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Please help! Is this anxiety?

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Ldigi1

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Hello! I am here to hopefully get some information on how you overcame anxiety or how I can help my boyfriend and if this really is anxiety based on your experiences.
He is 23 years old and has many different symptoms every single day. He may have a good day every once in awhile but is never free from all symptoms. The symptoms that he has are: chest pain, dizziness, lightheadedness, tingling in hands and head at times, trouble breathing,a throat closing feeling, a dreamy/spacey feeling. He is also always so tired no matter how much he sleeps. He has a fast heart rate and high blood pressure at times but is on beta blockers that only seem to be working sometimes. His heart rate used to be much higher than it is but I feel like it shouldn't be this high with beta blockers even while anxious. Also, anytime he moves his heart rate rises significantly, although it does fall back down after some time. He checks his blood pressure and heart rate several times a day and thinks that this is something way worse than anxiety because he feels like he is dying every single day. He takes klonopin, .5 mg in the morning and .75mg at night. He had to quit his job and he can rarely leave the house because of how bad this has gotten. Even if he goes outside for a minute his heart rate rises and he feels like he is dying. He has had a stress test done and has had EKGs which have been normal. He has been diagnosed with inappropriate sinus tachycardia. He has also had bloodwork done which were normal results as well.
He isn't feeling like himself at all and he feels so stuck and he wants answers and I do too. I want him to have his life back and to be able to do anything he wants and to feel like himself again. Is this anxiety? Does anyone else feel like they are dying all day everyday along with these symptoms that can be so severe at times? Please tell me any ways you have overcame your anxiety or ways that I can help him.
 
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Hi Ldigi1 and welcome to the forum.

It does sound anxiety related, particularly as his tests came back clear and he checks his blood pressure and heart rate several times a day. It's so easy to slip in to habits that get a bit out of control and become almost obsessive before we know it.

I'm just wondering if some of his symptoms are caused by his medication. Has he discussed how he's feeling with his doctor? If he's taking klonopin for his anxiety, it doesn't sound as though it's working too well. Perhaps a change of meds or dose is needed?
 
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Ldigi1

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Thank you for your reply. I don't think it is working very well for him. He has told his doctor how he feels but is still taking only Klonopin. Do you think an anti depressant would be helpful if added to this?
 
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I don't know. I personally think that, for anxiety, talking therapies help more than just medication.

Perhaps your boyfriend needs to go back to his doctor and tell him that the medication is not working and that he needs more help and support.

Although it shouldn't be the case, I think doctors will take more notice if someone goes in with the patient to stress how bad things are. Would you be able to go to the doctor's with him?
 
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Hiya! Similar symptoms to me. I'm on beta blockers & mirtazapine. Is it propranolol he's on? They more or less half my pulse. He should be around 50 pmsl on them. If you can, buy a blood pressure monitor, £10 in lloyds pharmacy & get him to check himself once a week. Bear in mind the blockers can cause some of those side effects & shouldn't be taking them if not eating properly. I have pins & needles all the time & feel week but my diets poor. Is he eating ok? Give me a shout if u need anything. Hope this helps!!
 
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