About Me: Female, 22, New Jersey, NJ, member since Feb 2013
I'm a student and after moving out and living on my own since I was 19 years old, it brought on a lot of stress. I've ended up changing my major in college and working on a combined degree program. An incident about a few months ago changed me. I started to suddenly suf
[More]fer from severe vertigo, disorientation, and weakness suddenly after working out at my gym like i normally do. I was feeling faint, called an ambulance and was on my way to the ER. When I arrived at the ER, my vision was blurred, I felt extremely detached from my surroundings and strange as though I was in a terrible dream (Depersonalization). I was convinced I was either dying or having a stroke. They took tests, ran a Cat Scan and everything came out fine. Weeks passed and I realized I can deal with this with less stress and down time. After all, my semester was over and I was gonna take a break from work.
Weeks later, I was on my way to a friends house and my right leg suddenly went numb, weak and I could feel it swelling. I looked at my hands and they were swelling, I began to get dizzy, sick to my stomach, that detached feeling came on again and I felt as though once again I was dying. I ran to my friends house, fast as I could before passing out on her porch she dialed 911 and I woke up in the ER. Once again they performed another CAT SCAN and took blood tests and everything was normal.They didn't find any blood clots or abnormalities in my brain after reviewing the CAT SCAN not once, but twice. I was told I was delusional and I needed to see a psychiatrists and that is when I suddenly become severely depressed.
I was diagnosed with severe anxiety, panic disorder, phobia, and hypochondria. No meds were giving but I underwent therapy just that day after the hospital requested it. I felt horrible. The dizziness, migraine, pressure headache, fainting, disorientation, blurred vision, fatigue and even slurred speech were still there, but no known cure. On paper, I seem well, no deficiencies, and average body mass. Although I have a hormonal imbalance, that did not seem to strike any doctor. Their attitude is "you're young and healthy" looking. What could be the problem?
What hurts me more, is that these doctors aren't interested in you or your problems, they see a healthy looking 21 year old as though I can't be dying inside as though I have no worry in the world, but truth is, anybody can have a serious health problem no matter how old they are. I am currently trying to find a way to live my life normal hence the dizziness, disorientation, fatigue and that bothersome detached feeling. I have about 2-3 panic attacks a day and I have hope that one day it will all pass and I will feel like myself again. This hope keeps me going, but it is very hard and I'm currently looking into another primary care physician, neurologists,and endocrinologists. I am happy that I joined this site, because I no longer feel like the only one in my position and I am very glad to help others with their problems.
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