I didn't think I would be back here but....I really need some advice tonight.
I have had health anxiety since I was in my 20s. Now 30 years later, I am still struggling with it. Here is what I am dealing with now:
Went back on anti-depressants (Effexor XR) after being off for only 3 months. Have also been taking Ativan (.5 mg 3x a day). My doctor wanted to wean me off so I did it over a three week period. I just finished taking my last .5 mg 4 days ago. Since then, I have gone completely crazy! Since I went back on the Effexor XR, I have had a dull pain under my left rib (stomach) and sometimes further down in the abdomen on the left side. Prior to going back on the drug, I was having issues with stomach pain (the doctor said it was because of my stress and anxiety). I saw my doctor yesterday and told her that I was having terrible anxiety issues and that my stomach was still sore. She examined me and said that there was no indication of any masses or lumps, etc. and suggested that I increase my dose of Effexor. I am completely obsessed with the thought that I have stomach cancer. I cannot get it out of my mind and can think of nothing else!! My husband suggested that maybe I'm obsessing again because I am now off of the Ativan. The doctor didn't even mention that possibility. Other things in my life currently: a job that stresses me to no end (I was off for two months with depression and anxiety), my best friend is dying of cancer and was just told 4 weeks ago that there is nothing more that they can do for her and my mom ended up in emergency two days ago with a heart problem.
So, is there a chance that the anxiety, panic and obsession thoughts I've having are as a result of my coming off of the Ativan too quickly? How can I stop these thoughts that I have stomach cancer?? In the past I have been convinced that I had: breast cancer, ovarian cancer, MS, you name it.....
I sure could use some help tonight. My husband just left to go back to work out of town and I'm feeling very alone and scared.