For the last 5 or so years I've had an undiagnosed condition where my feet get cold and sting, my head starts feeling cloudy, I feel utterly exhausted, and I feel a need to get up and exercise vigorously--which is the only thing that really helps. All symptoms temporarily subside after. Alcohol can lesson the symptoms too, but I have to drink 2-3 beers or more, and the symptoms usually come back and I STILL have to exercise after.
If I'm lying in bed, totally exhausted, it will still happen and I'll have to get up and move. If I'm in a hot bath, I'll still sting and feel messed up. It'll help with the coldness but nothing else. And if I just ignore the symptoms and let them continue on and on I'll feel discomfort in my chest, and sometimes can get heart palpitations. The symptoms will not go away unless I exercise, or drink. But I don't want to drink anymore--I hate having to--and I shouldn't because of my new meds anyway.
I'm male, 32, and weigh 155 pounds--I look physically fit. I've exercised vigorously daily for years since this has been going on. I've walked 10 miles some days, across town, only to have to still get cardio before I go to bed. Even after yoga it still continues. My doctor thinks now with confidence that it's anxiety (he thought it was Reynaud's before, but that didn't make sense since I don't get discoloration or numbness), and just put me on a very mild dose of Celexa, and Klonopin (to take as needed). I haven't been on any meds for years, so this is quite a lot for me.
I do have anxiety, I know this. Particularly social anxiety. My parents also have serious panic disorders and have been medicated for years. But could anxiety cause these crazy physical symptoms, even when I'm lying down, physically exhausted? The small amount of klonopin I've taken so far has helped me a little, particularly with getting to sleep. I know of the dangers of benzos though and I really don't want to have to resort to taking them, and my doctor doesn't really want me to take them either, even though my parents do. I feel stuck. The Celexa doesn't seem to be helping much so far, at around 6 days in.
I've never asked for help online like this before, but it's a new year; another year without answers. My quality of life is getting worse and worse, and I find myself unable to hang out with friends the way I want to or even go to the movies because I know I'll be too uncomfortable to sit for long. I can't work on the things I want to. Holding a job has been difficult. I'd love to go back to school at some point but the thought of sitting in a classroom for hours again seems agonizing. This can't keep going on. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.