I'm 31 years old male, I have these since child but got worse as I get older. My grandma and granduncle have similar problem.
My symptoms are: Body and limbs jerks suddenly like (for example, I'm talking with a friend, my body suddenly jerks), body and facial tremors occasionally, panic/anxiety attacks, back pain when I rest or stand/walk too long, insomnia, racing heart rate (about 106-115 ppm), frequent urine, often chest pain.
I went to see dr about them, ran some test, x-ray, blood test, MRI, they couldn't find what causes them.
This is a tough one.
While there is no doubt that a couple of your symptoms can be related to anxiety, the other one's don't fit at all.
Did your grandma and granduncle ever get a diagnosis as this sounds like it's hereditary. Did they also have anxiety issues?
It sounds like you've had some basic medical work-ups, but I'm thinking you're doctor(s) have given up way too easily and way too early. What, if any, types of specialists have you seen?
I've put myself in your place and tried to figure out who I would go see. I'd start with my GP, of course, but I feel pretty sure she would refer me to some sort of specialist if SHE couldn't find a cause for my symptoms. I'm having a difficult time figuring out who she would send me to. I think she might start with a neurologist and perhaps you've seen one when you had your MRI. (?)
Since some of your symptoms involve involuntary movements of your limbs and body and facial tremors and back pain..........perhaps a doctor who deals with muscular/skeletal issues, an orthopedist, might have some answers.
A cardologist is needed to evaluate your chest pains.
The frequent urination can be a symptom of diabetes, so an endochronologist or urologist could probably diagnose the problem there. Or perhaps you simply drink a lot of fluids? Could very well be nothing except excellent hydration.
Your racing heart is a definite symptom of anxiety, but it can also be cardiac related. Either way, a HR of 106-115ppm, while no doubt high for you, is far from being in the "red." My heart rate goes higher than that when I'm bringing in a load of firewood.
Insomnia could be related to your anxiety, it could just be a passing phase which happens to most of us from time to time. Chronic insomnia can create a lot of problems with our health and if you are constantly sleep deprived, it's POSSIBLE some of your issues are related to that.
You have a great many disparate symptoms and I'm going to have nursegirl take a look at your post.
I wish I had a much better answer for you, or ANY answer for that matter.
Don't despair. We'll put our heads together and come up with a plan.
Thank you for your responses! I really appreciate it. No I don't think my grandma and granduncle were diagnosed with anxiety. I don't think they have any anxiety problem. They had the same jerkiness and tremor symptoms though. My anxiety only makes them worse. As I get older, jerkiness and tremor get worse and severe even I'm relaxed. I'll see if my dr would refer me to specialist.
I agree 100% with greenlydia. I think more exploration needs to be done here without just settling on a diagnosis of anxiety. Is it your PCP who diagnosed you with anxiety? If so, that's even more concerning to me. At least a psychiatrist is going to do a more thorough assessment to come to a diagnosis of anxiety, plus, they would be more specific and narrow it down to a certain anxiety disorder (ie panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, etc).
Ask your doc for a referral to a Neurologist for starters. You may have some type of seizure disorder. Not all seizures are like what you see on TV. You could be having focal seizures, which would explain the jerking, and facial tremors. Also, the fact that there seems to be a family history of the same kind of symptoms makes me wonder if there is something neurological going on. Do you take any medications or have any other medical history?
In the end, you truly MAY be dealing with anxiety, and if that's the case, then you can address it with a mental health professional, however, until at least a neuro disorder is ruled out, I wouldn't be comfortable just accepting that anxiety is causing your symptoms.
Below is a website you can copy and paste into your web browser and it tells what conditions cause these types of movements and will guide you in the right direction to find out exactly what is going on. I feel this is more than just anxiety and this site will explain each condition. I hope this helps and best wishes!
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