Hey everybody...I am an 18 year old college student, overweight and a smoker. I moved away to school way back in August, and everything was going okay (physically) for me. I wasn't very happy at school, but I dealt with it, like I have always dealt with things that I didn't like. Anyway, back in December I had an episode of an increased heart rate, which peaked at roughly 140. This was very uncomfortable for me, as I had never experienced anything like this before. I also took notice that marijuana use would send me into this increased heart rate. Anyway, I went to a cardiologist and had my heart checked out, and everything came back normal. After this I was feeling better, things were going well. Well roughly 3 weeks ago I started having chest pain. The chest pain was minor, but it was irritating to say the least, and very much persistent. I went back to the doctor, and they told me it was probably GERD. I said okay, and got the prescription of omeprazole filled and began taking it. Well, 3 days into taking the omeprazole I began experiencing a light headed type feeling, not to the point where I thought I was going to pass out, but certainly to the point where I knew something wasn't right. So I went home and went to my family doctor at my hometown, where she told me it seems like a sinus infection. Okay, I thought, so I finished out a round of antibiotics, and this feeling has eased up. However, the day after I was prescribed the antibiotics I began getting a burning pain in my right arm. Then the pain in the right arm would go away, and my left arm would go numb. These two symptoms never occurred simultaneously, I would have right arm pain, then left arm numbness. I felt like I couldn't escape it. Also, I think I forgot to mention, the chest pain has pretty much gone away. Whenever it comes, however, it feels more like it is a bruise or something of that nature, not really heart related. Nevertheless, I was on Spring Break last week, so I took a trip to my doctor about anxiety, as it seems the only thing that can tie these symptoms together is an anxiety problem. Well I went to the doctor and she prescribed me Prozac and Ativan. I took my first prozac pill tonight, and then followed up with an Ativan soon after. Well, I still have an odd feeling in my right arm, which is very bothersome to me, more mentally than anything probably.
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else has ever experienced similar things. It is really frustrating right now...I think perhaps I am having a hard time believing that all of this can be related to anxiety. I mean, having a constant odd feeling in my right arm, all because of anxiety? This seems hard to believe...
Additionally, I have been having trouble sleeping, but only when I am at school, when I go home I am able to sleep like a baby. This is all so frustrating...I have a history of benign bone cysts in my right arm, I had 2 and they were both removed, but whenever something happens to my right arm (where the cysts were) I think my concern about it goes to a whole other level. In the past few weeks I have had fears that I had a brain tumor, bone cancer, MS, or some other terrible disease...this is just so frustrating. It is nice to be able to type this out though, and vent in a way. Anyway, if anyone else has ever had similar experiences, or overcame things like this, it would be great to hear.