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Mrsx

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Hello,
This is my first post. I have been suffering my entire life from anxiety. I have a constant fear of stroke. I have gone to the ER a few times convinced I was having a TIA. I have had multiple MRIs, 3 neurologists and lots of convincing. I am told I have migraines. Recently, my neck started to hurt and now I think it’s a neck cancer. I get dizzy, tingles in my face, weakness in arms and legs, blurred vision, and have to run to the bathroom. I end up crying bc I don’t want to be this way. I have a new baby and need to get this under control. I started on Zoloft a month ago and initially it helped but now I’m not sure it is as my anxiety is not subsiding. I just want to feel normal. My mind always goes to the absolute worst place. Can anyone relate?
 

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Hello,
This is my first post. I have been suffering my entire life from anxiety. I have a constant fear of stroke. I have gone to the ER a few times convinced I was having a TIA. I have had multiple MRIs, 3 neurologists and lots of convincing. I am told I have migraines. Recently, my neck started to hurt and now I think it’s a neck cancer. I get dizzy, tingles in my face, weakness in arms and legs, blurred vision, and have to run to the bathroom. I end up crying bc I don’t want to be this way. I have a new baby and need to get this under control. I started on Zoloft a month ago and initially it helped but now I’m not sure it is as my anxiety is not subsiding. I just want to feel normal. My mind always goes to the absolute worst place. Can anyone relate?
Hi and Welcome Mrsx. Unfortunately way too many of us on this forum can relate. My opinion is that the Zoloft is still working but you've developed a health anxiety crisis that is overwhelming the effectiveness. All of the symptoms you describe are easily within the mass variety of symptoms anxiety uses against us. I just think there's not any chance you have neck cancer. But, you know how it goes, the doctor's can strongly try to convince you that you're fine but you just can't allow yourself to accept their expertise. If you can calm yourself down a bit perhaps the Zoloft can calm you further.
 

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Welcome Mrsx,

Hate to hear that u are having the same symptoms as many of us as TRI says. It sounds like u may want to ask your dr about switching your zoloft to a different ssri, or maybe as in many cases, adding a small dose of an "as needed" benzo to aid the ssri. I know zoloft needs time to have the body adjust so it can work properly, seems to me usually a little more than a month as u have been on it, but many have side effects until that happens.

You will get great support here, and u have started with one of the best supporters in TRICEPS. Keep up the fight, it WILL get better...trust me :)
 

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Hi and Welcome Mrsx. Unfortunately way too many of us on this forum can relate. My opinion is that the Zoloft is still working but you've developed a health anxiety crisis that is overwhelming the effectiveness. All of the symptoms you describe are easily within the mass variety of symptoms anxiety uses against us. I just think there's not any chance you have neck cancer. But, you know how it goes, the doctor's can strongly try to convince you that you're fine but you just can't allow yourself to accept their expertise. If you can calm yourself down a bit perhaps the Zoloft can calm you further.

Thank you for responding. My dr upped my dose to 50mg a day now but I think I feel worse. Could that be possible?
 

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Same thing happened to me, thats why i dont take zoloft anymore...it does work for many, many people. It just didnt for me. I was on it for 3 or 4 months, no improvement, only horrible side effects, so i was taken off them.
 

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Thank you for responding. My dr upped my dose to 50mg a day now but I think I feel worse. Could that be possible?
Hi Mrsx. Remember, you're in a bit of a crisis mode so what you think might be due to your med increase could still be just your heightened anxiety.
 

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TRI may be right mrsx. Your situation is different than mine was...in the beginning the drug was actually working for u...in my case, I had no improvement at all. Like i said, zoloft work for MANY...including my dr! I have a GREAT dr, and she has anxiety also, talk about having a dr with experience!
 

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Hello,
This is my first post. I have been suffering my entire life from anxiety. I have a constant fear of stroke. I have gone to the ER a few times convinced I was having a TIA. I have had multiple MRIs, 3 neurologists and lots of convincing. I am told I have migraines. Recently, my neck started to hurt and now I think it’s a neck cancer. I get dizzy, tingles in my face, weakness in arms and legs, blurred vision, and have to run to the bathroom. I end up crying bc I don’t want to be this way. I have a new baby and need to get this under control. I started on Zoloft a month ago and initially it helped but now I’m not sure it is as my anxiety is not subsiding. I just want to feel normal. My mind always goes to the absolute worst place. Can anyone relate?
 

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oh yeah!!! I can relate, Had a shoulder pain some years back! Thought it was life threatening but thats just the beginning!
 

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I tend to also worry about the posibility of cancer and diabetes. I also worry about the possibility of an amputation !
 

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Hey, this audio book really helped me. All the parts are on youtube and free. Its by Dr. Claire Weekes, an Australian psychiatrist from the 60s. She talks about some strategies and explains common things that happen. Its also quite relaxing.
 

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Hey, this audio book really helped me. All the parts are on youtube and free. Its by Dr. Claire Weekes, an Australian psychiatrist from the 60s. She talks about some strategies and explains common things that happen. Its also quite relaxing.
This is awesome. Thank you so much!!!
 

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Hello,
This is my first post. I have been suffering my entire life from anxiety. I have a constant fear of stroke. I have gone to the ER a few times convinced I was having a TIA. I have had multiple MRIs, 3 neurologists and lots of convincing. I am told I have migraines. Recently, my neck started to hurt and now I think it’s a neck cancer. I get dizzy, tingles in my face, weakness in arms and legs, blurred vision, and have to run to the bathroom. I end up crying bc I don’t want to be this way. I have a new baby and need to get this under control. I started on Zoloft a month ago and initially it helped but now I’m not sure it is as my anxiety is not subsiding. I just want to feel normal. My mind always goes to the absolute worst place. Can anyone relate?
I’m sorry to hear all of this. I have been on Zoloft for 6 months now and I started at 50mg and it wasn’t doing anything so I got upped to 100mg. It took about 8 weeks for me to start feeling better. It was hell but it helped so much. I still have days where my anxiety is very high but most days are good. Hang in there and I hope it all works out for you.
 

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Hello,
This is my first post. I have been suffering my entire life from anxiety. I have a constant fear of stroke. I have gone to the ER a few times convinced I was having a TIA. I have had multiple MRIs, 3 neurologists and lots of convincing. I am told I have migraines. Recently, my neck started to hurt and now I think it’s a neck cancer. I get dizzy, tingles in my face, weakness in arms and legs, blurred vision, and have to run to the bathroom. I end up crying bc I don’t want to be this way. I have a new baby and need to get this under control. I started on Zoloft a month ago and initially it helped but now I’m not sure it is as my anxiety is not subsiding. I just want to feel normal. My mind always goes to the absolute worst place. Can anyone relate?
Hey there, and welcome! How old is your new baby? And are you a mom or a dad? If you're the mom, your body is going through a lot right now. I had really REALLY bad anxiety after my son was born, and it lasted for several months. People talk a lot about post-partum depression, but nobody really warned me that post-partum anxiety is just as common, and just as scary. If you already suffer from anxiety, the hormonal changes in your body during/after childbirth can just wreak havoc on your whole system. Add to that the sleepless nights with a newborn, your hair falling out, your body healing from giving birth...it's just a lot! I'm glad to hear that you have started on Zoloft - it can take several weeks for you to really start feeling better on it since it needs to kind of build up in your system. I think the others are right that you have yourself scared now, too, and that's keeping you super anxious - we've all been there. Do you have anyone that you can talk to, like a counselor or therapist?

From one mom to another, that baby will be just fine - Take care of yourself, and have patience knowing that this WILL get better, and you'll find a new "normal" soon. You're not alone!
 
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We can all relate. It's possible you have a neck sprain like I had, which can be easily cured with heat/rest and prescription muscle relaxers. Neck sprains/neck issues can cause very bad headaches. The chance it's some form of cancer is very slim.

I saw like three different doctors before finding one that knew what he was doing, that was smart enough to give me a neck x-ray instead of just give me more headache medicine that did nothing as the root issue wasn't being taken care of. If it will ease your mind, ask your doctor for a neck x-ray if you haven't already. If everything comes back clear, then it's probably just stress.

Stress/anxiety is HORRID though, so *hug*. It's often better to have an ailment without anxiety then the anxiety itself. If you do have some potentially serious health condition on top of anxiety, yes it's a nightmare. But know you're not alone. There are answers. Never self-diagnose yourself, it's the worse. And take what I say with a grain of salt too. I'm not an expert or doctor just a guy that knows what chronic anxiety feels like. The worst is rarely ever true, but life is not a rainbow peaceful happy place of bliss either of course. The truth is often somewhere in the middle. So more likely you do have some sort of health problem maybe, but it's nowhere near as serious as the negative thought patterns are making it. Or you're completely fine and it's just 100% horrible anxiety.

When my anxiety is so bad, I can think that I'm dying just if I get a tiny bit thirsty! Pretty pathetic, huh. The tiniest sensation in our bodies, we can overly focus them on in a way that makes us hypersensitive to everything.
 
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Hello,
This is my first post. I have been suffering my entire life from anxiety. I have a constant fear of stroke. I have gone to the ER a few times convinced I was having a TIA. I have had multiple MRIs, 3 neurologists and lots of convincing. I am told I have migraines. Recently, my neck started to hurt and now I think it’s a neck cancer. I get dizzy, tingles in my face, weakness in arms and legs, blurred vision, and have to run to the bathroom. I end up crying bc I don’t want to be this way. I have a new baby and need to get this under control. I started on Zoloft a month ago and initially it helped but now I’m not sure it is as my anxiety is not subsiding. I just want to feel normal. My mind always goes to the absolute worst place. Can anyone relate?
Man, can I relate to this! I have had everything, brain tumors, heart failure, heart attack, throat cancer, now it's just cancer in general. When you convince yourself you have something your mind will begin to play tricks on you. My throat cancer fear came from a feeling of a lump in my throat. Guess what? When I'm busy it goes away, the moment I start to concentrate it comes back. I'm on zoloft too. It helps but nothing is ever going to take away our anxiety 100%. We have to learn new ways of thinking and techniques. I bought a book about cbt and I'm trying to slowly work my way through it. One of the exercises is to concentrate on your feet. All day try to concentrate on your feet, how they feel, do they ache? Everytime you start to think about a particular body part you are worried about, think about your feet instead. And at the end of the day notice how your feet feel. I bet you will notice things about them you haven't before. Aches. Pains, it's all because we concentrate so much on a particular body part. Hope it helps
 

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Yeah no problem! She has a few great audiobooks you can download too on Audible. I highly recommend. Audiobooks saved my life haha
This helped me so much last night. I was having a major panic attack. I listened to it and eventually fell asleep. Thank you again for sharing.
 
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