Hi, I'm new. I've been reading several posts and can relate to so many. My anxiety is something I have struggled with for most of my life. As a child, I remember not being able to take full deep breaths and experiencing racing heart beat during stressful situations. As I got older, and still today, I suffer from social anxiety. I feel very uncomfortable socializing in large groups and often need to self medicate with alcohol in order to get through these types of events. All of this I have dealt with until this past year when my anxiety level has gone through the roof. I now quite often experience frequent stomach pains, nausea, back pain and headaches as a result of basal cell carcinomas found on my face and having Mohs surgery. I know it's nerves. I've had every test in the book. As a matter of fact, I'm scheduled for a CT scan on my kidney on Monday just to rule out another ailment. I don't like the idea of taking medications for my anxiety. I just want to LIVE and get my life back and stop worrying about my overall health. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.