My backstory: I had my first panic attack in June 2010 and for about 2 years had 'vanilla' anxiety where there weren't many physical symptoms besides the shortness of breath and chest tightness that accompanied the panic attacks. However, for the last year and a half my anxiety has become more 'health anxiety'-ish in nature, and I spend a lot of my time suffering from symptoms like chest pain, stomach pain, and fatigue that have no real explanation. All my tests come back fine. Last month I spent a week and a half dealing with some absolutely dreadful chest pain. I could not focus on anything else besides the pain. I was so scared. I ended up going to the E.R. where they found nothing. Afterwards, I started on some acid reflux medication, which I'm sure helped but I'm positive it was the hospital visit that calmed my mind down. I decided to scrape together some money and see a mental health professional for the first time ever.
The appointment was today and he put me on Zoloft and Buspar. I don't want to start googling and freaking myself out with descriptions of awful side effects that only happen 0.001% of the time, so I thought I'd ask here. I've read a few threads that say that there's a high chance that the medicine will make me feel worse before it starts to make me feel better. That worries me! But maybe I can handle it. I don't know. I'm just nervous about doing something new like this.
I guess what I want is some advice on what I might feel when I start the medication, and any tips or advice you all might have for me. Thank you!