I’m 21 years old and I have suffered from anxiety issues for around 7 years now which has brought on IBS around 5-6 years ago.
Recently I have had abdominal pains around the bottom of my rib cage, which I have seen the doctor, I have seen them around 3-4 times about this. i have had various tests, such as stool sample tests to check for blood which cane back negative and another stool sample test to check for inflammation, a blood test which came back all normal and I have been referred for an ultrasound and to gastroenterology at the hospital to investigate the matters further, following the result for slight inflammation of the gut. I do suffer with health anxiety on top of my generalised anxiety so it may not have helped anything in terms of my anxiety and worries.
I’m feeling pretty helpless at the moment with my anxiety since the passing of my nan back in May. I have been put on Sertraline 50mg tablets to help with my anxiety, but I’m very worried mainly about the side effects of the tablets, this would be the first time taking tablets for my anxiety. I know that if I don’t take the tablets I’m not helping myself, so I don’t have any room to complain if I don’t help myself.
I’m wondering if anyone has any advice on what I can do to help tackle my anxiety and feeling lost.