I am trying to decide if I need medication and if I do, what are the options. I realize that a doctor should be consulted on these issues, and I have an appointment in 3 weeks for a physical. I would like to know whether there is a good chance these symptoms will subside by themselves naturally. I am also trying to figure out where my symptoms fit in in the general scale from mild to severe.
Here is my short story:
I just turned 46. Never have had a panic attack until 2 weeks ago. I have a stresful job and have always handled it fine. I had been a smoker on and off until 2 weeks ago. I drink 2-3 glass of wine probably every other day. I had not been exercising, until 2 weeks ago. I now am working out and I think my symptoms are subsiding.
2 weeks ago, while in my office, I thought I was going to faint due to a high level of stress. I had mild chest pain and heart was jumping around a little bit. I was taken to the doctors office, then by ambulance to ER; blood pressure subsided, after blood work, and a stress test, they ruled out heart problems. Diagnosed with anxiety.
I quit smoking that day, 2 weeks ago. Currently chewing nicotime gum occassionally.
Several times a day currently, I get a feeling of a head rush; frequently triggered by stressful thoughts. It happens while driving, and while on the phone. It seems I am able to control it but I am fearful that one time I wont be able to and I might crash while driving. I don't really feel afraid of anything, I just feel a head rush, strange feelings in my arms, and tightness in chest.
Last week I was on a vacation in the middle of all of this, with my two daughters and friends. For the first time in my life I was feeling uncomfortable on ski lifts and in the airplane. That is very strange to me. I always enjoyed these things.
Last week, my symptoms were more severe and I went to the ER a second time to make sure I was not having a stroke. I felt like I could not breath and I thought I was going to pass out with tightness in my chest. I could not sleep much because I would twitch and sometimes even jump up from lying down because I thought I was not breathing. That subsided. I am sleeping better now, and I don't feel like I need to be rushed to the doctor's office, but I defintely feel a strange head rush when thinking of the stressful aspects of my life, including my girl friend, or ex girl friend (God only knows there) teen ager children issues, having survived a divorce two years ago. Mom died last year. I sold my house and need to buy another one.
This is all new to me and I would like to know if this might just go away on it own, whether I need medication and whether I should stop drinking. I am just curious as to where I fit in on spectrum with all of you other anxiety sufferrers much more knowledgeable than I.
Thanks in adavnce for any comments.