Hello. I have posted here before and am hoping for some feedback. I am so very discouraged.
I feel ill 24/7 and that is not an overstatement. I am nearly always trembling, but also have spells where I shake hard. My head never feels "right" (lightheaded / dizzy type of a feeling). Nausea. Digestive issues. Constant upper body soreness / pain (shoulders, chest, neck, left arm pain). I get agitated very easily. I have trouble staying focused. Short of breath at times. This is every day!
I have had several tests performed. Exercise stress test (2 years ago). EKG (2 months ago). MRI of the brain (2 months ago). Complete blood workup (1 month ago). In-depth thyroid blood work (1 year ago). Upper GI endoscopy (I do have Barret's Esophagus). Colonoscopy (3 months ago). Abdominal Ultrasound (6 months ago). The only thing that has shown throughout all of this testing is Barret's Esophagus.
Because of this, my doctor feels I suffer from severe anxiety (including health anxiety) / panic disorder. He referred me to a psychiatrist on June 29. The psychiatrist put me on Sertraline 25mg along with 0.5mg of Clonazepam. I did that for 2 weeks with horrible side effects. He feels I am very sensitive to medication, so he lowered me to 12.5mg. I realize that 12.5mg (or even 25mg for that matter) are not therapeutic doses. I am so very down and discouraged.
It is so very difficult to believe that all of my physical symptoms are anxiety related. I have it in my head that there is something seriously physically wrong with me that the doctor is missing. I can't get that out of my mind! I mean.....I truly feel ill every minute of every day! How can it be anxiety when I feel like I am dying?
Any feedback / thoughts/ ideas would be greatly appreciated.