Four months ago, I started having vertigo attacks with muscle shaking, out of the blue, short lived. My PCP diangnosed me with reactive hypoglycemia even though my blood work was in normal range. I then started havign the symptoms separately, and thought it could be something else. Then I noticed muscle shaking that never totally went away. Does not shake at rest, seems postural, worse during anxiety, worse in the mornings,and is usually just my arms and hands, but can be my thighs and back...very similiar to a typical nervous shaking, but less intense. PCP sent me for brain MRI which was normal, thyroid and liver blood work normal.So since I am a general worrier, he decide to try Zoloft. 2 Days into the Zoloft, I woke in the night to extreme shaking, then waves of sweats, and bunring sensation over my body that came in 30 second waves over an hour or two,but no feeling of doom, or total panic, but high levels of anxiety.I felt I was having an adverse reaction to Zoloft. I stopped taking the Zoloft after two doses.Anxiety built for several days worrying over this "attack". Eventually put me on .5mg low dose of Xanax XR, and that helped after several days. Now seeing a therapist for anxiety, and tried to stop taking the xanax twice...was fine at home, but away from home anxiety was high, though no specific fear. Although each time the anxiety was slightly better. I feel just like myself and at ease even away from home with just this small dose of Xanax.
Two questions...most important, could this constant muscle shaking(which the xanax helps) be just built up anxiety over worrying about my medical condition? I've heard of isolated muscle shaking, but not constant. It would help greatly if I could put my worries about the likelihood it being something more complicated behind me , so I would like your opinion. I think the shaking started after I was worrying about soemthing like MS, but I was under control and happy...did not think I was stressing enough for that...maybe I've become good at hiding it from myself, and the Zoloft uncovered the true anxiety disorder?
Second, I have been a worrier all my life. I tend to dwell on the things I worry about(although I don't worry about everything, just the things I attach to I worry excessively over) and that has been the big problem with this incident. I was happy and coping with my worries before the "Zoloft" reaction, and now it's difficult to deal with the anxiety without the Xanax. Should I just take a few weeks while using the Xanax to heal? I am so eager to get off the med and be back to the way I was just a few weeks ago, I think I may be making it worse by trying too soon, worrting if I can handle without the Xanax, then feeling like I've failed. WIll I have withdrawl probelms later on with such a small dose of Xanax? (.5 mg XR) Thank You!!!!