Panic Disorder caused chronic fatigue syndrome???

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I suffered from panic disorder and social anxiety disorder for about 9 years. I also struggled with OCD during this time for a couple of years. I spent years doing cbt, counselling, hypnotherapy etc... Which didn't really help. Since then I have been on 150mg Sertraline for nearly 2 1/2 years, which has helped me massively. I can now leave the house, study, go shopping and even drive. However for the last year I have been struggling with fatigue and lots of aches and pains. I went to see a specialist as GP thought I had Chronic fatigue syndrome. The therapist I have seen tells me that this stems back to the anxiety. I don't know what to think. Any ideas?

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    Anxiety/Panic Disorder can be exhausting. It drains a person. All that tension. All that holding it together, or trying to hold it all together

    I'm not an expert on meds. I myself am on 50mg of sertraline. One tablet a day. I do wonder then if your dosage, which to me appears high, could be causing weariness? It might be worth asking your GP's opinion

    Having said that when my AD/PD was at its worst I woke tired, felt weary all day and all evening. I could have turned exhaustion and sleeping into an Olympic event

    Be kind to yourself is my advice. Don't overdo things. Eat sensibly, keep hydrated and ensure you get a good night's sleep

    You have made great strides, have a new freedom. Please don't allow the chronic fatigue  to create in you new anxieties. If you have such fatigue then do all you can to live around it, to help yourself to cope but not to allow it to drag you down

    I wish you well, hand on heart, I hope you can overcome this last hurdle

    Hugs Helen

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    Discuss this with your GP it may be time to reduce your medication.

    We are not GPs so you need to ask your GP the best way forward


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    The medication you take for your anxiety only helps you mentally block out the anxiety and other problems....not stop it from happening. The fatigue you're feeling after feeling so great for that period of time while on the medication might be caused by your body having gotten tired of dealing with the stress and anxiety that has built up over that time. Some medications are very good at helping people deal with their problems in many different ways. While others are just good at masking the problem.

    Please know that this is just my opinion. Always seek medical help in times like this.

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    Nuerological exhaustion. Why cant that occur.  The constant stress hormones scurrying about and the body constantly trying to get back to its natural state. Can  be exhausting mentally and physically. This is a mind - body occurance. Just because you are putting in one hormone doesnt make this all fixed and cured but it is good it has freed you from your own bodies reaction to all this.
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