Hey! Sorry to hear that you are going through a tough time. I too had battled anxiety for years but it got out of control after having to have surgery (gallbladder) in December. The stress of that and then having symptoms afterward lead me to believe that something was seriously wrong with me. In reality, I don't know how much of my symptoms were actually being caused by anxiety - maybe the acid reflux I was then experiencing.
I know anxiety can cause a ton of strange symptoms - and from what I've read, your symptoms could very well be due to anxiety. I too went through a stretch where I was having difficultly sleeping, concentrating, and it was really impacting my daily life. After finally getting up the courage to talk to my doctor he prescribed a low dosage of Zoloft, which did nothing for me, and referred me to a counselor. I've since been to her for 7 or 8 sessions, over the past couple months, and I think it's helped me a lot. She actually suggested that I go to a psychiatrist, for medication purposes, and called them for me. Now, I've been taking Lexapro for a month and am starting to feel some better. I still have my issues, social anxiety and health anxiety, but I'm working on it.
You are doing the right things, hang in there. I know it's rough but you can overcome this and will feel better soon. It helped me also to post on boards, such as this one, as I found there are a lot of understanding and supportive people who will share their experiences and be there for you. Going to counseling is awkward at first but it feels really good to have someone to really listen to you and not pass judgment. Hope you feel better soon! Best of luck to you!
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