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Old 07-18-2017, 09:33 AM   #1
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Hi All,

WOW, where to begin. I am a 69 year old female, overweight with several medical problems but the worst by far is the anxiety. Apparently I come from a family of anxiety on my Dad's side. I had my first panic attack after 2 medical emergency's, one with my Dad and one with my son. I didn't know what it was but it scared the heck out of me. I also maybe have fibromylgia after a rear end car accident, who knows for sure. Anyway, I started going from doctor to doctor to find an answer, every test came back negative, for which I am grateful. I've been in counseling several times, I take 0.25 of Xanax as needed. For a while I thought, honestly that I had beaten it, no panic attacks, no real stress for several years but then it reared it's ugly head yet again only this time it seems so much worse. Everything bothers me, sets me off, yesterday had to go to PT for first time, I was a mess, today have follow up with kidney doctor and I'm a basket case. We are going on vacation in several weeks and I don't want to go, I really don't, but it's all paid for and all the reservations are made. How can I disappoint the other 4 people we are taking? I can't especially because one of them is my 3 year old Granddaughter. Trying to get back into counseling but ins has changed and former place won't take new insurance. Been calling since last week but can't get a return phone call. I just so depressed over all of this, I barely leave my bedroom, when I do I have to really force myself to go. I passed out 3 weeks ago at a ball game, taken to hospital by ambulance, only thing I felt was embarrassed. Anyway, I guess that's my story in a nutshell. Oh, I've been married twice, first husband was an abuser, boyfriend after him was also. Husband now is good although I think he's tired of listening to me talk about this so I really have nobody to talk to that's why I think going back to counseling is the way to go, at least I hope so. Thanks for reading and any advice you can offer.

Dottie

 
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Old 07-31-2017, 05:30 AM   #2
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Dottie - I can so sympathize with you. I'm 65 and feeling the same way!! I have been on this anxiety roller coaster about 25 years now. It got real bad after the birth of my second child. Have gone to several therapists and don't really think they helped much. I took Paxil for about 6 years (30 lb weight gain from that) and then switched to Effexor which I just recently weaned off of. Big Mistake!!! My anxiety has always centered around health situations - scared to death about physicals, dr appts, medical tests etc. Going to Drs and having mammograms every year is so anxiety provoking for me. Over the past several months I've had a physical with dr which led to me going for an echocardiogram, then recently having my mammogram has left me an anxiety-ridden mess. The thing I'm obsessing about now is a kidney situation. I saw in your post that you go to a kidney specialist. This issue is giving me sleepless nights, can't eat and hiding in my house. I'm driving my poor husband crazy. Hopefully we can help each other through this as I totally understand- Linda

 
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Old 08-14-2017, 06:52 PM   #3
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Hi, Thank you for responding and sorry it took so long for me to reply.

Dottie

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