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Hi I am almost 40 years old and have suffered anxiety since I was about 13. At the time I got a lot of dizziness but the doctors did not know what it was I just got a random dizzy spell during P.E at school then after that everytime I had P.E I got dizzy spells very bizzare but that was the only time I felt like that and also the odd occasion walking home from school. When I was 16 I was diagnosed with cancer in my nose and due to a lot of surgery my nose did not look 'normal'. As a result many people starred at me and I suppose I was embarrassed and my anxiety went through the roof........not wanting to go out feeling dizzy when I did plus people were starring. Aged 16-17 I took time off schooling as I was having treatment then I went back to school to do A levels which was a bad time as my nose did look different. I went to university which I did enjoy as I made some lovely friends but I had a lot of anxiety I did not want to go out at all but my friends dragged me out which was for my own good! When I was 22 I had plastic surgery which was on going for a few years. My nose now looks great the surgeon was brilliant. People do not stare anymore but the anxiety has never gone away if anything it is worse. I am mainly fearful of getting dizzy falling over and making a fool of myself,,,...I have fallen over before with the dizziness. It just rules me the panic before I do anything........shortness of breath, sweaty and this darn dizziness! When I was 22 I was put on citalopram 10mg which varied over the years between 10mg and 60mg then in September I was put on Sertaline 50mg to see if it could help anymore then went up to 100mg but I felt too spaced out so had to take it back down to 50mg it may have helped a bit but I still get so panicky and dizzy. I have been to the doctors today and am now going to try Fluoxetine 20mg no idea if that will help coz a lot of these drugs I suppose are for depression and I have never been depressed I just have this awful anxiety that has got me into situations! People having to help when I have a full blown attack and get so dizzy i can't move. I go to yoga once a week and that does help as I know it is about the breathing but when I am in the situation I just cannot remember to breathe and I hold my breathe it is so difficult to remain calm in situations.........is there a way or something that can help to calm down an anxiety attack? I am sick of being the one who is worrying about going out to something that is supposed to be enjoyable but instead becomes a trial. I am getting an iPod for my birthday in a couple of weeks so hoping that listening to some stuff out and about may help, how do others deal with their anxiety when they have an attack out and about? Thank you for reading my long post xx
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