sinus related , ? , but it seems to be staying the same , if not getting worse ? , any help would be appreciated .
have had sinus trouble for years , but only intermittently , this time facial swelling for last 6 weeks or so . usually get headaches , occ dizziness , but now got ear pressure also with it , and seems to be exaggerated by temperature differences . esp cold (air conditioning at work )
smoked for last 20 years ish , at worst 20 a day , though normally between 10 -15. cut down over last month , to maybe 5/6 per day . none at work (none for 9 hours at a time ) , did 1 week smoke free, had a couple , now started again smoke free (24 hours ) ,
anxiety as above , no medication just had counselling , and started swimming and walking .
no other illnesses etc ,except low dose HRT for ?menopause symnptoms and course of steroids 3 weeks ago to help sinus prob , though it didn't help !!
any thoughts / help / people with similar experiences / symptoms , anything at all would be appreciated
many thanks in advance