Went to the doctor 4 years ago for a normal check up. He did blood work to check cholesterol, glucose, etc. The nurse called me a couple days later and asked me to come in asap to go over results. At this point I think I had my first panic attack. I was scared. I arrived at the doctors office and he started in on my cholesterol. He told me it was high and that I would die before reaching the age of 40 if I didn't start taking medication. I was 35 at the time. I was so upset and accepted to take what ever I needed to take to get better... that's when all my anxiety and panic attacks started. It has been hell.
I don't see him anymore after I was told by my psychiatrist to find a different doctor for second opinions. I have become a hypochondriac. I constantly think I'm going to have a heart attack. I have had every possible test done and the results are always negative. It does bring me peace of mind for a while, until i start to feel chest pains and then the nightmare begins.
I have tried every ssri and have had no luck with any of them. I'm not good with meds. The only thing that has helped me is xanax. But it's only temporary.
I have been seeing a counselor and trying everything from meditation, mindfulness techniques and it has helped a little. The only thing that keeps me together is my kids and wife.
Lately I have been feeling lightheaded and tired. Went to see my doctor yesterday and again he tells me it's anxiety. I almost feel like that is an excuse for everything. But I know that anxiety will make you feel that way. I have chest pains mainly around my collar bone area on both sides. I catch myself always rubbing it. At times my sternum hurts and I have been told by my doc that it's stomach related. Anxiety causes stomach issues too... I get head pressure and ringing ears. But what really gets me is the lightheaded feeling. I feel like I'm going to pass out. It hasn't happened but it gets that bad.
So if anyone has these feelings or symptoms I would like to know. And any advice would be nice.