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Offline Rocco15

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I'm new here (just registered 5 minutes ago) so I'm sorry if this isn't the right place to post this. I'm a 22 year old male. A couple months ago my doctor diagnosed me with GAD. It all started when I had a weird mole on my chest that I was 100% convinced it was cancer. While I was waiting for the test results of the mole to come back, I suffered from severe panic attacks that completely shut down my life. After I found out the mole wasn't cancerous, I thought I was okay. I was wrong. Every little thing that happened to me I was convinced it was going to kill me. Whether I coughed, had a headache, a stomach-ache, whatever, I thought it was terminal. Even if I knocked something over or tripped I was convinced something was wrong with my brain. This has been going on for a while now. Lately my fear is having a heart attack or stroke. I've had tons of blood work, EKGs, trips to the ER, and even a stress test. Everything was fine according to the paperwork. For the past month I've been having bad chest pains that happen randomly throughout the day. And now, since last week, my left arm has been feeling weak and sore. This isn't helping my case at all. Those 2 things paired with my usual feelings of being stressed out, fatigued, and nervous over nothing are making me go crazy. I don't know what to do. My doctor keeps telling me it's anxiety mixed with GERD that's causing these symptoms. As much as I want to believe him, I can't. I am thoroughly convinced something is wrong with my heart. I'm scared. I feel like my doctor isn't taking me seriously. "Can anxiety be making me feel all these things at once? What are the odds? Something has to be wrong with me right?" - That's what goes through my head at all hours of the day. I've also developed some nervous twitch, too. That's also starting to scare me. Pretty much in the last 2 months my life has turned to complete *****. I don't know what I can do to help myself. It's not fair that my girlfriend and parents have to put up with too. I'm swamped in medical bills to the point where I had to ask my parents to help me pay for them. I don't know what I can do to convince myself that nothing is wrong with me besides for anxiety. I feel like I need the most extensive testing to confirm that I'm not dying. If you can give me any help, any help at all, PLEASE do so. I'm desperate. I need help. I don't know how to get it. Sorry for the essay.
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Hi Rocco...  Welcome to Anxiety Zone!

You are now a member of our community, where you will find support and advice from other members in similar situations.   It's always nice to find someone else who understands, and to know you're not alone.

We have sections in the forum that address specific concerns, so feel free to post or start a new topic in the section that best fits your situation.  Feel free to explore the rest of the forum.  You may find the other topics helpful, and you may be able to offer advice or support to someone else.

We also have a chat room for members over the age of 18.  Once you have made ten meaningful posts, you will be allowed access to the chat room.

There is a very good chance that all the symptoms that you have described, are related to anxiety.  I had my initial problem with anxiety and panic attacks, some 4-5 years ago.  I was absolutely sure that I had something physically wrong with me.  I ended-up seeing a total of six different specialists, and had so many tests, that I lost count.  I even went as far as to have a cardiac catheterization.  I also made multiple trips to the emergency room.  I finally was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with panic attacks.

The help that I received, came from a most wonderful psychiatrist, who I still see to this day.  She is in charge of my mental health.  She has provided me with a diagnosis, a treatment plan, and has me on an anti-depressant.  I now have much of my quality of life back.

One of the best things that I can suggest to you, Rocco, is to make an appointment with a psychiatrist.

Again, welcome to Anxiety Zone.  The very best to you, Rocco!...  Chuck :grinning-smiley-003:
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