I have suffered with anxiety (mostly health related) since my early 30s ... (I will be 70 next month) .... and over the years I have managed it reasonably well. However, as a result of surgery I have chronic pain ... this has been for the past 11 years . Also the dreaded IBS . Although after going on an intensive pain management course at St Thomas's hospital which really did help so much, these past couple of years my anxiety levels have gone sky high... so much so that my life is so narrow now... I really only can manage small things that I feel I can cope with. I don't like to be far from home or my "comfort zone" . The physical problems are the pits. The "fear" of the pain is worse than the pain itself. The second my legs feel a slight wobble , then I feel light headed, get the palpitations, sweaty hands , jelly legs etc etc. I do understand what's happening , I have read that many books and googled that much info, but does that stop it happening? NO, NO. I just wish I could get a grip. With the big 7 0 birthday looming I would have thought I'd have grown out of this fretting, but I just seem to be worse. Of course the pain doesn't help, and that will never go away.... nor the IBS (which is the constipated variety not the other thank heavens) . I'm sure there are many of you good folk who can relate to this problem? I do feel this is all I, me, myself stuff, and I do so envy my friends and acquaintances who all seem so normal and not a bit afraid. I do think I've probably just go into the "habit" of not doing things just in case I feel awful , And I really need to get out of it...... but how?
Irritating personality traits haven't softened - do friendships change?
Needed but feeling left out - do others feel the same?
Where were you on this day? - moon landing