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Anxiety? Really?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 11, 2009
  • 10:56 PM


I recently visited my Doctor with symptoms of anxiety, but not really. . .

Let me start from the beginning. About a year ago I had chronic heartburn that was beyond a simple "pop the tums". Coupled with stress of work/moving, I started getting a feeling of anxiety when I lay down to sleep(or at least what I think is anxiety). As the year went on, the "anxiety" slowly started turning into major apnea. The apnea is so bad, I am actually waking up in a fight-or-flight mode.

This has been going on and continually has gotten worse, so I decided to see my Doctor right away. After a painstaking 30minutes of trying to describe how I was feeling, I was given Protonix and Cymbalta. I have been on both for two weeks now, and still the same feeling when I lay down to sleep. Fight-or-flight....when all I am doing is thinking of fun things to do. So....Yes everything has progressively gotten worse, more than likely caused by the chronic, untreated heartburn. I have had my heartburn under control for at least 2 months now, why is my Doctor still blaming everything on GERD when I have it under control? Why am I being treated for depression when I genuinely feel ok? The only thing I have to be depressed about is this non-stop feeling of reaching the top of a roller coaster, and I stop breathing in my sleep :\

I never had ANY of this until a year ago.

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  • My husband is suffering from the same type of "top of roller coaster" feeling you have mentioned...FINALLY someone with something sounding similar to what he has been dealing with for the past year. He too was told it was "anxiety" and so far prescribed 5 different anti-anxiety meds which have not helped. EVERY night when he is more idle than during his active day of carpentry contracting, the feeling of "falling" or as he says, from his butt up to his chest that sensation you get if you look over a cliff or just about over a roller coaster, causes him such discomfort and therefore no sleep - sleep meds such as ambien has not given him relief. He is beyond patience with this whole thing and looking for another doctor as we speak. I recently saw that cell towers/antennas could cause this? We are at the end of our rope....
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