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So I have been dealing with Anxiety quite badly the last few months. I am getting by, but not medicating and I am exhausted of it. Basically shakey all day, not sleeping, on edge and tense / palpitations. Constant dizziness, burning up, feeling sick, headaches etc. I have had chest pains, breathing problems and just a heavy head / pressure and pain around my nose feeling which I keep getting told is all due to the Anxiety.
However, I am convinced I am allergic to my partners cat and that is driving more symptoms than my Anxiety. We have had the cat for 2 years now and she won't accept it's causing my problems - we have recently moved into a small flat (through a serious of unfortunate events after a house purchase fell through) and my allergies have gone ten times worse as it was previously an outdoor cat.
Basically I am constantly congested, it hits me as soon as I walk in the door. It feels like I can't breath sometimes with the heavy air, yet we clean religiously every day. I haven't been able to breath through my nose properly in months now. I don't get watery eyes, runny nose etc, only horribly congested to the point where nothing will clear it!.
When I go to bed, I wheeze and become so clogged up, I am convinced I have developed sleep apnea because of my poor breathing. I wake up still congested and most mornings, even vomit phelgm (nice, I know sorry) - I also have had very bad headaches which again is anxiety apparently but I am sure it's due to my sinuses.
This has been the worst summer I have ever had for allergies and I don't normally suffer at all and I am convinced its due to the cat in this small living space.
I have tried all sorts of perscription antihistamines and nasal sprays. Even bought a Dyson Airpure for the bedroom, nothing works. I have had 3 sinus infections in 2 months and dizziness / balance problems due to the congestion and blocked ears, seeing an ear nose and throat specialist next month. I am only 25 between!.
I think the cat allergy is driving my tirdness though poor sleep quality, panic through breathing (sometimes my breathing is eased my coughing up phelgm - again sorry) and headaches through sinsus problems.
I know my Anxiety is also bad and I accept it / am getting help for it, and I have had a few attacks in work lately, but this ontop is getting unbarable. It feels to physical to be Anxiety - How can Anxiety cause so much congestion?. I have spoken to my partner and she is convinced it's just Anxiety to and thinks I am trying to pinpoint blame on how I feel - She loves the cat and I don't as you can probably tell. I know I was allergic to them as a child and didn't have a say in getting one in the first place.
My doctor won't send me for an allergy test until after the ear nose and throat appoitment. A cheapo test online said I was allergic to something but not what which is helpful. I can't afford private testing as I have been quoted hundreds.
Any advice on what I should do?. I don't have the luxury of moving somewhere else away from the cat for awhile as much I would like to.
Can anxiety cause all this congested (no let up 24/7), even with Anxiety I have the odd moments of feeling at least alright at times.
Sorry, feels like I need to speak to someone outside of family.
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