Glad you found us . . .
If anxiety is in the family, you * may * have a predisposition to it . . . . and what you need is professional intervention to guide you to find out your particular triggers and the causes of your anxiety so you can deal with these issues . . . it is a process, but it is worth the investment . . .
Now, the physical symptoms that you describe are not unusual . . . what usually happens is that we anxiety sufferers, especially those with health anxiety, focus on everything and create a false association between what is reality and what anxiety is trying to communicate to you through your physical symptoms . . .
A couple of things . . . in this case, research is not your friend . . .it gives anxiety more information to work with and to create symptoms or plant ideas in your mind so you get into a cycle of thinking to anxiety to thiinking to more anxiety until the world of anxiety brain becomes your real world which it isn't
Okay, let's look at some things . . . .you saw a doctor and your blood work came back fine . . . .did you discuss your sore chest and soreness under one arm? If not, have it checked out so you can take that off the list . . . .
Anxiety can cause a whole bunch of symptoms that are physical and differ from person to person. . . .
Now, you were referred to a social worker . . . .check to see if this social worker is specifically trained in health anxiety . . . .you need professional intervention from someone who can take you through the process . . . .
Your anxiety is real from the perspective that it is a health issue that needs to be addressed . . . what your anxiety is creating in terms of symptoms are not grounded in reality if you have been checked out . . . .what happens is that once you get checked out and that physical illness is no longer on the table, anxiety will create a new one . . .the only way around is to deal with the anxiety and not just the physical symptoms . . . .
Anxiety is an ugly, ugly disease . . . it is emotionally, physically, intellectually, psychologically draining . . . for that reason you feel fatigued . . . and you are not sleeping and probably not eating properly so your brain chemistry is not getting the nutrients that it needs . . . .your anxiety is probably causing your fatigue and I know you don't want medical bills but the cost is much higher if you allow the anxiety to go untreated . . . . you will probably still have the symptoms because you have not dealt with the root causes . . . your best gift to yourself, your husband, and your children is to recover from anxiety . . .and, by the way, there is such a condition as postpartum anxiety and if you have a 1 year old and you began hacing an episode a few months ago, you may want to ask your doctor to check hormone levels including the thyroid . . . .it is a process and I won't lie to you it is at times uneasy but it is worth it . . .
No one here can definitively tell you if anxiety is causing your fatigue and pain as we are no med folks . . . can you get support from your brother?
Finally, you are not * crazy * . . . you have a health issue that is primarily diagnosed through symptoms . . . invest now in your recovery . . . it will be good in the long run . . . although we cannot diagnose your issues, we are here to support you . . .thank you for sharing your story with us and let us know if there is anything we can do to help to support you . . . .take care, kc