Apart from fatigue anxiety is second on my worst symptom list, certain activities make it worse and I think I’ve finally figured out why, from my personal experiences. When I am getting ready to go out, see family, go out for a meal or whatever we obviously have emotions of maybe anticipation or excitement etc and think with over fibromyalgia our over stimulated nervous system confuses these feelings and we internally confuse these feeling into feelings of anxiety. I get panicky, breathless, heart racing and anxious. Once you recognise this pattern it can be controlled. Don’t let these feelings stop you from going out and living, it may feel easier just not to go out but then we are giving in to this condition. Recognising the symptoms, learn not to fight it, but use relaxation techniques and deep breathing helps.
What I have also noticed is that the sensory over load from loud music and busy places can also cause anxiety. I had to run out of a friends house the other week as the music was too loud.
I tend to use ear plugs now that are especially made for noise reduction. You can still hear conversations but it cuts out the bass and loudness.
Depression is a part of fibromyalgia caused by the loss of your previous pre-fibromyalgia life, loss of friends, suffering constant pain, stiffness, anxiety, itching, skin sensitivity, food and chemical sensitivity. I stopped taking anti depressants last year and thought I was coping well but it hit me like a train. I asked the doctor to go back on them but at a reduced dosage of 20mg instead of 30mg. I feel so much happier. It’s well researched that a low dose of anti depressants increases serotonin and can reduce pain. Why do you think doctors prescribe Amitrypyline for pain relief at night. I don’t use this medication as the side effects were not worth the positives of taking the medicine. Read here for more info
All medication cause side effects as they are designed to change how we think and feel so always weight up the positives against the negatives and make your own decisions. DO NOT TAKE MEDICATIONS JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE RECOMMENDED. Not all doctors understand Fibromyalgia they are General Practitioners not fibro experts. I gave up several medications last year and I can categorically state my symptoms have reduced. It’s a personal choice so make sure you do your research and always give meds a minimum of 2 months to get the full effect.
Citalopram and Fibromyalgia study here.