Since a while, i'm dealing with extreme anxiety (panic with agoraphobia, OCD, GAD, social phobia), in the past it was easy for me to have the anxiety under control with an antidepressant med like Paxil, but since 2 years I start having weird symptoms mainly cardiovasculars and i'm now med sensitive, so can't take even a tinny dose of an AD to control my anxiety and i'm taking a benzo med call Klonopin at 7.5 mg a day with 10-20 mg of propanolol with no success, i'm now addicted to the Klonopin and the propanolol who was RX for the tachycardia is not working anymore and just lower more my blood pressure.
My Doc think I may have dysautonomia since my blood pressure reading are now very low, around 100/55, in the past my normal was 135/85... the drop of blood pressure occur in the summer of 2011 and happen very fast for no medical reason. He think it can be POTS since my heart rate is too fast for the kind of physical activities i'm doing, he think also it can be an autonomic dysfuntion since i'm having orthostataic hypotension and dizziness.
The main problem is that my Cardio Doc think it's not related to dysautonomia but more to my anxiety!!!
I'm having low blood pressure with tingling and numbness in my left arm and legs as well and chest pain all the time now. I wake up those symptoms and go in my bed with them. My hands are most of the time turning purple with white circles on them, they are clammy, my left hand hurt, my left leg is also often numb and both legs hurt and have a lot of muscles spasms. I have jaw pain on both side and also chronic headache who dont answer to painkiller, so i'm in pain all the time.
The tachycardia is more pronounced in the morning and tend to lower with time but start again just before I go in my bed. I tachycardia is also more present when I do minimal physical activities like taking a shower or just climbing the stairs. I'm often dizzy, most of the time I have orthostatic hypotension from a sit to a standing position, I have no energy even if I sleep well (most of the time I have insomnia) but when I sleep well I feel the same, not better. I have eyes pain, headache who dont stop, the scalp of my head feel numb, I have throbbing pain on both temples of my head and in the back of my head, I start also having IBS with constipation who lead to 2 intestinal obstructions last october with 2 surgeries to repair them.
The chest pain, shoulder pain, left arm pain feel like numbless-tingling. The intensity of the pain will be worse at rest. Also the numbness and tingling on the left side of the body is worse when i'm very anxious and have at the same time low blood pressure. Feel a little bit better when my blood pressure rise.
At first I think the low blood pressure was linked to the hot wheater but this week it's cold and my blood pressure is very low for me, 100/55 when my normal was in the past 135/80-85... I drink a lot of water, take vitamins everyday, I dont exercise and I do smoke, who normally increase the blood pressure but now its doing nothing and just make me more nervous. Also I take once in while some Ibuprofen for my chronic headache and sometimes some Naproxen when the headache transform to a migraine and in the past it was increasing my blood pressure in the high range but now it's lowering it even lower...
I really dont know what happen with me. Is it possible that it's all anxiety related? Anxiety can lower blood pressure?
Is it possible that the problem come from my IBS-C problem? I have chronic constipation, no laxative work, i'm suppose to start biodfeedback for a poor pelvic muscles problem, but dont have the money for it for now, so I strain very hard at least 3 times a day, I can spend 15 to 20 minutes sit on the toilet straining, at some point my face is all red and see strange black circles in my vision and my head hurt like it's burning. I use glycerin suppositories to help me to have bowel movement but I always need to strain more and more cause I feel like my intestine is full and need to do more... I take once in a while a Prevacid pill when my stomach hurt but I dont have GERD problem, so it cant be linked to the chest pain.
Is it possible that the weight I lost in 2001, from 220 pounds to 160 pounds in a 6 months period of time, can be the main problem with my heart symptoms? I loose that weight when I start having IBS with constipation. On the other side, I had a gastric by-pass in 2001 and went from 445 pounds to 190 pounds with no heart problem and no change in my blood pressure for almost 8 years.
I know, I have a lot of issues at the same time and they all trigger severe anxiety and anxiety by itself can do most of the symptoms I have right now, but I just dont feel right.
My Cardio Doc think my heart is fine, I had several EKG and all normal. I wear a events monitor for 2 weeks and everything was fine, I had a stress-test with an echography of my heart who was normal also, I had an echography of my heart who show normal valves and normal heart size. But me I think I may have a coronary problem, probably a blockage or something like that since I can't do physical activities and i'm always tired and all the chest pain, arm and leg pain, that's not anxiety?
All my blood tests are fine, no vitamins or minerals dificiency, no liver problem as well, no inflammation...calcium, magnesium and potassium level are perfect, sodium level is perfect also...
I was told by my Cardio Doc to drink more salty drink like Gatorade but it's doing nothing, it's like the NSAID's, it tend to lower my blood pressure more. The only thing who increase my blood pressure is anxiety and when I have to get out of my house...
I have also heat intolerance, can't stay under the sun or outside when it's hot cause I start feeling dizzy and the cardiovasculars symptoms get worse. I can't sweat like in the past, seem like the only places where I sweat is from my feet and my hands.
Being always tired and not able to do physical activity like in the past is for me not normal. It's not normal to have a very fast heart rate of 140 when I only walk from the living room to the kitchen... same when I take my shower who the heart rate can go as fast as 160.
Also never had low blood pressure or chest pain or tingling/numbness on my left side, even when I had a panic disorder problem only...had the usual fast heart beat from the panic but nothing else...
So what can be the problem? Should I call my Cardio Doc again, I think he his tired of me and think it's all in my head and anxiety related since he do nothing to help me more.
Thanks for any kind of answer I can have ;-) And hope I will at least have one comment or some support!!!