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Grief causing physical symptoms

My father died very unexpectedly on Dec. 22 in his sleep.  I had just given birth to my first child on Nov. 14.  My father and I were very close and his death has devastated me.  Soon after his death, I began having panic attacks, chest pain, etc.  I have also developed a "fear of dying in my sleep" syndrome because he died that way.  I have difficulty sleeping at night and have not had a restful night's sleep since he died.  Went to a cardiologist who ruled out heart problems and was diagnosed with costochodritis, which is very painful.  I am on Xanax for panic attacks/anxiety and also am now taking Celexa (just started 3 days ago) for depression, which I have just begun to experience).  I tried Paxil for awhile, but my dr. believes it was causing the panic attacks, and sure enough, they have stopped since I weaned myself off of the Paxil.  I am also seeing a grief counselor, which seems to help some. My question is twofold:  can extreme grief cause the physical symptoms I have had (I've never had anxiety/depression/chronic pain before Dad's death) and my second question is: does Celexa have a high success rate?  I think it is a fairly new anti-depressant, isn't it?
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The first answer is yes...grief like this, especially sudden and unexpected death, represents not just grief,it represents also a traumatic experience.  It will pass in time, especially if you keep up with the grief counselor.

Celexa is a very effective medication and has a high success rate, but its not the celexa that will heal you. It is only a temporary prop, soemthing to get rid of as quickly as you can.
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Man this sounds like me right down too the letter but it was my best friend he died in his sleep choked on his on vomit.They said costochondritis too and done ekgs engs and just recently a eeg scan of the brain they all came out negative so i am on xanax and buspar seems too help some but i still get chest pain from time to time if u have insurance go to a chiroprator it seems to help me alot i have had shots for costochondritis and that does not feel very good at all benn on all kinds of antiinflamitories none seems too work so i went too a shrink too help it seems too help some but i am still suffering so let me no if anything helps u my email is ***@****
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Thank you for your reply!  I have begun taking Celexa, but my dr. had also mentioned Buspar...he decided to put me on Celexa instead.  The grief counselor has helped some, but I am still experiencing a depression!  I haven't thought about going to a chiropractor...I'll check that out.  I've also heard massage therapy can work wonders, too.  I am sorry about your friend.  I hope your recovery goes well, too, and thanks again for the reply.

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The stress of this bereavement is very probably entirely responsible for pushing you over the edge...Your anxiety is causing physical symptoms, because in some ways there's nowhere else for it to go.
You can take any amount of drugs to try and relieve this, but in the final analysis only time will help heal your pain, and your anxiety...Forget the drugs, except maybe for pain...You need to take control of your life again, be forgiving of yourself, you are vulnerable and it is not your fault.  Talk by all means if it helps...It is sad and devastating when someone close to us dies...mourn...then think of yourself, you have to go on, and you will....
In time, this illness will pass.

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