Hey guys i usually post in the anxiety panic thread or the health one because typically im freaking out in the moment but figure thats counter productive. If you are willing to read this thread I would greatly appreciate any advice or input on my situation or reading any similar situations so I dont feel so alone about it. I am a 24year old female.
Anyway, It really hit me out of the blue. About 2 1/2 months ago a week or two before I moved to a new apt. and my boyfriend of now 2years moved 2 1/2 hours away. I had a dull achy pain under my right breast. First few days I didnt stress about it but it got constantly worse where finally I went to a walk in. In my mind I thought it was Costochondritus after reading up about it. He didnt realy reassure me about anything he did a xray and said everything looked fine.
About a week later I was eating and still had the pain and all the sudden I couldnt swallow. Like my esophagus got a sharp pain near the bottom and it shooted out to the right side of my chest and up my shoulder. It was scary and it stayed that way for over a month. It got so bad I wasnt really even drinking water so i went to the ER and they told me I probably had an ulcer. I had a scope done. NO ULCER. Then they told me get your gallbladder checked. Well a few days after the ER i had to go back beacause i was passing a Kidney stone (bad timing) So they did an abdominal CT scan, all came back find besides the kidney stone. I had a abdominal ultra sound that showed everything was good gallbladder and all and then i had a HIDA scan that showed i have an overactive gallbladder, but shouldnt be causing pain. By this point my general anxiety turned into full blown health anxiety.
Went back to a walk in at this point because by now had been to the ER twice and was in full blown panic something was wrong with me, about a month went by of pain swallowing and i lost to date about 15lbs (118-103) which im small framed but I never wanted to be this small and it really freaked me out and made me fear something more health wise because of the weight loss even though i KNEW it was from not eating.
The doctor asked if i had been anxious and said it could be Globus Hysteria where your muscles tighten, usually in the throat but can happen in the chest. Well i looked it up and it made me feel a lot better mentally like i wasnt dying and within a week it went away. But i was still left with chest pain. I CONTINUED to worry about this and then I got a really bad UTI which landed me back in the ER and stressed me out AGAIN. So everything got worse again.... its just been a bumpy right
Currently im experencing chest pain (COSTO) tiredness, stiffness, pins and needs, muscle twitching, pain, Bad TMJ, just all over feel like ISH.
Anyway now its been about 2 1/2 months now I have bad IBS symptoms from all this. Finally the doc put me on ZOLOFT only on 25mg right now for a week. Just waiting for thinks too look up because all this is so not like me at all even though i always have been a worrier I have never been through this in my life it was just a snow ball effect. Today has been a good day but some days are bad where i relaps into full blown health anxiety.
Just looking for some advice Ive seen my college counselor a few times which has kinda helped but not really, i start actual therapist on monday. Im just ready to be a normal happy 24year old again. Its putting stress on my relationship and school i graduate in DEC.
Some days its so hard to convince myself all this is anxiety... its crazy to me.
Any advice on therapy, symptoms, relief, medication PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE respond