I am a 28 year old male, 128 lbs, about 5'8". I have been experiencing some scary unexplained symptoms for the last 3 weeks. About three weeks ago I went to bed feeling comfortable and tired but woke up after 2 hours of sleep feeling disoriented(my surroundings seemed foreign to me) and a feeling I can only describe as depersonalization(I feel as tho Im not myself anymore, almost out-of-body type feeling). Every day since then, I have not felt normal. I wake up in the middle of the night every day after 2-3 hours of sleep with these symptoms and have trouble falling asleep afterwards. I had been suffering from a head cold at the time and blamed these symptoms as part of the virus. However my head cold dissappeared about 5 days after these symptoms began and my symptoms have progressed with new symptoms appearing. I went to my PCP and explained to him what was happening and he initially believed it was caused by anxiety, so he prescribed me xanax .25mg to take at night to help me sleep better. While the xanax helped get me comfortable for bed, I was still waking up in the middle of the night with the same disoriented, confused, depersonalized feeling. Whats worse is that these symptoms follow me throughout the day and night after waking and new symptoms have appeared. I am now suffering from daily headaches which occur mostly in the afternoons, I have become insatiably hungry eating 4-5 big meals per day but still not gaining any weight( im fluctuating between 126-130), I wake up now with an intense pressure/tension feeling near the center of my head(like something is trying to push its way out), I have decreased sex drive and can barely get an erection, I have been feeling a full body weakness (both muscular and general weakness like exhaustion), i get lightheaded throughout the workday and sometimes dizzy and I have been confusing my words and having trouble speaking. These symptoms have began relatively mild but have been increasing dramatically over the last 2 weeks. I went back to my PCP and he upped the xanax to .50mg and prescribed a Paxil. My PCP has not referred me to a specialist or ran ANY tests to diagnose me with anxiety, so I have not taken ANY paxil considering the side effects of the drug. The upped dosage of the xanax did not help alleiviate my symptoms or my insomnia. I went to the ER to explain my symptoms for a second opinion and they ran a head CT no contrast, thyroid test, and other blood tests. All tests came back normal. I am now seeking a new PCP for referral or further testing but having trouble finding a new doctor in this town since there is only one clinic here. My insomnia and all above explained symptoms are still increasing and im afraid i have somehow got a rare neuro disease. Please Respond!! I want to know what may be happening to me and/or what tests i should seek for a proper diagnosis. Thank You
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