Hi all, i am new to this site and relatively new to anxiety. About 3 months ago, i ended up in the emergency room thinking i was having a heart attack, it ended up being an anxiety attack. i ended up back in the next day with stroke symptoms, only to be told more anxiety. I went on a bad trip of attack after attack, in constant fear of a heart condition they weren't finding, had an echocardiogram done in October and the anxiety calmed down once I had a diagnosis of nothing wrong. a healthy heart, with no irregularities or abnormalties. Then a few weeks ago i got a headache that wouldn't go away. I became very anxious about it and the attacks returned. i ended up going back to the er for the headache, had a ct scan, nothing wrong. the problem is now i'm constantly scared and worried, if i cough its copd, if I get a headache its a stroke, chestpain its my heart again, a shake ms or parkinsons. Basically I'm terrified of a disease or dying, I know from reading this site and others as well as books on anxiety, that all the symptoms i'm having are all related to anxiety and that i need to calm down, stop the worry so the brain can heal and then the symptoms will calm down. Over the last week, i have been dealing with lightheadness and spells where i feel as though i'm going to pass out. Thats causing more panic attacks. Lastnight there was nothing i could do, attack after attack. i'm weak, tired and still jumpy today from the attacks lastnight, i have the residual chest pains left from the hyperventilating, and my left eye has the annoying constant twitch. I hate this, i am starting to feel out of control and so alone.....no one in my family understands and are starting to get rather short with me. My doctor is on maternity leave so I can't get the referral to see a counselor, or a change in meds. I have a rx for lorazepram but the side effects often cause addtional anxiety. I've been reading the bible, I've been taking hot showers, (infact after last night i'm surprised i'm not still pruny, hehe) I thought maybe talking to other sufferers might help so here I am. Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated, Thanks, Karen
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