For the past few weeks I have been under an intense amount of stress and anxiety. I have been an anxiety sufferer for many years and also have bouts of insomnia that can last up to several weeks where I'll wake up too early and only end up with 3-4 hours of sleep. Anyway, the insomnia hit me particulary hard a few weeks ago when all of this started and so I began taking Atarax which helped me get through the night but would make me feel like I was in the twilight zone the next day. So, I switched to Benadryl which helped me sleep but also zoned me out pretty bad. Then I started spraying nasal spray (Astelin) up my nose (lots and lots of it) and that helped me sleep but totally wiped me out the next day. Then, I'd go back to the Atarax and Benadryl again and then once again, back to the nasal spray. All are antihistamines and all made me very drowsy but I was completely plastered the next day. It's become an antihistamine roller-coaster and I feel drugged and out of it most of the time but when I have tried not taking them, I don't sleep very well. A real catch-22.
My symptoms (in addition to the insomnia, stress and anxiety) have been bouts of dizzyness, nasal and chest congestion, brain fog and the good old "lump in the throat" sensation. I also find myself swallowing a lot and there are these little pains (but not a sore throat). Food also feels uncomfortable going down sometimes (but not painful).
I guess I'm just wondering if anyone here has had a similar experience and maybe get some input/advice or even to just know that I'm not alone might help.