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I suffer from GAD, and panic disorder.

It started around Sept of 2007. I was getting feelings of vertigo, lightheadedness, racing heart, etc. At the time I went to my general practitioner and he thought I had "labrynthitis" which is an inner ear condition, explaining the vertigo, etc. I saw ENT specialists, went through batteries of tests, but by the time the tests were done (of course they are NEVER done in a timely manner!) they came back negative for an inner ear problem and said that the condition must have already passed and I would be fine. But, the symptoms never stopped. Finally, on a trip to Florida to visit my family, I had a full blown panic attack. At the time I had no idea that that's what it was. I was rushed to the ER and I thought I was dying. The entire left side of my body went numb, my heart was racing, I was dizzy and couldn't see straight. I told the ER doctors about my bit with labrynthitis, so they did a CT scan of the brain to check my sinuses, which are related to the inner ear. Nothing. Everything was fine. Because I went in and said I was having chest pain, they kept me on heart monitors the entire time I was in there. Turns out, it was a panic attack, but the heart monitors revealed that I also have an irregular heart beat.

Fast Forward.... I finally made an appointment about 3 weeks later with a psychiatrist... only after MANY sleepless nights... I would cry and be afraid to sleep, constantly checking my pulse on my neck and keeping my hand on my heart. I could feel my heart skip it's beats and I thought I would die in the middle of the night. My husband couldn't take it anymore and insisted that I see someone.

The psychiatrist put me on 10mg of Lexapro, and gave me a script for .5mg of Xanax to take as needed, especially to help me sleep. All was OK, not great, for about a month. Went back to see him, he bumped up my Lexapro to 20mg, and I continued to see him from November of 2007 until March. I felt great...def took the Xanax when I knew I needed it...flying, doctor appts, sleepless nights, etc.

Then I found out I was pregnant at the end of February. I freaked about my meds and stopped taking them as soon as I saw the + sign! I saw my psychiatrist immediately and he agreed with me being off of the meds. He said that if I felt it necessary, he would put me on Prozac, apparently that is safe during pregnancy. 2 weeks later I miscarried....but I never went back on the Lexapro. From October - March I gained almost 20 lbs. I'm not sure if it was from the Lexapro, but I've heard from many people that it can make you gain weight. Because of that, I was hesitant to go back on. At the same time, my husband and I decided that I would need to find a new psychiatrist...this one was not "in-network" with our insurance and was costing us an arm and a leg.

It's now the middle of April and the next appt I could get with a new doc isn't for another 3 weeks. Since I've been off of the Lexapro I have felt horrible. I am constantly light-headed, I feel like I'm going to pass out, I can't breath, I have chest pains...the whole nine yards. And to top it off, my health anxiety about my heart is worse now than it ever was. I still have a script and refills for my Lexapro, but I'm hesitant to take it. I have to ration out the remainder of my Xanax...it's the only thing that is helping me get by.

I just don't know how I'm going to get through these next 3 weeks.

I'm only 26 years old. Is anxiety something that you can eventually conquer....and not have to be on meds forever? I hate feeling this way. I can't function and I only feel better in the comfort of own home. As soon as I walk out the door, no matter where I'm going, my anxiety kicks in...I have anxiety about having anxiety attacks...it's crazy. I'm afraid I'll have one while I'm driving, and the light-headed and dizzyness makes me feel like I'm going to pass out and no one will know how to help me.

CAN ANYONE RELATE AND GIVE ME SOME ADVICE??? PLEASE?!





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