I have recently been diagnosed with GAD after seeing many doctors for a variety of physical "symptoms". I'm really having trouble believing that my symptoms can be attributed to anxiety and not something more sinister. It started 3 years ago when I developed a problem with frequent urination. I had numerous tests of my bladder and kidneys, ovaries and for stds, which all checked out fine and was prescribed xanax (which I only took 3 times). I also had a colonoscopy because I get terrible bloating and stomach problems and was told I have IBS. I then felt fine for awhile - the problem pretty much went away and resurfaced only once in awhile, but I could handle it. Then last Dec. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling like I was having a heart attack. I was so nauseaus, dripping in sweat and felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest. Got checked out (ekg, chest x-ray) and again was told it was anxiety and was prescribed lexapro. Took lexapro for 2 months, but was terrified of gaining weight, so I tapered off in March. After that my sweating problem started. I got terrible hot flashes and had cold sweaty hands and feet constantly. Had more tests and nothing was found. That subsided a little, but comes and goes and now the joints in my fingers seem swollen. My rings are tight and my hands are stiff in the morning. I am terrified that I have something autoimmune going on. I went to a dermatologist for my annual check up and asked him about lupus, which he totally dismissed and said my hands were fine. I don't know if I'm going crazy or if I'm going to be one of those people that says "it took them 10 years to diagnose me . . ." The anxiety is consuming me and I am miserable. I just want to be happy again. I have a great life and I'm ruining it with my obsessive thoughts of being sick. Any advice would be appreciated.