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Hi everyone. I’m 48 years old and for the past couple of years I feel like my life has been turned upside down. I used to be a very good sleeper but have turned into a raging insomniac. If I fall asleep I wake up 2 to 3 hours later then I’m awake again for 2 hours then if I manage to get back to sleep it’s only for an hour or so and I wake with my heart racing and feeling like I can’t breathe and full of butterflies and dread for absolutely no reason whatsoever. My heart races all day and thuds with skipped beats. I’ve had ECGs and 24 hour ECG and various test and all is ok so I know it’s my age. I’m puffing and panting and totally exhausted. But the physical anxiety symptoms are overwhelming. Shaking and irritable and totally not myself at all. My periods used to be every 4 weeks but now are every 3 so that “week before” comes around far too quickly all the time. I also have hot sweats and burn ups both day and night. I just want it all to stop. I have clonazepam for when I feel like I’m going to go insane (I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome so need that as a muscle relaxant and to help me deal with pain) ... I’m about to start Lyrica to see if helps with any of the symptoms and to calm me down. It would be good to connect with other ladies who are experiencing similar.
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