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extreme anxiety or what ?

im 27 year old male with savere anxety my life isnt worth living right now i always had a healthy happy life until i became handycaped with these f uped symptoms a year ago my left hand started falling asleep all the time for no reason i could be driving walking it didnt matter then a month after that i got extreme episodes of unreality like i couldnt talk or think they would last up to an hour now 8 months later i get icy hot feelings on my face and arms when i sleep i wake up off and on twitching and jolting awake i feel off balance all day and the most scarey symptom is these weakness episodes i feel like my arms and head feel heavy this realy sucks i miss my life ive had plenty of scans blood work all negative and ssris and xanax gives me no releif i always wounderer if my thyroid could still be the problem even though my tsh test was 1.34 in the normal range any opinions or sugestions would be great im desperat for releif
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hey i dont have any advice for you really but i wanted to drop you a line real quick to let you knwo i read your post on here and i feel for you, i understand what you mean by missing your life, ive had alot of problems lately that my doctors are saying is anxiety related, i cant say that im at all convinced that thats the case though because i dont FEEL anxious, the SYMPTOMS are what are making me anxious when i do feel anxious.and ive had severe anxiety before in my life and it was not like this at all. the severe weakness you describe is interesting to me , thats one of my symptoms and probably the most distressing, feels like your going to just drop, like your blood has been drained out of your body? thats how it is for me. just last night i had it hit me like that and i was DRIVING! good god that was not good, i had to have my g/f drive the rest of the way. we were in the middle of a pleasant conversation and it just hit out of nowhere pretty much. i think that its possable that you (and myself) are suffering from a combination of things. doctors are quick to blame anxiety as the SOURCE of the problems when in fact i think very well it could be a side effect of something else. whos to say that a health problem cant have anxiety as a SYMPTOM? i would definatly look into thyroid /endocrine problems , thats something im going to look into myself,in my experiance that all out debilitating weakness that comes on out of nowhere is not a symptom of plain out anxiety, even when i had panic attacks i did not experiance that, my life is actually wonderfull right now and the only thing thats f-ing it up is the health issues , im just not able to beleive that its all anxiety.
if you would like to talk about this feel free to email me, if your problems really are anxiety and you feel thats all there is to it then i CAN help you with that. i MAY be still suffering from anxiety but if you knew how far ive come from where i was then youd know that i could definatly give you some direction, you might even be able to help me too. my email is ***@****   Richard
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Have the same symptoms, dealing with them for 14+ years, many doc's, many tests, many diagnoses' that were just guesses, I KNOW how frustrating it is!!! And I liked how you put things rthomas about anxiety being a symptom of an illness, its not always the other way around. Any ways..... Thyroid is something I would definitely check, also you described symp's of Lyme disease, CFS, FMS, and many other autoimmune problems. Don't give up, there's a LOT of us dealing with the same things, I promise you're not alone!
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I have quite a few diseases and it took quite a while to have them diagnosed.  I was told over and over again that it was just axiety.  Though I went through many tear-filled days because of this, thinking "Am I crazy?  Am I honestly just making up these symptoms to be a burden on my loved ones?"  I finally made the decision that instead of accepting doctors who just said "you're just suffering from anxiety" to "I won't stop till I find a doctor who is pro-active."  I stay with the doctors who say that they've no idea what's going on, but let's try these things till we figure it out.  I've listed my medical problems when I go to the doctor as due to my many diseases my memory can be swiss cheese at times.

It started with my arms becoming weak and dropping things. It took 2 years, but they finally diagnosed me with incurable carpal tunnel syndrome due to this rare condition called Martin-Gruber anastomosis.  Though I had surgery it can not be fixed.  It took 2 years, but I was persistant.  Then I started becoming very weak and picking up every virus around me.  Eventually they found out I have fibromyalgia.  After that I began fainting all the time.  My heart would race then I'd drop to the ground. I was told over and over that it was just anxiety.  Again, though there were times I wanted to give up, I persisted.  It even went so far the a neurologist that my cardiologist sent me to said it was just anxiety and it would be a waste of time.  I was insistent, saying the cardiologist said for me to not leave until she agreed to test me.  She stated 3 times about "Do you know how rare {blank} is?"  I still insisted.  I had an EEG.  They found out I have partial seizure disorder (epilepsy).  Though the neurologist apologized profusely for having dismissed me.  It didn't matter, I found another neurologist.  However, it didn't account my continual dropping to the ground and complete wearkness.  It took another year for them to finally diagnosed me with Neurocardiogenic Syncope and Postural Orthostatic Tachhycardia Syndrome.  

I am not crazy about having all of these problems.  It's created a situation in which I'm unable to work.  On the other hand, I have learned to not take myself too seriously and find out what I do find important in my life.  What makes me wake up?  If I died tomorrow have I done all I wish I had.  It keeps me focused more on what I do enjoy and what I can do.  Now, there are still time the enormity of my problems overwhelm me, but I try not to let my doctors, my continuing battery of tests, nor my disabilities to completely take over my life.

I have no idea if this will help you at all.  But I wanted you to know that I do understand, I hope you find your answers, and that I hope you don't allow it to rule your life.  Good luck!
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I went to this website and read your comments because I think I may be suffering from extreme anxiety, but like many of you I am not quite sure. Over the last four years i have suffered through high levels of stress, form losing my business, marital problems, high-pressure job, part-time schooling, and financial problems. Just recently, I finally received my degree and landed a great job. Unfortunately, it feels as if all the pressure from the past has caught up to me. Over the last four months, I am feeling numbness in my hands, a burning itching feeling throughtout my body, insomnia, short-tempered irritability, and constant worrying. I can't even be around my kids without feeling like i'm losing my mind.
I constantly remind myself that my life is better now and there is no reason to worry, but it's as if I can't control my body and mind anymore. I have run blood tests through my doctor and everything has come out negative. Currently, I am taking daily supplements during the day and Zolpidem at night for sleeping.
This problem is also affecting my ability to function in my new job, as there are times when I just want to run away and hide. This really concerns me because its our only source of income. I am continuing to see my doctor, but I am running out of hope. The symptoms occur daily and are becoming part of my life.
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oh my i know how you feel.
since i was really young i suffered from extream anxiety i would shake and get all worked up over the smallest of things.
i lost my boyfriend over the fact that he well was not the nicest of people and didnt stand by me when i finaly relised that my problem was anxiety and him leaving at that point in time made me alot worse off.
i really did for a long point in time think i was going compltly off the deep end and freaked out about it.
i have nothing to really complain about my life is fine and i enjoy all the things that im skilled at i had no idea were my anxiety hit me from but it hit he hard and getting over that took alot of effort.
but having it finaly diognosed helped me relise were i was going over the point i can actuly genraly now stop myself before i worry myself sick litraly.
thank you for this post i was glad i had the chance to vent my feelings on this issue.

i really do hope that all go's for the best with you.
bye bye
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