I am a new member today, but have been reading many posts here for a few weeks now. I have REAL bad GAD and Health Anxiety. I have a history of Panic Attacks when I was in my 20's and general anxiety for a long time now. I am currently a 49 year old male.
Been suffering from bad facial numbness in my upper lip and cheeks on an off for a few weeks. Also a "lump" in the throat feeling and the occasional heart palps. Also terrible tension type headaches with a feeling of a very tight band around my forehead almost every day.
Doctor is 110% convinced all my "issues" are "just" stress and sent me on my way with Zoloft and Xanax (for when things get really bad)
I'm really struggling very badly with all of this and am having a hard time accepting that stress is causing this stupid numbness in my face. I CAN accept that stress is causing headaches and the "lump in the throat" feeling but the face pain in something new to me, so it's REALLY hard to accept that it's "just" anxiety and not something medically wrong.
I like my Dr, and he tries to assure me, but... well, you know.
Anyway, that's what brings me here. I am hoping to find others in similar situations that can share tips / suggestions and advice.