I'm a 31 year old female who's always tended to be on the tense or anxious side especially in times of stress. But never really to the point where it hindered my life significantly nor would I have considered it a clinical diagnosis. However, over the last three years there have been a lot of ups and downs especially in my career......I am a physician assistant in family medicine. All through my training I held the belief that I would have very good job security/stability. Well, the new landscape of medicine shows me otherwise and it has been a challenging ride during my six years in practice.
In January, dealt job challenges and health challenges. I've had a chronic wrist tendonitis that has never really healed in nine months in spite of medication, physical therapy, accupuncuture and massage. This led to increased stress and chronic tension. And ultimately made my subclinical periodic anxiety more persistent Leading to chronic neck muscle tension which of course led to increased irritation of the tendonitis. Add to that plantar fasciitis in my feet two months ago, that again improved but hasn't fully resolved and things just kind of seem to snowball. My doctor has done a fairly thorough workup, checking hormone levels, rheumatoid, lupus, etc but everything's checked out so far.
So yeah, a lot of my anxiety is related to the fact that here I've been a healthy person for so long and now I'm dealing with this chronic pain issue. Add to the fact I feel some guilt and frustration at myself for not handling it better, as I know a lot of my patients have situations much worse.
Anyway, not to focus only on that stuff: I have a wonderful family, married to my high school sweetheart and we have a sweet little one year old girl and playful and happy three year old boy. I love music, and enjoy being physically active: tennis, swimming etc.