Our expert says:
Thank you for your question. Allot of patients have similar concerns, but not as severe at your age it seems.
You ask "Am I freaking myself out, going crazy or overreacting?" Most experts will give you a safe answers and beat around the bush, but instead my answer is a categorical YES.
Especially when you comment on points like this: "Sometimes need to think what I am stressing about because I sometimes forget" as memory often fails from chronic stress.
Muscle relaxant tablets will help you control the pain in the short term, but these can have their own side-effects and treating the pain is not the same as treating the cause of the pain, so it's not a great idea to take them too often.
You ask "How can I help myself to relax without having to go see a shrink?" The simple answer is to learn a practice that works in your life towards engaging the Relaxation Response, such as the one proposed by Harvard's Prof Benson.
We've developed a four module process called the StressFit program that has been published by Health Ins to stop stress related pathology and ensure healing. Please feel free to make contact. One of our slogans is-
Healing Before Prozac and Freud are needed :)
So ... My advice is what you asked for? I simply suggest that you call or email before symtoms become permanently debilitating as we have practitioners pretty much anywhere who also can consult via skype
Dr Justin J. Kennedy
B.Soc.Sci; MSBC; PhD
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