Undiagnosed PTSD - A reader's story
I had a very traumatic birth 3 years ago in which I lost half of my blood volume and the medical staff just kept telling us all was normal. Anyways they finally broke down and drew for hemoglobin and ended up giving me 4 units of blood...after 28 hours. Anyways since then I've been more anxious than usual and even started becoming slightly agoraphobic. I knew something was wrong but I didn't know what. This grew into my being convinced something was wrong physically.
Here we are 3 years later and I started having chest pain which turned into a massive panicked state that lasted for a week. I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep, I thought for sure something was seriously wrong. This was 2 months ago since then I've been diagnosed with PTSD and have been experiencing massive anxiety/panic almost constantly. I'm learning relaxation techniques from my psychologist since I don't want to go on meds. The worst symptom is lack of appetite and massive nausea. I've lost 25 lbs already and that really scares me because I'm on the small side to begin with.
Anyways I feel like I've completely lost control. I wish I would have realized I had PTSD sooner then maybe my nervous system wouldn't have gotten to this point. I'm so scared I'll never be the same after this. The panic/anxiety is literally scarier to me now then my trauma.