Hi, I'm new here and could really use the support. I've suffered (undiagnosed) from general anxiety probably all my life (34 year old female) but in the last year it really got bad. Last March I went to the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack (was probably a panic attack although no one ever said so). I may have also had acid reflux, which subsided after taking Nexium for awhile. Then, this fall, acid reflux seemed to come back (in the form a major chest pain/pressure/burning). What really threw me over the edge was that my gyn found a breast lump. After 3.5 weeks of tests (mammo, sono, biopsy) turned out it was a benign tumor. Thank goodness but instead of feeling relieved, I went into a complete tailspin of anxiety. I just started with a therapist and just yesterday started zoloft (first time taking it). I have been taking a low dose of klonopin since last March's incident but it doesn't seem to be helping much. I have also tried ambien at night for sleep but it doesn't really help either. I worry constantly about my heart because I have palpitations and irregular heartbeats (I have had all the tests, heart is fine). I am hyper aware of my heart all the time. When I lay down at night it pounds, I can't sleep, I feel sick to my stomach, I can't eat, and I've lost weight. Pretty much a mess. How long until the zoloft kicks in? Will it help? Do I continue with klonopin? How do I sleep? All this, a full time job, and a young child. Ugh. Thanks for listening.
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