A little background: my wife had a brain aneurysm that burst and she did not make it. A few days after her passing, I read a newspaper article which led me to purchasing the book “Afraid: Understanding the Purpose of Fear and Harnessing the Power of Anxiety” by Arash Javanbakht, MD. I am almost done reading it (very slow because of all the stuff I have to do and my own anxiety, I guess).
In the case of my wife, she had dealt with an increasing number of physical problems over about 10 years. Toward the end, she was to the point that she could not get around much because of all the pain she was in and because of all the energy the pain took from her. She had anxiety out of the stratosphere over all of her medical stuff. More anxiety led to more physical issues which led to more anxiety which led to…
She tried some anti-anxiety medications but I now wonder if she should have seen a doctor more specialized in brain issues, such as a psychiatrist. That word freaks people out making them assume that they are insane or something and I think she would have thought the same and refused to go. In any event, the things she was going through match almost one-to-one with what this book describes.
Bottom line is that when the brain is under stress from fear and anxiety, it causes the rest of the body to react. Over a short time frame, that can be necessary and good. Constant reaction, though, causes problems.
I know a lot of you are going through things that scare you more than anything you have ever experienced. Based on our (my wife’s and mine) experience, the medical “hurry and wait” mode that you always end up in just amplifies the anxiety especially when you have a test or procedure on a Friday and have to stress about it over a weekend while everybody else is playing golf or going to football games.
I hope that you can recognize that mental stress can and does affect your body. There are ways to deal with it but if you think that things are getting too rough for you, or a loved one is concerned about that, try to seek out a doctor or specialist and see if there is help for you.
Seems like brain aneurysms and all the things related to recovery from bursts would be an ideal environment for high anxiety. Something that should be taken into consideration by you and your medical team.
P.S.: the book also talks about meaning and purpose in life. Now that my sweetie is gone, I do not seem to have those. That kind of threw me for a big loop, so to speak.
Take care of yourselves, somebody does love you.