as greenlydia has suggested,with your help i'll start a new thread about the symptoms we've experienced, tests we've done and specialists we've seen that have concluded that it was/is anxiety.
i hope this would help everyone on this forum.
symptoms (started at the end of June of last year)
heart beating fast
fluctuations in blood pressure
chest pain (excruciating at times)
headaches (almost 24/7)
shortness of breath
waking up several times over night
vivid crazy dreams/nightmares
pins and needles all over the body
burning sensation in arms and legs
muscle aches - particularly in arms and legs
joint pain - again mainly in arms and legs
snarkiness - arms, legs, whole body
numbness - arms, legs, scalp, abdomen, face
temporary loss of hearing
tightness in throat
neck and shoulders pain, tension, tightness
muscle twitches allover the body
loss of appetite
fear of being alone
ringing in ears
pressure in head/ears
electrical surges through the body
temporary paralysis of arms and/or legs
repetitive obsessive thoughts
ecg's - over 20
blood work - over 20 - routine, plus: thyroid, crp, rheumatoid factor, autoimmune, Lyme, liver enzymes, electrolytes etc
24 h holter
2 weeks loop monitor (twice)
cardiac stress test
chest X-rays - at least 6
head CT scan
routine physical exam
doctors i've seen
ER doctors - more than 15 different ones
will be seeing an internal medicine doctor and a specialist in pain management
Thank you for taking the lead in starting a new thread for what I feel is a very interesting, informative and supportive topic.
It may take a while before folks start responding, but they will.
You can always bump your post back to the top to keep it in front of people.
I do have a question concerning one of your symptoms. What, exactly, is "snarkiness - arms, legs, whole body." (?)
I've never heard of this problem and would appreciate you telling us what the symptoms are. Thanks!
And thank you again for bringing this subject into the 21st century! LOL
i forgot one - when my heart starts pounding my cardiologist suggested i close my eyes and press gently on my eyeballs - it does work in lowering my pulse, i'd check with a doctor before doing that, don't just take my word for it as i have no medical training whatsoever
To: Alex's Thread - Symptoms, etc. Thanks, Alex and Greenlydia! Great Idea!
Hi, all - ok, if I have this right - this is right up my alley, as I'm the Symptom Queen! My symptoms -
headaches (usually sinus, but sometimes tension)
neck and back tightness / stiffness
vertigo (mostly in the past, thank god!)
shortness of breath
fight or flight response (I run out of the house / call someone, usually my therapist - thankfully, mostly in the past)
compulsions of various sorts (usually related to something being "contaminated," apparently a common type of ocd)
fear of being alone
irrational fear of specific people
random 'angry' attitude (e.g. at store clerks, etc.)
talking too fast
...and so on. Anxiety seems to create a plethora of symptoms, at least in me! One weird thing - I would often bang my head on something - a wall, the roof of a car when getting in, what have you - and that would become a Big Deal meriting at least an email to the doctor. He was great though, although that hastened my referral to the psychiatrist!
I have had these symptoms, (not all at once!) since I was a kid. It is only now, at age 59, that despite years of therapy, I finally am beginning to really deal with and get a handle on, my anxiety and ocd.
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