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|Wed, 05-19-2010 - 9:58pm|
For the last three weeks, I've been suffering from physical symptoms of stress: tightness in my chest, shortness of breath, trouble speaking from my throat closing up or from loss of breath, a feeling like my heart is racing, headaches, sleeping problems, etc. I actually didn't think I was that stressed until I got the diagnosis and started examining my reactions to just little things from day to day. The smallest things will set me off crying or freaking out. I was never this way before and I'm confused.
The doctor gave me a prescription for .5 xanax, and I'm to take it at bedtime. But it doesn't really do anything for me. I will run out of it in about a week and a half and get no refills. I really don't want to be on drugs, though, especially one that may be addictive.
This is interfering with my daily life. I'm really losing it, even in front of my little children who of course don't understand. I thought I was getting better for a few days last week, but it's right back to as bad as it was when I originally went to the doctor.
So when do I seek other help? The doctor I saw was just a Gp at a fast-food style clinic... so I'm thinking I should seek more specialized help, possibly but am not sure who. I am closing in on my 39th birthday and had a horrific thought today... maybe this is early premenopause. I checked the symptoms and one is inability to deal with stress, and the others are very similar to what I'm experiencing. So maybe I should see my GYN. Or a psychiatrist? But again, I don't want to go on drugs for this... I want it to just go away.