It’s been a relief to read so many of these posts as I can relate to them and feel as though I wrote some of them myself. I have always had some isolated anxiety throughout my entire life and am used to some of the psychical symptoms. However, after my second child, (19 mon apart) months after having her ( about 8 months) I felt some strange yet concerning symptoms. It all started the week I had my first period and about a month after I weaned my daughter from breastfeeding. I thought I had a sinus infection because of the pressure in my head. I was also extremely exhausted and was running on minimal sleep. I was being treated for a sinus infection, however, it never went away. This began my panic and concern as I continued to have the symptoms of tiredness, full headedness, pressure, and headaches. Then one day when I was driving while not feeling great, I went the wrong way and when I realized, I had a full blown panic attack because I thought that there must be something terribly wrong with me and that I LOST IT. Since that moment the symptoms continued and more added on... dizziness, odd eye pressure/tunnel vision, lack of concentration, and a spaced out/out of body/not present feeling (which can be very hard to explain) kicked in. After tons of tests and seeing many doctors, they said everything was normal (other than some sinus issues which I always lived with). I was happy when I had a mri because I felt that I truly was “loosing it” and after googling, thought it could be something very serious. My primary dr. said anxiety but since I have already had some experience with it, I couldn’t imagine it was truly that because this was something that lasted for weeks when usually my experience with anxiety would pass after calming down. So the search continued and every ache and pain or odd feeling, made me think, “this is it, this is what’s wrong with me” because I googled but my doctor would calm me down and tell me I needed to relax and it could be just anxiety. As I am starting to accept this, I have been feeling better. I always had health anxiety so I hadn’t been able to relax in months and I feel like my mind is a hamster wheel.
I still feel like I have to try a lot harder to concentrate and focus, is that something that some of you still experience? I appreciate how you are all so kind to one another as this can be a scary time for some of us. I’m sure this increase of stress and health anxiety is the root as it can make out bodies crazy and then adding the hormonal changes is intense!
Sorry for the long post. Would love to hear some feedback or hear if anyone relates!
All the best!