Welcome to the menopause board...you came to the right place.You will find a whole bunch of us going through menopause with a number of symptoms...especially anxiety.
May I ask if you are post menopausal?I am almost 3 years post-meno.My regular GP dr. said once you hit meno the sx can last a lifetime(I did not want to hear that!).
I would seriously not go back to that gyno dr...she sounds very uncompassionate.It helps a lot when you get along good with your dr. and trust that dr.So maybe you can search for another dr.?I am seeing my current dr. since March last year...he is great...answers all my questions and right now he's helping to rule out what I don't have.The anxiety is definately meno-related...he confirmed that to me.
I don't really know beans about the med your taking...lexapro,but I do know what worked for me when I was a mess with the start of peri...I was taking klonopin and it was wonderful...except after almost 3 months I had to go off of it,because I have asthma and most of the anxiety meds are respiratory relaxants.
I'm sure your dr. probably told you though that anti-depressants take a few weeks to have a ful effect,right?
Well first of all ask your dr. to check your B12 level and if it's even low-normal have the dr. check your MMA...a raised MMA signals a hidden B12 deficiency and women in peri and meno seem to need more B12,because the fluctuations in estrugen will deplete the B12.I just went almost 6 months without a B12 monthly shot and I ended up back in the drs. office with a slew of sx and anxiety up to the sky!It just might be worth it to you to get that B12 checked.Normal range is 200-1100,but if you're under 450 you need the B12 shots.If dr. won't give you the shots then take the sub~lingual B12.Whole Foods sells it(made by Jarrows).It's cherry favored and it melts under your top lip...easy as pie.It will calm your nerves and if you are having any "pins'nneedles feelings "in your hands/feet it will correct that.
Yes I can certainly see how your sons troubles are effecting you.Why is it when we women are having a health crisis everything around us goes haywire?I tell you when my anxiety acts up...that's when evertyone in my family seems to have some kind of problem going on.It's like you have no time for yourself just to take care of you.
I certainkly feel for you and all I can suggest to you is to get your B12 checked out nd maybe you should ask your dr. about a different medication if the lexapro isn't helping.I hate all drugs...they seem like a miracle cure,but they're not...you have to make choices that are good for you.If you find a med that helps then stick with it...if it doesn't help then you need to discuss that with the dr.Seems like most drs. these days do not take the time to really listen to the patient,but your health is important and you have to be brave and tell the dr. you need some help here.I never gave up...I kept trying until I found a dr. to listen to me....and who helped me.You can do it....I know you can.
Do you have any other sx besides the anxiety?Just trying to get a clear picture of all the sx you are having right now.
You are not a nut case...you are a woman in meno and all of us here know exactly how horrible menopause is.You are cared about and hope to hear back from you soon~have a peaceful evening~take care of you~