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I have several questions. This is my first post to this site but Ive ready many postings.

5 days ago my husband and I went out to eat and then went to the local Supermarket. I tested my blood pressure and it was 141/84 and pulse was 109. I went into complete panic mode. Went to the e.r. and they did cardiac labs, chest xray, hooked little monitors on my chest (ekg or something) and monitored my blood pressure. By the time I left my blood pressure was 127/76 pulse 80-90. They diagnosed me with palpatations because they said they cannot diagnose anxiety.

The next 3 days were horrible. Shaky, tired, cant sleep, just plain ole ANXIOUS!

Yesterday I go to the doctor and get prescribed Lexapro 10 mg. I took one in the evening around 6 p.m. by 10 I was climbing the walls. Could not sit still, scared feeling, diarrhea, upset stomach, insomnia, feeling jittery, restless legs, and a type of heat starting in my stomach and moving up through my chest as if I was having a hot flash. All the while my blood pressure and pulse were fine.

Now I must say the past 2 weeks have been a little worrying. My husbands boss passed away from a heart attack, I am getting an ultrasound of a lump in my breast that they have checked previously 3 times but haven't been to get it checked in 2 years (this scares me), new job, new babysitter, and no money!

I have had anxiety in 2006 and again in 2010. 2006 I was stressed about a lump in my breast (mentioned above) and in 2010 stressed about my blood pressure.

I am currently 28 year old female slightly over weight but have lost 30 pounds since last christmas. Dont smoke, no caffeine. I am on Metoprolol Tartrate, Lisinopril, and hydrochlorothiazide for my high blood pressure.

Now my questions.....

Since Lexapro is giving me a hard time should I continue to take it or should I ask for something like a xanax or adivan?

How long before the symptoms of that one pill I took yesterday wear off??

Will anxiety make your blood pressure and pulse raise that much?

Why do I have such a fear of health related issues??? When my husbands boss passed away two weeks ago that evening I started having arm pain and felt nauseous (what he was experiencing before he passed). I just knew that I was going to have a heart attack...I DIDN'T but I thought for sure I was.

The last two times I had anxiety problems I was able to go off the medicine. I'm not sure if I should go through all these side effects if I'm just going to get to quit taking it in a few months.

Any insight into my questions or anyone who can tell me why I do this to myself would be greatly appreciated. I feel so alone and like nobody understands. Its truly crippling.
First of all- Just wanted to say that I COMPLETELY understand that crippling isolated feeling you are describing. It can make a person feel quite alone when they are facing such a powerful enemy as anxiety. In my own experience I have basically lost the majority of my friendships and my marriage has been in trouble more times than I can count because of how emotionally exhausting it is to be married to a hypochondriac with panic disorder such as myself.

At any rate to try to answer some of your q's ... I have personally had experience with Ativan. I would recommend it if you aren't prone to addiction problems. It has a calming effect but you don't feel intoxicated. For a period of about a year it basically carried me through some of the hardest anxiety of my life. Definitely call your doctor and tell him what happened with the lexapro and see what he recommends.

As for the blood pressure/anxiety link... It is pretty amazing how powerful our mind can be. In my own situation I am not sure which was happening first. It was like the chicken or the egg scenario ...Is the anxiety causing the BP to rise or vice versa? Which is happening first? You can run yourself in circles trying to understand it.

I don't know if the same things that worked for me will work for you, but one thing I can say is that I finally came to a point in my life where I made a determination that all of the symptoms I was feeling were out of my control. I have had to fully trust my doctor and my counselor with my physical and mental health. Another thing I have done is to become extremely proactive with my physical health. I exercise daily with a heavy emphasis on cardio. I try to do long hikes with lots of uphill. This has a real powerful effect for me because I am getting rid of built up energy which has a tendancy to turn in to anxiety for me. Watch your eating. Blueberries and Kale can be good panic fighting foods.

The more you make changes and take proactive steps in your life to fight it the more control you will feel! Also mindfulness meditation or guided meditation CD's could be a big tool for you to fight your panic. Try to stay on a somewhat predictable routine sleep-wise if possible...

If you can find yourself a caring therapist who can help you process what you are experiencing that will definitely help you get on track too.

Best of luck to you and sorry you are going through such a tough time!

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