| | depression/anxiety/panic attacks/nervous cough
Help! Have had a cough for 4 years which resulted in 5 fractured ribs 3 years ago. Doctors can't find a medical cause for the cough (psychogenic?). I find in times of stress - the cough gets worse.......which results in anxiety over coughing more and fracturing my ribs again. Was on 10 mg Prozac for 4 years to alleviate menopause symptoms - went off it in March. Was also taking 1/2 to one Xanax a day (for about 2 1/2 years) for anxiety and insomnia. In retrospect - I think the Xanax is what caused the anxiety in the first place - so discontinued it 14 days ago. Have had EXTREME agitation, anxiety and depression since going off Xanax (in addition to palpitaions, tremors, sweats, panic attacks). Decided today to start back on 5 mg Prozac - but am stressed beyond belief - and can't wait for the Prozac to kick in (could take weeks). Meanwhile - coughing out of control. I am not crazy...............just feeling like it right now.