Hi everyone this is my first post so here's my story (the shortened version!) So essentially I have health anxiety and have had since a teenager I'm 40 now. Generally my anxiety focuses on my breathing which I am aware of every waking moment. With this awareness comes chronic hyperventilation and all the physical symptoms of that which then feed the anxiety. Personally I think I have an element of ocd but haven't managed to get anyone to agree with that yet. I've had a few previous bad episodes where I had to take many months of work and I've been off work since Easter. Dr gave me ssri which although I've had a different ssri before, made my anxiety horrendous and i couldn't eat and barely slept for 6 days resulting in me going to a&e in desperation. I'm now about 10 days into pregabalin but I'm finding it's making me brain fogged and somewhat confused and I'm only on a night time dose i daren't add in the morning dose yet. Still struggling to see any light at the end of the tunnel I'm sleeping poorly I'm exhausted and I'm breathing really badly. I have an appointment with a psychologist in a few days (if i can get myself there cos driving is obviously a problem right now) I've previously been a member of anxiety zone which I found helpful - I'm looking for some understanding and support and hope I can return the favour!
Thanks for reading