Hi everyone, I'm a 39 year old guy who has always had issues with social anxiety, and GAD, but it was pretty much ok until a few months ago when I started having weird physical symptoms.
It started with my face and scalp tingling, both sides, totally symmetrical, but variable in intensity and exact location. All parts of my face were affected. Since then it has progressed into burning sensations, pain, and itching - sometimes even jolts of eyeball pain. It varies a lot, but symptoms of some kind are always present, all day every day. When I first wake up it's the least, and it seems worse in the evening. When I'm around people, engaged in something, it's the least. Alone with my thoughts, it's the worst.
My doctor did some blood work, all normal. He explained to me why it was almost certainly not MS or a tumour, etc. He thinks it is anxiety, but that seems strange to me. At my request he gave me a low dose of xanax to try for a while since i was so anxious about it, but it didn't seem to help much. Maybe somewhat, I'm not sure. I stopped taking it and am currently on absolutely nothing. He offered to put me on an SSRI, or a different benzo like clonazepam, and I'm thinking I might take him up on that soon, although I declined at the time.
So, if anyone has any experience with these sorts of symptoms, do you agree that it is anxiety? I've google around, searched this site, but it seems like these symptoms, if anxiety, are more related to panic attacks which I don't have, and shouldn't be 24/7. Unless my life is one big low-level panic attack? Also, what do you think I should do? Try meds? If so, which ones?
Thanks for reading. All responses appreciated.