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It’s back.... ((Sigh))

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It’s been 4 months since my last post because I’ve been 4 months anxiety free. In early August, I was put on a low dose of Paxil and, after a rough transition into the medication, I started the most wonderful streak of symptom free weeks.

All was going well until this week. A series of unfortunate and stressful circumstances have seemly lead to a return to my anxiety - despite my still being on Paxil.

My anxiety brain is telling me I’m at risk of a heart attack again - despite being a healthy 36 year old. I think I’ve got a metallic taste in my mouth... I’ve got this horrible cough (from a cold)... my generic anxiety driven chest tightness is back with a little bit of lightheadedness and an inability to focus. It sucks.

So... besides venting... here’s my question:

Has anyone experienced sudden anxiety again after finding success with their meds? It freaks me out even more to get getting this kind of anxiety attack despite being on my Paxil.

Thanks everyone. It’s good to know this community is always here for me to come back to whenever I need it. Thanks Thanks Thanks

Let’s start 2019 off with healthy and peaceful minds.
 

triceps

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It’s been 4 months since my last post because I’ve been 4 months anxiety free. In early August, I was put on a low dose of Paxil and, after a rough transition into the medication, I started the most wonderful streak of symptom free weeks.

All was going well until this week. A series of unfortunate and stressful circumstances have seemly lead to a return to my anxiety - despite my still being on Paxil.

My anxiety brain is telling me I’m at risk of a heart attack again - despite being a healthy 36 year old. I think I’ve got a metallic taste in my mouth... I’ve got this horrible cough (from a cold)... my generic anxiety driven chest tightness is back with a little bit of lightheadedness and an inability to focus. It sucks.

So... besides venting... here’s my question:

Has anyone experienced sudden anxiety again after finding success with their meds? It freaks me out even more to get getting this kind of anxiety attack despite being on my Paxil.

Thanks everyone. It’s good to know this community is always here for me to come back to whenever I need it. Thanks Thanks Thanks

Let’s start 2019 off with healthy and peaceful minds.
Hi Remy. It's so nice to hear you had such a long period being relatively anxiety free. It sounds like there's a chance that your current anxiety bout could be situational. I can't comment on having a med work so well and then seemingly quit on me. Mine have given me much improvement at times but I can't say I've ever been anxiety-free since getting this disorder at age 13. So....my opinion is that after riding out this current episode there's a good chance you can get back to your freedom from anxiety. You might have to up the paxil, or maybe not. My best to you.
 

Kelculator

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I'm so sorry you're going through this. The good news is, you have done it, you can do it again. Believe me when I say it gets easier and easier to snap out of it each time you "relapse". I have been hypochondria-free now for half a year, at least to a great extent, and I used to be a full-blown hypochondriac. It had been there my whole life, and took 2 and a half year to recover from it even once I took action and went to doctors.
Don't be discouraged, this is normal. I know normal doesn't mean okay, but just hang in there!
 

Kelculator

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I have gone through about 4 types of medication, tried different dosage countless times, and I'm not sure if it will stay that way. Our bodies change, so it is normal if it seems like something suddenly doesn't work or you need a higher dosage, something else, etc.
 

Rinka

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It’s been 4 months since my last post because I’ve been 4 months anxiety free. In early August, I was put on a low dose of Paxil and, after a rough transition into the medication, I started the most wonderful streak of symptom free weeks.

All was going well until this week. A series of unfortunate and stressful circumstances have seemly lead to a return to my anxiety - despite my still being on Paxil.

My anxiety brain is telling me I’m at risk of a heart attack again - despite being a healthy 36 year old. I think I’ve got a metallic taste in my mouth... I’ve got this horrible cough (from a cold)... my generic anxiety driven chest tightness is back with a little bit of lightheadedness and an inability to focus. It sucks.

So... besides venting... here’s my question:

Has anyone experienced sudden anxiety again after finding success with their meds? It freaks me out even more to get getting this kind of anxiety attack despite being on my Paxil.

Thanks everyone. It’s good to know this community is always here for me to come back to whenever I need it. Thanks Thanks Thanks

Let’s start 2019 off with healthy and peaceful minds.
Hi Remy, lovely to see you back. As @triceps said, your “relaps” might be situational. Even with meds and therapy, there can be a time that everything gets a bit too much and the first reflex of our brain is to go into anxiety mode. It seems though as if the meds have helped you so far, I would not blow everything in the wind, just because of this experience. You are at the beginning of a long recovery period and relapses can happen. It suppose it’s important to communicate them and be honest with your loved ones when it happens.
 
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It’s been 4 months since my last post because I’ve been 4 months anxiety free. In early August, I was put on a low dose of Paxil and, after a rough transition into the medication, I started the most wonderful streak of symptom free weeks.

All was going well until this week. A series of unfortunate and stressful circumstances have seemly lead to a return to my anxiety - despite my still being on Paxil.

My anxiety brain is telling me I’m at risk of a heart attack again - despite being a healthy 36 year old. I think I’ve got a metallic taste in my mouth... I’ve got this horrible cough (from a cold)... my generic anxiety driven chest tightness is back with a little bit of lightheadedness and an inability to focus. It sucks.

So... besides venting... here’s my question:

Has anyone experienced sudden anxiety again after finding success with their meds? It freaks me out even more to get getting this kind of anxiety attack despite being on my Paxil.

Thanks everyone. It’s good to know this community is always here for me to come back to whenever I need it. Thanks Thanks Thanks

Let’s start 2019 off with healthy and peaceful minds.
I haven't had meds and like you haven't posted in a while. I totally get it.
I was jokingly saying to my husband yesterday that I've been having an eight month long heart attack. I had a cold this past week and as I was dozing in and out of sleep, the first word that popped in my head was cancer... three times! because I had a sore throat. I spent hundreds of dollars in the last few months on physiotherapy but the muscle tightness is still there. just the right side of my body and it's been driving me crazy. Every day it's the same, I wake up have my one cup of coffee (i really cut down to the one) and an hour later it starts. I'm starting to assume me having a very late breakfast daily is a reason. I'm going to try and force myself to eat something as soon as I wake up and see if it has an effect. We all have to find what works for us.
 

Hurt&Hopeful

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Hi @RemyAnonymous - good to see you! Yes, it happens. I've been on Lexapro for a long time, off and on, and sometimes go through long periods without severe anxiety. It can come out of no where, and it feels like a failure - but it's NOT failure. The 4 months anxiety free are a huge step and should be celebrated. It's easy to get frustrated with setbacks, but over time the hard episodes can get more manageable, and hopefully farther and farther apart. Hang in there, and don't give up on the medication. It may not be comforting at all right now to hear it, but it sounds like you're making great progress! In the meantime you're not alone on the hard days!
 
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